Welcome to #ThrowbackThursday! Here’s where every week, we’ll reminisce on technologies past and get hyped for future innovations to come.
Today’s subject? Your first “smart” device.
Angela Leavitt, Founder & Chief Mojo-Making Officer, and her Verizon Treo
I bought a Treo as my first smart device back in 2006. I was immediately hooked to browsing the internet on it, even though it was super slow. I remember thinking it was so cool to be able to browse the web from laying on my couch! I also loved the little stylus that fit into the side of the phone, but I’m pretty sure I lost it soon after purchase. I later upgraded to a BlackBerry, and then to an iPhone.
Juliana Kenny, Content Manager, and her iPhone 3g
My first smart device was the iPhone 3G. I got it in 2009 after spending two years wondering why I would ever need a phone that was constantly connected to the internet. My boss at the time had a BlackBerry, and I remember thinking “She’s so attached to that thing — emailing me at 2am. Ugh. I’ll never be that.” Lo and behold: the 2am emails of 2017.
Justine Dolorfino-Thieman, Digital Strategist, and her Handspring Visor Platinum
My first smart device was the Handspring Visor Platinum in 2000. I used it to keep track of my important business such as 8th grade assignments, scheduling when all my tests were so I could theoretically plan my studying in advance, and playing games. I got really good at writing with graffiti so I could input all my super essential middle school details into my device. It didn’t have the Internet, but I was still happy with it.
Andrea McCarter, Project Coordinator, and her iPhone 3G
My first smart device was the iPhone 3G in 2010. It felt so cool to be able to Google things on a whim – I had the Internet at my fingertips at all times! The navigation on it was a game-changer too. I’m convinced I would still be lost on the road somewhere trying to find my destination if it weren’t for Maps. I also got hooked on games in the app store such as Jewel, Fruit Ninja, etc. I probably could have saved countless hours if I had never discovered those pesky distractions.
Tom Ladeau, Social Media Manager, and his iPhone 5
My first smart device was the iPhone 5 in 2013, believe it or not. Work got it for me to help with social media activities. I had considered getting a smart phone for a while, but had never pulled the trigger because I didn’t see the value of it. I remember bragging about how my flip phone could go almost three weeks without charging. At the time, so many smart phones had battery issues, and my friends having to charge their phones all of the time didn’t seem very technologically advanced. I guess I’m a slow adopter; I’m still using a 5s.
Michael McCarthy, Account Executive, and his Samsung Galaxy
My first smart device was a Samsung Galaxy. I was hesitant to give up my trustworthy flip phone at the time because it seemed indestructible. However, once I gave the smart device a go there was no turning back. I remember having Pandora on my phone and plugging it into the aux in my car. That one feature made it worth every penny to me.