A Gadget Death Wish

Rob Walker, The Atlantic:

Imagine, by contrast, that tomorrow some company unveiled a cell phone guaranteed to last for 20 years. Who would genuinely want it? It’s not our devices that wear thin, it’s our patience with them.

Me, me, me! I’ll take one!

I’ve been experimenting with something and it’s been about a week. It’s not easy at all, but I needed to get to the bottom of it. I’m trying to figure out whether or not I can live without my iPhone.

Instead of harnessing the power of the phone that revolutionized the entire industry, I’m going whole hog tactile with a Motorola RAZR V3. Edward Tufte would be proud.

If the answer turns out, yes, I can live without the iPhone then it would be really neat if the RAZR could last another 15 years. If the answer is no, I must have my iPhone, then maybe I wouldn’t be too thrilled with a 20-year guarantee. We’ll see by the end of the year.