From the perspective of technological evolution, 2010 can be seen as the year that kick-started the concept of smart devices in a more meaningful manner. In that year, the most considerable launches had been iPad, Xbox Kinect, Android, and Antennagate.
This evolution of technology might feel gradual from a number of perspectives but if you look back to the time 5 years ago, you will see a great difference of technology between what had been available at that time and what we get to see now. And if you extend this time duration to a decade, the difference of technology becomes even more dramatic.
iPad and the tablet revolution
Who would have thought about some something with a capability to blur the line between a laptop and a smartphone? That is exactly what you can get with a tablet. Although Apple is widely regarded as the pioneer of this concept which got more popular after 2010 with the launch of iPads, the company that started working on this concept is Microsoft which prepared its first tablet computer back in 2005. However, this computer was not a major hit. What’s more interesting here is that the tech industry was not quite excited about the launch of iPad because most of the people considered it a bigger version of the iPhone.
While tablet computers, no matter from whichever the manufacturer, seem quite promising, none of them were able to replace the laptop completely. And if we look at the current scenario, laptop is still the reliable option because of the processing capability it holds. The stronger tablets with detachable keyboard and support to the mouse functions are available today but they are good only for the situations when you want to leave the laptop at home and take the smaller and lightweight computer on your work trip.
While iPhone has been the signature smartphone right from the start, the real revolution in this technology had been possible with the launch of iPhone 4. The major changes made in the 4th generation of iPhone were retina screen and a selfie camera. The high resolution of the screen was possible because of the higher DPI in a smaller screen of just 3.5 inches.
The antenna rim replaced the soft design of the iPhone that continued the plastic design. However, this design of the antenna started a controversy which is known as “Antennagate”. The major problem was about the capability of the users to hold the phone. The way the phone was used to be held made the antenna to be covered under the hands; and this resulted in the lack of phone’s capability to remain fully connected.
The arrival of Android
While T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream was the first Android phone that was launched before 2010, it was not competitive enough to make a match with the iPhone. However, Samsung released the first Galaxy S phone in 2010 to make a competition with the iPhone. Several other mobile manufacturers also followed the suit and started producing Android phones. This is the major reason that Android has become such a big market.
The prevalent BlackBerry
In 2010, the major companies producing mobile phones were still BlackBerry and Nokia. The hard QWERTY keyboard of BlackBerry made those phones quite work appropriate. The BlackBerry Models, Pearl 3G and touchscreen Storm, were the real hits but the company had to seize production of the phones as the decade progressed further.