Maybe I am spoiled and take things for granted, but I feel like we haven't seen anything that is actually innovative in handheld devices for the better part of a decade and it's boring. If you showed an old person who doesn't know any better, a first generation ipod touch from 2007 and an iphone 5 from 2012... They wouldn't tell a difference other than the shape and I honestly don't see changing shapes as an improvement or as an innovation. Android side of coin is just as bad... you essentially have 5 flagship phones from different companies that all do the same thing but are different shapes and sizes (battery and camera have different performance I guess)... and then like 20 mid to low grade phones that all do the exact same thing but are different shapes and sizes (again battery and camera probably differ). All these companies have been releasing the same phone for 5 years...
You could argue the same about computer technology but at least every new release of processors for example show quantifiable and measurable PROOF that they are an improvement. Except maybe bulldozer
. Then you say well there is better processors for example being put into the phones... I honestly do not see the need for new hardware in them if the software does not demand it. All the little games and apps that explode on the app store are never demanding of hardware. Probably because you are on a phone and playing demanding games on it would eat up your battery in a big way. If I'm going to be playing a crazy 3D game, I'm going go sit at my desktop or use my laptop or an xbox or play station ETC... So I say to the better hardware being put into the phones... that's great, but is it actually that big of an improvement for the user?
I know there are exceptions to this, and there are little features that get added and many of you use... but this forum is a bunch of very tech savvy individuals that do not represent the masses. Until things like flexible displays and Google's glasses enter the market and force innovation upon all the competitors, I'm not interested. My Samsung galaxy S is doing me just fine and I don't feel the need to cough up 200 dollars and be on a 3 year contract for a different shape of it.
Sorry for the rant. As you were.