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I didn’t realise this idea was still going.
I have written a few of these types of article over the years and suspect that the phone of today can replace hundreds of older products, maybe thousands.
After getting dressed, I headed out of the door. On the bus, I couldn’t get the memory of these smartphone-obsessed bankers off my mind. I opened up my phone again and discovered that there is an established affliction called “smartphone addiction”. There was even a scientifically validated test I could do to work out how addicted to my smartphone I was. As I read on, I found out that a national research agency in South Korea estimated that 8.4% of young people in that country exhibited smartphone addiction. I suspected the rates could be just as high in Europe and the US… More at The Guardian. Thanks to Andy for the link.
I think this is a case of something being relatively new and the age-old suspicion that such products bring with them. Get over it and enjoy the positive bits.
All of that tinkering and hacking things ended for me shortly after the iPhone arrived, and the closest I’ve come to it recently is playing around with a Raspberry Pi and Kodi. The original iPhone was locked to O2 in the UK and AT&T in the US, but a hack quickly allowed you to run the phone on any carrier network. I continued to use Windows Mobile devices for a couple of years, but I played with the iPhone on the side as it was always tempting. The interface was smooth, simple, and I didn’t have to spend hours loading on ROMs to get a good experience. Once the iPhone 3G arrived, I switched fully over because of the App Store… More at The Verge.
From the moment I realised I would be using an iPhone full time, I stopped caring about new phones, features and fancy new software. Maybe that is the iPhones biggest achievement in my little world.
It does seem clearer each day that the next iPhone will look very similar to the above. That would not be a bad thing.
Jason and I arrived at the AT&T store at noon and became persons number two and three in line for iPhones. The number one slot was held by a fellow about my age who appeared to be asleep; he opened his eyes, nodded at us as we eased down onto the warm concrete, and then closed them again. Over the course of the next couple of hours, more people gradually showed; by 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the line of would-be iPhone owners had grown to about 60 people and stretched to the end of the shopping center. The last few folks are wrapped around the side of the building and are sitting in full sun, though they had lawn chairs and umbrellas… More at ars technica.
It took me until the iPhone 3GS to accept it as a ‘smart’ phone.