The Future of Smart Phones

Today, in 2009, mobile phones known as Cellular Phones are everywhere. It seems that there is at least one phone for every person in today’s modern North American society. Another branch of these mobile phones, known as Smart Phones also exist, are becoming more and more popular by the day, though still are not as prevalent as Cellular Phones. These Smart Phones can be described as hybrids of regular Cellular Phones and underpowered mobile computers, with its relatively powerful processors, matched up with a relatively more capable and powerful Operating Systems (OS), compared to any other existing garden variety Cellular Phones. Though these Smart Phones seem like nothing when compared to full blown Personal Computers, their small size make them the number one choice as the most portable computer that will be always connected, and always with the owner, wherever he/she may be.

In the year 2059, one would find that the term ‘Smart Phone’ not too familiar to the ears. That will be because with the revolution of mobile phones, they would become to be known as ‘netPhones’ instead. The term netPhone derives from ‘Net’book and Smart ‘Phone,’ implying that these mobile devices are as powerful as 2009’s Netbook computers (Netbooks as we know it in 2009 will cease to exist in the distant future). With the introduction of the iPhone, various Blackberries, the Andriod phones, and the WebOS in the 2000’s, Smart Phones have started to become popular with regular consumers, and with this momentum, netPhones will become the ultimate mobile device to have in the year of 2059. By then, at least 3 quarters of all mobile phone users would have switched over to using netPhones, from every self respecting teenagers to young adults, business executives, and perhaps even the consumers of older generations.

Many changes will have occurred regarding the mobile phone technology between the years of 2009 and 2059. Most significantly, these phones would be as powerful as 2009’s Netbooks. This is already happening presently, the iPhone 3G having similar system specifications as older Personal Computers with its 412 MHz CPU and 128MB of RAM (Wikipedia_contributors, iPhone, 2009). In the Year 2059, almost all of these netPhones will be powered by multi-core Intel Atom or AMD Neo chips, allowing them to be very powerful. They will also feature full-blown OS’s that are more fully integrated with the hardware and can perform many tasks that are usually done on Personal Computers today. Another big milestone, or rather milestones, would be the wireless network generation leap of 3G to 8G. In 2009, most data are transferred by either 2.5G or 3G network. However, by 2059, 8G network would be close to the finishing, meaning faster network with even more bandwidth than ever. The network itself will be also much more stable with constant speed, unlike today’s flaky 3G network (Wikipedia_contributers), 2009). These changes translate to more reliable mobile devices that can perform advanced tasks wherever one may happen to be, without the need of relying on larger Personal Computers. Because camera technology on phones is also rapidly advancing, we can safely assume that by 2059, 8MP cameras with at least 1/1.8” sensor and optical zoom instead of digital zoom would be the norm on the netPhones, rendering everyday digital point and shoots practically useless, bulky dead meat. These netPhones will be a very powerful, always connected source of information and entertainment.

Previously, before the emergence of Smart Phones, integrating little applications such as calculators and calendars on mobile phones seemed like intuitive ideas. Today, it is all about the web. The new cool ability one can make use of on Smart Phones is web browsing and little Internet enabled widgets that present updated information of specific things. By 2059, netPhones will be even more about the Internet than 2009’s Smart Phones will ever be. Full Internet Browsers with Java and Flash support will be the norm, with even more sophisticated third party applications to make use of the fast 8G network. Moore’s law explains how the “number of transistors that can be replaced increases exponentially (Wikipedia_contributors, Moore’s Law, 2009),” meaning that the existence of these powerful netPhones are not only possible, but most probable. All technologies will continue to advance in due time, and mobile computing technology is no exception. It has been getting more and more advanced and powerful by time, and it will continue to do so. This imagined future of powerful mobile devices have been fuelled by my keen interest in all high-tech devices, especially by the iPhone, when I realised how powerful its hardware was, being comparable to full-fledged Personal Computers from just a decade ago.

Cellular Phones will be eventually replaced by Smart Phones. netPhones will eventually replace Smart Phones. With netPhones, it will be all about the web and how we use it to interact with others. netPhones will be as powerful as a full Personal Computer with an advanced OS. With the ability to make crystal clear phone calls through its 8G network, netPhones will turn out to be the ultimate mobile computing device that will ever come to existence.

References

3G. (2009, April 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=3G&oldid=282094057

Digital Cameras – A beginner’s guide. (2003, N.A). In photo.net. Retrieved April 6, 2009, from http://photo.net/equipment/digital/basics/

IPhone. (2009, April 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=IPhone&oldid=282225588

Moore’s law. (2009, April 4). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Moore%27s_law&oldid=281604295

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