Years ago mobiles were just for calling an texting,an the screen size people were not bothered,Nokia brought the first large screen mobile the N95 8gb,Why? didn"t we get standard items on mobiles amazes loads,as you were having to buy certain charges an Headphones for you to be able use on your mobile,a standard 3.5 jack an Charger pin All the Companies used would have been better,but the Companies did not work together so Consumers were spending more money on certain items to fit your certain model,Smartphones have come in an now really changing the Screen sizes an Applications on Mobiles,But just heard,that so people now creating Applications to get your Bank an Credit Card details,so thats the only trouble downloading Applications if you do not know what you are doing,4" screens to big for mobiles
I must say, Samsung didn't contribute much to the History of mobile phones. After all no matter how much money you can give Samsung, you phones will always be dirty as my s***.
Samsung phones are awful. :(
Good article. I would have also liked GPS to be covered as well. My main reason for getting a smartphone this year is for the GPS.
It is interesting that Apple products generally do not follow most standards. I guess they want to set themselves apart from the other manufacturers. If it's successful, it would be revolutionary. If not, it's annoying.
It's a very entertaining read. Takes me back to a time when cellphones kept adding on new features and they we're almost disposable because of it. Kept changing my phone every year just to keep up. The photos of the old model phones made me laugh. To think they were cutting edge just 10 years ago.
The universal 3.5 mm audio jack is not so universal. I've learned the hard way by buying a headset for iPhone and trying to use it on Nokia. Even though the plug was the same, it did not work. Headphones that are used just for listening to music have three contact zones on the plug. The tip is left channel, the ring is right channel and the sleeve is ground. But headsets have 4 contact zones, the extra one is for the microphone and the accept call button. Every mobile phone manufacturer wires this plug differently. Thus a headset intended for Blackberry will not work on Nokia etc. It is also possible that headphones will not work with a specific phone because of the difference in wiring of the headphones (regular headphones, not a headset) and the socket.
Good article overall, though why there seems to be so much emphasis on the 2 European brands? Even the article was endorsed by Samsung, did Samsung play any part of this evolution?
To me, since I'm a Motorola fan, I found the article missed out quite a few facts regarding Motorola throughout the evolution...
- Radio phone: one can trace back a model called V2288 in 2000, which was a "low end" phone at its time.
- 3.5mm jack: much emphasis was placed on N91, though Motorola also released the E2 around the same time with 3.5mm jack
- micro-SD: Motorola was probably one of (if not) the first to adapt the use of micro-SD on its E398 in 2004, when others were still "struggling" with RsMMC or SD or whatever...
- Bluetooth: Motorola also released a model called T280i with Bluetooth in 2001.
Anonymous, 09 Aug 2010nokia writes the historythey made what everyone is now and apple can't except that by paying licensing fees
touchscreens have increased in the percentage wars to the point were its an unfair statement,,WHY?? because all you can buy is flipping touchscreens,if you can only get touchscreens in the top smartfone category then its obvious touchscreens will look like their taking over if all you can see and buy when you go into a shop is flaming touchscreens...
ScottF, 09 Aug 2010It seems like Nokia was the company who implemented most of these features first..an apple is the company that will never adopt most of these features
n8 is a fitting phone for this article, indeed
It seems like Nokia was the company who implemented most of these features first..
Great article (also like the previous ones). Today I was working on my car radio and after reading this, i find myself wondering why oh why there is no standard for connecting speakers or power to car radios..(DOY wire connectors anyone..) This really shows the adaption rate and tough competition amongst cell manufacturers!