Journey of Mobile Phones: Then and Now

The Journey!

So all of you must be having a cell phone. In fact, some of you may be reading this in your mobile phone itself (but I hope not while walking or driving….*who reads while driving!*…I don’t know, be safe). I am sure you all have wondered some or other time as how a small device in your hand became that way (never wondered? It’s okay. Maybe I’ll make you).

Although there were many instances of claiming, attempting or using a wireless radio network call for communication in history (dating as far as early 20th century), they can`t possibly be called mobile as they were hardly portable and poor in range (ok, technically they can be…but what`s the point!).

What I am focusing on is the growth of modern mobile phone which can be traced back to 1973 (that`s not very far back but you know ‘The Exorcist’ released in the same year and two years after that, ‘Sholey’, just saying); it all (can be said) started when Martin Cooper, an engineer at Motorola, (also called the father of cell phones) developed a handheld device and supposedly called his rival company (like a superhero who addresses his villains or Liam Neeson in ‘Taken’…just kidding). Although a marvel of innovation, this device was
heavy, big (practically like a brick) and took very long to get charged while giving very less talk time (still cannot be blamed). In 1983, a more commercial version was released by them called Motorola DynaTAC 8000x (sounds more like a robot`s name is it?). Initially the network was not much expanded and there was limited usage among common citizens. As the years passed more and more companies evolved to achieve supremacy in this industry. Companies like Nokia, Sony, Blackberry, Samsung, and Siemens along with Motorola and many others started a Race of the Devices.

Nokia turned out to be a smart and major player with its series of handsets starting from basic analogue one like Nokia Cityman1320 to Nokia 101, to GSM ones like Nokia 1011, 8210, 6110, 5110, very popular 3310, and (the practically invincible one) 1100 which came out in 2003.

Sony (or Ericsson or Sony Ericsson) was also trying hard to be recognized and it did but only at a later time. In 1990s its notable models include GH172, GF768, T28 and A1018 (*these are cell phone models?* Yeah I know…its ok nobody knows about them…anyway).

Motorola was also there in the game with its different models especially StarTac (apparently inspired by StarTrek!!) series including 85, 70, lite, 110, Slimlite etc.

In the similar timeline, Blackberry launched qwerty side slide phones which attracted the people. Samsung was struggling to make its presence although had some noticeable models like S300, SGH-T100, SPH-M100 with unique qualities. The first touchscreen phone was however evolved in 1992 (*seriously?* Yes!) by IBM and was called IBM Simon Personal Communicator (it was supposedly also the world`s first smartphone!). LG Chocolate KG800 was also one such better looking phone and then came the ‘iPhone’ in 2007.

The list can go on and on with other companies too but let`s stop here and go to the days of future past (or let`s just say to the late 2000s to present). Please understand that it is not possible to summarize all the phones which have some special quality (not that you would want to read about all of them anyhow).

Now as we see it, today`s phones (counting from a few years back, because you know the speed of development is a competitor to speed of light…okay, may be not) are very fast, very smooth, very light, very slim, very efficient, very …(umm forget it, you get the point)…to make a long story short , let`s take for comparison purposes, my laptop (*hey aren’t we talking about mobiles*….please let me make my point) when bought a few years back, had around 3 GB of Ram, a dual core 1.2 GHz processor and cost me around 40k (believe me, it was still reasonable).

Today we have nuclear machines like Oneplus 2 (octa core 1.8 GHz, 4GB Ram, full HD gorilla glass, 13 MP camera etc.) Xiaomi Mi4 (quad core 2.5 GHz, 3 GB Ram, full HD, 13 MP camera etc.), Meizu MX5 (octa core 2.2 GHz, 3 GB Ram, full HD, 20.7 MP camera etc.) and many more which are available in only half the price. Now let me be clear, I am not trying to do marketing or publicity for these brands but these and various other such phones are serious performance packed devices which deliver what they promise, sometimes even more (oh, and if you don’t care about the features, performance or efficiency and just want a supermodel looking phone, its completely fine, just that I’ll not be able to discuss those).

So here we are, after that 4 decade long progress there are still a lot more promising things in stores to come next, what you think future in next 4 decades (of cellphones of course) could be!

Well, we can`t say now…but it would be definitely one among what people act upon and not just think. So people, act now!

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Nehit

Hello there! I am someone who likes to read, write, analyse and find humor in the life. I also hold interest in music and psychology! but then you know..who am i!