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Old August 27th, 2013, 02:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Maxx "Good Enough." Cell phones a commodity?

Rumors Of Apple’s New A7 Chip Could Indicate That CPU Innovation Is Flagging | TechCrunch

A quick read over on Tech Crunch making the argument that cell phones have reached the point where most users regard them as "fast enough," and innovation will come with feature refinement and battery life, not speed.

Although the article is written to address Apple and their A7 chip in development, it runs parallel to the new line of Motorola phones arguably using an optimized rendition of "last years chip" and "last years display," instead focusing on tweaking process improvement and power consumption.

I have to agree from the standpoint that the Maxx was the first phone I've purchased since possibly my circa 2001 Kyocera 7135 Palm phone where I wasn't primarily concerned with improved screen resolution, greater processing horsepower, or a reduction in size (or for that matter a larger screen). Instead, it was all about recharge intervals and UX refinements.

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Good write up, and accurate. Perhaps the Galaxy S4 will be one of the last outrageous spec phones.

Though it's funny they consider a 31% improvement a "complete failure." 31% is a huge number. Relative to the doubling they mention it seems small... but hell, in my field of engineering if I can get a 3% performance improvement it's considered a big deal!
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