In 2011, it’s hard sometimes to remember there was life before Facebook or iPhones. It’s hard to remember that one had to sit down at a computer and log into an email account rather than having the messages delivered to a smartphone in a pocket. It’s hard to remember the once-coveted music compact discs and their portable players, and it’s nearly impossible to remember music was once played by a moving stylus on a plastic disk with grooves. And although new names make headlines every day, a look at the past decade’s nearly frenzied embrace of technology shows the influence, the reach of Steve Jobs.
Although I had used Apples and Macs at school and work for years, Apple gave me my first real taste of truly personal tech in 2001. Shortly after 9/11, the news service where I worked received two supercool-looking gadgets from Apple they wanted us to test drive and write about. It was called an iPod, and its 5GB hard drive held “1,000 songs in your pocket.” (A 1,000 songs?!! Really?!!) I got to take one home and play with it — and I played with it for hours, which turned into days. After my test drive, I was able to pre-order one. I was one of the first people in America to own an iPod. It’s probably my greatest achievement.
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A Q1 survey by the Nielsen Company looks at where — and when — users are using their mobile devices. Of note: 25% of respondents said they take their tablets to the bathroom, while 28% of smartphone users do. Ereaders maintain a bit more dignity, with only 17% taking their device to the can.
Yay for mobility.
Verizon is offering new customers the HTC Thunderbolt for $129 on Amazon. The offer is good only for this weekend, expiring at midnight PT April 25.
Here’s the rub: A two-year contract is required. If you want just the phone, it’s a stout $669.
The HTC Thunderbolt at a glance:
- Android 2.2 with HTC Sense
- 768MB of RAM
- single-core 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU
- 8GB of built-in memory
- 32GB preinstalled microSD card
- 8MP camera
- 4.3-inch screen
Emarketer study looks at U.S. mobile ad spending. The study estimates a 48% jump from 2010. (Graphic mapped to eMarketer blog post about study.)