Monday, January 28, 2019

My Personal Ten Year Challenge (Gadget Edition)

So, there’s this craze…

Anyway, since I feel like jumping on the bandwagon…

Here is my phone in the US in 2009. It was a Nokia E63. It had a physical QWERTY keyboard, a color display, a headphone jack, WiFi, bluetooth. It had a 2MP camera and EDGE cellular data! It had a removable battery and its storage capacity can be expanded via a micro SD card. It can record videos at a whopping 0.08p!!!!!!!! You have the internet in your pocket, but you really don’t want to use it. (Back then, I used an iPod Touch also.)

I loved it.

Fast forward 10 years…

I now use an iPhone Xs Max (ten S max). There’s no physical QWERTY keyboard but it will appear if you need it. It has a colored all-glass OLED display and the latest WiFi and Bluetooth. Sadly, or not, it has no headphone jack. The battery is not removable and you cannot expand its storage capacity. When you buy it, you’re stuck to the phone’s inner storage for the rest of its useful life. Unless you use a third party storage device. It can record videos at 4K, 1080p and super slow-mo! You unlock the phone with your face. You have the internet in your pocket and you actually want to use it. As a matter of fact, majority of internet users use their mobile devices more now - we can’t get enough of our smartphones!

I love it.

I think this just goes to show, in my personal experience, that we can learn to love whatever is available at the moment. It didn’t matter then that my Nokia E63 could not shoot super slow-mo videos - we didn’t even know back then that that was possible in such a tiny device! (Ok, not so tiny.) So, yeah, just enjoy what you have now, make the most out of it, push it to its limits. And, when the next wave of new technology comes in, then, we will enjoy that too! 

So, what is your gadget-related ten year challenge?

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