My other off-brand electronics are easier to conceive of as LEGO-kit assemblies of parts. If my off-brand TV has a confusing menu system or a slow remote it's not a huge deal, because most of my TV watching is passive. Its job is to show me a picture, and it does. But a smartphone's job is to connect me to hundreds of people and dozens of internet services. A smartphone is extremely expensive, extremely small, and extremely complex, not just as a machine but as an interactive object. It must receive commands as ably as it provides information. Our relationship must sustain hundreds of expectant touches a day, and it must not be miserable.
The arrival of acceptable shitphones would represent the final commoditization of an entire era of consumer electronics…
Shitphone: A Love Story (Matter)