What major problem will your next phone have?

A controversy accompanies the release of every major smartphone. This is true essentially without fail. Seriously, you can practically set your watch by it: a new model comes out, and a few hours later, there’s a YouTube video of someone damaging the hologram generator just by gently twisting the atomic memory core. A few forum posts and news articles later, the manufacturer is in full damage control mode.

Some of these “gates” — Antennagate, BendgateStylusgate — are more real than others, but by and large, they come and go with very little net impact on a phone’s legacy. (I’ve even poked fun at the phenomenon in the past, which generated a controversy in its own right.) It’s not that these events aren’t news, of course — buyers have…

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