I hate that technology advances so quickly, but I also love itAnna Scantlin - Contributing Editor
I think we all pretty much know by now that when a new phone or new device comes out in this industry, it's not very long before it's been replaced by something way better. Sometimes it can be as short as a few weeks, but never more than a few months before your phone ends up looking like the "Actual Burger" instead of the picture perfect burger featured in advertisements. You all know what I'm talking about.
The point is, technology here moves quickly. Things get updated, optimized, speed boosts and design revamps all the time. Most of the time I find this extremely frustrating, because I kind of like having the biggest baddest phone around town and I only ever get to enjoy that sweet feeling for a few months before some other bigger, badder phone shows up. But, at the same, it's because of the fact that this industry is ever-changing is what makes it so interesting. I think I have to give it props for that.
Getting into this industry was probably one of the best things I could have done for my interests. Before I started writing and before I started working for Sprint, I was always reading up on tech blogs and learning about all of the new phones coming out, the new tech we could expect to see in the near future, rumors and leaks, stuff like that. There is hardly ever a dull moment here. Even now, just when I think I've seen it all there are still some crazy news stories that come up such as flexible displays, Google Glass, smartwatches, and other gadgets that I just never would have thought would be a seriously considered idea even as early as ten years ago. Like, back then it was probably as likely to see those kinds of things as it was to have a real modified, time-traveling DeLorean. It's just insane, and amazing.
I know it seems like I complain about a lot of things about smartphones or companies a lot - and I do. It's part of my job. I'm an opinion editor, so my job is to give you my real opinion whether you agree with me or not (and it is totally okay to disagree!); but even if there are certain features that I condemn to be "gimmicky" or "pointless" to add to a device because I personally would never use them and couldn't see them being useful in a lot of people's lives, it doesn't really change the fact that it's simply amazing to me that we have the technology to implement things like face recognition, fingerprint sensors, Smart Pause, Air Gesture, Active Display, etc. This crazy futuristic stuff that I only ever saw in movies, or would have never event dreamt about are becoming a usable, easily attainable reality.
Constant change is one of the most important things that keeps my interest in this industry. I can admit that I definitely have my off days where I'm not as excited about an article, or news is slow so I have to use a generic topic that, quite frankly, just isn't as interesting to write about. But once you mush through those days, you'll usually fine that it's not too long before you come across something that's really interesting and you're passionate about talking about.
I mean, for a long time I was all about iOS because it seemed like the perfect platform for me - and at the time it was, don't get me wrong. But as time passed and I saw the changes made in Android I started to become intrigued about Google's platform rather than Apple's. Then, just when you think you've got everything all figured out again, Apple comes along and slaps you with something crazy like iOS 7. When BlackBerry was discussing BlackBerry 10 I was intrigued by the changes they were making. When the Lumia 920 line came out, I realized how important my camera was in my smartphone and for the first time I actually took the time to get to really learn Windows Phone.
So while technology is always changing, and can sometimes be annoying by just how quickly it happens, it's still important that it happens in order to hold our interest - at least, that's how it feels to me.
What about you, readers? Are you the type of person that hates the fact that technology changes so quickly, or is it what keeps you coming back? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
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