Do we even really HAVE phones anymore?

I mean, the answer is yes probably, but I’m actually talking more about the way our definitions of what various technologies are is constantly changing alongside developments in tech at large. Also connected to the ideas of the walled garden VS the bazaar methods of development.


7 thoughts on “Do we even really HAVE phones anymore?

  1. Has Apple really reinvented the phone or created a smaller, version of a computer that can make calls, I mean its not like Apple created some new technology, they merely used already invented technologies (camera, email, internet) and put them all together into a convenience small little PC. One that looks nice and does everything you want it to do. I mean with each new version of the iPhone Apple basically brags how this new one is nothing like all the other versions. Okay so most of the times it has a better camera, more memory and a bigger screen but is it really that different from model to model. I don’t think so, then again I am not a tech expert. For the price of purchasing the product and the cost to the environment and the valuable space in our old technology drawer (we all have one) is it really worth it getting the new version every 12 – 18 months. How has Apple’s planned obsolesce forced us to adopt the new version, and is this present in Android. These are the questions your looking for.

  2. What I really found interesting was this question of whether Apple isn’t participating with the open style “vibe” of the internet because they originally began as hardware. Certainly they’ve been very successful in using this model, but so has Android. Which kind of begs the question, is an open or closed system better in terms of growing users or an audience? Or are there only certain types of products or projects, etc that the closed or open system will work for? Essentially, can we create success off both or just one?

  3. It is true that a phone is not truly a phone anymore in today’s world. If it is, I believe that people will not care about the design of a phone or complaining the quality of capturing pictures by using smartphone, etc. The purpose of having phone is just to make a call or texting people; but, people want more than that such as good camera, long battery life, expandable storage, etc. There are diverse functions of a smartphone nowadays, and it is more like a computer; however, I still prefer computer since it has bigger screen than a phone (no matter how big size a phone is, it cannot be competed with a computer). To some extent, I wonder people actually are more concerned about the accessibility and convenient of a product more than a closed or open platform. Not to mention, it is about branding as well since we may think that some specific brand provide better products than others.

  4. Hi I really enjoyed your video! The way you bounced of the lecture with your own opinions and ideas really helped to expand on Teds content and added further to my own understanding of the two opposites of Apple and Android. I like the notion of a phone not really being a phone anymore.
    Just one thing for future bettering videos would be to perhaps mount the camera still. Nice work

  5. hi there, I really like your point which iPhone is not really a mobil phone it is more like a computer.
    Yes iPhone could be done almost everything what we do in computer. At the first time I used iPhone, the most suprised me which was it could see powerpoint! And the website pages are able to choose whether using the computer format or not.

  6. Agree with computers with phone apps, i certainly don’t use my smartphones for actual phone calls, what a silly notion.

    I think that, more than an old-fashioned view on the market, Apple’s intent is to be a luxury item, and a social status more so than a product, which requires stricter gatekeeping. That’s why they stop selling older models rather than keep them on the market for a cheaper price. I don’t think they’re ever going to change that, and I’m not convinced it’s an inherently bad thing. A standardized model makes it much easier to develop for, at least.

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