I thought i had successfully wrapped up my rant on how "smart" phones aren't, but evidently there's still work to do.
Some people don't get what's important or what innovation is.
This morning, while looking for Ubuntu Phone un-boxing videos (I found some), I also stumbled on an opinion piece entitled "The first Ubuntu phone is here, and it's lame" by Mike Wehner who has evidently come late to the Ubuntu Phone party. I won't get into all the details but here are select "treasures" from his piece:
I don't know Mike, and he's probably a great guy. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. But, I think Mike and people like Mike are missing the point, and I'm going to call them out.
Mike and friends, this is not about technical specs and "my gadget is faster and bigger than your gadget." It never was. You're fixated on the wrong stuff. This is not a nuclear arms race in your pocket. There is no monster at the end of this game that you have to kill to win.
This is about a community (that includes a company) making a phone that dares to disrupt an (at worst) really predatory and (at best) boring status quo.
You see, the real story is about the people behind the phone and their motives. Offer me a phone with the fastest hardware, the sharpest screen, and the most megapixels. You might think I'd happily accept it. Now, tell me it's powered by code written to exploit its owner and watch how quickly I refuse to accept your gift.
It's never about the technology. It's about the social contract.
I'm not going to link to the original story. If you're curious, a quick search should get you there.
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