The Google Pixel 2 leak highlights how ho-hum hardware has become

Gather ’round by the fireplace, kiddos, ’cause Granpappy Writer Guy wants to talk about the Good Ol’ Days™ of mobile technology.

‘Twas a time, you see — way back in the ancient early part of this here 2010 decade — when every new smartphone release was downright exhilarating, all because of each device’s newfangled physical hardware. Maybe the display was light-years better than what we’d seen before, in a way that was obvious even to the untrained eye. Maybe the camera took glorious photos that made our previous devices look like potatoes in comparison. Maybe the phone was sleeker, snazzier, stronger, speedier, or just plain sexier in a difficult-to-describe, je-ne-sais-quoi sort of sense.

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