Welcome to the inaugural post on my blog. Here’s just a bit of background to my motivation for starting it.
I love tech. I’m your stereotypical guy with loads of gadgets that I don’t need, but I want. I’ve worked in the tech/electronics industry since I was old enough to work (geez, about 12 years now) so I’ve always been around it. My first job was a sales assistant in Currys, so I loved being able to play around with all the new gadgets that were out on display (particularly loved the laptops and the cameras).
After a few years there I moved into Three (the mobile phone company) doing a similar job as a sales person so my exposure to tech was concentrated somewhat just to phones from this point on. Starting work there in 2009 meant that the smartphone category was just about to mature, killing off the “dumbphones” of the age and ushering in a new breed of functionality for the devices that we all carry around in our pockets and revolutionising the way that we as a society consume information and work on the go.
To give you an idea of the mobile landscape of the time, I started Three with a Samsung G600, but quickly got myself into the smartphone game with the purchase of an HTC Touch Pro2, an absolute tank of a phone, and running Windows Mobile 6.1 – abysmal. From there I never looked back to my dumbphone days, replacing the Pro2 about 9 months later with an HTC HD2. This phone was an absolute solid favourite of mine (I still have it somewhere…) and although also running Windows, it had a 4.3″ screen and a 1GHz processor, and was a glimpse into a future of massive screens (though how small is 4.3″ now!) and enough processing power to effectively work and play on the go.
We’ve come on leaps and bounds in the last few years, with phones nowadays with screens that cover almost the entire front of the device, and having the potential to even challenge modern laptops in the processing power department. However, with all the abundance of power and incredible design, the price of phones have skyrocketed over the past year or two. This leaves many unable to afford the highest end devices, and more and more people are turning to the mid-range to satisfy their needs. My opinion, and one of the major inspirations for the blog, is to focus on this area of the market and hopefully point out that there are loads of options for phones out there that allow you to make use of 85% of the things that you would like your phone to do for 50% or even less of the price of the flagship handsets.
Over the coming weeks and months I hope to build up a nice little collection of some phones that I think people in this bracket of society will enjoy, and realise that you don’t need to spend £1,000 on the highest end devices to enjoy the things that most people use their phone for.
That’s all for now. Hope to see you back here soon!