Yes; the smartphone world is so boring right now. This statement may come as a shock to those of you who belong to the iOS-Android

The Smartphone World Is So Boring Right Now

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Yes; the smartphone world is so boring right now. This statement may come as a shock to those of you who belong to the iOS-Android generation, and this is all that you have seen. But once upon a time, there was a smartphone world with lots of excitement. We had Symbian UIQ, Symbian S60, Symbian S80 (and all three were very different in UI and hardware flavours), BlackBerry, Windows Mobile Professional, Windows Mobile Smartphone, Maemo, and Palm OS – all offering markedly different user interfaces and hardware form factors and capabilities. Once upon a time, there was fun and excitement born out of variety and real choices. Now, all we have…. are the non-identical twins, Android and iOS. And slabs.

Did you just say all we have are Android and iOS? Yes; I did.

You might say that we have Bada. Well, that must be on planet Neptune. Any OS that isn’t seeing new devices released – especially over a period of 12 months – is effectively non-existent. August 2011 was the last time that a Bada OS phone was released. See what I mean? Belle’s last dance was the 808 PureView, launched in February 2012. In another three months max, we can say that Belle is effectively non-existent.

Oh, yes; you are thinking that I left out Windows Phone 8; right? Yes; I did. Windows Phone isn’t here yet. Prove me wrong: get out, walk into your favourite mobile store, and order a Windows Phone smartphone. At least, where I live, there’s no single Windows Phone 8 smartphone for sale in any store. Anywhere in Nigeria. Right now.

Everywhere you look, its Android, Android, and more Android. That’s like going to the supermarket and all you see is bread, bread, and more bread. God forbid. Yes, Sony Android, Samsung Android, LG Android, Motorola Android and Tecno Android. But Android is Android at the end of the day. It is like Agege bread, sliced bread, Wheat bread, Sweet bean bread, and meat bread. Bleh.

Yearning For New Wine

I know that we are expecting new players, and therein lies my hope of salvation from this very boring present state, and hopefully, I shall not have have withered away before devices from those players hit the streets. I can’t wait for Blackberry 10 (hoping that RIM gets it right), Tizen OS, Firefox OS, and Sailfish OS. Now, don’t disturb me about ecosystems and apps and all that. I really don’t care. I just want new toys that look and act different from what is available now. Hopefully, these new platforms can give us really different user interfaces and all, because, unfortunately, what we will be mostly seeing are the same boring slabs of frozen plastic, metal and polycarbonate that make me sick and nauseated everyday.

Can’t we just get over this obsession with slabs and get on with our lives? Aaaaaargh!!!!!!!

Yes; this current smartphone world is as exciting as the Windows-dominated PC industry has been. Acer PCs: Windows. Dell PCs: Windows. HP: Windows. Bleh! Please, give me some excitement, lest I die.

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  1. Well, we know variety is the CURSE of life.

    And too many cooks definitely spoil the broth! Ask Microsoft of yesteryears….

    Why bother with all the others, when you can have just Android?

    Someone, pray, tell!

    What is the essence?

  2. I have been feeling this boredom for sometimes now cos all the devices seems the same to me with one trying to be like the other in the same way either in cubes,card or tiles like.Just as mr Mo said,i want to believe that blackberry10 and sailfish OS aspecially,being the makers of phones like n900,n9/n950 i have no doubt that their new device will certainly come with lots of goodies.Already, they promised real multitasking, pulley notification and humanly handy phone screens with complete functionalities. Meanwhile,I shall hold my cash until i see something worth spending on.I want to see a phone that will make 2013 unlike 2013.

  3. EyeBeeKay – Variety is the spice of life! Enough said.

    Yes, the smartphone world is getting dry, especially in the android subsector. I’m tired of the constant lawsuits, patent wars, similar phones, very similar phone reviews, etc.

    Clearly 2013 is gonna be the era of 5″ slab phones. Sony, LG, Samsung, Meizu, etc… All these phones now look alike. And they keep on focusing on adding new gizmos (1080p, larger megapixels, etc) instead of improving things most people really need (better battery life, stable OS, better security)

    And yes, why must we have only slabs? Bring back more great smartphones with physical keyboards. I have the Pliris Blaze+ and Nokia N9 (both slabs), but when I go out with either one, I always have my BB Bold4 for rapid typing! When will we see a great smartphone with the design of the HTC Desire Z, Nokia E7 and N950, Dell Venue Pro?!?! I hope BB10 is released with as many physical keyboard-phones as slabs. I hope Jolla also releases a Sailfish OS phone with a keyboard too. I really do. 🙁

  4. Mr. Mo’s whims dance up and down like the pendulum and trust me, it can’t be cured by varieties. And as long as the hands of time keep ticking, you can never predict his whims. He will be excited today and bored tomorrow for almost same reason of his excitement today and except you just want to show sympathy, if you allow yourself to dance with his whims, you are going to be injured and most likely reduce yourself to a fucking puppet.

  5. Harry Echemco:

    This is just the author’s opinion. Maybe you could write your own article. By the way, I think what you posted here is just plain garbage. You are the one appealing for sympathy based on what you posted. As an Android fan, were you “butthurt” by the article?

  6. Harry Echemco:

    Please do not be butthurt by the article. It is just one man’s opinion. And please watch your language.

  7. come on Glenda, there is no need for that. Harry didn’t discredit the article and to a large extent he is right. Mr Mo is a geek. Most are insatiable. So also are a lot of us.

    Though I use android these days, I would love a situation where there are more OSs with almost equal dominance. The more the merrier they say. That will as matter of fact help keep the software developers on their toes. Investing more in R&D and be more innovative in competition. Not the way companies like Apple are going about it.

    Mr Mo, going by this article, can we deduce the greater popularity of android over blackberry smartphones? You remember a report you published sometime ago about blackberry being the most popular smartphone in Nigeria.



  8. @spacyzuma, I would say the present OSs are really on track with improving on those features you mentioned, Stability, battery life and security. The iphone5 has the best battery ever in its line up and ios can be argued to be secured and stable. So also has jellybean created the smoothest android OS ever achieved.

  9. Wow!! What do you know? Our lovely Glenda bot is back.

    Nice to have you back Glenda. But I go with Harry on this one. In so much as I agree with the sentiments and every statement in this article, the writer is a geek and as such is unpredictable. =)

    But Mr Mo is not on trial here. And we definitely need variety in the mobile industry. Look at today’s top end smartphones, they all look alike. All full touch. All 4inch plus screens. All software buttons. We definitely need a break. Enough of copying Steve Jobs successes. Creativity in a different direction is really wanting.

  10. This is sooooooooo rite everything is so android android android!!!!! If u don’t hve the iPhone u rnt cool and all that. *rolls eyes*

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