Can you believe that it’s been 10 years since Steve Jobs introduced the prototype of the iPhone, so called revolutionary then as an all-in-one pocket device? Technology has since then progressed at the speed of light, the past decade introducing us to enjoying HD videos, cloud storage, multi-processor CPUs, ultralight laptops, and some Silicon Valley terms that have become all too familiar in daily conversation. Sigh, 2007. What else do we miss about you?
1. Apple launched its first smartphone. The first iPhone had a minimalist design (hello, 3.5-inch touchscreen), but it could contain as much as 8GB. It was pricey for a reason, but it set the trend for what would be the look and feel of the bandwagon. The iPhone would then overthrow the qwerty phone in the late 2000s.
2. Amazon made its venture into the E-book industry. The Kindle was Amazon’s first attempt in selling gadgets and encroaching on the relatively young E-book industry. Despite critics first thinking the Kindle would be a flop, the device actually sold out in 5 ½ hours—pretty impressive for a device that used a monochrome screen in a sea of colored devices.
3. Asus’ launched a budget-friendly laptop. The idea of affordable laptops started via Asus' Eee PC netbook. Its three Es as its slogan—"Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play"—gave it all away. Priced between USD 300-500 (at a time when most laptops were priced upwards of USD 1000), the diminutive laptop offered basic features, which included a downsized full keyboard, 4GB of memory, and a seven-inch screen.
4. Nintendo introduced a family-friendly console. As the successor to the GameCube, the Wii actually outsold Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox. Its standout features? The console's motion-sensing Wii Remote, which introduced new kinds of gaming (think playing virtual tennis), and its plethora of accessories, which covered a balancing board and nunchucks. Who would have also expected that the Wii could be later used for exercise with Wii Fit, the console's third most popular game?
5. Google gave a new twist to viewing maps. As Google was expanding itself beyond being a search engine, it worked on Street View. The idea? To bring maps to like with panoramic photographs of streets around the US (back then) and the rest of the world later on.
6. Android was at its infancy. As people raved over the iPhone, Google was developing its own operating system with Android. Google's Sooner became the prototype Android phone but was not sold publicly. The HTC dream, however, was the first one available in the market. (The latter was a qwerty phone that may remind you of Blackberry phones.) Eventually, Android phones adapted to the iPhone's flat-screen design, sparking a series of wars between smartphone brands.
7. Cloud storage became more accessible to the masses. While the idea of cloud storage started as early as the 1960s, it was only in the mid-2000s when it became a consumer product. Dropbox's concept involves adding a "dropbox" folder in one's computer, where users can dump files in it, and access them anywhere through desktop or an app.
8. Microblogging became a trendy thing. Aside from having typical blog features, Tumblr made its platform unique by allowing users to post multimedia content, follow other blogs, and “reblog” other people’s content.
9. Twitter became overwhelmingly popular. Introduced in 2006, Twitter only gained massive popularity in 2007. That year, the South by Southwest Interactive conference did a live tweet of the well-peopled event and flashed the tweets on the screen real-time.
10. Microsoft waded through rough waters. Microsoft had to deal with criticisms when it launched Windows Vista in 2007. Issues ranging from high system requirements, longer boot times, and lack of support for old hardware plagued Windows Vista. But two years later, thanks to the Windows 7, the brand would only grow into over 300 million users.
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Artwork by PV Sandrino. Photographs from Wikimedia Commons.