What have you become?
When I bought my first cellphone (a Mitsubishi Trium) back in 2001, there was a big grin on my face!
It was my first mobile phone. It was something I could carry around and make calls from. From anywhere (in coverage area ofcourse)!
No more waiting my turn at public call booths. I just pull it out of my pocket and dial the number I want to get connected to.
In time, and through successive phones, I could do a little bit more. Now I could connect & subscribe to my operator’s services, and even browse a tiny website which gave me access to download stuff like wallpapers & ringtones.
Full blown Internet surfing hit the phones a few years later, yet in an instant I could still pick up an incoming call, or switch over to make a call.
Then phones started to get “smart”. Manufacturers started putting in apps that could do new stuff. Something the phone didn’t do earlier. Like maintain a calendar, keep reminders & notes, and check emails.
My cellphone could still be a phone to make & receive calls, but now it had become my communications hub as well.
By the time I moved onto my first BlackBerry, the smart(cell)phone ruled the corporate world.
BlackBerry (the company was then called RIM) & Nokia (with their Symbian OS)had already opened the flood gates for developers to create apps for their platforms, for their phones to be used in ways that that were never used before.
App developers even created apps in Java which could run across these platforms. Microsoft too jumped right in with their Windows Phone OS.
The iPhone ushered in a new era of touchscreen cellphones (sorry Palm, but you were never in the same league). Now all I had to do was point & tap and a new functionality would popup in my cellphone!
The iPhone (with iOS) & Android took it to a new level. The cellphone had also become a screen, and you now have apps for any purpose you could imagine!
Along the way an interesting new device called the tablet popped-up with the introduction of the iPad. Larger carry-around screens based on smartphones that could help you do basic tasks as in a netbook.
However, for the smartphone, something changed along the way besides the increasing price tag.
My cellphone started slowing down under the requirements of all those apps I had tried out and had grown to depend on in time.
Manufacturers soon outed more powerful cellphones, whose configurations started catching up to netbooks… and then surpassed them!
Screen sizes started to grow over the last 2 years, and so did the number of core processors.
Today talk is of manufacturers planning to launch octacore (8 core) processors which are more powerful than those in contemporary desktops or ultrabooks!
Do we really need that kind of power… in a phone?!! Even with apps do we really need more than a dual-core processor? Related article >>
Larger screen sizes let users get entertainment through videos & gaming on the road. But do we all need entertainment on the road… from a phone?!!
A month ago my cellphone began struggling to switch from an app to an incoming call and my hand had grown tired of aching from my fingers trying to reach the other end of my phablet!
That was when I got thinking as to what according to me should be the ideal specs for a cellphone.
- A screen not bigger than 4.5 inches so that my fingers could reach where they needed to (I will get a tablet for entertainment)
- The phone should be able to perform the primary functions of dialing out and receiving calls
- A quick & responsive experience from the phone for email & instant messaging (IM) apps that one really can’t live without these days
Needless to say my requirements might differ from yours. But it would be interesting to know your thoughts about what your ideal phone should be like. Let me know…