I can still remember back in 1995 when I was in high school and first saw the Nokia 2110 and thought to myself “Wow this is the smallest and lightest cellular phone I have ever seen!” Then a couple months after I saw the Nokia 5120 and it was smaller and lighter than the 2110 and that was the time I couldn’t afford a cell phone.
But over the years we have noticed alot of changes in mobile technology, the first piece of technology that wowed me was when they added infrared. Infrared will be explained later down in this article. Later they came with cameras, media players, Bluetooth and other mind blowing wonders such as GPS.
What is Infrared?
Electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than visible light but shorter than radio waves.
This is what the nokia 2110 looks like for those of you who has no idea. Released in 1995 when cell phones only used Monophonic ringtones. It features consist of SMS only and none of that stuff you have come to know. NO Ems, No MMS, No Clock, No Camera and No Color.
Announced in 2001 the Nokia 3350 now started to becoming what we know today as a Cell Phone. It featured SMS, still had Monophonic ringtones but you were now able to add screensavers to it. At the time when the mobile internet was new to some of us this had a WAP 1.1 Browser, had no camera but it had a picture editor plus games.
Launch in the third quarter of 2003, at this time i was a Customer Service Representative for a prominent cell phone service provider and to all my colleagues this was the iPhone of that time. It had some really cool features at the time like a Camera, Mobile Internet, Colored Display, Bluetooth, InfraRed, Built-in handsfree plus it could video also. There are many cool cellphones that came after but sorry i can’t feature all of them.
Now this is where we are today. The Nokia N96 announced February 2008 but will be released in the third quarter of 2008. The N96 features most of the latest technology you can get today Polyphonic (64 channels), Monophonic, True Tones, MP3 can be used as ringtones. It has 16 GB internal memory, plus micro SD of up to 8GB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, EDGE Technology, Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP, Built-in GPS receiver, 5 Mega Pixel Camera plus it has TV Receiver and a FM Radio Receiver.
Great Isn’t It?