Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The telephone evolution

Once upon a time, you only had a simple phone, with a single 10-digit dial ring. Period. That was a huge leap from the Telex and those phone communications that had to go through some central. It worked, everybody was happy.

Then came the more fancy, digitized phones. Still 10 digits, but push-buttons instead of a dial ring. Some even came with no wire (and usually very short-life batteries).

Then they added all kinds of features, with memory and coffee making. Well, it never made coffee, but usually saved the 10 numbers you recorded upon purchase correctly, but you never remembered whether number 3 was Mom or Mother-in-law. Bummer!

Then came the cellular phones - like the latter, just mobile. You felt safe, that no matter where you went, you'd always be able to ask for help. You ended up being reachable even at the least convenient moment, and getting low connectivity or no more battery juice when stuck with a flat tire in the middle of the Nevada desert at 3AM. Murphy rules!

Now look at this review in YNet about the Nokia 6131 (Hebrew). I won't get into the details, but instead I'll just translate the subtitles of the article, in the order in which they appear:

  • Design
  • Screens (that's no typo - this little baby has 2 teeth, er..., screens)
  • Media (referring to camera - video and stills - , music, flash disc)
  • Connectivity
  • Conversation quality and battery
  • Summary

I wander what Darwin (or Alexander Graham Bell) would have to say about this...

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