mlulic, Jul 31, 2019 : This is a star thread for CUBE. Check more excellent content here. Throughout the years, we always strived to get our hands on a good piece of technology, and when we actually managed to do it, we were happy. I remember running around and bragging about my PSX, or my Nokia 3310, or my PS2, etc. PS1 was the champion in gaming at that time, almost 20 years ago, even though its graphic was just colored blocks and your memory card was 4-8 MB, with only a few save slots if you played a demanding game, but everyone LOVED IT. Nokia 3310 was a prime beast of a phone, green screen with black blocks, everyone LOVED IT, no one complained about anything, and people were happy to actually use it and have it. My point is, we had some technology available, and we appreciated every single part of it. One thing is bugging me, and that is the tech progress past few years, and peoples appreciation of owning the tech itself. Nowadays, whenever a new piece of technology comes out, mostly smartphones or tablets, we don't celebrate the quality of the device, but we rather strive to prove why is it bad. I understand this from a financial point of view; if a phone costs over 1,000 USD you should expect a top notch device which should not be replaced in at least 2-3 years, instead of being obsolete after 6 months due to new model from the same manufacturer. Is it really worth that much money? Twice per year? Here is my problem: Company X releases a phone model Y. That phone nas 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB internal storage which is expandable up to 2 TB with a correct SD card. Display is 5.6', it has wireless charging, but it does not have fast charge. It has a headphone jack, and no notch, since the selfie camera is integrated below the screen. Rear camera is 60MP, selfie camera is 20 MP. Pretty good phone specs, right? Now, here are most of the reviews coming in next few days after device release: 8 GB is OK, but why not go for 12 GB? 256 GB internal is OK, but why not 2 TB immediately? 2 TB expandable is OK, but why not go up to 10 TB expandable? Display is too small for 2019, it would be better to go 6' or 6.5' since it's the "new standard". It has wireless charging, but it does NOT HAVE wireless FAST CHARGE. It generally does not have fast charge, that should not happen. It's 2019, headphone jacks are long gone, and that space should been used for battery. Why is the camera under the screen, it would be cooler to add a mechanical camera like "insert other brand here", this way it's just boring. Rear camera is 60 MP, but they should have put 80 MP with tri-lens setup of 120 / 80 / 120 MP. Selfie camera is also good, but I think 60 MP would be better. When did we become such technology snobs, especially today when we have so much tech available? Are those minor differences really that big, and who are those people who are telling us why we should not like the device? It seems we have stopped appreciating the rapid growth in technology advancement; and instead of celebrating it, we are dissecting it and trying to find everything that is wrong with it or undermine its importance and value. It's almost like the vast majority of reviewers are becoming bigger and bigger megalomaniacs (respect to those who remain in our normal sphere of thought). Did we become so lazy so we can't do the "best smartphone for me" digging ourselves, but rather rely on a random brand fanboy to tell us that only brand XX or brand YY is worth having, but you need to pay over 1000 USD for it? Why is it so important to buy a phone as a status symbol? I believe I belong to the minority who still uses and chooses phones based on their daily needs, which do not include selfies, pubg, and I wonder; when did it come to this? Am I a fossil because I still use my 10 year old laptop on a daily basis, and do not change my mobile phone on every new model relese? Am I less worthy for not having a fruit branded device in my home? Are we really becoming such snobs over this? Where will this take us in next 5 years? Edit by author: Title edited to more proper term, not to be mistaken for insulting.