Today, we’re bombarded constantly with many high-end smartphones that seemingly blow us away in many aspects
. From getting work done to staying connected with friends and family, it’s almost arguable that our modern day devices can do just about anything
. Simply, they’re no longer regarded as being luxury items reserved for the rich, but rather, they’ve become necessities
in our daily lives.
Yes, we can order a pizza and have it delivered to us, all from the comforts of our phones, but in this nostalgic article, we’re going to reminisce back to the days when our advanced mobile devices weren’t quite as equipped as they are now. Some of the mentioned items will surely jog back some fond memories, while others will simply make you realize how we ever lived without certain things in our lives. As always, if you have something to share that’s not noted below, please be sure to share them with us in the comments section. So with that, let’s go down memory road and remember when…
1. Using MapQuest was our only means for getting directions
Oh man! We surely remember doing this one constantly, especially when cell phones weren’t equipped with GPS. Sure, we had the ability to place phone calls in the event we got lost, but it’s crazy to imagine we relied on paper directions from MapQuest to get us from point A to point B. Still, we’re certain people out there still do it, but who’s really going to admit that?
2. Long distance phone calls weren't included in plans
Nowadays, there are no worries when it comes to being charged for a phone call – well, except for international phone calls. Specifically, long distance is now included with all cell phone plans. In the early days however, calling a separate area code other than the one you’re phone is attached to, meant that you’d be charged for those minutes. Thank goodness it’s not much of a concern anymore!
3. Microsoft's mobile platform looked like this
Feasting our eyes on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform for the very first time, we were impressed with the dynamic approach of the homescreen UI, as certain live tiles aggregated content. Nearly a decade ago, when Windows Mobile first arrived on the scene, it was quite obvious that Microsoft wanted to bring the Windows desktop experience to the phone. Actually, they did just that, as you can tell from the photo with the distinguishable Windows Start button. As it turned out, people didn’t want to have a desktop experience on a phone, so we’re thankful that Microsoft revamped it completely with Windows Phone.
4. BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows were the top smartphone platforms
Today, the top mobile platform consists of Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, as we’re constantly introduced with a wide variety of handsets running those platforms. However, if we look back 5+ years ago, the landscape was entirely different, seeing that BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Mobile ruled the scene. Obviously, it’s hard to imagine how we managed to endure those platforms as we reminisce, but that’s simply what happened all those years.
5. GPS turn-by-turn navigation first came to light
Just about every phone and mobile platform has some sort of free turn-by-turn GPS app, but prior to the expansion we saw with Google Maps Navigation, consumers had to pony up money to pay for a GPS service. Before the explosion of smartphones, feature phones offered turned-by-turn directions, but it meant forking out money each month just to have it. Today, paid GPS apps normally feature some added luxuries over standard free apps – such as live traffic updates and offers.
6. Feature phones ruled the landscape
Every now and then, we come across people walking in the streets still sporting an aged flip phone of some kind, which then brings back memories of the late 90s and early 2000s. However, feature phones last ruled the mobile world nearly 5 years ago, as everyone concocted their own intriguing models. From QWERTY devices to unusual dual form factors, we have to admit that there was a lot of variety amongst feature phones – and with that, they were sought out highly.
7. Cameras were rarely incorporated with phones
Social networking has dominated out lives over the last few years, as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace..uhh…and Google+ have made it easier and quicker to share photos with the world. At one point, however, cameras on cell phones were deemed as luxury features – albeit, the quality was nowhere close to what modern devices deliver. Also, it’s arguable that camera phones helped perpetuate the art of taking one’s on own photo with the help of a mirror.
8. People bling-a-fied their phones with LED light antennas
Although today’s modern devices still get some bling action going on, whether it be a fancy case or a diamond incrusted handset, there is one that particularly one that sticks out more than anything else when it comes or cell phone personalization. During the age of the candybar and flip phones, which had removable antennas, owners would replace them with those fancy light-up ones. Therefore, whenever a phone call is incoming, it’d start pulsating in various colors to let everyone around that you’re getting a call. Do we miss them? Not really.
9. 3G connectivity was regarded as a high-speed connection
With the arrival of 4G LTE connectivity, there’s no arguing that we’ve been spoiled by its lightning fast speeds. However, we all said the same thing when 3G data connectivity came to fruition for the first time. As with everything in the tech world, tech as a whole continues to improve at a rapid rate, and eventually, our perception of 3G speeds soon changed. Nonetheless, it was pretty sweet in the early days of 3G connectivity, as it proved to be endurable over 2G EDGE speeds.
10. We used to rely on payphones to call home
When we think of payphones, we think about the extinction of the dinosaurs. Seriously, they were ubiquitous things from the last century that were found at nearly every street corner, but now, it’s almost impossible to find them. Again, it’s all thanks to the cell phone that they’re no longer widely used by people. Though, there are still times when they come back into our lives due to some inexplicable event – like losing your phone. However, some might be hesitant to use them just because they’re thinking about the nasty germs and graffiti they’re known to harbor. Well, it’s either that or they don’t have any spare change on them. Calling cards anyone? Or how about a collect call?