Can you remember your first phone? What it looked like? It probably looked a little bit like this:
(Via Early Samsung, Topmobiletrends, Buzzfeed)
Or maybe you had a good ol’ faithful Nokia:
(via Indianexpress, Pinterest)
Or maybe you even had one of these technologically advanced bad boys:
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Or maybe, just maybe, you were one of the lucky bastards whose first phone was an iPhone. Kudos to you.
The first iPhone, invented and released by Steve Jobs in 2007, according to Jonathan Zittrain, was a beautiful and brilliantly engineered device that blended three products into one: an iPod, a phone, and a device to access the Internet, as well as built-in map, weather, stock, and e-mail capabilities. This new device, little did we as consumers know, would be the first of 15 models of iPhones to be released in the next 10 years.
(Via Mercury News)
The creation and development of the iPhone pretty much defined technological convergence (the process by which existing technologies merge into new forms that bring together different types of media and applications), by becoming a hardware platform alike no other. Perhaps the iPhone became so popular because of the fact that it was so multifunctional, and saved having to carry around a lot of excess things. The conveniency of having a calculator, an alarm clock, an iPod/music player, a notepad, a camera, easy access to the internet, maps, a calendar, phone contacts, emails and the ability to call and text message all on the same device is most likely what appealed most to consumers.
Here is my painfully average attempt at a podcast that demonstrates one of the many functions of iPhones: voice memos.
(Created Via Voice Memos on iPhone. Soundcloud Link)
So, these multifunctional devices sound pretty great, right? Well, unfortunately there’s problems with these kinds of complex technologies. Technology failing is inevitable with any device, especially ones that can do so many things. For starters, the batteries do not last long, and when being used a lot throughout the day, you’ll often find your iPhone (depending on the make, amount of apps you use, what apps you use, etc) will need a charge by the afternoon or early evening to allow you to use your phone while you lay in bed at night (FYI, I know it’s a bad habit to use your phone before going to sleep but I, alike many others, do not care. Sorry not sorry). iPhone users also encounter issues of their phones freezing, not sending/receiving messages, apps crashing, home buttons stop working, screens smashing too easily, et cetera, et cetera, the list goes on. This goes to show that no matter how much technology advances, it will never be perfect.