People tend to romanticize the past but mobile phones seem to have no respect for their ancestors. Technology has advanced at breakneck speed and our humble database is nothing short of a time machine. Hop on for a journey in the history of mobile phones. And by the way, it’s history you – our readers – wrote.
We dug deep inside our server logs ten years back. We traced certain trends to present day and we have some interesting charts to show you. It’s all there: how form factor preferences have mutated through the years and how touchscreen has changed the game today.
You will also learn how slimness, weight and screen size went up and down over the years. As you see, we’ve got a long story to tell. But first, let’s explain how we sourced the raw data for this unusual research.
The stats are based on all the GSM phone models we have been adding and updating since 2000. We’ve put billions of page hits in the equation to make sure it’s accurate.
It seems nobody has done similar research so far so we didn’t have a way to cross-check our findings, but everything seems to tie in nicely with our personal observations.
There are two limitations we need to point out.
First off, back in the old days we used to put down only the phones’ announcement date in the database and not the actual launch date. So you may notice a certain time shift in the charts. For instance, a large number of 2003 models were popular in 2004, because it was when they were actually available. That shouldn’t be a problem though, the info is still there.
Secondly, we’ve broken down the raw data into two types of averages. With the absolute averages every model has the same statistical importance (same weight). The second type, the weighted average, accounts for the fact that models have different importance (varied weight) depending on their popularity (measured by user hits).
To put it simply – touchscreen phones have a simple average of 20% of all phones in 2008, but a weighted average of 35%. The absolute average tells us that of all phones one in five was a touch phone, which is a generally unimpressive share. But this same year touch phones generated one third of all the hits on our phone database. They were the most popular (and potentially most high-end) models.
Bear in mind though, that the weighted average is a wee bit skewed towards the more expensive phones, since those generate a disproportionately higher amount of traffic. You know people are not fascinated by run-of-the-mill handsets. They don’t look them up online, they don’t research them – they simply use them.
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let's look at the iPhone 4. Advanced Capacitive Touch screen, AWESOME. so what else? oh wait, it's got a brand new circuit design, ummm, 4th generation tech that other Phone providers already discarded as obsolete. ok? guess they doing more with less, what about functionality? Oh great over a million applications, wait, they limited and you have pay like mad for them, hmmm. ok!!!
Well how's the call clarity, average.
Ok, responsiveness is bordering on great. looking better.
Reliability - 0.0 , phone drops more than 5 out of every 10 calls, why????
Reception - oh wait, Apple made a mistake in their OS and report innacurate signal reception, hmmm, ok. Fix does not work?? Problem been present since initial iPhone? What are the developers asleep? Design Flaw, and you only noticed now??
Great memory capacity, but you have to use iTunes, why!
Bluetooth transfer between my iPhone and Blackberry, fails constantly even after succesful pairing, Blackberry reports device not responding, so does my Pc. Bluetooth does not transfer to my wife's nokia, keeps failing. Blackberry to nokia, perfect.
Picture viewing, second to none, WOW.
Conclusion: if you want a fancy expensive electronic photoframe that can sometimes transfer the photos and play music with the option of using it for crappy calls this is then the phone for you...sorry picture frame for you.
Even with an antenna problem the Iphone 4 is the thinnest smartphone in the world which boasts the most mega pixels and the most powerful.
There's nothing out there that can compete with the Iphone 3gs so don't even think about competing with the Iphone4 because it will take years.
Lets see what apple say about this signal antenna tomorrow 6pm uk time :-)
Hasn't effected me, The iphone4 is awesome guys don't let these so called haters on here who can't afford one tell you anything different.
Not our fault there poor :-)
BTW HTML 5 is also supported soon by Youtube, GOOGLE is something that is cross compliant something apples doesn;t understand eve to this day. Symbian, Android, Blackberry etc.. very soon will have HTML5 support then aplle won't have any leg at all to stand on.
So what apple claims to be able to do ahead of everyone is actually a step backwards because they ignorantly discount many more unsupportive technologies which already put you behind years ago. By that standard they are always behind, not in front.
Apple's only claim to fame first is decent capacitive touchscreens & ratified the original USB 1.1 spec with adjustments to the architecture which actually lamed USB to aplle compliance only, so that is alread a LAME claim to fame since they only did a bit to get it started then they trodd all over it LOLS. But wait that means apple only have their capacitive touchscreens to be proud of as their only claim to fame. They must be proud of their hypocracy & false advertising. Battery life being the only claim which they haven't lied over.
hey guys cant you see apple is china made too .the biggest manufacturer for I.T products is in China. the only ONE who made themselves is SAMSUNG. ask anybody and thats for sure! thats why i really like SAMSUNG.... believe me or not ....
interest going down, rating going down, the apple is going down and will take steve jobs with it tomorrow!!
I can hardly wait till tomorrow, I am loving it so much now, apple is going down big time, recall will cost 1.8 billion, I bet Steve will come up with another solution like put bumper on and its fine, !!1 what a joke, this phone should perform and have reception as it is, if not there is fundamental problem in design , everyone knows it, even independent company confirm there is a hard ware problem regarding the antena, so why apple try to down play that?
from tomorrow you have to use a plastic chain to carry this phone, that is probably what Stevy will suggest, !! so stupit like the phone itself.
Anonymous, 15 Jul 2010So those ifan still not wake up, luckily u post d link how much apple earn, now u know why? Wh... moreOh so Apple is greedy and techless is it?
You do know that Nokia owns Vertu right? How much is one? Oh yeah starting at £3,500. I'm sure the noble people stuffed it full of technology to be worth that much.
Good thing Samsung is not that greedy. Eh wait... isn't the Bang Olufsen Serene & Serenata made by... Samsung? Again, I'm sure this was full of technology to justify the price (double iPhone 4).
Pravin earlier suffered what is called an Epic Fail. This time, I think its appropriately titled Total Pwnage lol
Anonymous, 15 Jul 2010Hey look, Apple's iPhone has surpassed the earnings of RIM, Motorola, Nokia, HTC and Sony Eric... moreSo those ifan still not wake up, luckily u post d link how much apple earn, now u know why? Why nokia ,rim, htc ,samsung cant earn that much? BCOS they r selling phone at reasonable price, not like apple, greedy n techless, selling their every stuff expensive n want to earn fast n easy money
Apple knowing all thosr ifan have been spelled by them, no matter how worst apple product, they will just keep on defending it
[deleted post]Might not be a good idea to talk about sin, while you are spreading hate and misinformation. Just a thought.
Anonymous, 15 Jul 2010Hey look, Apple's iPhone has surpassed the earnings of RIM, Motorola, Nokia, HTC and Sony Eric... moreBut now apple is going to surphas nokia , rim, moto, htc recalled,wkwkwkwkwk
Apple will going to break record for how many phone is returning, wkwkwkwkwk
[deleted post]Hey look, Apple's iPhone has surpassed the earnings of RIM, Motorola, Nokia, HTC and Sony Ericsson combined!!!
You were saying?
owh, 15 Jul 2010I think dis phone never come to malaysia unless local carrier shrink their sim card into micro... moreMaxis in Malaysia have already officially announced that they will launch iPhone 4 in Malaysia. Microsim will obviously be available for the iPhone 4.
Anonymous, 15 Jul 2010u cant get it in malaysia, this phone is so lousy n it is not alow to get in malaysia, 4get itI think dis phone never come to malaysia unless local carrier shrink their sim card into micro sim. bcoz dis phone only support micro sim card..
This call dropping problem appears to be worse than what I 1st believed. So far I know 4 friends who have ordered the I phone 4 and all returned it within 2 weeks. Call dropping in London where you have good coverage on any service provider!!
One of them was a massive Iphone fanboy and didnt upgrade to the 3GS as he wanted to go straight for the Iphone 4 and was horribly disappointed. He went straight for Android. There is also a problem with crashing and freezing issues.
apple will come out with any lie just so they don't have to recall the iphone4, people do not get trapped!!!!
If people keep buying iphones they will continue to Churn out rubbish phones. What the comsumer has to do is Boycott the iphones until they get a good workable iphone without any flaws.
funniest comment all day
No FM radio
Steve said it was dangerous. you could be listening to the radio and miss a warning horn.
if you keep in the palm the 2 antennas make contact and you lose the signal so you need the apple bumper
dom, 15 Jul 2010In reply to deathbat, about your samsung wave being better than this phone, DONT BE DAFT, im ... moreTo settle your argument - I have had the unfortunate pleasure of testing both for my job, and alought neither is great, I can tell you that the iPhone is a pile of cr*p. Dont beleive the hype!