>we tend to judge of our computers by their CPUs, rather than their complement of sensors
Because all the major tech companies are busy desperately dumbing down the clients so you'll continuously need services from them you never needed before and you don't really need now.
Like storage, or music streaming and licensing.
Give me a phone which can run a bog-standard linux distro and applications please, and give me a linux distro which can run on a phone. Then you can take your cloud services and shove 'em, er, where the sun don't shine.