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Does Build Quality Matter?

Samsung, HTC, LG, Apple and other mobile device manufacturers promise us this and that regarding the quality of the new piece of technology that we’ve spent our hard-earned money on.  However, most importantly we want a device that will last the 2 years that most of us agree to have it when we sign the contract.  Apple is known for producing superb products when it comes to the build aspect (regardless of whether you are an iOS fan or not this holds true).

Build quality plays several important roles in how one views their device:

  • How the device feels in your hand
  • How well the device holds up to abuse

Bottom line: Ultimately, it is up to the consumer — there are many devices that all seem to find homes somewhere, so the choice is yours!

Unlocking now ILLEGAL?

Guess what technologists?  Unlocking your device — that’s right — your device that you paid for, is officially illegal.  When will all of this legislation end over a device that we pay for?

First, an enormous objection was made when we began to root and jailbreak devices.  Now, the same is happening for unlocking a device if you would like to move to another carrier.  More legislation does not help consumers; it does nothing more than hurt the market by denying the customer the right to do as they please with a device that they paid for.

iphone-tips-unlock-iphone-editedIt is understandable that the carriers subsidize these phones so that in turn we pay for using their network (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or other).  However, if these networks and services are not up to par in various ways, then why do they deserve to keep customers?  Let’s get the facts straight, if you wish to leave a 2-year standardized wireless contract you will pay a cancellation fee — is that not enough.  Now, you will be forced to jump through hoops to unlock a device that is legally yours.  On the other hand, the DMCA states that there is enough choice in the market now that it shouldn’t matter whether you can unlock or not.  It appears at the end of your contract you can ask the carrier to unlock it for you — if they don’t, should you take it into your own hands?

Bottom line:  This is about principal.