Phone is Life

I can’t believe how important my mobile phone is to my everyday life! From scheduling all my activities, reading my textbooks to even coordinating with group members on projects, my mobile device has become almost as important as my left hand (I’m left-handed).

I know that probably sounds weird, but think about it. How many of us choose audio books over physical books? I know I choose audio books. I find them incredible helpful to my learning and retention, especially if I am lucky enough to have money to buy a physical copy as well. Audiobooks are so much more accessible and mobile. The average textbook weighs up to 5 lbs. but with an app like Audible a book weighs as much as your phone, laptop or tablet.

Following along with someone who is reading the text to you is like time traveling back to a time when your parents read to you as a child. Now, granted I can’t recall ever being read to as a child so maybe that’s why I would much rather prefer audiobooks over e-books or a physical copy for my learning.

Just a few months ago Microsoft introduced the Windows 10 app, which helped users with low storage on their mobile devices to stream their library of books. Normally with Audible, a user will purchase a book, download it to their mobile device and then proceed to listening. However, for those people with little or limited phone storage it made accessing and acquiring books more difficult. That’s when the 10.2.7.0 update came into play. It was now possible to stream a book allowing for more content without the hassle. Improvements also included the addition of the book’s cover art as the background.

The first touchscreen smart phone

simon-smartphoneIt’s hard to believe that only four months after I was born the first touchscreen smartphone was available for purchase by consumers.  In August of 1994 IBM and BellSouth released to the public Simon. Simon, which is notably credited with being the first smartphone, came programed with many apps (then called features). Email, fax, sketch pad, calendar, time and of course making a phone call.

The phone was clunky, expensive and lacked in battery life, but rose in its potential. Even though the potential was limitless the hype dyed fast. This incredible new idea spent six months on the selves selling about 50,000 phones. It may seem like a lot but with the rate of iPhones today selling at about 34,000 an hour each day of their first quarter in 2014, I think it’s safe to day that 50,000 phones in six months is chump change.

From clunky phones with only an hour of battery life to phones that now are literally mini computers lasting at least 12 hours I think it is safe to say that our mobile history is growing incredibly fast. Now on our mobile devices we can do banking, send emails, play games, maintain our health, promote social change and more. It’s only a matter of time before the very technologies we carry with us in our pockets all the time will be apart of our body.