The Endgame is Near for Phones

  • Published on May 3, 2019
  • Thoughts on the state of phones right now in 2019.
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  • Dave Lee
    Dave Lee  6 months ago +3180

    Commoditization = Super cheap but stale smartphones. Would you want that?

    • Totto Land
      Totto Land 2 months ago


    • sonny
      sonny 2 months ago

      I dont mind. Phones are tools. What i consider jaw dropping feature or what not is something that legitimately makes life in general easier. For everyone regardless of age. I personally dont like how the details transfer. Like... everyone slowly drops the headphone jack to save money... but why arent they all adding pens? That thing is great! And id love something like it on an i phone... or any other phone for that matter...

    • Szilard Molnar
      Szilard Molnar 2 months ago

      @Tech With Sean So you want privacy and a good camera yet you buy a phone that has neither?😂🤙

    • Eric Williams
      Eric Williams 2 months ago

      We are being way overcharged for the top of the line cell phones. They'd still make profits by cutting current prices in half.

    • Milan Labus
      Milan Labus 3 months ago

      Yes all i do is text and watch TVclip. So a cheaper phone that isnt slow suits me

  • Brooke Stern
    Brooke Stern 3 days ago

    Huawei devices are amazing, and Motorola too. Screw the rest all clone discount iPhones.

  • ant Mo
    ant Mo 3 days ago

    They are to expensive

  • Kevin Appleton
    Kevin Appleton 8 days ago

    And talking about looking different from the crowd, I think phones like the Xiaomi Mi 9T with its flame effect back and really good price point are attracting so much attention

  • Prinz Noir
    Prinz Noir 11 days ago

    Why would people Spend 300$ erxtra to removee their headphone jack

  • Kelvin Lau
    Kelvin Lau 20 days ago

    S10 problem is the punch hole and iphone problem is the notch....

  • Dan
    Dan 22 days ago

    *laughs in LG G6

  • Corey Ayers
    Corey Ayers Month ago

    I want phone that dualboots. androind when not docked, full windows 10 when docked. And an xtra programable button. With ofcoarse all the premium features, they want a 1000$, than i want grand phone. What theyve been pitching lately has been a disgrace

  • Njoroge
    Njoroge Month ago

    No innovation its just upgrade of memory and screen sizes. Iphone 11 has no 5G and they are still selling them at $1000 mark they are just updating the software

  • John Barnes
    John Barnes Month ago

    People should keep their phones for at least 3 years. No need to buy a new one each year.

  • Illuminated
    Illuminated Month ago

    Can't trust Huawei's numbers. Or anything else about it. Ultimately it, like all companies in the PRC, are extensions of the corrupt, thieving Communist Cancer that subjugates and exploits the world's people, especially the Chinese people, every day.

  • maxlol0
    maxlol0 Month ago

    it is normal. smartphones are portable handheld PCs. with PC sales and prices coming down. it is hard to justify the price of smartphones going up. unless you use your smartphone for productivity work. it is very hard to justify the price. I feel that a laptop is still the best computing device for productivity work and media consumption. good keyboard and a much bigger screen than a smartphone.

  • Atif Bashir
    Atif Bashir Month ago

    Spot on Dave!
    Since the original iphone was launched not much has changed in terms of innovation.
    Every phone manufacturer has relied on that model. Thereve been faster, larger, shinier phones...but its all in the same package.

  • Nerd Zone!
    Nerd Zone! Month ago

    I'm apple user who went from iPhone 6 to 11 after 5 years of usage. The differences in phones are nominal at best, which requires a jump of 5 years to actually see a difference. I'm only sticking with Apple ( despite knowing they are overpriced) because seamlessly integration of apps, contacts, music ... The differences are going to stay nominal at best from 11 to 16 they wouldn't be a massive difference most likely (besides appearance and specs). Unlike phones, consoles have a lifespan of 5-8 years plus the prices hardly change and hardware massively changes and is clearly illustrated. The prices of phones are consistently increasing, i mean the launch price of the original iPhone was $500-600 i think, now ranges from $700 - 1449.

  • Matt Carlisle
    Matt Carlisle Month ago

    One plus 7 pro is a great phone


    Launching flagships frequently and making those who paid a Premium for them look like idiots after a few months; praising flawed design features like notches as something Premium; inspite of hybrid dual sim slot being the greatest adultery ever, making it sound cool by hypocritic marketing; simply ignoring consumer demands like retaining the headphone jack and forcing them to buy more expensive wireless headsets(Voila! Now you can spend half of your day charging your phone and the other half charging your headset😬); adding insult to injury, there's planned obsolescence 😬😬😬😬😤📴
    All these have taken their toll and made the whole scene "doom and gloom". Manufacturers should do market study properly and be themselves rather than imitating stupid trends prevailing in market; in other words, INNOVATE or simply become extinct.

  • De
    De Month ago

    that's why sony is the most F uc ked up company

  • Ray Tillman
    Ray Tillman Month ago

    I've been rocking a Note gn-7000(note 1) since early 2012, but its finally stopped working so I have bought a OnePlus 7 pro, I dont intend to upgrade until at least 2025, maybe even 2030 if the battery survives. I paid £17 a month on contract for the Note 1, Its £40 for the OnePlus 7 pro, I cannot believe that I am spending so much on a phone, I am obviously better off than I have ever been and I'm on a state pension WTF.

  • EX0stasis
    EX0stasis Month ago

    Personally, I prefer software innovation, and we don't need phone manufacturers for that. In fact, manufacturers almost always do software inferior to 3rd parties.

  • iiElysium x
    iiElysium x Month ago

    the market is saturated and prices are going up, its a tough combo although i think companies know this and thats why they are starting to drop prices, even iPhones are dropping prices but I also agree that we are approaching peak smartphone, where smartphones just cannot get any better cause look at smartphones in 2019, we have displays so good they you cannot see pixels anymore, CPUS and GPUs so good you can -play games like PUBG and fortnite on a phone, the only place left really for huge innovations are batteries which will be solved once carbon-based batteries become viable, weeks of charge that only takes a few seconds to chasrge up

  • thelastname2k
    thelastname2k Month ago +1

    I have no intention of upgrading due to the price disparity between USA and Australia. It's almost 80%.

  • Alejandro Sudiro
    Alejandro Sudiro Month ago

    The title should be: the end game is near for expensive phones (already happens in me long time ago).

  • T S
    T S Month ago

    Only 5G, 6 G...can save them a bit in the future

  • mattkirkhamm
    mattkirkhamm Month ago

    all phones are pretty much the same at this point.

  • Fredrik Svärd
    Fredrik Svärd Month ago


  • WowTaserZZ
    WowTaserZZ Month ago

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  • SevenDeMagnus
    SevenDeMagnus Month ago


  • Tetrabit 19745
    Tetrabit 19745 Month ago

    Just stop releasing them so frequently/just slow it down a tad bit

  • nyqon
    nyqon Month ago

    Simpler answer is global economy is normalising after a decade of high growth.

  • Fyro Wower
    Fyro Wower Month ago

    Im buy new apple stand for 1000$ and I dont know how to turn it ON ... am I using it wrong ?

  • Yanni
    Yanni Month ago

    I used to switch phones every couple years and this year is the first time I m gonna stay with my current phone (S9+) and just pay for a new battery. I had a look at the s10, and there is not enough hardware improvement to make me pay the additional 1000 pounds.

  • Akmal Rodzi
    Akmal Rodzi 2 months ago

    It's because the phone are so dang expensive!

  • Sara Mahfud
    Sara Mahfud 2 months ago

    for some reason the title made me think you were predicting the death of phones in general

  • Gary Nazarian
    Gary Nazarian 2 months ago

    5G is right around the corner and everybody knows this. It will revolutionize the industry and make these conversation irrelevant, at least for some time.

  • Jarrod Pickford
    Jarrod Pickford 2 months ago

    Thanks for not having a ad

  • Josh Yang
    Josh Yang 2 months ago

    Maybe the price is too high, $300 was a lot already but now $1000+, shit, fuck that

  • Simon C
    Simon C 2 months ago

    Think how much innovation for cars in the last 20 years but they still sell a lot.

  • Jiojio Lachance
    Jiojio Lachance 2 months ago

    to solve the problem they should reduce the supply. I mean only brand a phone every two years. so people get time to save for the phone and then enjoy the phone without him becoming obsolete too quickly. kinda like in the vidéo game industry. a game every year is bad for a franchise...

  • Rory Hohensee
    Rory Hohensee 2 months ago

    If my older iPhone does exactly what I need I don’t see a point on buying a new one . Nor do I wanna spend money on something I don’t need

  • CRz多 DeadShøt
    CRz多 DeadShøt 2 months ago +1

    Phones r getting worse rather than getting good

  • B Nagy
    B Nagy 2 months ago +1

    Shitty clickbait

  • td facts
    td facts 2 months ago +2

    Blackberry : typing is our greatest innovation . Now blackberry is history because of lack of real innovation and crazy price .
    Apple : ecosystem is our greatest innovation ... They're selling products more crazily high price ... Now it's time to become Apple history 😁😁😜😜

  • Luke Williams
    Luke Williams 2 months ago

    Bro Apple did not slow down iPhones to get more sales, look at the facts they tried to help people so they don’t have to upgrade them often and also what about how They gave support for iOS 12 for iPhones all the way back to 2013

    • Anti Bullshit
      Anti Bullshit 2 months ago

      poor bastard still thinks appel care about consumers

  • Lord Bunbury
    Lord Bunbury 2 months ago

    I use a macbook pro, an iPad and as a phone: an iphone SE 128gb that cost me €240,- new. I really don’t see a reason for a big ass expensive phone that won’t fit in my pocket and doesn’t have a headphone jack. There is only so much more you can invent to make smartphones better. Now they just go for a better screen and bigger. I don’t really care about that.

  • Anthony Mendez
    Anthony Mendez 2 months ago

    I think this whole industry has been waiting for phones to decline. 5G has been out for quiet sometime and they're not going to adopt it until next recession. This helps the economy - everything is planned 5 years in advance. While we're here trying to figure it out.

  • Bring me Peter pan
    Bring me Peter pan 2 months ago

    Phones are doing what every product does, catering to our wants not our needs.

  • Kerim
    Kerim 2 months ago

    I will never give 1500$ for a phone its just getting more and more ridiculus prices.

  • Dániel Leskó
    Dániel Leskó 2 months ago

    lets be real, phones reached their top performance by now. Even phones at 200/300 are snappy, work perfect with every day usage, the cpus inside them handle all tasks and rly if your thing isnt gaming then you are 100% satisfied. Ram is getting to the 4gig minimum even for cheaper phones too, more than enough for most ppl... nothing rly jaw dropping is coming from the phone market, nothing rly demanding is being released as a software that would launch phone productivity to the next level. Really, the only thing that separates avg mid rangers and top performers nowadays is the screen quality itself. Not even the cameras stand out that much anymore, yeah you wont be a full time photographer with a midrange phone, but neither will the 1k flagship take you there, and for just everyday snap takers, difference is not that big...

  • issaKorean
    issaKorean 2 months ago


  • 橋本絵莉子
    橋本絵莉子 2 months ago +1

    smartphones causing too much CO2 Emissions much more then any other product in the world.
    And they getting very worse instead of better FaceID & Fingerprints is violating human rights and is a mass-crime²,
    then you can not change akkus anymore and all the other stuff really getting bad as fck.
    Also you just need only 2 good phones in your whole life not every year are you all stupid as fck ?
    Also a smartphone you have charge always - makes no sense at all.

  • Grzegorz Kapica
    Grzegorz Kapica 2 months ago

    For me cellphones are a commodity for a long time. I use used once or cheap off the shelf units for 10 years.

  • Tim Harrington
    Tim Harrington 2 months ago

    Is it not the fact hardware has reached a point where we don't need to upgrade every copy of years now?

    Five years ago a two year old phone would have become somewhat slower (so a 2012 phone in 2014), due to the increases in software and requirements. In addition to that, cameras were getting better year on year and it made some sense to upgrade relatively frequently.

    Today a two year phone (2017 in 2019) can do everything you want it to and quickly, and it is likely the camera is pretty good and does everything you need it to.

    Basically like desktop PCs - there isn't really much point in upgrading as frequently anymore as an older phone can do everything you need it to.

  • baukepoelsma
    baukepoelsma 2 months ago

    Can you please do an update about Huawei with the whole American ban in action and being lifted again??

  • Eric Williams
    Eric Williams 2 months ago +1

    Samsung and Apple are ridiculously priced. There is not a cell phone on the planet worth $900.00 let alone $1300.00 like the Samsung Note 10+. Plus these scumbag companies have unethical [ractices like slowing down people's phones and who knows what other problems they are intentionally creating via updates. People including myself are fed up with these practices and not getting what I pay for. If I buy a 1300.00 phone I expect it to work perfectly for no less than 5 years as I am someone who keeps the phone in an otterbox all the time. The expectation to get a new phone every year is ridiculous and people who do that are immature and irresponsible. I am currently looking for a budget phone for the first time and will not be spending 1000.00 on anybody's cell phone.

  • Gagan Singh
    Gagan Singh 2 months ago

    Ya we need comoact phones and companies makiing them bigger by just adding camera’s 🛸

  • kla jess
    kla jess 2 months ago +1

    ur the best tech guy on utube,,..I am 58 of age,,n I collect rar smartphones,,

  • Julius Phua
    Julius Phua 2 months ago +8

    Lets make a petition not to buy any smartphones (new) for 1 year and only buying used. If the whole world does it.. who knows :) kinda like the Area 51 raid 😂

  • Jesse Kauffman
    Jesse Kauffman 2 months ago +1

    All phones are pretty much the same.and the price is getting insane

  • Mohammed Alhag
    Mohammed Alhag 2 months ago +1

    Why Huawei is growing fast?
    Because they are better and can be trust for there products.
    They took the best things of other companys and combined them in there phones.

    • Josue Millan
      Josue Millan 2 months ago

      No because they sell cheap phones in developing markets in europe US canada all of south america and central america they are non-existent huawei ia only big in china/india

  • Mercian Tousaint
    Mercian Tousaint 2 months ago

    Global economy is fine. All these years companies seeing decline because the markets they reached every corner of the markets available for them. Even a poor chap from india has a decent smartphone with ambanis free data. The number of people who want yearly upgrades eventually will decline even further unless they stop annual flagships, or come up with an actual reason every year to upgrade.