There are a nearly 30 number of smartphone or smart handheld devices I used in my life. Unfortunately, not all of them are fascinated me equally. Some are good, some are just not worth their money, and some of bought due to affordability (iPhone not preferred due to un-affordability). Here is the list of devices I am (or have been) using that changed my productivity and fascination towards digital life.
What is the Meaning of ‘Smartphone’?
A smartphone is a portable computer device that combines mobile telephone and computing functions into one unit. The term smartphone refers to a handheld electronic device that provides a connection to a cellular network.
Smartphones are distinguished from feature phones by their stronger hardware capabilities and extensive mobile operating systems, which facilitate wider software, internet (including web browsing over mobile broadband), and multimedia functionality (including music, video, cameras, and gaming), alongside core phone functions such as voice calls and text messaging.
Smartphones were introduced to the world in 1994 by IBM but have since expanded to include companies like Palm, Blackberry, and Apple.
My Smartphone Devices Journey
My smartphone journey through the years (From 2007-till date) has been quite expensive and the same time interesting. Occasionally it’s been entertaining, embarrassing and given lots of explorations to my digital life.
From 2010-2011, Palm TREO
My first smart mobile device or handheld device. A stylus device Palm TREO 180 bought from eBay, India back in 2010. A discontinued line of smartphones originally developed by Handspring, which was bought by Palm, Inc. They were then manufactured and maintained by Palm, Inc.
When Indian featured mobile handset controlled by Nokia and expensive smartphone was far to reach by a common man, I was holding a Imported smart handheld device. It took longer time for me to adjust with that device because technical help was not available. I can still remember that, for setting up that device, I have approached Idea Mobile Operator’s customer care centre.
Anyhow, I have not used PALM TREO for longer time and I sold it to a African client through eBay India.
From 2011-2012, Blackberry BOLD 9790
While explored to smartphone devices by using Palm Treo 180, I was fascinated towards blackberry and its business features (2011-2012) like emailing, Internet browsing etc. My first blackberry device was model BOLD 9790 gifted by sister-in-law and imported from UK.
Blackberry Bold 9790 really changed the approach towards a handheld telephone device and I really experience what actually is an smartphone (Business Phone). I was really keen to upgrade Bold 9790 model to Blackberry Curve 9370, but a new chapter open in smartphone industry in India.
My Android Based Smartphone Journey Started with Micromax Canvas 2, in 2012
When Indian smartphone market was ruled by expensive android smartphone makers from Sony Ericsson, LG, Samsung, a new Indian IT firm micromax introduced affordable, imported and assembled android smartphone model Canvas 2 A110 in India in November 2012. I was one of the first person to order this smartphone online from Snapdeal ecommerce website.
My first android experience. But more than that I was fascinated with its white colour and the form factor because till that time all the smartphone were either in black or dark grey coloured. From 2012 the journey with android devices started along with smartphone accessories like back cover, tempered glass, earphone etc…
My First iPhone Experience in 2015
My first iPhone was iPhone 6 model silver colour. Another experience of smart gadget’s world, and it was really impressive and mind-blowing. I was never aware or never been in to Apple ecosystem while using this model. In fact, iPhone was another new smartphone for me. Shifting from android user interface to apple interface was the only change I was enjoying. Later I had iPhone SE also and then till 2022 I never used any Apple device.
2015 – Aug 2022 My Real Android Smartphone Journey
After my last iPhone SE in 2015 till Aug 2022 I have used many android devices or models from premium to base models. I never used any smartphone for more than 9 months because new technological upgrades were always been my interest. I was almost in to Android ecosystem and were addicted to it. The list of Android Smartphones I used;
- Sony Ericsson
- Smartron T Mobile (A good Indian start-up)
- YU by Micromax
- Meizu (The Chinese brand I liked most)
- DooGee Mobile (Imported from Hong Kong, paid ₹19000 Indian custom duty for ₹15000 phone)
- Google Pixel (I liked most)
Why I Ditched Android Smartphones (7 Years of Journey)?
I never thought seriously about privacy and security of my data until 2021 where my Gmail ID and personal phone number was pwned. I found my android smartphone and apps I used in it were the main culprit for these data breaches. Later I tried many apps and tools to stop such data breaches from my phone;
- Tracker Control (TC)
- Private DNS (18.104.22.168 from Cloudflare)
- Proton VPN (Previously Windscribe VPN)
- De-Googling methods
- Discontinued using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or any such social network or messenger apps.
- Using privacy secured browsers (Brave, Bromite, Firefox etc)
Even adopting all the methods and tools, I was not fully convinced on my data security and privacy on Android devices. This made me to re-think on iPhones or Apple ecosystem.
Aug 2022, I am in to Apple Ecosystem
Thanks to my mother-in-law, who gifted me her used iPhone 7 on her visit to my place in Aug 2022. From iPhone 6, I was always keen to move to iPhone 7 in 2015, but the pricing and affordability were the only issues stopped me. Currently, my only daily driver is iPhone 12 Mini and my official mobile handset is iPhone 7.
I am completely into Apple ecosystem and the privacy/security features I impressed with are;
- Apple’s Private Relay feature (No need for 3rd party private DNS and VPN services)
- Hide My Email Feature (Never expose my actual personal email ID)
- Secured Safari browser with BlockBear ads blocker
- Disabling Apps Tracker feature
I have only considered my privacy and security while shifting to Apple’s ecosystem and none of the other, iPhone’s advertised features impressed me. I believe in today’s digital world, you should only give priority to your data security and privacy.
Anything comes to you free or cheaper will be a compromise to your privacy and data security.