It Was A Revolutionary Product

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It was not long ago that people were using a “brick-like” device as their mobile phone and the only function of this device was to send and receive calls (Borgobello, 2013). Not only was the device bulky and heavy, but the battery was also subpar – it could only last for approximately 35 minutes’ worth of talk-time and it took roughly 10 hours to charge the device. This device was extremely expensive at that time – costing $3,995 (Hakkarainen, 2010). Despite such drawbacks, the product was a success. There was a huge demand for it – especially towards the businessmen and to those who could afford it (Wolphin, 2014). This was mainly due to it being the first of its kind – it was a revolutionary product. It was the first cordless and “truly…show more content…
The mobile phones in the past, presently termed as “basic phones” or “feature phones”, are those phones which only feature the basic functions which are expected of a phone such as calling and texting (Lee, 2010). Now, people own “smartphones”. Oxford Dictionary defined smartphone as “a mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touchscreen interface, Internet access, and an operating system capable of running downloaded apps.” Indeed, it has become common for people to own a smartphone. Smura et al. (2009) stated that, “mobile phones have become an inseparable part of everyday life and a majority of people carry them all the time” and such is true especially towards the millennials. There are some people, on the other hand, believe that a mobile phone need only to function as a communication device and other features such as a High Definition (HD) display are unnecessary and would only lead to additional costs. Walsh and White (2006), however, stated that, “smartphones are no longer perceived as luxury but a necessity in people’s daily life.” Walsh and White’s statement is tenable. One of the basic characteristic of people is their ability to adapt (Massey, 2013). People may have gotten used to the extra features that smartphones possess and had integrated these to their daily lives and later on came to expect that other phones would also have
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