We have come a long way from the time of the Nokia 5110 model of the cellphone.
Do you remember how it had this brick-like look and a bit of weight too? As well as a distinct top aerial that resembled a walkie-talkie.
Nonetheless, owners back then prided themselves in owning a cellphone, which somewhat afforded them some status symbol since cellphones were still a rarity.
In retrospect, besides being rare in those days, there really was nothing much about those early models that would ensure one’s continued grip of having the much coveted status symbol among peers. The advent of newer cellphone models meant that new people rose up the rankings, sidelining those who still owned their outdated Nokia 5110 versions.
Fast forward to today where we are overwhelmed with so much technology and a rising youth culture of social networking, and one cannot help but wonder what type of phone aptly says that one is in style and is moving in sync with the times?
If you are that kind of a person who wonders, then look no further than getting any one of these smart phones ranging from the iPhone 3G, Blackberry Storm, HTC Touch Diamond, Nokia N97, Samsung Omnia and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1.
Oh, maybe I should also add that all these phones come at 4-figure prices, ranging from P6 000-P9 000. Something clearly not for the faint-hearted, but only for those determined to dig deep into their pockets.
So, what really is a smart phone?
While my dictionary failed to pop out a clear-cut definition, at best a smartphone, unlike other mobile phones, is a phone that uses an operating system that facilitates applications such as word processors, spreadsheets to be used and has a Qwerty keyboard.
Think of it as your all in one workstation, where you can type documents using Microsoft Word, send and receive emails, surf the internet, make calls (video calls included), send SMS messages and take pictures. Pretty smart isn’t it? No wonder it’s called a smartphone.
Interestingly enough, despite the current global economic recession sales of smart phones increased by 27 percent in the first quarter of 2009. While on the other hand, mobile phone sales globally dropped by 6 percent, while smart phones recorded an increase of 4 percent from 2008, this according to Gartner, a market research firm.
Indications from Gartner also point out that in Europe alone 80 percent of handsets shipped in 2013 will be smart phones.
Is it that our European counterparts know something that we don’t about smart phones, hence the growing demand? Or are they simply raising hullabaloo over another passing fad of technology?
While speculation may be rife over the increasing demand for smart phones, one thing for certain is that smart phones look set to be the latest gadgets penciled to change the way that we communicate with each other. American President Barack Obama’s personal preference for the Blackberry has done much to increase the portfolio of Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturers of the Blackberry. RIM’s profits have increased by 84% in the past three years, while its total revenues have been upped by 77%.
Repeatedly in different places, I have heard the outdated argument of people unashamedly saying that, “I don’t need a phone that does all those ‘fancy things’ of emailing and web browsing as all I want in a phone is to just make calls”. True or plain ignorance? I’ll settle for the latter.
A smartphone essentially eliminates two frustrations any person has. That of either having to be stuck up in the office working late into the night or carrying a laptop around in order to do some work. In fact, why would one need a laptop when they can equally type documents, browse the internet and send emails, while using the onboard Qwerty keyboard?
Smartphone’s are efficient tools in getting work done, making work a whole lot more fun!
All this done while one enjoys the numerous features smart phones allow, such as either watching videos or TV online and navigating the world using built-in GPS. Surely with a phone that can do all these fancy things one just might be able to impress a couple of people ÔÇô ladies, of course. If this isn’t attractive enough, then God knows what is!
As for me, I am set on digging deep into my pockets and heading down to Riverwalk Mall and where with a smile at the service assistant I’ll say, “Please give me a phone..a smartphone”.
I fully know well what a phone like that can do for me – it brings the world to my fingertips!