Our family’s mobile life is turning away from domestic Nokia products. For some reason the laptops purchased by the younger generation are Apple MacBooks, one mobile phone is an iPhone, and this text is being typed with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, comfortably smaller than the iPad, but having a more powerful chip than the older 7 inch version; at least that’s what I was told when doing the purchase.
A month’s honeymoon with a gadget of this type has given a new perspective to what web centered communication can be: mail, social media, web-based hobbies, part-time selling via the web and now even the blogging can be done anywhere, even though traffic flows better through a WLAN than with the web-enabled SIM card. I have to congratulate the engineers and designers of Samsung Corporation who have done such a great design that Apple has felt it their responsibility to accuse their Korean competitor of being a copycat. The software inside though is different; this one is working on the Android platform, a Google product. What does it indicate when market wars are led by lawyers? At least a considerable value added in these gadgets by intelligent software and hardware design, but in addition a fear for losing market share; this seems to happen at a surprising speed, if entering competitors have the abilitty to convince the consumer of the superiority of their new products.
California, South Korea, Taiwan and still at least to a certain extent Finland are today the places where mobile electronic gadgets are designed and produced. What if any features of these four regions have create such excellence in technology? South Korea and Finland share partly a similar history of rapid change from a fairly poor to a well-educated country, although Finland lived through the change about a quarter of a century earlier than South Korea. California has a longer high tech history, and Taiwan… Well, I don’t actually know much about that island republic’s recent history.
In any case,the profound changes brought by Internet continue. Completing this text, I’m able to attach earphones to my Tab and start enjoying the some 700 tracks of digitalised music which I have found from Spotify, a web-based streaming radio service, which is turning more and more popular everywhere. Paying ten euros a month for such a service is a very moderate investment, but it has brought the music industry’s older channels into increasing difficulties. Would I give digital files to my near ones as Christmas presents? No, the presents should continue to be real objects with cover art and relevant information. But for my own use – why not?