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Design Flaw vs Idiot

You may have seen in the news that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a “design flaw.” Android Police has widely publicised this with both that article and a YouTube video.

The so called “design flaw” is that if you insert the S Pen backwards it breaks. Either the phone stops detecting the S Pen or the S Pen gets stuck.

Some poor guy at Samsung actually had to respond to this:

We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around.

Very rarely do I side with Samsung on something but this is complete bullshit. It is one thing to expect companies to make a device that is reasonably safe to use but to expect them to recall millions of devices because they aren’t idiot proof is a bit of a stretch.

This is kind of like expecting Apple to recall their Ear Pods because they can get damaged when inserted in wall socket.

FFS people, this isn’t a design flaw. Calm down, be careful and I’m sure you won’t fuck it up. I’ve gone my entire life without inserting the wrong thing into the wrong hole or inserting the right thing backwards into the right hole. But you say “What about the kids, they won’t know better!” well I say, “don’t give your kids your phone.”

Okay, I’m glad we had this talk. Now be safe out there in this dangerous world filled with backwards inserting S Pens.

Update

At least Wired seems to agree with me! They just have some more tact.

[Android Police]

2 Comments

  1. Dave from Cape Town

    26th August 2015 at 10:40

    “I’ve gone my entire life without inserting the wrong thing into the wrong hole or inserting the right thing backwards into the right hole.”

    #Porno

  2. I slightly disagree with that part : “I’ve gone my entire life without inserting the wrong thing into the wrong hole or inserting the right thing backwards into the right hole.”

    I mean, maybe this is because designers have thought hard at how make these products “mistake-proof” ?!
    I can’t imagine a man who plugs an USB cable, every time, the right way at the first try.

    But yeah, I agree, the “kid” excuse is pretty sensless.

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