In my lifetime I have seen the progression and improvement in technology of the mobile phone and also the laptop computer.
With both of those; I have also seen the change in size preferences by people.
The first mobile phone that I saw my father using was like a briefcase with a handset attached. Literally. The briefcase portion was the battery and aerial all in one:
My first mobile phone was a Nokia 5110. It was smaller than a standard HD TV Remote these days. It was one of the first phones to show a true interest in the end user. It was one of the first phones that allowed for a custom Fascia.
But, it was still quite fat.
Progressing through Nokia’s; my next phone was a 3210. It was thinner, it lost the external aerial, kept the interchangeable fascias but also allowed for a composable ringtone.
Following that I moved to Samsung, then Sony Ericsson mobile phones. The smallest of all of my phones was the Samsung T100. I loved that phone and I still get a little nostalgic thinking about the animated fish wallpaper that shipped with the phone. Following that phone, however, I too began my progression back to larger phones.
I opted for a SE T610, to this day one of my favourite phones, as well as everything else the phone did (which was quite a lot for the time) it also came with Q*bert. This was followed by a W810i, a K750i, K850i then an Xperia X10i. I recently upgraded to an Xperia S after nearly a year waiting for the LG Optimus 4X HD to come to O2, as promised, but it never happened.
I also have an iPhone 4 which is supplied by my employer.
If you know your phones the what you might see from this progression through the Sony Ericsson phones is that they all, slowly, get larger. Finally culminating in the largest, the Xperia S. However; what about the functionality?
Whilst the functionality of my S is vast, there is actually very little that I can do on the phone, that I couldn’t do on the T610. The T610 did not have native Microsoft Exchange Active-Sync support, but it could be setup to receive my e-mails; exactly the same as the X10i and S. The X10i does allow for Microsoft Exchange support through the bundled Moxier Sync software, but I’ll blog later what you need to do to get that working. The S, running Android 4.0.1, has native Exchange Support. Also; providing I plugged my T610 into my PC with the supplied USB cable I could synchronise my calendar.
So where does this leave us? It leaves me, certainly, with the sad realisation that I am no longer a minority. The world has embraced the vast functions of a mobile phone, but, for all the wrong reasons. Mobile phones are once again bigger than they ever have been, Samsungs Galaxy Note II being the biggest currently, because people want to play games and watch YouTube. Your mobile phone has become a pocket PC and buying a new phone, or even upgrading, has become a daunting process for our seniors generation.
In short (accidental pun); size has ruined the functionality of a phone. When everyone wanted them smaller, like the Samsung T100, they were still phones with a few pastimes on them. Now they are big, with lots of games, unnecessary apps; more pastimes than necessary functions.
The worst thing about this situation is – all the new age techies don’t understand why mobile phones have a shorter batter life regardless of their new use as a pocket PC.