My Kindle Fire HDX has been a great device for over four years…and that’s a problem 🙂
I think must people expect a gadget to last a year or two nowadays.
That’s very different from the way it used to be, when you might be able to count on inheriting your grandparent’s vacuum cleaner (and washer, and refrigerator, and…).
I use my Kindle Fire HDX every day, often for hours a day (since it reads to me in the car). Knock virtual wood, but it’s been one of the most reliable pieces of technology I’ve had. It does what it does quite well.
I have the
but it’s really just a back up and guest device. I like the interface, but it’s a bit muddy by comparison.
So, I’m satisfied with it: why is that a problem?
Apps are evolving past it.
I have a morning routine, and that’s included the CNN app (as one of different news sources I check, in part for my Flipboard magazines).
I wrote to them recently, because the Tech section clearly hadn’t been updating…even when there were tech stories in other sections.
Then, maybe a week ago, it couldn’t display an ad on the Featured section…and wouldn’t show me any stories in that category.
About a week, it informed me that my version of the app was no longer supported, and to download the newer version.
That didn’t work, either.
So, I can’t really blame them.
As hardware becomes more capable, software evolves to match it. As the apps begin to push the edge of the capabilities of the hardware, the machine again gets better to match (and surpass) it.
Then the software evolves again, making for a virtuous cycle.
It’s a bit like…imagine that you’ve been going to your favorite movie theatre for years, and it’s the mid-1920s.
You love that place. The ushers know you by name. The organist plays like Lon Chaney in Paris. They program it really well.
You go every weekend, and it’s well worth your two bits.
1927 comes along, and Al Jolson ad libs a line…the talkies are born.
In the next town over, a theatre is wired for sound.
Even if your theatre wanted to wire for sound, they just aren’t set up for it.
You stay loyal, and enjoy every minute of it.
This goes on for another five years…in 1931, you are tempted by Frankenstein and Dracula (you’ve read the books, and saw Lugosi on stage), but your theatre is so…comfortable.
Eventually, though, all the movies you want to see have sound, and spoken dialogue.
You can’t blame the studios if they aren’t making silent movies any more. You can’t blame your theatre…it’s just as good as it ever was. You can’t blame the new theatre: your theatre was cutting edge once, too
That’s the problem with long-lasting gadgets…eventually, the content will outgrow it.
I expect to keep using HDXter for some time…but I’ll have to start thinking about a new one, too.
What do you think? Do you have any hardware that outlasted its compatible content? How long should a tablet last? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.
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