My Cell Phone is Better Than Your Laptop: What It Means for the Consumer Electronics Age

The Evolution of Cell Phones

For those raised in the Baby Boom generation, the Generation X era and before, remember when the cellular phone was merely a modular brick watching the computer age advance well ahead…but times have changed as cell phones technology has overcome laptops.  It appears that cell phones are updating quicker hardware and software-wise than laptops.

When the cell phone was originally born, it was in 1946 from a car in St. Louis, Missouri using Bell System‘s Mobile Telephone Service. The mobile phone, if you can call it that, weighed 80 lbs. and used AT & T.  Advance ten years, and the world’s first partly automatic car phone system was born in Sweden.  It still weighed about 80 lbs.  In 1962, the Mobile System B (MTB) was a push-button telephone, consisting of transistors and the weight was reduced to about 20 lbs.  With the reduction in weight and advancement in portability, thus begun the great cell phone race.

The first mobile network (1G) was launched in 1979 in Japan after Martin Cooper, a researcher for Motorola, in 1973 called his rival, Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.  In twenty years after, in 1991, the second, more advanced and digital mobile network (2G) was developed in Finland.  In 2001, the modern mobile network (3G) was developed in Japan and hence, the modern era of 4G into 2011 and beyond as it has grown internationally as the standard for cellular communication between electronic devices.

As I write on a new Toshiba laptop, with second-generation Intel core chipsets, it is now catching up with cellular phones, or more properly said, smartphones.  As these phones use dual-core microprocessors, the speed of these smartphones remain in competition with laptops in terms of speed.  Although these smartphones have yet to have quad-core microprocessors, I won’t expect it to take too long with semi-annual advances in cell phone technology.  With technology becoming outdated with three to five years now, we are indeed in the height of technological advancement and the peak of electronic consumerism.  What was mere science fiction last century has now become abundant reality this century.

Where to next?

Ask in another three years.