Digital technology is changing literally before our eyes, even over the past couple of years, smartphones have begun to look somewhat different (screens have stretched out, cases have finally become monolithic, processors have become record-breaking powerful, the amount of RAM exceeds that of many PCs, the number of original color solutions has been reduced to a minimum, etc. etc.), what can we say about the cardinality of changes in 10-15 years! Today we take a look at what our mobile devices have evolved into since the 2000s.
Cameras in smartphones
The Sony Ericsson K800i, which appeared in June 2006 in terms of price and quality, was something incredible for its time: an excellent camera, high performance, the ability to make video calls … But, of course, they bought it for a 3.2 megapixel photo module with 16x digital zoom. And now, even in budget smartphones, you rarely find a front camera with a resolution below 5 MP, let alone the flagships, which was the SE K800i.
Wireless data transmission
We are not talking about Bluetooth or Wi-Fi – by wireless data transmission I mean the speed of the mobile Internet. If in 2005 a maximum of 260 Kbit / s via EDGE was considered the norm around the world, then a year later 3G came along, and then the current LTE. As a result, in less than 15 years, the Internet connection speed in your pocket has increased 5,000 times.
Clarity of screens
In the second half of the 2000s, the display resolution did not play a big role – it was just that 99% of mobile devices had the same value: QVGA or 320 × 240 pixels. The remaining one percent was just those rarest devices with any acceptable resolution. One of them was, for example, the Qtek 9000 communicator with a 3.6-inch screen with a resolution of 480 × 640 pixels. The situation changed only in 2010 with the release of iPhone 4, from that moment a long race of diagonals and ppi began. Be that as it may, the XZ Premium and Z5 Premium smartphones from Sony have proven that it is technically possible to fit a 4K matrix (3840×2160) on 5.5 inches, the question is whether anyone really needs it.
But if on the smartphone market more or less active struggle continues all the time, then with other portable devices – game consoles – in terms of development, everything is rather sad. Until recently, the last really sensational gadget in this area was the Sony PlayStation Portable from 2005 (yes, there was also the PS Vita, but before the popularity of the PSP it was like before the moon). And so, after 12 years of stagnation, the gaming industry literally exploded after the release of the Nintendo Switch. The secret to success turned out to be simple and at the same time difficult: give players a wide library of games, come up with an original way of managing and please old fans of the company without scaring off new users.
One way or another, devices change every year, as do the ways they are used. Technology is now evolving exponentially and, most likely, over the next decade, mobile devices will change even more, penetrating all areas of our lives, at the same time rethinking the way we work and consume content.