Comparing New and Old Smartphones.

12 04 2010

Smart phones are different than ordinary phones because they offer a plethora of advanced functionality, containing software applications that can be run directly from the phone itself (Martin).These features can include email, note pad, clock, calendar, ect. When looking the release of the first smart phone in 1995 and the current generation of smart phones, the technological differences are astounding.

The First Smart Phones

The first smart phone was officially released by IBM in 1993 and was simply       called Simon (Right).  This was the first phone that had email, address book, clock, calendar, note pad, and even the ability to send and receive faxes.  Bumping up the competition, in the mid 90s, Nokia released its new smart phone (9000 series), and succeeded due to the high popularity of Nokia, and with its open operating system, it was coined as the first true smart phone. (Picture below).

The purpose of having a smartphone when they were first released was to simulate things on a phone that you could normally do on a computer.  However it fell short due to lacking wireless signals and lack of technology.  When looking at the interface and physical appearance of these old smart phones, one can be turned off.  They are bulky, no color screens, and there seems to be no ease of use (meaning it would be more beneficial to just do the work on your computer).  Luckily the new age of smart phones is upon us with the 2007 Apple release of the iPhone.

The New Smart Phones

The Apple iPhone is the most advanced smart phone to date, and has set the bar beyond where anyone had ever imagined it could go.  The iPhone features a multitouch screen, video camera capabilities, games, email, etc. (the list could go on forever).  The best feature of the phone however is the app store found right from the phone menu.  It features over 1,000,000 download-able apps and games.  This is revolutionary to the developer market, and consumer market.  People who use iPhones state that they could never go back to any other phone besides the iPhone.  The iPhone can almost do everything that your computer at home can do.  And when you have a device that can fit into your pocket, and can achieve all of these functions, it’s hard to live without.  The graph below shows the increasing popularity of the iPhone from 2007 to 2010.

The iPhones greatest competitor is the Motorola Droid series. Just like the iPhone, the Droid features a large touchscreen and a majority of the functions the iPhone can perform, but what differs is the large keyboard that is revealed when the screen is slid up.  The Droid also features an app store, but most say it fails in comparison to the almighty Apple app store.

The last main competitor in the race to be the greatest Smart Phone is the well known, RIM Blackberry.  The blackberry has all of the features you would expect a new age smart phone to have, but seems lacking in comparison to the iPhone and Droid.  It’s a matter of preference and network it seems.

When looking at Smart Phones from 15 years ago and now, there are many outstanding advancements in the technology put into these phones.   It went from having a bulky phone/calculator in your pocket to having a multifunctional PC in your pocket.  The advancement of the smart phone will never stop.  Soon we will all have a device in our pocket that could do every single task a computer could do.  It will be a device that we can’t live without, making our every day lives easier.

Sources –

http://www.articlesbase.com/cell-phones-articles/a-short-history-of-the-smartphone-847439.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Simon

http://www.pcworld.com/article/180683/first_smartphone_nokia_9000_communicator_1996.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone

http://www.blackberry.com/

http://phones.verizonwireless.com/motorola/droid/