Forgotten Phones that ‘actually’ Pioneered Mobile Technology
If you look in hindsight our history is nothing but a collection of fleeting moments. Nothing has stayed for too long. And if anywhere, this anecdote fits the mobile industry just so perfectly. There have been a “Googol” number of phones that have seen light of the day. Some have changed the way consumers used their phone, while others were forgotten in the blink of an eye. Interestingly, there have been phones that have both pioneered innovations but have also been forgotten by most now.
1) Fingerprint Scanner
If you ask most people which phone do they think was the first one to sport a fingerprint scanner, there answer would be the iPhone 5s. I wouldn’t really blame them for it because the 5s was the phone that made fingerprint scanners mainstream. Now fingerprints have made their way down to even budget phones and have got much better and accurate than how they used to be. But much before that, back in 2007, Toshiba launched the G500 which was the first phone to have a fingerprint scanner for enhanced security. Just after Toshiba launched the G500, Acer, LG & Motorola followed suit.
2) Curved Display
Samsung has been killing with their curved infinity displays on their phones off late. Curved Screens offer a more immersive experience, help fit in more screen real estate in the same footprint and also make phones look edgy and voguish. But you’d be surprised to know that the S6 Edge or the Note Edge weren’t the first phones to have a curved display. The Galaxy Round launched in 2013, which was also a Samsung phone, was the first phone in the world to have a curved display. Instead of being curved at the edges, the entire display is curved to make it look like their curved TVs. Besides of the curved display not being as functional, the phone was priced at a hefty $1000 when it was released. This didn’t interest a lot of consumers, and the phone died pretty soon. But the technology was soon followed by LG which came out with G Flex, which also wasn’t a runaway hit.
3) Optical Image Stabilization
This might seem like a feature that isn’t really that important but OIS has changed the game for smartphone photography. Blurred images were a huge issue before OIS was introduced. These blurred images were a result of low shutter speeds, less focal length lens or even due to motion of the camera while taking pictures. Nokia launched the Lumia 920 in 2013 was the first phone to have a cell phone optical stabilized sensor. Even though the phone might not be remembered now, it solved a pretty important issue which led to point-and-shoot cameras being replaced by our current generation smartphones.
4) Dual Cameras
The number of phones having dual-cameras have blown up in numbers since the dual cameras made it to the iPhone 7 Plus. Every OEM is trying to get their hands on this technology for some obvious reasons like sharper images, ultra-wide pictures and the user-favourite; to get a bokeh effect. You’ll be shocked to know that the first phone to have a dual camera was launched way back in 2011. The HTC Evo 3D was the first one to sport dual camera sensors to capture 3D images which would work with its 3D screen. Then, this setup wasn’t really practical and was more of a gimmick than an actual useful feature. Even though the phone didn’t go down well with the consumer world it certainly inspired other manufacturers to get thinking on how they could work with it.
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