i hate smartphones tbh. typing on them is garbage, they don't fucking DO anything, you can't even drop them without them breaking, theyre a fucking joke. a few years ago they realised that the screens were too small and cramped so they started making them laughably huge and now they're even WORSE than they were before because now they're too big to even hold in your hand and you can't reach most of the screen which is, btw, STILL too small
@Gertjan @jk that bit happened around mid-late 2000s though; by which time you had a fairly robust phone with a usable physical keyboard, a decent camera and GPS navigation, but without the spyware/adtech of today (the 3G/LTE networks not being developed enough to support it).
Blackberry lost its way in late 00s chasing the low-end of the market but actually made half decent devices...
@jk Remember when smartphones used to have hardware keyboards? Why did they ever get rid of those?
@jk Typing was a lot better, but they basically died out, like, ~5 years ago, so the screens were all still way too small. Most keyboards slid out from the back, though, so they didn't really exacerbate the smallness of the screen.
@jk It was! Then they stopped making them and no one has ever been able to give me a good reason why.
@jk I have a BLU Life One X2. It's large enough to type on, even with my big hands; there are cheap cases that make it basically indestructible; unlocking the bootloader and/or rooting it is trivial; the cameras are decent; it's got a decent CPU, expandable storage, and 4 GB of main memory. And it's only $200.
@jk I used to want a physical keyboard on my phone but autocorrect on Gboard is good enough that I can type quickly with terrible accuracy and it doesn't matter. I'd rather have screen space.
However, the obsession with thinness is insane. The Note 7 was the peak of this, where it was so thin it literally exploded. Other smartphones get shitty battery life, no headphone jack, no micro SD slot, and/or nonreplaceable batteries, which are also garbage