There are only five days left in 2014 as I write this, and one can’t help but get a little nostalgic. In one way or another I’m usually thinking about phones of the past, whether it’s something that’s just come out or it’s already been a few years now, but as often as I’m thinking about what I want to see next, I’m weighing it against what’s already come. But now, as 2014 winds to a close, the look back is a bit different.
Now when I think about the HTC One (M8), or the 2nd generation Moto X, or even the Galaxy Note 4 it’s all warm and fuzzy instead of all critical. There’s just something about the idea that one of those devices, or maybe even two or all three (or more) made someone incredibly happy this year.
It’s usually right around this time, too, that I look back at all the phones that I purchased throughout the year.
This is partly due to the fact that I’m still trying to find that “perfect” smartphone, the device that’s a strange amalgamation of different device features, from hardware to software, to create a smartphone that I love just as much as I love Voltron. Taking a look back at all the phones I bought, tried out, returned or held onto for whatever reason, gives me a glimpse into the future of what it is I’m looking for to be my ultimate daily driver.
It will probably never come, but it never hurts to try, right?
While I’ve been thinking about the devices that I purchased this year, from the One (M8) to the newest Moto X and even the newest Moto G, I realized that I actually held back quite a bit this time around. In years prior I would have picked up every single device, all with the idea that maybe it could replace whatever device I had at the time as my go-to handset. Instead, I think this year I was dissuaded right from the start because most of the smartphones that launched this year had displays I just wasn’t interested in.
Our smartphone screens may be incredibly sharp, with more pixels available to our eyeballs than they can even see or we could shake a stick at, but all of that doesn’t mean anything if it’s still too big to actually want to use. I’m a huge fan of the 4.7-inch display size, but anything bigger than that just misses the mark for me. I’m okay with hauling around a “small” smartphone and a small tablet. That actually doesn’t sound all that bad to me.
2015 is probably going to be more of the same, too, which is an odd thing to look forward to. I can’t wait to see the types of smartphones that launch next year, to see what Samsung does next, or see how HTC continues to improve its One lineup. LG’s got quite the momentum going for it, and of course there’s Apple that has a lot of new products (like Apple Pay and Apple Watch) that have to be fleshed out and expanded.
So I want to hear from you. I want to know how many phones you purchased for yourself this year. I already asked you what you’re going to gift this year, but this time I want you to look back at the months prior and tell me how many handsets you called your own, and how many of them you kept or got rid of. Why’d you keep it or them, or why did you get rid of them? Let me know!