It’s hard to imagine the convenience and connection our phones provide not being a part of our daily lives. In just over 30 years, our phones have almost become an extension of ourselves, a functional limb containing our unique information like a fingerprint. We’re so afraid of missing out that even when we’re disconnected, our brains are telling us to get wired in. Being connected is the new normal.
But of course, this wasn’t always the case.
In 1983, the first commercially available mobile phone was launched, and the bulky design was simply to keep people connected — without literally being connected. The idea of communicating on-the-go didn’t seem to have much foresight beyond that. With a near $4,000 price tag, mobile phones were reserved for the wealthy and didn’t provide much convenience. But over the past 30 years, cellular phone technology has become an affordable pocket-sized necessity — revolutionizing the way we do business, interact socially and organize our daily lives.
As descendants of a rudimentary and brick-like model, cell phones have come a long way. Just as technology has developed over the years, so has our relationship with technology, making UX critical in the continued evolution of mobile tech.