Beyond the Alphabet

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Beyond the Alphabet is a weekly column that focuses on the tech world both inside and out of the confines of Mountain View.

Companies ship unfinished products, software, or hardware to meet the constant demand for “what’s next.” We’re constantly looking for something that’s better, faster, and stronger than what we already have. In turn, companies release devices that are either iterative, missing features, or just simply miss the mark.

These issues are being amplified even further, as a new product category is beginning to emerge. Devices like the Rabbit R1 and Humane AI Pin claim to offer a unique experience. However, it doesn’t take long to notice that couldn’t be further from the truth. Even still, because of the lack of innovation with smartphones, people, myself included, are throwing caution to the wind in favor of that “new and shiny” feeling.

Galaxy Z Fold 3

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Even the most exciting segment of the phone market, foldables, has been plagued by the same problems. The Galaxy Z Fold 3, 4, and 5 are all pretty much the same, offering little more than a spec bump over the previous iteration. There aren’t “generational leaps” anymore, and if they happen, it’s several years down the line.


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