(Image courtesy of Flickr) Over the years cellphones have developed from being giant brick-like bits of plastic into sleek and stylish, and in some cases designer, accessories that people just cannot live without. You can barely move without seeing someone with their phone in their hand or on the desk in front of them at work.
When they first hit the streets, cellphones had one purpose and did it adequately – giving the user the opportunity to make and receive calls while out of the house. That allowed them to stay in touch with friends and family at all times, making it possible to contact them in emergency situations, or even just to find out how much milk was left in the fridge.
Since then times – and technologies – have changed and the phones became much more user friendly in the 1990s, with the decrease in size and increase in functions. Users could send SMS messages, what most people refer to as ‘texts’, to each other across their phones a bit like a primitive email in many ways, and some phones even included customisable ringing tones and games on the green and black display.
As carrier signals improved in quality, more and more people dipped their toe in the metaphorical water. The phones increased in quality too as demand increased and T-Mobile cellphones to name one example began flying off the shelves as quickly as they were added.
The customers couldn’t get enough of the features they began offering, from text messages and phone calls, playing games and fancy ringtones, came colour screens and flip-up covers as manufacturers began making their phones more and more stylish.
From this came the touchscreen era of cellphones, with many featuring a pen to tap the screen with. However, this became rather tedious for users and before long the touchscreens were made for the user to tap the screen themselves, which brings us almost to where we are today.
The modern generation are fortunate enough to be around the early stages, development and craze that is the smartphone. The likes of the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Blackberry have proved to be global phenomenon’s and nearly everyone who owns a cellphone, has a smartphone.
The ability to check and send emails on the move, update your Facebook and download applications, (better known as ‘apps’), to play games, bank, and generally entertain or organise yourself is capturing the imagination of everybody around the world. Even people who might never use some of the features are after smartphones.
So from plastic bricks to all-in-one phones, computers and cameras, we arrive in 2012 with cellphones arguably the most in-demand gadget on the market, and no signs of it being displaced any time soon.