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Hardware???

by Zpike    May 10, 2013, 11:49 AM

Why is it that Phonescoop's notion of hardware always seems to be limited to the construction materials of the enclosure/case? And while this is one form of hardware, it is usually a menial aspect of hardware for the rest of the technological community. Usually when we talk about hardware we mean the processor, memory, screen, camera, memory card slot, and other elements that comprise the main physical architecture of the device. But the aesthetic elements, enclosure/case, buttons, paint job, etc., although technically hardware themselves, usually take a back seat to the functional ones.

For instance, if I said that Asus uses better hardware than Dell, I wouldn't mean that I think the case is really slick and that I like the keyboard and mouse better. I would mean that their motherboards are a higher quality, having better chipsets and supporting the latest technologies, that they are easier to expand, that their power supplies are rated for higher wattage and less likely to crap out, that they use better quality cabling with quality contact points, and that the overall architecture is more stable and less likely to be buggy.

But when I read a Phonescoop article, it seems that your main considerations for hardware are usually case aesthetics and button travel, while the really functional elements kind of take a back seat.

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