You know when you’ve (somehow) held onto your smartphone for like two years and your device upgrade comes up? Now, generally you have two options: one, ditch the phone you’ve grown used to and opt for a new, foreign handset, dealing with a potential learning curve, new features, etc.; or two, decline the upgrade and remain with your antiquated ghost of smartphone past.
But what if things were easier? What if upgrading your device was truly a ‘snap?’ Or better yet, what if you (god forbid) wanted to just keep the phone you already have?
Well, a bizarre, yet absolutely genius campaign for Phonebloks is currently raising awareness and setting out to revolutionize the way we upgrade our smart devices. Dubbed “A Phone Worth Keeping,” the project puts forward a clever solution to the abhorrent tech norm known as ‘planned obsolescence.’
Okay, so now think about all of the components that you use most on your smartphone; i.e., probably its digital camera, external speaker, maybe high-speed gaming effects card (RAM memory,) — with Phonebloks, these features can be updated independently and exclusively, at will and without any help needed from tech experts.
Thanks to a brilliant modular design, each function appears as a designated ‘block.’ Your Wi-Fi receiver, battery pack, speakerphone, on-board memory, camera lens, external speaker, etc., etc. — each one gets a block. Appearing like a monochrome classic Mondrian piece, each component can be popped off and replaced back onto the ‘breadboard’ (electronics term, look it up.)
This allows for updating individual parts of your phone. So if you’re a chronic picture taker, why not swap up to a higher-resolution camera in the back of your phone? If most of your data is stored on a cloud server, why not throw an XL-sized battery pack in there? It’s not like you’re going to need a copious amount of harddrive storage in there.
It’s no secret that the tech items we get oh-so-crazy for are not built to last. If they were, companies like Apple or Samsung would have no reason to keep updating their devices — you know, like every 6 months to a year. It’s annoying, expensive and a real pain in the you-know-what feeling pressured to keep up with the newest tech items. Phonebloks is a proposition I am behind.
If you’re part of the ‘anti-planned obsolescence’ coalition, have your voice heard. Go over to the Phonebloks home, read more about the project and spread the word via Thunderclap (further information is found on the main page.)