I wrote a gadget diary post a few day ago talking about the Google Pixel XL that I have on order. Mark Ryan left a comment that really resonated with me. He said:
I have to say that both Apple and Google are really lost when it comes to mobile phone innovation. Pixel is not water resistant and no image stabilization. 8 core CPU is slower than the iPhone 7 which is having all kinds of issues. Neither company is leading the industry with innovation. Ditching all the Nexus users is a way to lose the small following Nexus enjoyed. The other Google announcements were also devoid of any innovation. Looks like Google is becoming more Motorola and less incubator. Too bad.
I responded back with:
I completely agree with you that Google and Apple have been resting on their laurels for awhile now. What I’d love to see from both of them is the way Sony used to be back in the old days of PDAs. Sony came out with some really interesting devices. It was like they were throwing all their ideas at the wall to see what stuck. That was a fun time for handheld devices and I miss it.
Depending on your age, you might remember the early 2000’s when it seemed like every couple of months that Sony was releasing a new PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) or ultra small computer with a crazy cool feature or design. We reviewed quite a few of them like the ones listed below.
Sony CLIE T615C Review from March 2002.
Sony CLIE NR70V Review from May 2002.
Sony CLIÉ PEG-UX50/U Review from September 2003.
Sony Vaio VGN-U71P review from June 2005.
Sony Vaio VGN-UX50 uPC review from June 2006.
Today it seems like all the big name mobile device makers want their new devices to look like an iPhone instead of coming up with their own original ideas.
Do you also think that innovation is dead and imitation is king?