No, I don't like gadgets, especially if it is mostly "community driven" and more for the "social status" than the functionality.
People, we don't need an iPhone. I can understand that you are interested in the technology and want to buy a smart phone, but please: don't ever tell me that you need the new iPhone (unless if you are a device-specific programmer or product designer, but those are really the only two professions I can imagine). It is ridiculous to follow the trend and buy a new generation every time it comes out. Generation 6 will come, so stop being sheepish zombie-consumers and just skip that line. Skip a generation of those iPhones and the world won't stop spinning. What is so important about it?
All this mass consumption of electronics is a terrible stress on the environment, the political stability of the areas that are able to mine for the rare minerals needed to build your gadgets and the human rights of the people working at the assembly lines.
I am not a moralist, but just skip a generation and don't stress it. Generation 6 will come and then you can stand in line again.
- Will Apple's iPhone 5 launch a new era for e-waste recycling? (Bruce Kennedy, GreenBiz.com)
- iPhone 5 adds waste to the e-waste problem (Mary Catherine O'Connor, SmartPlanet.com)
- The True Cost of an iPhone (MBAonline.com)
- How Green is Your iPhone? (article and infographic)
- How Green is Your iPad? (infographic)
- Is your mobile phone helping fund war in Congo? (Gordon Rayner, The Telegraph)
- What would Jesus Buy? (documentary by Reverend Bill and the Church of Stop Shopping)
- The Story of Stuff (The Story of Stuff Project)
Recent news on Foxconn strike, October 6 2012:
- Fears of iPhone 5 shortage as Chinese factory workers go on strike after being ordered to work on national holiday (Daily Mail)
- Foxconn Workers Strike Over iPhone 5 Quality Demands (PCMag)
- iPhoneproductie in het gedrang door staking? (VRT)
- Foxconn denies strike at iPhone 5 manufacturing plant (TechRadar)