Many years ago, on a date, I took my wife to Build-A-Bear workshop. It’s kinda neat, being able to select the bear (or other stuffed animal) of choice, stuff it to a thickness you desire, dress it etc. It became a tradition or right of passage of sorts. Maggie and Abbie both have animals from Build-A-Bear (though Maggie’s is a cat and Abbie’s a dinosaur). You get just what you want.
Many years before that I purchased my first laptop from Gateway. This was back when it was a good company with kick-butt customer service. Again, the whole idea was, build the computer you want. Pick and choose your components etc. I got exactly what I needed (and a few extra bells & whistles just because).
There are three different smart phones I’ve been looking at. I like various features of all three, but not all features of each (or rather, not one phone has all the features I want). Each also comes with certain restrictions I’m not thrilled with. I wish there were a “Build-A-Smartphone” workshop. Select the case, the memory, the OS, the applications, the features and even the service provider.
That would be worth a trip to the city for.