We always talk about our gadgets as “tools,” but maybe that’s not quite right. The words we use to describe our phones matter, and so a better word is “instrument.” In this episode of Processor, Dieter Bohn explains why. Subscribe:

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The Verge

February 29, 2020

Do you view your phone as a tool, instrument, or something else? – Dieter

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Jonkki

February 29, 2020

I think it's time for Dieter to go solo. He is the only reason I am still subbed to The Verge.

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ThisIsDK

February 29, 2020

I enjoyed this. Converstion starter.

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Imtiaz Mahmud

February 29, 2020

Hmmm……. Yeah

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Robin Roy

February 29, 2020

Excellent video

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Kawaii Dere

February 29, 2020

Skedaddle skidoodle, microwave charges my phone so it exploded… yeah

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riznul amri

February 29, 2020

I see my phone as heirloom

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Milan

February 29, 2020

I wish this video has 1 billion views.

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Tova Holmberger

February 29, 2020

But a music instrument is a tool with which you can play music

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bobbda

February 29, 2020

What a terribly boring article. Not to mention useless.

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Nic de Vera

February 29, 2020

A phone is a tool. A computer like a laptop or a desktop is an instrument. Over the years, I always gave my computers names, but whatever phone I'm using is just the phone.

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Gamerocker

February 29, 2020

LIES this a celly that's a tool

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MustBeColin

February 29, 2020

Wait, wut?

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LordKorval

February 29, 2020

Eh… it's a tool.

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DogDaysofSanford

February 29, 2020

It's my remote

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Carter McHugh

February 29, 2020

Nice video, the metaphor and delivery is a little clumsy but I appreciate the thoughtful approach to improving our relationship with our tech.

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Jason Leung

February 29, 2020

The medium is the message.

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Noble Obodum

February 29, 2020

what a smart and well thought out metaphor and video! i love Dieter and this series

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Antonio Ramirez

February 29, 2020

Great video!

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Vicente Campos

February 29, 2020

I have an old phone that is a complete tool.

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Dennis Sumbana

February 29, 2020

Well I have a better metaphor "phones are expensive." oh no That's a fact🙊

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Wilson Guzman

February 29, 2020

This is America lyric reference?

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Javier Bastardo

February 29, 2020

I loved this video! I can really relate to it. Currently I own a Nokia 6.1 and it is not the "best" phone in any area, but I just love the design, the materials, the feel of it and how it responds to my inputs. Is the best I could get with the money I had (my dream phone is still currently the Essential PH-1) but I am really happy with it and feel like I can do everything I want with it if I just learn to work with it, practice with the camera and understand how to take care of it.

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Naeem Ahmad

February 29, 2020

took an unexpected turn near the end. overall… 👍👍

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Matthew_Cash

February 29, 2020

Whats the point of this video? I came out with less knowledge

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Tommy Chong

February 29, 2020

Great video and great metaphor Dieter. Just please, ease up on using the word "thing".

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kamy smith

February 29, 2020

Loved it .. keep up the good work 🤘

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Tek Minion

February 29, 2020

When I use to work in direct sales, i would get asked what is the best phone? And I would tell my customers that would depend on you and what your style is like. A phone is only an extension, its a way to communicate, the whole which is better Android or iOS? Well, in all honesty its like comparing apples and oranges, the both do the same job, they just do it a little different, because at the end of the day they are both just fruit 😉

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Kenneth Putra Salim

February 29, 2020

What about mayonnaise? Is mayonnaise an instrument?

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DemiImp

February 29, 2020

You can make the same arguments for a tool… It takes a while to master a new tool, you suck at it at first, you need to take care of it, etc.

This is stupid.

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Sonal Saha

February 29, 2020

The apps are tools. The phone is a instrument. The better you know how to play it, the better it pleases you

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Bradley Phillips

February 29, 2020

I think my phone is a , never mind

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Which What Tech Tv.

February 29, 2020

That LG V35 is looking like a beast lol

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shrimpdude

February 29, 2020

I like that.

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Clement Rollin

February 29, 2020

Dieter : great video! You're doing better and better. PS : I'm into (way to much) into phone since 22 years to ! Starting by a crapy pager….

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Chaitanya Bhagwat

February 29, 2020

Is this consumerism at its peak?

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Sean Adams

February 29, 2020

Interesting, but ultimately more wishful thinking than reality. I think we need to come to grips with the fact that our phones (and other tech) are apparel. We are a long way from the point where utility drives our decision on what to wear. Recently, the illusion has been cracking and we are noticing that more and more of us have been showing up to parties dressed and accessorized the exact same way.

While most have us have happily adapted to ridiculing anyone who doesn't represent the status quo, the human need to express oneself can't be suppressed forever. Avenues for expression are shrinking (dying) at a pace that is unwarranted for the quality some represent. The tech press have traded on their ability to 'correctly' identify what is the best gadget for so long, I am not so certain they can survive without that crutch. Gather the top influencers into one room (Unbox Therapy – Which Smartphone Do They ACTUALLY Use?) and you'll find that some decisions are driven by the inability to break away from what others are doing (is that not the definition of irony?).

While we do need to alter how we talk about our tech, it's not enough to simply call a phone an instrument. That doesn't go far enough. Whole videos need to be dedicated to what just got a single line in this video. The idea that one phone or another is the best ever made needs to die before a concept like what is presented in this video can truly be embraced and/or make a difference.

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Charles Yeo

February 29, 2020

Mobile ui suck as productivity instruments

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Jagades Vignesvar

February 29, 2020

Getting impressed all the time by your ideas and videos about technology and how its related…

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Jayson Fung

February 29, 2020

Mayonnaise is life, mayonnaise is an instrument.

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Jin

February 29, 2020

quality video!

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Wojtek Grabowski

February 29, 2020

Dieter is the nicest guy

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Pure Oz.

February 29, 2020

Did duke laser his shits or he sporting contacts? Looks great either way, just curious.

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Kevin Louwrens

February 29, 2020

And that's why I have a OnePlus. It's Fast, and it stays fast. I hate being slowed down by nitty-gritty things!

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John Kirkvold

February 29, 2020

Idk what the point of this was

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Noodles

February 29, 2020

This was a poignant and well reasoned argument. It made me think about my phone in a very different light. Thank you.

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joseph30angelo

February 29, 2020

This is so far one of the best perspectives I’ve heard in a while. Keep it up,

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The Satanic Gamer From Hell

February 29, 2020

from a Russian prospective a tool is called an instrument in English those 2 are different things but again from a Russian stand point there is no difference. another similar thing is layer and advocate, in Russian a layer is called an advocate in English those are different terms

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