How did we generally use push-button phones? They were terrible.
“Previously, the grass was greener, and condensed milk was tastier” – this idea regarding anything is extremely popular, and objections are usually not considered. Even with regard to the mobile market, some are still convinced that they used to make suitable products, but now they are full of rubbish.
Few people recall that in addition to really pleasant autonomy (smartphones worked for three days, and ordinary phones, in general, for weeks), everything else was just awful.
Of course, part of the things described below is simply a lack of technological development, even directly with non-connected phones (for example, cloud storage systems). But not all.
When Steve Jobs introduced the very first iPhone, he mentioned the “normal” browser as one of the key features of the new product. According to him, everything that was before is some kind of inferior, as if “children’s” Internet (on mobile phones).
And he was absolutely right. Before Opera Mini, it was generally tight, but we were constantly faced with limitations. Plus, Opera Mini didn’t have normal access to the file system (here, however, the iPhone didn’t go too far), and on smartphones, browsers consumed a lot of memory.
Before the advent of iOS and Android, using the Internet on mobile phones was very difficult. All kinds of PDAs and, as a result, communicators on Windows Mobile more or less helped, but there were still memory problems. I was especially enraged when the browser closed the tabs I needed in the background simply because the memory was running out and I had to free it.
Lack of app stores
Now, the easy and simple installation of applications is taken for granted. We have applications for banks, food suppliers, clothing stores, airports, etc. Anyone can easily and inexpensively put their application in a public store.
As it was before? Well, firstly, for a long time, mobile phones did not allow anything to be installed. Then came the application in the form of Java MIDlets. On most phones, they could only be run one at a time and there was no way to minimize them. I remember how on the old Nokia 6230i I constantly hesitated – still turn off ICQ to switch the track in the player, or listen further. Or, if you didn’t turn on the player beforehand – that’s it, wait a bit (and ICQ on Beeline connected 10 times because of ridiculous network restrictions, but that’s another story).
Well, with the advent of Sony Ericsson K750i and its followers, it became possible to launch 2-3, and sometimes 4 Java midlets at a time. But still – they had to be taken somewhere, and they did not know how to update themselves. And we already talked about browsers above. As a result, the phones were good at just ringing, and for everything else a browser was required.
And if you, having read the previous paragraph, exclaimed: “How so! After all, were there still SMS? ”, Then I will remind you how inconvenient SMS communication was at that time. Well, firstly, the price – each SMS cost money. Each one! Secondly, this is now, after that iPhone, for each person – a separate conversation, where the whole conversation is clearly visible.
And before, each SMS had to be viewed separately! And in Russian SMS were much shorter (maximum 70 characters instead of 160) and they had to be split into several (and pay for each, yes). Some phones could do it themselves, but not everything that was especially “fun” when you receive such a message.
Someone longingly recalls the time when the phone could control buttons and even joysticks. Well, usually only good remains in the memory, and the bad is forgotten. And the bad thing is that these buttons are often broken, and the joysticks are always so. Either broke out, or clogged with dust (and stopped responding adequately to pressing), paint peeled off them … Fu!
Well, let’s admit – if you do not drop the phone, then the touch screen lasts much longer than the joysticks.
A bunch of incompatible standards
Remember these phrases on vacation: “And who has the charge from Nokia? No, not wide, but thin ”?. Yes, yes, each manufacturer had its own connector format for the charger, and some had more than one. Headset output was also different for everyone. Moreover, the cable for connecting to a PC (to the COM port, yeah) was not put into the kit for a long time!
The first phone in the kit (which is important!) With which the adapter was supplied to ordinary headphones with a 3.5 mm jack (Sony Ericsson W800) made almost a revolution.
Sony Ericsson W800 – adapter for “normal” headphones included. Revolution! Yes, Apple?
Now, of course, with the light hand of some manufacturers, we are also returning to this, but now at least everyone has the same connector (well, not all budget employees have USB-C, but it will be soon). Except, however, “this” manufacturer itself. With a bitten apple, yes.
They were just slow and uncomfortable.
Now applications are launched with one click and we are still indignant if this does not happen in a second.