This recent article on the Verge about obsolete Airplay speakers got me thinking about other "smart" devices and appliances we use in our lives. My main issue with these "smart" devices is that I don't expect them to last as long as their "dumb" counterparts.
I feel that this is a particularly large issue when it comes to major home appliances, such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. Things you actually install in your homes, with the expectation of them lasting a decade or more.
My Samsung fridge is 25 years old, has had one compressor replacement as a major repair, but it's still going strong.
I would not have the same expectations from a modern "smart" fridge with a companion app, or a screen, or any other overly-complex idea that adds (IMO) marginal value.
Samsung/LG could simply stop updating the companion app or the FridgeOS after 5-7 years, leaving owners quite miffed. After all, a good fridge will last at least twice as long. Even if the features continue to work, there will come a point where the FridgeOS stops getting security updates leaving you with an un-secure "smart" fridge with a microphone vulnerable to hackers.
The way I look at it, there are more downsides than advantages to buying "smart" appliances. At least major appliances (a smart toaster would be cheaper, and easier to replace, than a fridge or washing machine. Dunno what the point of a smart toaster would be though).
On the topic of other smart-home devices, Nest-type thermostats are something I consider a good idea (easy to replace), but I'm not a fan of smart lighting. Philips Hue might be awesome today, but an LED bulb can last upto 10 years. Will the companion app/hub be compatible with all future Philips Hue lights? Also, you're basically locked-in to buying only Philips Hue bulbs for the foreseeable future. That's just my opinion though, and I'd love to hear yours.
If you've purchased a heavy smart appliance at any point in the last few years, feel free to share your reasons in the comments section below. Also let us know how happy you are with your purchase (share a mini-review of it's features if you'd like), and how long back you bought it. Even if you aren't interested in them, type your reasons out below.