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Leith on Life: The smartphone’s fatal flaw

Smartphones tell us what to do, where to go and let us play Angry Birds. And when we need them the most, they run out of battery

By Sam Leith   March 2011

For want of a nail, we’re told, the kingdom was lost. Wise words, those. I find myself more and more interested in the way that apparently insignificant problems propagate. Let’s say, for instance, that the page-turn on a digital reader is just one fraction of a second slower than you’d like. An individual reader will get used to it. But if five or ten million people bought that device, and read 100 books each on them, generations’ worth of human time would vanish forever into those tiny digital interstices.

I am, as you may have guessed, one of those people…

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