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Friday Poll: Are we in the ho-hum era for smartphones?

After the pomp and circumstance of the iPhone 5 event, some people are left yawning. Have we entered an era of unexciting new smartphones or can we recapture the excitement of the first iPhone and Android devices?

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Here's the latest smartphone. Are you blown away? James Martin/CNET

The iPhone 5 boasts some undeniable improvements over the previous generation. Thinner, lighter, and faster are all good things, though they may not get geeks flooding into the streets and dancing with sheer exuberance.

CNET's Roger Cheng goes into detail on why he thinks the new iPhone is ho-hum and won't wow anyone. In short, he doesn't see anything groundbreaking about it.

CNET reader Renegade Knight sums up the feelings of a lot of iPhone fans: "It's a good phone. Radical redesign of a working design is bad juju. Just keep improving it incrementally and you are far better off than trying to hit a home run with a radical change every year."

Taking a broader perspective, CNET's Stephen Shankland is looking at the entire smartphone landscape and wondering when we'll see radically improved battery life, radically improved networking, or a truly radical interface.

Incremental improvements seem to be the biggest news these days. Those improvements are certainly welcome, but they don't generate the sheer nuttiness and fever of the first few iPhone and Android phone announcements.

I'd love to have a smartphone with 30 hours of talk time and a mind-control interface that projects right in front of my eyes, but that's probably not happening for a while. I'll have to settle for thinner, lighter, and faster in the meantime.

Whether you're sporting a Samsung Galaxy S3 or queuing up for the iPhone 5, how are you feeling about the world of new smartphones these days? Have we languidly strolled into the ho-hum era? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.