With the COVID-19 pandemic, it continues to amaze how technology is impacting our lives. The economy is certainly affected by the pandemic, but thanks to technology, in fact, my personal view is that society is still productive and evolving. Individuals and companies are relying more on technology as well in order to communicate with each other: video conferencing apps as Zoom, Apple Facetime or Whatsapp video calling are very popular. And that bring me to this blog post: smartphones are still one of the key hardware devices that are used by people to communicate, and in particular to do video calling.
Owning a smartphone is, for the masses, something ‘new’ still. It may seem like everyone has a smartphone these days, but only 10-15 years ago the world looked very different and very smartphone-less. Only when the first iPhone was introduced, people started to adopt this type of device. Companies too started more and more to industralise the use of smartphones to digitise their workforce. Some may disagree, and indeed: perhaps Blackberry phones were the first true smartphones, but only the iPhone succeeded in continuously enhancing amongst – other things – the features, security and usability of their devices (and ditto operating system). By doing so, they still stay relevant today and can be positioned as a leading smartphone maker.
So the smartphone landscape has been evolving massively in a very short amount of time. And as such for me it’s a fun excercise to take a trip down memory lane and list the smartphones I’ve owned so far. Maybe you will recognise some of them: you owned that particular smartphone yourself or a friend did.
Owned smartphone history (2009-2020)
- 2004-2009: Nokia 3310
- 2009: BlackBerry Curve 8520
- 2009-2013: Apple iPhone 3GS
- 2013: Nokia E6
- 2013-2014: Motorola Moto G
- 2014: LG Google Nexus 5
- 2015: OnePlus One
- 2015: Sony Xperia Z2
- 2016-2017: Motorola Moto G4
- 2017-2019: Apple iPhone 7
- 2020-now: Apple iPhone 11 Pro
BlackBerry Curve 8520
Apple iPhone 3GS
Motorola Moto G
LG Google Nexus 5
Sony Xperia Z2
Motorola Moto G4
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 11 Pro
The original iPhone 2g
The list above doesn’t contain the original iPhone. I didn’t own that phone, as it was way over my budget at the time. But when this phone was released, there was a lot of rumour about it and hype, so it was certainly something that caught my attention when it was launched. Instead, I owned an iPod Touch (I think it had 8GB storage!) which was much cheaper.
So many years later, the launch of that particular smartphone still is a magical moment that many will remember. And so I wanted to own the original iPhone and bought one online. Great nostalgia, and what a great piece of technology!
And you? Share it in the comments
Would be great that you – yes you the reader – would also share a bit of nostalgia! Suggested format:
- What’s the best phone you ever had?
- What’s the worst?
- Current phone you’re using?
What’s the best phone you ever had? iPhone 4
What’s the worst? HTC Desire
Current phone you’re using? Samsung Galaxy S20
My collection with also the first iPhone… 😉
Best: Motorola X4
Worst: Samsung Note 8
Current: iPhone 12 mini
It’s hard to pick a best/ worst phone because they once upon a time fitted my needs, but looking back this is how I would list mine.
The best phone i have ever had:iPhone 6S Plus
The worst phone:nope
Current:iPhone 6S Plus
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