For the sake of this discussion, the "tool" is a modern computer, be it a smartphone, laptop, tablet, or even a desktop for enthusiasts like myself who still build them for demanding purposes (gaming, 3D rendering, etc.). I generally don't frequent this place like I used to because when it comes to smartphones, I already have the perfect tool for me: a Galaxy Note 4. It does just about everything I could ask for, while still offering me the flexibility I ask for with things like microSD cards, removable batteries, the Wacom pen that no other smartphone manufacturer has bothered to offer, etc. (I still come back for old times' sake, though. Lots of good people here!) However, I don't expect the Note 4 to last forever, as much as I'd love for it to. Lithium-ion batteries age badly, and new replacements may be hard to find after a while. Android system updates cease after about two years, and AOSP ROMs that pick up the slack afterward might have issues with things like the camera, NFC, the Wacom digitizer and especially the Gear VR down the road, going by how such ROMs usually work out for other phones. Go far enough into the future, and cellular network support might also be an issue. This normally wouldn't be an issue; I looked forward to every Note iteration that Samsung saw fit to churn out. All until the S6 bucked trends by removing the microSD slot and added a fixed glass cover you can't remove without a heat gun, sealing the battery inside. The Note 5 is poised to pick up both of these undesirable traits, and I'm not sure Samsung will have the sense to restore them with the Note 6 onward, even after all the public backlash. There's a lot of apologists going around the Internet, saying we don't need these things. Some say that instead of microSD, you could use cloud storage. Well, that works all fine and dandy...unless your Internet connection cuts out, in which case your cloud storage is as good as useless. Same if the cloud services you use go down for any reason, or worse, get hacked and leak any private, valuable data you may have stored on them. Oh, and you'd better have an unlimited data plan if you take that route, too, because you're bound to get hit with overages on your bill or throttled if you don't! Using the USB port for an external drive might be a workable stopgap solution for backing up data, if a bit inconvenient should I need to charge, use an MHL cable, or do anything else with the USB port. (Funnily enough, none of the commenters or forum posters out there even think about that while they hawk cloud solutions instead.) It also presumes that the internal storage has sufficient capacity to begin with, and knowing me, I wouldn't settle for anything less than 128 GB if I can help it. For non-removable batteries, they suggest external power banks. I don't like having to tether my phone to an external battery using a fidgety USB cable, nor do I like having to wait for the internal battery to charge up before I can disconnect them, even with fast charging. It's still slower than popping the back off and swapping, and being able to pull the battery has other perks, like powering off a frozen phone when holding the power button won't work or removing the main source of power if the phone takes an unexpected swim before the water can get anywhere that might short voltage and ground to catastrophic effect. A lot of the arguments in favor of dropping these features seem to revolve around having the users just adapt to not having them because most new devices don't have them to begin with. It's rather disturbing for someone like myself who uses his hardware the way he wants to and doesn't like being coerced or nagged otherwise, and especially doesn't like being told he's using his hardware wrong because it's used in a way that a lot of current devices are completely unsuited to. As for the desktop and laptop side of things, we have Microsoft's push to cram cloud services and unwanted telemetry down our throats with Windows 10, even moreso than Windows 8 before it. While I can at least opt out of most of it with a fresh install, it's still annoying for me to have to do so. Android annoys me enough with that as it is for anything that ties into Google, between gallery apps that constantly ask me to sync with a G+ account I never asked for, game services that want a G+ profile with a publicly visible real name (but which I can thankfully fudge with an alt account and a psuedonym), and all sorts of unwanted, automated integration that's supposed to make my life easier but is all too frequently done without my permission. These things used to be opt-in, not opt-out! I don't need to deal with that on Windows too, which always nags me to turn my local account into a Microsoft account if I use most of the Modern/Universal apps or the Windows Store they're tied to, every single time I log into my Microsoft account for each app. All that serves to do is make me stick with the existing Win32 apps I've depended on for older versions of Windows, which don't nag me with that crap. It reminds me all too much of how @JRakes felt a decade ago, actually. He wanted a workhorse PIM powerhouse without any overdependence on cloud services or anything like that: just him, his data, and his own hardware under his full control. The Palm PDAs of the era that he used (pretty sure it was a T|X) were more than sufficient at that. Now, the market's only gone increasingly in the other direction, Palm's long out of business, and it makes me wonder if he's still using that old T|X, perhaps after a battery replacement or two. I may be willing to embrace new technology (and even a select few cloud services like Dropbox, which is a great file syncing tool), but not at the cost of my old-fashioned sensibilities. I just hope I don't have to give up one or the other going forward, because I'm not the tool here; I'm the user. I use my tools however I see fit, and I only buy tools fit for how I use them. The real question is whether those suitable tools continue to be available, or if they're phased out due to market trends. Certainly, I'm not the only one here who feels similarly, and perhaps in a bind for what to go with in the future because of it when the market has largely abandoned us.