It feels like a new phone hits our markets every time we blink, with each one being infused with even more groundbreaking technology than the first. We’re taking it back to a simpler time, where 4G service and front facing cameras were a mere pipe dream. Here are five things you may not have remembered about your first phone.
Ah, the flip phone. If you weren’t lucky enough to have the coveted paper-thin Motorola Razr, then you probably had a slightly clunkier version of the model, such as my first phone, the Samsung Poppy. Nothing felt more dramatic than snapping your phone shut to end the call, or the opposite to answer it. My flip phone became a cure for boredom for me, playing with the screen when I had nothing better to do with my time. It’s probably why it snapped off of its hinges a few years after I bought it…
I heard someone’s iPhone ringtone go from the iconic ‘marimba’ into a polyphonic version of Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ the other day, and I was immediately overcome with a wave of nostalgia. Remember polyphonic ringtones? There was something so exciting about having your favourite song played as a series of beeps for everyone to hear, and the root problem of many of my missed calls was probably me dancing around to my ringtone and proclaiming GUESS WHAT IT IS! Before I had a chance to answer.
Forget about Candy Crush and Flappy Bird. They’re too polished – the graphics belong on a games console, and most of them have a symphony as a their background music nowadays. Your first phone had all the best games anyone could need.
Well, more like the game.
Yes, I’m talking about Snake. I think it could be one of the greatest games ever invented. Who knew that some pixels moving across a screen to eat another pixel could be so much fun? With nearly every phone being touch operated nowadays, would it really have the same effect as violently pushing down any and all of your stiff phone keys to race away from your own snake body? I think not.
I’m pretty sure I still have a scar from when I dropped my Nokia 3310 on my foot once. One thing I am incredibly grateful for is that phones have become lighter as the years have gone on, even if they’ve increased in size to compensate. (I’m looking at you, iPhone 6s) Sure, a Nokia 3310 could fit in your jeans pocket, but did you really even want it there in the first place if it would make them fall down in the process? I guess old ones could now make good doorstops.
If I turned on my old phone right now, it would probably still have around 30% of battery life left from the last time I used it in 2007. By far, one of the most redeeming qualities of your very first phone was the battery’s ability to last FOREVER. Nowadays we often spend so much time hovering near a plug during the afternoon because our battery has run out due to checking Facebook too many times. That couldn’t even happen on your first phone, because you didn’t have access to the Internet.
Author: Jessica Tansley.