Are We Taking Gadget Improvements TOO Far?

In the name of progress, companies keep pushing themselves to create the next new big THING. We consumers have all gotten quite spoiled. We want more out of our phones. We want our MP3 players to do more than just play music. We want our eBook readers to do more than just read books. We want it all. In order to try and satisfy us, manufacturers are rushing to stuff more features into our already jam-packed devices.

How much is TOO much, though? Do we really need one device that does it all for us? Have we gotten that lazy? And, if a single device could theoretically do it all… would we have time to do anything other than mess with it constantly? We’d be so busy trying to make use of everything that gadget could do that we would forget about other important things we need to attend to.

I honestly think that it wouldn’t be such a good idea to have one super-duper device like this. I think there need to be some clear lines drawn. Competition is a healthy thing. It also pushes companies to make their existing products better. But when everyone is trying so hard to be the next big thing… the iPhone Killer, if you will… all we end up with are a lot of disappointing gadgets, gizmos and doo-dads.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel that technology is almost going too far in some ways?

  • justwonderin

    well i so agree why is America soooo f***ing fat and lazy that they have to have ONE device that does everything for them its just rediculous we need to get off our fat a**es and drive to the store and get a map i mean shit look at our economy its in the s**t hole cause ppl dont have to buy the small things that their phone already does....this is getting rediculous guys we as americans need to stand up and fight the fatties that want to keep us so spoiled and on our a**es that we end up like the rest of them but BROKE AS HE**!!!

  • justwonderin

    well i so agree why is America soooo f***ing fat and lazy that they have to have ONE device that does everything for them its just rediculous we need to get off our fat a**es and drive to the store and get a map i mean shit look at our economy its in the s**t hole cause ppl dont have to buy the small things that their phone already does....this is getting rediculous guys we as americans need to stand up and fight the fatties that want to keep us so spoiled and on our a**es that we end up like the rest of them but BROKE AS HE**!!!

  • So, if I understand the argument, they should also stop putting radios/CD players in cars, because cars are meant to get you from place to place, not for listening to music. Or perhaps you are upset right now that your computer is visiting this website, as computers should be solely for typing word documents.

    You laud competition, then complain about how devices are becoming too multipurposed? That is directly due to competition! Company A has a great phone. Company B also has a great phone. Company A adds mp3-playing capabilities to its phone. Now Company A has the competitive advantage.

    Also, you dislike how companies are trying to make an "iPhone-killer"? What would you have them do, say, "Oh well, we will never make anything that good. Let's just make a lesser product."? If companies had that sort of attitude, we'd never see any technological progress.

    All-in-all, this is one of the most mystifying articles I've ever read. What is an article against technological progress doing on the front page of a tech site? To put it another way, what is an article against multipurpose machines doing on a PC-centric site? It seems incredibly ironic.

  • So, if I understand the argument, they should also stop putting radios/CD players in cars, because cars are meant to get you from place to place, not for listening to music. Or perhaps you are upset right now that your computer is visiting this website, as computers should be solely for typing word documents.

    You laud competition, then complain about how devices are becoming too multipurposed? That is directly due to competition! Company A has a great phone. Company B also has a great phone. Company A adds mp3-playing capabilities to its phone. Now Company A has the competitive advantage.

    Also, you dislike how companies are trying to make an "iPhone-killer"? What would you have them do, say, "Oh well, we will never make anything that good. Let's just make a lesser product."? If companies had that sort of attitude, we'd never see any technological progress.

    All-in-all, this is one of the most mystifying articles I've ever read. What is an article against technological progress doing on the front page of a tech site? To put it another way, what is an article against multipurpose machines doing on a PC-centric site? It seems incredibly ironic.

  • technorebel

    I do feel that way about a lot of the gadgets that are perceived to be a necessity these days. I've been arguing with my husband about the expense of having cell phones when 20 years ago we all got along just fine without them. Nowadays, it's a $120 a month expense--why? Because we're just all so indispensable we need to be in touch with the world at all times?

    On the other hand, I would love it if that cell phone was also an ebook reader.

  • technorebel

    I do feel that way about a lot of the gadgets that are perceived to be a necessity these days. I've been arguing with my husband about the expense of having cell phones when 20 years ago we all got along just fine without them. Nowadays, it's a $120 a month expense--why? Because we're just all so indispensable we need to be in touch with the world at all times?

    On the other hand, I would love it if that cell phone was also an ebook reader.