In fact, because of evolution, you can pretty well safely buy any of the 2018 models as they all are better than the 2017 ones.

Of course, we cannot forget Apple.

Apple has its own iOS ecosystem and the days of switching from Android to iOS are long over. It released the iPhone XS, XS Max and lower cost XR.

These all have its latest A12 Bionic System on an Chip and set new records for top end pricing. The XR starts at $1229 for a 64GB version right up to the XS Max at $2369 for the 512GB version.

GadgetGuy Val Quinn in reviewing the XS Max  sums up. “So, is the iPhone XS Max worth the money? That depends on how you’re paying for it, and if having the ‘best’ [Apple iPhone] is worth it to you. It is indeed a very impressive, cutting edge phone that offers just about the best of everything:  looks, performance, camera quality, features, screen,smarts, speakers and more.”

GadgetGuy’s take: Forgive my jaded missive.

What is wrong with the world? Where are the bold, mad scientists whose whacky ideas stretch the imagination?

 “Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything …”

Steve Jobs

Either Jobs was brilliant and so far ahead of his time – yes, he was – or the rest of the world is just plain lazy. Not one smartphone has since beaten Apple’s iconic design and grand plan, yet it too has suffered from a dearth of new thinking. In recent years – evolution – not revolution.

I am not trying to channel Steve Jobs, but I am sure his iPhone of today would have been more than a phone, camera, content player, GPS, and an advertising server.

The phone Steve would have built would have been wearable, probably component based, certainly with innovations like fold/roll out screens and frankly, it would have added more to our lives than to be a vehicle to access Facebook. It would have become indispensable, our very raison d’être.

What I want is to gather the best brains – Bill Gates, Larry Page, J.J Abrams, and Adams, Asimov, Jobs, H.G Wells etc., via channelling – to name a few. After they bury the hatchet– in each other – and imbibe a few fine wines – produce a roadmap for the communicator, replicator, holographic comms, transporter, usable health monitor, and turn science fiction into science fact.

Where is Dr Who’s bloody sonic screwdriver when you need it?

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I end with a quote from Douglas Adam’s ‘The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ from Marvin, the sour, pessimistic, GPP – Genuine People Personality – robot:

“Having solved all the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except for his own, three times over, [Marvin] was severely stuck for something to do and had taken up composing short dolorous ditties of no tone, or indeed tune.”

Am I asking too much for the tech giants to stop lusting after the same piece of pie and to bake a new, bigger, better ones?

STOP GOING AFTER THE LOW HANGING FRUIT – START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX! (Sorry for those overused clichés).

By the way, this article’s header image is from https://pulptastic.com/these-40-cartoons-perfectly-illustrate-how-smartphones-have-taken-over-our-lives/. It’s definitly worth a read as it shows in comic form how our lives have changed.