I thought it would be fun to think back and list all of the smartphones I had in the past. Well… my first mobile phones can rather be categorised as ‘dumb’ phones (officially, they are called feature phones). Smartphones are part of everyday life now for most of us now and that’s largely due to the price-performance improvements of these devices. We are connected all the time and it’s the smartphone that is the enabler.
PricewaterhouseCoopers, in their report “The PwC Mobile Innovations Forecast Making sense of the rapid change in mobile innovation” clearly show how smartphone components have progressed in the past ~10 years. Too bad the battery capacity was not part of the comparison, as I feel like this part has been lacking in terms of progress in recent years.
The seven components together, on average, will improve 41 percent a year, each year, for the next few years. So the kind of dramatic change from phones we had in 2006 to the iPhone in 2007 is going to continue. – Steven Mather, Subject Matter Expert, IHS Technology
I think it’s interesting to compare this data with my own experience. Overall, did I also experience these rapid technological advances? How do these phones compare in terms of storage capacity, processor speed or device connectivity? What operating system did they run; what version?
|RIM Blackberry Curve 8350 (released 2011)|
Battery: 1,000 mAh
Half as thick as the Nokia 3310. Pretty decent battery life. A 512MB internal storage means a MicroSD card was a necessity.
While BlackBerry OS 7 was limited, it had actually quite some decent apps that worked fine on it, such as Dropbox and Whatsapp. Furthermore, it was a beast to handle e-mail.
|Apple iPhone 3GS (released 2009)|
Battery: 1,220 mAh
My first touch-screen smartphone. I choose the 16GB model. When it was released, it has iOS 3 on it, but Apple supported this device up to iOS 6.1.6. Great app support, too.
|Nokia E6 (released 2011)|
Battery: 1,500 mAh
|Trivia: The Nokia E5 was running the Symbian Anna OS; the default OS at the time for almost all Nokia phones.|