Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 12:06 UTC
Apple Exactly five years ago today, Apple officially released its entry into the mobile phone market, the iPhone. Immediately loved by customers the world over, ridiculed by the competition, and, in my book, not particularly innovative feature-wise, it changed the mobile phone industry virtually overnight. Love the iPhone or hate the iPhone, its industry-changing impact is evident.
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Feature phones
by zima on Fri 29th Jun 2012 13:00 UTC
zima
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Five years ago, you probably had what we now call a feature phone
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Smartphones [...] you couldn't really do anything with these things. Mobile browsing was in its infancy, Facebook and Twitter didn't exist yet, and applications for the two platforms focused mostly on business needs, not consumer needs. If you were a regular guy or girl, there was little value in moving on up to a smartphone over a feature phone.
The iPhone changed all that. If you look at the iPhone without starry eyes or company-infused loyalty, it was barely more than a feature phone at launch. No applications, very limited feature set

Yes, at the time, exactly 5 years ago, I believe I was still using a so called feature phone, the venerable half decade old Nokia 3510i.

Though, the funny thing is... I did have additional applications on it, and rather "consumer needs" ones - some games, IM client, Gmail j2me app, and a mobile browser (Opera Mini, quite decent considering the hardware) if I wanted to quickly check out something or pass the time in public transport (which occasionally included one social networking site, IIRC).

Such scenario remains very common - Opera is the #1 mobile browser worldwide (Mini being ~90% of that; and many of its users certainly more frugal with usage, hence not leaving so many web hits), mostly used on so called feature phones and to visit FB, Twitter and such ( http://www.opera.com/smw/2011/11/ ).
It seems tech doesn't necessarily move linearly, especially across regions.

Edited 2012-06-29 13:08 UTC

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