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user-inactivated  ·  1041 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Jeff Kunzler: Against Minimalism A Plea for Cyberpunk

I have a three or four year old smart phone that I'm waiting patiently to die so I can replace it without feeling guilty. The other day when I was thinking about replacing it I remembered phones from the early '00s. Candy bar phones, flip phones, those nifty little sliders. Half of those things were pretty cheap, but the other half lasted forever, andany had nifty features like built in bluetooth, the ability to play MP3s, and even a camera of you were willing to splurge. The form factor was as much of a selling point as anything else, they were fashion statements almost. Now we have all of the features we could want and none of the cool form factors. It's nice in a way, cause we don't have to make anywhere near as many compromises. Still, I kind of miss buttons.