Have We Reached Peak Smartphone?

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Phones have been fairly boring for a very long time. Don’t get us mistaken—telephones are nonetheless wonderful little units! It simply looks like we haven’t seen any really revolutionary cellphone designs or new standout options in an extended whereas. This 12 months’s cellphone appears to be like and works lots like final 12 months’s cellphone. Your cellphone appears to be like and works lots like my cellphone. Have telephones truly plateaued, leveled off, or chilled out? Is their transition from fetish object to commodity full?

The completely nice boringness of telephones will get thrown into focus each time a brand new handset is launched into the world. This week, we noticed the debut of the latest Samsung Galaxy units. WIRED workers author (and our podcast’s producer) Boone Ashworth joins us to speak about these new telephones, and telephones normally, and the way breathtaking and bland all of them are, .

Show Notes

Read our roundup of everything Samsung introduced at Galaxy Unpacked 2023, together with three new Galaxy telephones and 5 new laptops. If you wish to preorder a Galaxy gadget, we now have some shopping for recommendation for you. Last 12 months’s mannequin can also be simply nice. Read Lauren’s story about safely shopping for a used cellphone.


Boone recommends Barbarian, which you’ll watch on HBO Max or lease elsewhere. Mike recommends Sichuan Gold sizzling sauce from Fly By Jing. Lauren recommends the HBO documentary Navalny.

Boone Ashworth could be discovered on Twitter @BooneAshworth. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the primary hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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