I remember days when “exploring” a brand new mobile phone (mine or someone else’s) used to bring a genuine feeling of thrill. It was exciting, because almost every phone had a different operating system, different menu organization, features, icons, graphics, options and other customization settings and features that differed from phone to phone even when they ware products of the same vendor.

Two days ago, I’ve had a chance to see a new phone that my friend Vladimir had bought and I've noticed, at that point, that the interest with which I had approached examining it was much different, simpler in many was from the “old days” and with almost no feeling of thrill.

Why is this? Not so long ago, it was an exciting experience, just as I have previously described, but today this is not the case. Maybe it is because almost every phone is so much similar to the next. Most have Android™ operating system, almost always the same version and even if the versions differ, user interface features do not. Everything is standardized and the only things that make a difference are the device's hardware configuration and screen size, but these things usually can’t be “explored” and “examined” on the device itself. To see the technical specification, one has to look it up on the Internet, so there is actually no trill in that. There is no exploration, no examination and no need to learn new things about the new phone and about how to use it, operate it and customize it. Even the major mobile operating systems are similar and “very well standardized”, which has its benefits, but is also a very, very boring characteristic of modern portable device design and development.

I find today’s mobile phone industry’s concept of innovation to be very boring and “non-innovative” in the least.