Boyyyyyy how time flies doesn’t it? I remember as if it was just yesterday when people were still using maps, Nokia phones, MP3 players, debit cards, and pocket calculators. Technology is like Usain Bolt running on the track and an average person trying to keep up – that’s how hard it is to keep up with everything today.
Our modern phones have replaced so many things and have destabilized so many industries that its proof that we live in amazing times. Our parents would have never predicted how fast technology would develop.
This one is obvious and my personal favorite. I grew up using my Sony Ericsson t68i, K310i, and W800 for mainly music.
I remember we would share music using infrared (most kids these days have no idea what that is) but it took so long to transfer the files (it was 4 kilobytes per second) that we hid the phones under the desks while in class so the teacher wouldn’t take them away. Then we would blast the songs with really bad quality on those tiny speakers at recess! Good times!
Now you don’t need to worry about poor quality or having limited storage. Most modern phones, even budget ones can store thousands of songs. If having your phone full of songs isn’t your thing you can always boot up Spotify or YouTube Music. You got plenty of options today – there are thousands of radios online. Oh yeah, let’s not forget that your phone also works as a radio too!
How many times you were stuck in the middle of nowhere because you lost your way on the map and your father is too stubborn to ask for directions? I know I have! We grew up without having a GPS system, we used to the “old fashioned” way to plan our trips – maps, asking friends for the best routes, sheer will, and hope that we will get to our destination.
I skipped the GPS Navigation in my life and I went straight to using Google Maps on my phone. GPS has been almost completely replaced by modern phones. It’s way more convenient. Admit it how many times you tried finding the nearest Pizza Place thanks to Google Maps? Don’t lie, we have all been there.
The only problem with using Google and Apple maps is that we are so heavily reliant on them these days, they become like a crutch. We depend so much on them that we are not comfortable trying to find our destination and yet it’s a few hundred meters from us.
Credit and Debit Cards
This one is a heavy hitter. Despite Credit and Debit cards being revolutionary technology in their own right and a huge step up in banking and finance in the late 20th century, but its the Digital Wallets and Virtual Cards in your phone that reaaaaaaally shook things up in the industry. Yes, we are still at the beginning of this new era, but now your phone is a mobile bank – you no longer needed a wallet or cards to pay.
This has fundamentally changed how we handle payments and do our shopping. Faster transfers, fewer fees, better security, and more options now than ever before. The impact is so big that banks are playing catch-up.
As I have mentioned in my previous article we are moving to a paper-less society (and that has only sped up because of the pandemic). So, you could thank that little device in your pocket in helping us getting there faster.
Attention all Instagram models and photographers, this one is for you! Before the invention of our beloved mobile phones, people had to invest a lot of money in Professional Equipment to get high-quality photos. These used to cost thousands and only a few people could get their hands on them.
Now, making high-quality photos is easier than ever before. You do not need any fancy equipment, a crew, or even know-how! Your average phone will do just fine. Just take a photo, slap on some filters and effects, post it on the ‘gram, and voila – you’re now a model. This was not considered possible 25 years ago, but now thanks to technology, anyone can make high-quality photos thanks to their phones.
And last and definitely not least – Landline Internet
And the biggest thing that your phone replaced – Landline internet. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the landline internet has been completely replaced. I’m just saying that it has been almost replaced by Mobile Phones’ 3G, 4G and it seems very soon 5G wireless connection.
Stats show that the majority of people use the Internet on their phones, so a lot of services, companies, and industries are directing their focus to meet the demands and changes in the market.
We spend most of our time on the web using our phones, not our desktop computers. Computers, although powerful are not mobile enough to meet the demands of our daily lives. And everyone knows how fast life is today
I hope this little piece has helped younger people appreciate how fast things have changed over the past 20 years. Looking back now, it amazes me how many features our phones have now. I don’t think anyone expected this, not even our parents – they lived in simpler times. Who knows what will follow next?0