8 features that smartphones didn't have 10 years ago

8 features that smartphones didn't have 10 years ago
Ten years ago, smartphones were way less popular than feature phones, and it was only in early 2013 when global smartphone sales finally surpassed feature phone sales. Besides being in the minority, the smartphones of 2005 were also very different from the ones we currently have. Both their design, and their features make 2005 smartphones look and feel ancient now.

Although some of the smartphones from a decade ago were great, they were undoubtedly limited when compared to PCs. Now, the line between smartphones and PCs is a blurry one. High-res displays, powerful chipsets and plenty of memory allow current smartphones to offer pretty much anything a PC can offer. With that in mind, it's interesting to take a look at some of the things that smartphones weren't capable of 10 years ago.



1. BobLawblaw unregistered

But 10 years ago you could drop a phone or batter it off a wall while drunk and it'd still work fine..

2. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

3. BobLawblaw unregistered

My bad. I still miss my old 3310 though.

5. nsnand

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

And I charged my phone once a week... Not once a day...

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

10 years ago phones were getting smaller and smaller Now phones are getting bigger and bigger

20. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I charge my smartphone once a week... You're probably just using it too much ;)

4. gaming64 unregistered

Those were the days where everything was simple with fewer fanbases and no blind sheeps.

6. seven7dust unregistered

agreed , nowadays buying a phone seems like joining some club. people arguing about how others choose to they spend their money. Too dumb.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

And people would judge phones, not the people buying them.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

We take for granted a lot of these things today. Technology has come some far. Oh, and the max size SD card available to consumers is 200 gb SanDisk card.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Mobiles aren't phones anymore, what we have today is not the same tier of product that was around 10 years ago, sure it does take a sim card, send text messages and make phone calls but that's about all that today's "phones" have in common with stuff ten years ago. It amazes me how you can control so much of your life from the palm of your hands now; I pay all my bills from my phone, send people money, monitor stocks, keep up with all my email accounts, video call people, buy things from my phone, take pictures, just read stuff from the internet, from ebooks, view documents, take notes.. it's just incredible how out of nowhere your world has shifted into the palm of your hands.. imagine what else is on the way, stuff like storing all your bank cards, rewards cards, medical cards and data, starting your car, controlling household equipment.. Pretty soon passport information like visa's etc will transition over to phones and be full digital. The future looks insane, I can't wait for smart watches to take off.

16. nsnand

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I gotta be honest... That future scares me way more than amazes me... Piracy evolves as fast as security (or faster). When the day comes that all that information (bank and medical cards, etc) can be on the palm of my hand, I hope I can choose otherwise. I hope that that kind of progress isn't mandatory because if it is... Well... I'll be hiding my money under the mattress! LOL

9. seven7dust unregistered

you guys forgot about 64 bit chips , app store and front facing camera. Most of these features were introduced by the iPhone , Finger print home button, Nfc pay with finger print authentication, multi-touch screen gestures. still don't understand the endless trolling about Apple on PA though , they've done more than their share to advance smartphones ,but apparently charging money for their phones ,makes them evil ,shows jealousy and typical butthurt behaviour of fanboys.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Phones had app stores and front facing cameras in 2005...

15. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Certainly not Nokia as far as app stores are concerned. I used S60 exclusively from 2003-2010, and it was like the Wild West as far as apps was concerned. The only organized shop they had was for N-Gage (after is became just an app), which was games only.

22. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

My T-Mobile Sidekick 2 and 3 both had app stores AND cloud data storage. People troll about Apple here because a lot of people give them more credit than they deserve. Yes, they've innovated in some areas and helped advance smartphones as a device, but Apple fans tend to give them credit for damn near everything.

10. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

you forgot Nokia N91 and Samsung i300, the first phones with built-in 4GB storage.

14. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sorry PA, I had a Motorola ES400 with a fingerprint scanner long before the Atrix came out. The LG Expo also had one and it was out a year before my Moto. Get your facts straight.

17. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Sony ericsson w710 also had a fitness app

18. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

ooohh...I miss snake in the 3310 :\

19. Zanatech

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 19, 2015

Technology has come some far

21. ericsorensen

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Video calls? And free ones at that!

23. epdm2be

Posts: 824; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"1. Multi-touch displays" No but they had PEN input and handwriting recognition (especially on Windows Mobile/Pocket PC), which are the primary reason for having resistive screens in the first place. "2. Cameras to rival point and shoot cameras" Yes, they had. You seem to forget that 10 years ago P&S cameras weren't the megapixel monsters they are today. In fact years ago camera centric phones had proper (Xenon) flashes which all these modern supposedly camera-centric devices lack. At least Nokia engineers were intelligent enough to equip their most important camera-phones with a Xenon flash. All the others just make a fool of themselves! "3. High-speed cellular data" 3G WAS at THAT TIME High-Speed cellular data. Djeez! "4. Generous internal memory" So? The current large internal memory devices are merely a logical evolution of past years. It is the same with computer-memory or the size of harddrives. "5. Fingerprint scanner" As mentioned by some users some early devices had fingerprint scanners. Which are still available on a minority of devices in 2015.and aren't deemed that important by a lot of people. "6. Mobile payment" Oh please! Mobile payment could have been implemented earlier. This is due to the banks. PC banking was at its infancy back then so obviously it wasn't available on phones! Doh! "7. Fitness-related apps and services" This is indeed a recent but for many people an INSIGNIFICANT feature. Why brag about it? "8. Live streaming" Who the hell makes these articles? Are you mental? Streaming has been around in Realplayer and TCMP (through plugins) for ages. In fact in early years RealVideo was the best known streaming system now superseded by central video-websites like Youtube etc... RTSP and RealNetworks' RDT have been around since 1996. Yes, even on Pocket PC's, Palm and Symbian devices! Not to mention 3G incorporated Video-calling as standard feature. And now a few things that MODERN smartphones lack! 1. Full 2 way call recording Strange that this is omitted now that more and more countries ban using phones while driving. Ideal to capture appointments and meetings while on a call yet forgotten by everyone but a few. 2. Xenon camera flash Amazing that many of these supposed high-end camera-smartphones lacks the very basic thing in photography, a proper flash! 3. Loud loudspeakers Phones are supposed to grab your attention when someone calls you. Yet the more powerful (in cpu power) a smartphone becomes the more silent it gets. The last true loud phone was the Nokia 808PV. Coupled with a speaker-patch it becomes insanely loud. Which means that you can hear that phone when wrapped in a nice leather pouch and in a handbag, backpack or coat-pocket. While some go the complete opposite like Samsung with their ridiculous "increasing" ringtone!!! 4. Handwriting recognition The true strength of resistive screens is their pen-input and handwriting recognition. 5. FM Transmitter Need I say more... there is probably more

24. 1ceTr0n

Posts: 549; Member since: May 20, 2012

Too long, didn't read.

25. gaming64 unregistered

Your comment gave me cancer.

26. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Excellent post! Ignore the trolls, some of them weren't even alive 10 years ago.

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