I don't want to hijack your thread on this topic more than I have (sorry), but I find this subject interesting in today's world of technology dependence, so last one.
I'm 27 now and never came across a situation where I wish I had a smartphone. When gas stations stop selling maps, I might find one useful, haha. When my laptop from 2007 died 1.5 years ago, I got an 11" tablet with keyboard for half the price of a new laptop. I can't stand the touch screen stuff, very hard to control. Even the 2015 Tacoma I bought has a bunch of fancy stuff I can't find a use for.
I guess it depends how much value you place on these things, and what you need. I don't care for the latest and greatest, and I typically get last year's phone when I think I need a new one (I'm on phone #3 in 10 years). My old laptop, also from 2007, was already lacking when I replaced it at 5 years old, and the one I replaced it with, now nearly 5 years old as well, is just fine. Just the same, I find my phone to be a useful tool, for taking pics (vs lugging around a camera), maps, flashlight, data connection for my laptop when I have no connection otherwise, easier to text with, you get the idea. I could do without, but it's useful.
I can't stand all the ridiculous shit new cars have though, and why on earth does EVERYTHING need to be interconnected? There was an article a few years back about how you can hack into a new Jeep, and control everything from the radio, wipers, throttle, brakes, etc. Insane. And what happens when it fails, or becomes obsolete as technology tends to rather quickly? The whole car is non-op then.
I recently saw a commercial for a Craftsman mower. And it comes with an app. Yes, a mower with it's own app. Apparently it tells you when the oil or battery needs to be changed, when to mow your lawn, I guess based on the weather, etc. and I think we're at the point where injecting technology into things has completely jumped the shark. There is no need for that, period. It just another business gimmick, and with the reliability (or lack thereof) of these things, I'm guessing it'll be a money maker.