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About Phones - Mobile & Smart Phones

A mere twenty years ago fewer than ten percent of people carried a mobile phone, yet today many view life as nearly unmanageable without their trusty electronic companion. Home phones are in no way obsolete and have enjoyed many of the advances of the mobile, including portability, caller id, voice-mail; even text functions. But it is without doubt the mobile that has transformed our lives. Recent advances in micro-computing and digital technology mean that while basic phones are still available, the smart phone is the phone of choice for many. The first smart phone, the iPhone, was unleashed by Apple in 2007. Its touchscreen technology and ease of use made it an instant hit. Having undergone many transitions the iPhone remains one of the most popular phones on the market. In contrast to the iPhone, the open-source Android operating system favoured by many manufacturers including HTC or Samsung, enables a wider choice of applications and thanks to its versatility has overtaken the iPhone in popularity. Microsoft also offer a phone operating system, which runs similar to a PC, on brands such as Nokia, which it bought early in 2013. Whatever operating system the smart phone is more than a communication tool. Its functions seem limitless with many designed for specific purposes such as the camera or music player. New designs including watches and flexible screens are finding their way onto the market and designers are constantly recreating the function of the phone. A far cry from the first design of inventor Alexander Graham Bell.