The Smartphone

    The smartphone, a relatively new piece of technology that is in the hands of many people world wide. They have become increasingly popular. Everywhere you look there is someone on a smartphone, and it doesn’t seem that the popularity of these devices will die until something new comes out.

The very first phone, that incorporates the features that could possibly define it a smartphone, according to Time Magazine is the IBM Simon. Released in 1994, It cost $1,100 dollars, and show cased features such as email access, and fax messaging.

Rolling into the 2000s technology was advancing rapidly, and the smartphone became what we think of them today. One of the most noticeable, or most well known phones of this type is most likely Apple’s iPhone released in 2007. Cnet.com reported that Apple has sold 1.4 Million iPhones as of October 22 of that year. Smartphones exploded with popularity with many different phones coming from many different companies.

The introduction of text messaging, mobile web browsers, and the popularity of social media on smart phones have changed how people interact with the world around them. Popularity has risen according to emarketer.com, “The global smartphone audience surpassed the 1 billion mark in 2012 and will total 1.75 billion in 2014.”

One sore subject that seems to follow smartphones are the retail prices. The price for a phone that is contract free, according to Forbes, ranges around $300-600. Some phones like the new iPhone 6 Plus are listed on apples website with a retail of $949. Considered one of the top phones you can get, the price is still very high. When looking into the lifespan of the smartphone smallbusiness.chron.com reported that the life span of a smartphone is around 21 months. Accidents will happen, and with all of this in mind some do not find the price of buying a new phone worth it. One more factor that must be taken into consideration is the fast evolution of technology. Computers constantly receive upgraded software. To run good software one needs good hardware. Eventually that smartphone, that is really a small computer, released a couple years ago will no longer be able to run newer programs.

A final concern that has had some popularity is the amount of radiation a cellphone emits. Since cellular technology is very new, and is always changing, little is really know about how the radiation that they emit affects the user. The National Cancer Institute has said, “Studies thus far have not shown a consistent link between cell phone use and cancers of the brain, nerves, or other tissues of the head or neck. More research is needed because cell phone technology and how people use cell phones have been changing rapidly.” Due to the lack of knowledge on this subject some have come to avoid usage of smartphones.

The smartphone has come a long way, and with the constant evolution of technology one can only image what is to come. Peoples hunger for the next big thing seems to override concern over expense or safety at this time. The advances in tech creates an environment where it is always good to look at the big picture. Think of how much of an impact smartphones have made. They have come a long way, and it seems that they are not going away anytime soon.

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