Disposable Phone

Overall, I like my Droid 3 Android phone.  I’ve noticed a new problem.  Some of the pixels on the phone are breaking.

Due to the “pentile” design, when a pixel breaks, it leaves a streak on the screen, rather than merely goig black.

I have two broken pixels now.  On the other hand, I’m already halfway through my contract and due for a new phone in mid-2013.

That is offensive.  The phone’s screen is designed to last only 2 years.  After that, people will be trading in for a new phone.  It’s a disposable phone.

2 Responses to Disposable Phone

  1. I was just thinking about this the other. More and more consumer items are built, or rather, engineered to fail. They are designed to last only as long as the next product cycle, or when the companies legal obligation ends. Just look at housing today. I currently rent out an old house that was built at the turn of the last century, it creaks and groans, but the beams are strong and the walls are thick. The house was built to last a long time. We’ve made amazing advances in technology, and one of them was the ability to use engineering to improve the structural design of buildings. However, rather than couple these new innovations with time tested material they pair these new methods with cheaper materials. I’ve seen houses built only a few years ago that would not last a decade without extensive retrofiting and constant maitennance.

    • It’s a symptom of a corrupt economy.

      In a free market, if X makes a lousy product but Y makes a great long-lasting product, then X loses customers to Y.

      If you have a monopoly, you maximize your profit by making a product that breaks after a certain time. If you build a car that lasts 20 years, you only sell 1 car every 20 years. If you build a car that lasts 5 years, then you sell 4x as many cars and make 4x the profit.

      Suppose that you used to make a great product, but now make garbage. People remember that it used to be good, and still buy from you. The State restricts competition. Someone else can’t say “Hey! He’s making a lousy product! I’ll compete with him!” For example, the auto industry is so inefficient. Why don’t a group of clever college kids start a new car manufacturing business? The answer is “regulations and State restriction of the market”.

      The State has removed the “market penalty” for making a lousy product. Therefore, most corporations have lousy quality.

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