How Smart is Smart?

As newer phone models contained improvements in its design, display, and functions, along with the greater availability of the internet, the mobile phone became what we know today as the smartphone. The smartphones we use today play a huge role in our everyday lives. As mentioned earlier, we use it for nearly everything.

before-smartphone-meme defines a smartphone as “(a) category of mobile device that provides advanced capabilities beyond a typical mobile phone. Smartphones run complete operating system (OS) software that provides a standardized interface and platform for application developers.” lists examples of operating systems such as Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, Nokia’s Symbian, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, Samsung’s Bada, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.





The Nokia Boom

This video says it all; in a way, it shows the impact of Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, on mobile phone design, use, function, and culture.

Some commercials and videos on early and modern Nokia phones.

Nokia’s website has a link detailing their history.

Below are some infographics on Nokia:


Nokia phones were and are also known for its rugged design and tough durability.


What is questionable about Nokia, however, is its future as the world enters the second decade of the 21st century. When the Apple iPhone made its debut in 2007, and as other competitors slowly joined in the trend of full-touchscreen phones, Nokia sales began to drop.



Enter Apple

At the Macworld Convention in January 2007, Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs (now deceased) announced the iPhone. It was a game-changer in mobile phone technology. It brought with it a revolution in mobile phone culture. The freedom of viewing media, surfing the web, and ease of navigation all with the touch, swipe, pinch, tap, and sweep of your fingers was what iPhone users enjoy most about this revolutionary product.


Video of Jobs’ 2007 announcement of the iPhone:

Full announcement here:

7 generations of iPhones have been released so far. Each and every one was released one year after the previous version.


The original iPhone, released in 2007 and came in 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB models.



The iPhone 3G. This improved version of the iPhone came with Apple’s App Store, third-party application, a new iOS, but most importantly, 3G data connection.



The iPhone 3GS. With faster hardware and an improved camera.




The iPhone 4. New design, faster hardware, better camera, retina display, and an additional front-facing camera.





The iPhone 4S. With improved hardware and camera. The 4S was also the first version to have the Siri software, a voice-activated assistance program.






The iPhone 5. This new model came with a new processor chip and was thinner and lighter than previous iPhones. It also boasted LTE/4G data connection.





In 2013, Apple Inc. released 2 new iPhones, the 5S and the 5C (L-R), with updated software and improved hardware.