The rise of the Gadget Lovers

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Traditionally, the world of mobile technology was occupied mostly by techies and geeks – people with an inclination towards the technical aspects of technology – web designers, developers, engineers, computer scientists, et al. Years back when I first got involved in smartphones (that would be 2002 to 2003), only techies and geeks really knew about and bothered with smartphones. However, times have changed.

Mobile technology has since gone mainstream, and a new class of users and enthusiasts have risen. They are not technology people. They don’t know what HTML is, or GPRS or WCDMA. They don’t know what an IPS screen is, and why/how it is different from AMOLED or TFT. They couldn’t be bothered. But they love gadgets and what the gadgets can do for them. They love to watch movies, to shop, to chat, and to listen to music, among other things. They are mothers, accountants, cleaners, bankers, entrepreneurs, drivers, clerks, architects, doctors, and everything else but techies. They are the equivalent of car lovers who have little or no technical knowledge of cars. Or wrist watch lovers who have no idea of the technicalities of watches. They are interested in everything else but the technical details of the phones that they so love.

Because they do not care for all those technical details that techies and geeks bother with, they do not care for specifications beyond the basics. They are constantly on the look out for which gadgets are new in the market and want to have them. They are the ones who make or break the sales. They carry two or more smartphones, and may have a tablet or eBook reader in tow. They are also likely to be found with a power bank. They exist in all classes too. They are the gadget lovers. Their army grows by the day, much larger than the army of techies and geeks combined. Welcome to the new world of mobile.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “The rise of the Gadget Lovers

  • Jan 5, 2014 at 12:13 am
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    Please tell the so-called “I too know” geeks and techies. Those gadget lovers are in the majority, not a minority.

  • Jan 5, 2014 at 6:16 am
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    Well, those geeks and techies may not be in the majority, all right. But they are also NOT a minor minority. They ARE a major vocal minority.

    Being a minority does not translate to being uninfluential. Truth be told, those NON geeks are primarily influenced regarding their mobild trajectory, by what the geeks tell them, or advise them to do.

    The men are said to rule the world. But the women rule the men that supposedly rule the world. So, de facto, women rule the world.

    The geeks may not be in the majority, but they shape the consumption habit of the numerous docile mobile neophytes.

    Like in Nigerian politics, the majority would have their say, but the important minority decides the National Misdirection.

    We should therefore refrain from repeating the worn_out platitude that it’s the non geeks that rule the mobile World.

    The Meek will inherit the Earth? Really? Most likely the Greedy will Inherit the Earth!

    • Jan 5, 2014 at 8:13 am
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      Well, those geeks and techies may not be in the majority, all right. But they are also NOT a minor minority. They ARE a major vocal minority.

      EyeBeeKay,

      Actually, this is fast becoming a thing of the past. Many gadget lovers are now as vocal as the techies. In some cases, they are more influential than the techies 🙂

  • Jan 5, 2014 at 9:03 am
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    I think Eye.Bee.Kay is very correct here. I said it in another topic on how I influence people around me when it comes to mobile gadgets and computers generally. It’s only some of the women folks around me that sometimes in the characteristic nature of women will go out to buy mobile phones or computers on impulse first and then call me later to confirm they made the right choice.

    The geeks are still very important and very influential even in their minority when it comes to mobiles phones or computers generally. There’s this friend of mine that was gravitating for Windows Phone because of the puerile brightly coloured home screen of Windows Phone but I quickly disabused him of his wrong impression of the Windows Phone and its capabilities and today he is using a Tecno Phantom A+ and very happy with it.

    Now before you start calling me names, there were numerous things that he saw me doing on my phone and was impressed and wanted to bring the Lumias in the discussion as capable devices too before I let him know the Lumias can’t handle such nor any Windows Phone powered device for that matter.

    Another friend late last year got a new Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1 as a gift and didn’t know the power of the underlying operating system and wanted to sell it at a giveaway price and buy a BlackBerry device instead. He just asked me how good the phone is because he didn’t even know what Android is. I frankly told him that the device was relatively old but still very capable. I explained to him the power of Android and today he is still using the Galaxy Nexus and of course he has dropped the idea of a BlackBerry phone.

    • Jan 5, 2014 at 9:13 am
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      Harry,

      Here is the thing too: every single person that I have recommended a Windows Phone smartphone to are loving it and are quite satisfied. Therein is the danger of using your own experiences alone to determine what goes. In the end, it is a question of recommending the right device for the right person. This isn’t even a fight of platforms.

      For example, the person you recommended a TECNO Phantom A+ to is quite happy with it, as you say. If he were hung up on specs, he would not be. Perhaps he would be lusting after a Sony Z1 instead. Your very example validates this post.

  • Jan 5, 2014 at 9:46 am
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    Yeah Mr Mo, you are very correct there. Actually, the decision to buy the Tecno Phantom A+ instead of say a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was greatly influenced by budget.

    We generally know my leanings but if a friend sees me typing on my phone by swiping and initially thought I’ve learnt the act of magic but eventually really that the magic actually belongs to my phone and asked if the Windows Phone he is planning to buy can do same, what options do I have to still make him buy a Windows Phone if he’s bent on a device that can give him the option of gesture typing?

    Also, if he saw me doing BBM chat with the phone, how am I supposed to convince him that the Windows Phone he’s been lusting on can also do BBM? These are just two scenarios among many that even you Mr. can’t handle better even if you strongly intend to sway the person’s decision into making a Windows Phone choice. Of course the first situation most likely won’t arise in your case because you don’t think much of gesture input.

    • Jan 5, 2014 at 10:44 am
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      We generally know my leanings but if a friend sees me typing on my phone by swiping and initially thought I’ve learnt the act of magic but eventually really that the magic actually belongs to my phone and asked if the Windows Phone he is planning to buy can do same, what options do I have to still make him buy a Windows Phone if he’s bent on a device that can give him the option of gesture typing?

      Harry,

      I pre-answered that when I said, “In the end, it is a question of recommending the right device for the right person.”

      Cheers.

  • Jan 6, 2014 at 2:33 am
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    Mr Mo vs Harry.

    Windows vs Android.

    Recommending a windows phone for Enthusiasts who love to see new magics is a very bad idea. Even Mr Mo won’t do that.
    What you can do On an iPhone is exactly what Jobs thinks you should do, Robin thinks every user should be doing their stuffs their different ways.
    Enthusiasts will always want android. My conclusion is based on the fact that I’ve tried the four leading mobile Os.

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