Doubtful. Raising the price every year will just lead to complaining like this, annually. And GP is correct, this "increase" is actually nothing more than keeping with inflation since the service introduced.
Reliable? I've had two regular cars in the last decade that died simply because they over-heated in normal urban driving, leading to engine block failures. And that's no weird anecdote, as that is still a common cause of auto EOL in general.
People said the exact same thing about Windows on the desktop, a decade ago.
There are still quite a few customers out there on satellite or dial-up modem service. Firefox install image is pretty small but still probably annoying to download at 56k baud.
Great combination if you have an interest in anime. Both services are robust, high quality, no ads, great content selection, and all for very reasonable monthly sub prices. (Crunchyroll does not carry dubs, FYI)
Define "work with". Just about every new car supports Bluetooth Audio nowadays. You really think CarPlay is going to remove that functionality? You're really saying you'd avoid consideration of a car that has satisfactory integration features with the phone you own, but has advanced integration with a phone you don't own?
What makes you think adding the CarPlay option precludes other options from also being functional? You think CarPlay is going to prevent Bluetooth from existing?
According to TFA, it is a wired connection requiring Lightning port on phone side, at least for first gen.
Innovation isn't just coming up with new technology, it also includes making that technology easy to use and accessible through new products. I understand the point you are trying to make, that Apple shouldn't be lauded for every minor evolutionary change in product lineup, but your choice of words was unfortunate.
Like the post above said, if you go vanilla, then you are competing head on with the Nexus phones, on hardware and price alone. Now, would you pay $450 for a Nokia phone with vanilla Android and supposedly high Nokia build quality or $350 for a Nexus with the same specs?
If you do #1 and #2, you've created a commodity. You don't get to #3.
I think the advantage is that it doesn't require a Chromebook + HDMI cable + bluetooth keyboard & mouse...
Apple approved the Amazon Video App submission fully aware of its AirPlay capabilities. While anything is always possible "in the future", I think this level of suspicion is unwarranted at this point.
It's annoying, but best thing might be to buy a standalone HDMI switch and put all your less frequently used boxes on this one. If you stack this HDMI switch on top of your living room ethernet switch (if you have one), you can also get nerdy with the cable pairing symmetry.
Why would you buy an Apple TV if you didn't already own an iPad/iPhone? Maybe it will be a worthwhile thing to consider if/when Apple refreshes the device, but as it stands now Roku is probably the best bet for someone iOS/Android agnostic. And Roku can indeed play Amazon Video, whether you control it from the dumb remote or from the Android/iOS Roku App.