Re: Too little too late - for SE fans
I'm one of those SE2016 fans.
I did try android, but wasn't happy.
I ended up with Apple Watch Cellular S4. Very very happy. So much so I'm upgrading to the S6.
Weirdly the AW does require an iPhone somewhere to be turned on (to forward non iMessage SMS), but my old SE2016 can do that. Still, it's a glitch I hope Apple fix soon.
With AW I now have an even smaller phone than the SE, and I can reply to messenger and email and SMS/iMessage (and phone calls) on the go, but not get distracted on social media or websites/news. I can listen to music/podcasts via bluetooth headphones or the soundsystem in the car. Battery life is about the same as the SE2016.
The only downside I have discovered that I need a 'cheap' camera (or maybe a mini tablet) to keep in the glove box of the car, since I never have a camera on me anymore...
In fact now that the 'messaging' and 'other' functions of my phone have been separated, I look at the categories as quite distinct. A smart mobile/cellphone is good at messaging, portable hotspot, TV, streaming video player, web browser, music player, games machine, book reader, etc. etc. It's good at all. But it's also not great at any. It doesn't excel at any of those things. It's in the 'good enough' category and is stuck there.
So yeah - for a student on a budget I can see a smartphone as a necessary evil. But for an IT pro? We can afford to get the right tools for each job, and have better results every time.
Could I design a perfect smartphone? No. I no longer think such a device exists. Smartphones are headed for EoL pretty soon, to be replaced by a separate personal messaging device (watch/band) and secondary devices (mini tablets, sport cameras, book readers, 5G mobile hotspot, etc.).