I never thought “Bricks” could be so smart, but they proved me wrong. Do you want to know the answer how a brick turns Smart, ask your phone? Seven years ago, when I first bought a Nokia handset(without antenna), I was so intrigued by its features, that I researched on the history of mobile phones, only to learn that earlier mobile phones were addressed as “bricks” due to their unique brick like dimensions. I remember, college life rotated around cell phones in demand and they attracted student like magnets. Ah, that feeling of owning a phone from Nokia (Apple and Blackberry were not known then in India). As my phone lacked the vibration feature, I remember rushing to the Nokia priority center to enquire if I can get that feature installed on my phone, as it was easy to get call alerts when attending classes on campus. The most happening and smartest of the phone in my college at that time was NOKIA 3100, sturdy by looks, draped in blue it was a killer instrument to own in my college. As time rolled, I graduated and went on to do an MBA.
Technology had advanced more by that time and I was the happiest to purchase my first color phone from Motorola. I used to associate myself with all Motorola users who made the company ranked no. 2 in the world. I could listen to FM radio; activate GSM service at some cost, and above all download polyphonic ringtones. I owned that Motorola model for almost 3 years, before I put my hands on the smart technology enabled phones. It really hurts when someone loses your dearest phone, and that is exactly what happened to my Motorola. I gave my dearest phone, my first color phone to a needy person to use for a time-being, only to learn after a week that the person has lost it. It was painful depart for me, as we as humans tend to develop penchant towards everything, whether it is other human beings or a technology or a machine.
One day, intrigued to own a trendy handset, during lunch time of office hour, I rushed to the nearest E zone only own an HTC Smart phone. What features! Full touch screen phone which I still own, apart from a Blackberry. I am not a gadget freak but applications on my phone have always been happening. I keep doing research on new apps which make life simple for me and have laid my hands on some really nice applications on Smart phones. HTC empowered me to carry chat application wherever I travel, and it was the best for me to stay connected with my friends while on travel. I activated the best GSM plan to browse internet and download apps on the phone. I used my phone to pay bills, to book tickets, all this through an application. Isn’t that SMART? For me, it is.
Are the Smart phones really Smart? Well, not all phones are Smart enough but a few of them are and applications serve as life for these Smart phones. The evolution of phones in my life has changed with my preferences for them and I have evaluated new brands every time, I purchase a new phone. I read recently that in India almost everyone would own a Smart phone by 2015. Imagine the market for applications. Off late, as Apple and Blackberry has entered Indian market and uprooted conventional brands like NOKIA, I am hooked on to my Blackberry now. My HTC phone has become a thing of the past, as amazing application on Blackberry allow me to own awesome features on my handheld. The most striking feature which I enjoy on Blackberry is the ease to type, I can use my both hands to type letters and it makes work fast and looks trendy too. Sometimes, I go contemplative and question myself “How these gadgets become a part of our life?” and we value them as a priced possession. I happen to see one advertisement from Telenor which was made for its Japanese market and I was moved. The entire plot of the advertisement revolved around handsets and their features, people being glued to them forgetting friend’s, near one’s and then there is a realization of this and we gain consciousness to return to our world of feelings, likeness, friendship and love.
As technology would advance new models of phone would definitely hit market and I would as well try to explore new models like Blackberry Torch and Apple’s 4G iPhone, as I am confused to choose between them but the most important thing which would remain around these gadgets is our feeling for them. There are a few people who change their phones every month and a phone is just another gadget for them but for a user like me, who uses a phone for at least 2 years, we develop a connection around them and our phones are very dear to us, that is why we still keep our old handsets safely in a cupboard. It is worth mentioning about one of my friends who purchased her NOKIA handset doing some promotional marketing jobs. The phone is very dear to her, as the money that went to buy a gadget involved loads of hard work and sweat, therefore an intense feeling for the gadget is true and appreciated. I may, long for new models of phone everyday but that feeling which I have for my first phone still reminds of life, college and friends.