If you’re in your mid to late 20s, you would’ve seen the evolution of cellphones in your life. It’s a bit crazy to think of how far technology has come and there’s definitely a lot more of amazing things to come our way. With giants like Apple and Google leading the pack, don’t be surprised if things you think are impossible now will be our reality in the future.
To understand cell phones, we need to look at the technology that powers them. Not sure what the 4G stands for? I’ve tried to simplify each of them below for better understanding.
Let’s get some basic education out of the way: ‘G’ stands for Generation. The idea is that the higher the number that precedes the letter G, the better, faster, and more reliable it is.
So before jumping into our list, it’s worth looking at 1G. Never heard of it before? You’re not the only one! I like to call this the ‘birth of the cellphone era’ – only because 1G had one thing it could do: make phone calls – that’s it. Think of that old bulky, Motorola flip phone that everyone had…
that was a 1G phone. The single screen display with the neon green digits… oh it was a very simple life was back then…
As you can guess, the next in line is 2G. Remember those Nokia cellphones where you could play the Snakes game? The ones where you could send simple, limited messages? Those were 2G phones. They’re ancient to us now, but some people still do own them. Perhaps people enjoy the simplicity of them, and let’s face it – there are no risks of going over data! You’ll also likely get them at a very cheap price (if not free from friends or family since they’re likely collecting dust somewhere…).
3G is what we’re all accustomed to. When smartphones were introduced, we could read our emails, surf the web, download videos, share photos, etc. This is the basic technology that we’ve all grown to love (and can’t live without). Remember your first iPhone or Android? Yep – those were 3G phones! You likely had way less apps on your phone back then and Snapchat wasn’t even around. Selfies hasn’t even been invented back then either – can you imagine?!?!
Now let’s jump to today, where 4G LTE (stands for Long Term Evolution) is the norm. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll just call it the fastest and most reliable service that’s available to customers. It’s what makes YouTube streaming on your device enjoyable, as well as those Facebook videos that you see on your wall. Though we think that this version is the best thing that’s happened to our cell phones since slice bread, 5G is just right around to corner, so just wait at all the possibilities that await when it gets introduced.
I personally find that when it comes to cell phones, the most important thing to me is the ability to pay with it. While it was likely already possible to make this happen with 3G (just a guess, I’m not an expert) – we had to wait until the 4G network was introduced to take advantage of this amazing convenience. I no longer have to carry my wallet with me wherever I go – as long as a business accepts tap payments, I can pay with my phone. LOVE IT.
Just think of how far technology will be in 5, 10 or 20 years… will it be able to babysit your kids? Mow the lawn? Take the dog out for a walk? We’ll see! If technology evolution has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is impossible anymore… it’s only a matter of time!