While it seems the cost of owning and operating a mobile phone only seems to go up, when we take a look back at where mobile phones were 30 years ago and where we are today, we are getting a pretty good deal all in all. The Motorola DynaTAC introduced 30 years ago cost almost $4,000 and offered an amazing 1 hour of talk time, while it stored 30 phone numbers and weighed only 2 pounds. The iPhone 4S by contrast offers 8 hours of talk time and weighs just under 5 ounces. Oh yea, it also sports front and back auto focus cameras, a digital compass, GPS capability, a 960 x 640 retina display, 16-64 Gb of storage, 1080P HD video recording, worldwide internet capability, text and picture messaging, accelerometer, 3-axis gyro and a few hundred more features unheard of 30 years ago. Here is an infographic from the folks at savings.com showing a visual history of mobile phones. Just imagine what all they might do in another 30 years....
You've no doubt seen or heard about patent lawsuits regarding high tech this year. Around the world and across America, various companies are suing each other over the patents they have and what they feel are other companies intruding on those patents. Many blame the patent system that allows such simple and obvious functions like one-click shopping to be patented. Others believe the millions poured into developing some items and technology should be protected. What is obvious is that thousands of technology patents are worth a bundle....not only to those who own them, but to the lawyers who sue or defend the companies charged with protecting their clients. Here is an infographic from MBAOnline.com showing how patents are used to stifle inovation.
Tablets are in....way in. Despite decades of trying to come up with a portable single surfaced device, tablets never caught on till Apple released the iPad in 2010. Suddenly the demand and the technology were both there to make it all work and now tablets will soon take over netbook sales and could someday soon even take over notebook sales. Here is an infographic by Sortable.com showing the history of digital tablets as well as today's tablet market.
You know something is hot when lawyers start threatening over patents. In the digital age patents have been introduced for everything from Java code to one-touch shopping. Where patents were once look at as a way of encouraging innovation, creativity and ingenuity, there are many people out there now making very credible claims as to how patents are choking innovation. Here is an infographic from BusinessInsuranceQuotes showing the state of patents today.
We certainly won't be breaking any news here today sharing the announcement from Verizon that they will begin selling a 3G CDMA version of the iPhone beginning February 10th. There will undoubtedly be lines around the block in cities across America to finally be able to use this phone on a more stable and far reaching network. How much longer the Verizon network will be the envy of the other carriers of course remains to be seen, once millions of iPhone users start making bandwidth demands on Verizon's 3G network.
At the same time, there is an interesting story on Gizmodo today telling Verizon subscribers to wait a little while before jumping onto the iPhone bandwagon. We have linked that post here. For those who don't want to link over, we have two very good reasons to hold off (for now).
1. The iPhone coming out February 10th is 3G. It will not be support Verizon's new 4G LTE network. Last week at CES, a handful of new Android sets were showcased that were able to use this significantly faster network protocol....the one that will eventually become the standard for all mobile phones on the Verizon network within a few short years.
2. Since the iPhone first launched on AT&T in 2007, Apple has released a new model every June. More than likely Apple will have a shiny new model this coming June to show us all, and those who buy in February will pay a steep early adopter tax of a 2-year contract on a phone that will be made obsolete within four short months. We have no inside track with anyone at Apple, but we don't see Steve Jobs and the forward thinking designers at Apple sitting still and letting Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and Nokia corner the 4G market, while Apple sits on the sidelines.