It wasn’t that long ago that those of us on the cutting edge of technology were reveling in the new-found freedom of being able to read emails, send text messages using a real (physical) keyboard, and maybe use a few apps on fancy Blackberry’s, Windows Mobile and Palm devices. They had HUGE 2.5″ screens, had 1-2MP cameras and 4GB of memory (if you were lucky).
Steve Jobs and his minions changed all that when the iPhone hit and shoved the phone industry, and consumers, into needing better devices every year or so.
Oh, there’s a few holdouts that still carry around the flip or feature phones and just use their phones to … make phone calls… weirdos.
But right now the smartphone industry is really hitting its stride. They are finally reaching cruising altitude where the technology is getting better by the month, but it’s not such a huge leap forward that it’s a necessity to upgrade immediately. There’s so much time and so few devices. Strike that. Reverse it.
I know many people who are perfectly happy with their iPhone 4S and Samsung S4’s, even though Apple and Samsung have released several updates to the platform in the last year or so.
But to those of us who always have to have to newest and best devices there really isn’t a bad choice to be made.
Earlier this week I posted about how to choose between Android and iOS, utility vs. luxury.
But on the devices themselves, just look at the recent releases by the manufactures:
- Apple : iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, with a planned Apple Watch
- Samsung : Note 4, S5 and Gear watch updates
- HTC : HTC One M8
- Motorola : Droid Turbo (due out today – Oct 30th), Droid Maxx, and Moto 360 Watch
- Not to mention new devices by Nokia, LG, Google and One Plus.
So many styles, shapes, speeds, features and operating systems from which to choose. All of them are miles ahead of devices released just two years ago with faster processors, higher resolution screens, more memory and better battery.
So with the upcoming holiday season, end of year business expenditures, and just plain old tech envy all coming to a head this time of year, head on down to your local Verizon or other phone retailer, play around with these wonderful devices and put one in your pocket.
Mobile phones and other devices are driving new ways we are consuming our media, our advertising and our communication. We might as well be doing it on shiny new devices, right?
What is YOUR favorite new mobile device? Shoot me your comment @BeBizzy on Twitter!
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Motorola Droid Turbo and other devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.