I got to thinking of the insanity and vanity of humanity today. How did I get to doing that? I was looking at the array of devices that we carry around today.
Four years ago, we all wanted to carry one device. We were screaming “Convergence”. Now, we are cool if we carry more than one. And we are cutting edge if we have a phone, a smartphone, and a tablet in tow. I know those who also have a laptop in a backpack in addition to the afore-mentioned gizmos.
Four years ago, we threw away the stylus. Now, it is becoming fashionable again.
Four years ago, huge mobile devices were bricks. Now, the bigger, the better. These huge devices that we celebrate today used to be derided as “bricks” and too large just five years ago.
I tweeted a bit about this and someone responded with this:
Nada. Those bricks were THICK and HEAVY. This Note Im using is thin, bigger screen. More pleasing than tiny monochrome screen.
Thick, maybe. Heavy? Let’s see. The Nokia E90, which was the grand-brick of mobile in 2007 (that’s five years ago), weighed 210g. The closest devices to being bricks back then include the Nokia E61i which weighed 150g.
Note that the point of my musing is that we are returning to things that we abandoned years ago – bigger, heavy, stylus, and multiplicity of mobile devices, regardless of how the devices are classified.
In 2012, the original Galaxy Note weighs 178g. Guess what the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 3100 weighs? 345g. BlackBerry PlayBook WiFi-only weighs 425g. The new Note 10.1 weighs 600g!
So much for mobile devices back then being heavier.
Ahem, monochrome screens four years ago? 2008? I think not. In 2008, mobiles with monochrome screens were feature phones at the lowest rung of the ladder. In 2008, the E90 Communicator had a 4.0-inch, 800 x 352 pixel, 16 million colour display.
The truth is that we are going full circle the same route we abandoned years ago. Yes; today’s devices are much more powerful and much friendlier to use. They are thinner, but by far longer and wider. They certainly are bigger.
And it sure is odd to see someone carrying around a 4.7-inch smartphone, a 5.3-inch tabphone or a 7/10-inch tablet, plus a netbook or laptop in tow? Yes; we are going insane little by little.
No; I dare not suggest that we are suffering from insanity. Suffering? No; we are enjoying every minute of it.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.