Apps bring to an end excuses of missing flights

September 2, 2012

Mobile phone technology has had more impact on daily life than any other object of the past decade.It’s changed how and where the world population communicate, spawned a global industry in hardware and software. It’s killed the phone box. It has even changed our landscape. The mobile phone market is overcrowded. Touch screens phones which were pioneered by Apple through its iPhone now dominate the top of the market followed by brands like Samsung,Huawei and Nokia to mention but a few. Interestingly, many mobile users in both developed and developing world have stuck doggedly to handsets with physical keyboards. Global sales of standard features phones with traditional dialing keypads and limited features have surprisingly remained strong because they’re now so inexpensive in markets like India, China, Africa and Middle east.As the market has begun to mature, too, there are now emerging trends for ultra-luxury mobile phones made with extraordinary standards of handmade craftsmanship genuinely akin to that of expensive watches.

And fashion is also playing an increasing important role in the design of handsets as objects of aspiration.Google’s Android phones, Windows Mobile, Symbian 3,Bada,iphone among others now allows users to listen to music, surf the web, check emails and watch movies. Phone calls and text messages are old hat.The downside is fairly miserable battery life because 24 hours is unusual by comparison with four or five days for a standard handset. World of apps, movies and permanent connectivity is balanced by a need to charge everything more often.Those apps, the small pieces of software you can download to augment the functions built in to a mobile phone, are also a growing and much-publicized part of mobile phones. Whether it is mobile gaming using Face book, XIHA or getting the cheapest deals on shopping, they can make enormous differences. The handsets are not identical, but they are comparable. In many ways, which phone you buy now comes down to how much you want to pay for image.

Judging by the fact that three-quarters of iPhone 4S orders were from people who owned iPhones already, loyalty and image are powerful forces when it comes to mobile phones. These are devices many people now believe speak volumes about who they are as individuals, and they’re prepared to pay significant amounts of money.Networks are also becoming a more important part of the jigsaw.More phones use more data, the price that is charged to access the web and email is becoming more important. Also idea of being out of email contact is increasingly implausible, and that taking pictures of any event, good or bad, is just a matter of grabbing your phone.If you’re setting out to buy or upgrade a mobile phone, however, there are two important factors to consider;what do you want to do with it, how much do you want to pay. Changes in mobile technology also mean that there’s never an excuse for not knowing your train or flight was cancelled.

Contador Harrison