Ghetto Gadgets

Chris Stevens at CNET Crave has an amusing article that examines the increasingly poor build quality of modern electronics. It discusses why as technology has evolved, quality control seems to have disappeared.

The article points out that there are two acceptable ways to compel users to upgrade: technology and style. As electronics become more advanced, users are forced to upgrade their older devices in order to keep up with the new ones. But since electronics today exceed the demands of many consumers, this isn’t working so well anymore.

Stylistic also contribute to device-envy. Most people want the newest and prettiest phone. Not everyone though, and that’s a problem many manufacturers find too hard to bear.

To remedy the problem, products are made poorly. So instead of compelling you to upgrade with innovation, you’re forced to upgrade by product failure. Shiesty bastards.

Crave Talk: Why do all our gadgets break? [Crave Talk]