by Genius Moyo
“Could you survive without your mobile phone? Cell phones have become incredibly advanced in a relatively short amount of time, and the possibilities for the future are seemingly endless”
Many of the early cell phones were considered to be “bricks” as they were too large and awkward to carry around. However, in 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x arrived on the market. Though huge by today’s standards, it was considered the first truly mobile phone because it was small enough to carry.
However, cell phone use hadn’t spread to the general public yet. They were primarily used in the sales and business world, but not often for personal use like you see today. Though the DynaTac and subsequent models were smaller, mobile, and ultimately cooler, they still had their faults. Bulky, luggable models like the Nokia Mobira Talkman and the Motorola 2900 Bag Phone had longer battery lives and more talk time, making them more popular at the time. As the technology advanced, cell phone companies figured out how to pack all the features their customers wanted into a smaller, portable, more affordable model.
Within a few more years, I expect regular cell phones to disappear entirely. We may not even call smartphones ‘smart’ anymore and just drop the term altogether, the way we stopped saying ‘color TV’ and ‘hi-fi stereo’. In the future, cell phones will become even more naturally in sync with our biological reflexes and processes such as eye movement, thought processes, and cultural preferences. It’s not just about how we will change cell phone, it is how will the cell phone change us?