The Young and the Mobile

The internet has been serving us unerringly for the last 15 years or so, but there has been a parallel phenomenon all set to shape and rule in the years to come. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about mobile phones here.


Who could have imagined that mobile phones, which were once a luxurious item is now a must for everybody. The simple looking device is now metamorphosing into something beyond our wildest imagination. Whoever wanted to click photos, shoot videos or play songs with their phones? But now we are doing this, and much more all the time. And the good news is that there is more to come.


So what all can we young people look forward in to the nearest future? The development will be along three dimensions namely Screen, Storage and Speed.


We sure will have larger and better looking screens which will make our batteries run longer. The latest technology to watch out for is Organis Light Emitting Diodes (OLED). These are similar to your conventional diodes but they are made from carbon. A significant benefit of OLED displays over traditional Liquid Crystal Display (LCD’s) is that OLED’s does not require a backlight to function. Thus they draw far less power and, when powered from a battery, can operate longer on the same charge. The production technology for OLED lead by Sony and Samsung has shown remarkable progress recently. Today most of the phones come with touch screens, a feature once restricted to only laptops and palmtops. They not only make the cell phones look cool and stylish but are also available at cheap rates!


While iPods have shown that great stuff can be made with sleek little hard disk drives (HDD), the leading technology for storage is obviously flash. We have used flash memories is our USB disks, memory cards for cameras and phones. This technology, though still relatively more expensive than HDD, is likely to get cheaper as both design and production technologies continue to mature. The result is a whole lot more for you to store music, games, photos, videos and other stuff in. Phones like Samsung Omnia and Nokia N96 are equipped with 16 GB worth of internal storage and come with external memory expandability. Few years back, phones of the same companies used to have storage capacity only in Kilobyte’s!


Talking about the speed, with the 3rd Generation technology (3G) in, watching live television broadcasts on your cell phone is no more a fantasy today. 3G is a network standard which enables operators to provide advanced services like video calls, advanced Voice over Internet protocol and broadband speeds on the cell phone without affecting voice quality. It utilizes the spectrum efficiently to give the best voice and data coverage. It not only promises online games, ideophones but also faster than ever mobile web-surfing. The dominant technology behind 3G is ideband CDMA which promises to deliver downlink speeds upto 400 kbps. If you are thinking that 3G was all you will ever need, hang on! 4 G shall have you riding on close 20 Mbps! All those into gaming; be prepared for massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG) experience delivered to your phone. The government operators in India have launched 3G services in major cities. MTNL has commercially launched ‘Jadoo’ in the NDMC areas of Delhi. 3G has finally knocked on our doors, but only time will tell if it lives up to hype preceding and surrounding it.


According to Wikipedia, Like all the technologies, mobile phones have certain disadvantages. Symptoms such as radiation which causes cancer from the mobile phones and mobile phone addiction are now argued to be the disadvantages of the technology. The mobile phone addicts are said to be suffering from a disease called “nomophobia”! Few common symptoms include anxiety and irritation from the lack of mobile contact, the unwillingness to switch off the mobile phone at any cost etc.


But all said and done, dreaming was never so much fun. Being young and mobile was never so cool.


Siddharth Jain