Small step back. In 1994, when the mobile phone market was in its infancy, the American operator BellSouth marketed a strange handset, the Simon. Designed by IBM and offered at $ 900, this bulky phone (but all the mobiles of the time were more of the brick than the light and discreet terminal) could also serve as an address book, electronic agenda, block notes, calculator and fax; it could also be used to send and receive e-mails and even integrate games.
The icing on the cake, this mobile did not have a physical keyboard like his companions of the time, but a touch screen. A first ! With all its particularities put end to end, the Simon is considered the first smartphone in the world, two years before the famous Communicator Nokia.Quinze years later, the descendants of Simon always share the same genes with their ancestor, but the transformations have been deep. They continue to represent the “nobility” of mobile telephony and combine functions, whether directly related to mobility or closer to entertainment. The most visible evolution concerns the clutter: helping miniaturization, they hold in the hollow of the hand, while playing the card of the polyvalence. Another major upheaval, the trivialization of the touch: the control of functions at the tip of the pen or fingertip is more intuitive than using directional arrows or a dedicated wheel.
Direct consequence: the keyboard becomes virtual on many touch models and the place thus released by the keys is recovered for the screen, which is growing over generations. But the deepest change currently underway undoubtedly touches the public address for smartphones. From devices originally intended to the world of business, with uses adapted to itinerant professionals, they have become models increasingly popular with the general public. The catalyst for this transformation is none other than the iPhone, Apple’s phone, which has sold about 2 million copies in France since its launch in November 2007.
An impressive success as its competitors actively dissect and seek to replicate. Some signs are not mistaken: appearance of all-touch models in the Blackberry range of RIM (Research in Motion), addition of a platform for buying and downloading software to Windows Mobile and Android operating systems, generalization of the accelerometer in the mobiles of any hair However, even if manufacturers and operators put the pressure to sell more smartphones (more expensive and thus generating more margin than traditional mobiles), with great advertising and promotional offers, we must keep in mind that everyone does not necessarily need it.
Owning an iPhone just to phone and surf occasionally, is that reasonable? No, especially since the associated 3G packages are not given. This file is not intended to encourage you to adopt a smartphone at any cost; we prefer to explain to you the reasons for such a craze, first of all by dissecting the hardware and software elements of these devices, by decrypting the war of the operating systems that the main actors of the sector are engaged in … in short, by drawing up the robot portrait of the current smartphone.