The reason why clocks are not included on these devices is because manufacturers are getting cheap. The consumer electronics industry has trained its customers that removal of a clock display is "modern design". The whole point is to make something look sleek and different and they can claim "modern design", when it's really a cost-saving measure. Not only are most of these crappy consumer devices lasting only a fraction of how long consumer electronics had lasted in the past 15 years, more features are being removed. So the result is a cheaply made consumer device that has a useful life of only a tiny fraction of what it used to be 15 years ago. (and an even lesser fraction of 25 to 30 years ago) So, it's not "modern design", it's capitalism.