There’s never been a more exciting time to be a part of the mobile revolution. Technology is advancing at a practically exponential rate, and people increasingly can’t imagine living without these practical pocket computers. It’s hard to believe that it’s only been ten years since the first iPhone was released, and the world has definitely changed with it. Here are some of the biggest ways that mobile phones have changed our lives.
How We Communicate
This might seem obvious, but the effect of mobile devices on communication can’t be overstated. Smartphones have changed the way people talk to each other in so many different ways it’s hard to list them all. The fact that everyone has caller ID makes avoiding people you want to talk to easier than ever, and texting has made it so that can entire conversations can last for days without ever speaking a word. Maybe most interesting is the development of emoji. These fun little icons speak volumes and have almost replaced words entirely for a new generation of smartphone users. In fact, some have considered emoji to be the birth of a new type of language. It all started with being accessible away from the home and now we’ve almost developed a whole new way to communicate!
How We Play
Mobile devices have also changed the way people play games. Portable gaming has been around since the ’80s thanks to the Game Boy, but smartphones have brought more games than ever to a much wider audience. Mobile gaming now has something for everyone, from fun, tap-based titles to modern shooters to portable takes on old-school classics. These days, many popular PC titles are also adapted to smartphones, and it has become safe to assume your favorite game is offered on mobile devices. The mobile gaming market has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry with new titles and developers popping up all the time. Portable gaming is no longer just for kids and is regularly enjoyed by millions of adults of around the world.
How We Take Photos
It’s hard to imagine that 20 years ago most of the experiences in our lives went undocumented. It used to be that if you wanted to take a picture of something, you either had a disposable camera and hope your shots came out okay, or you paid a ton of money for a nice, high-quality camera. Today, people have impressive cameras at their fingertips, and these devices just keep getting better. The latest phone in the Samsung Galaxy series (the S8) takes crystal clear photos in a wide variety of light settings, making it one of the better camera experiences on any smartphone. With a new major phone coming soon—the iPhone 8—the tech will take yet another huge leap forward. Thanks to professional quality cameras in everyone’s pockets, it seems like anyone can be a great photographer. All it takes is a good eye and a little patience.