Big ... Small ... Big ... Small ...  

pragmaticCTcpl 61M/50F
3614 posts
7/1/2006 4:02 pm

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Big ... Small ... Big ... Small ...

When I was a kid, the trend was to get the smallest transistor radio (AM only) that was available. It was before they came out with belt-clips, so when they got down to the size of a pack of would just put it in your shirt pocket.

Then, in the late 70's and early 80's radios got big, again. The bigger, the better. Give yourself a hernia lugging around a mondo-sized ghetto-blaster, and you were considered "cool."

Now we're back to small radios (actually recorded playback devices) again. IPod's...MP3 players...the smaller the better. Even the earphones...once the size of Mickey Mouse's ears...are so small that Ear, Nose, and Throat doctors and health insurance companies are adding "removal of foreign audio body from ear," to their coded diagnostic / billing sheets.

As I drive around the highways and byways of Connecticut during the workweek, I'm
beginning to notice that portable phones are now going from small to BIG..!

The first portable phones were larger than regular telephones, and looked like designer World War II walkie-talkies. They had to be...battery-technology being what it was, then.

Then came the trend towards smaller portable phones...cell phones, as we've come to know them.

My latest cell phone is a Motorola flip-phone that I can easily conceal in my closed hand, when closed, but is very comfortable, and large enough to speak and hear normally when I open it up and talk on it.

The "techno-junkies" are all carrying around larger cell phones that are also miniature computers...BlackBerry's. The keyboards are tiny, but still big enough to master "mini-typing."

As the highways filled yesterday afternoon...the beginning of the 4-day holiday weekend, I noticed a lot of the "new-trend" cell phones...similar to the one in this blog's picture.

These cell phones are so big, that they have to be strapped to the top of your car or SUV..!

I can only imagine that their gargantuan size has improved both the reception ("Can you hear me now?") and the longevity of battery life.

As Connecticut has had a law against using hand-held devices while driving on the books since last October, these mondo-phones aren't even given a second look by our state's law enforcement members. Without a long-wired headset, there aren't too many people that could flip open one of these monsters, much less hold it while conversing..!

I'm sure that in a few more years, we'll see a reverse in this trend, back to small again.

I can just see the ads on TV now....."The new Motorola-Tiffany 3000...the size of a stud-earring..!"


ShyWhisper2006 53F
15175 posts
7/1/2006 5:52 pm

*smiles*...Ahhh technology ...just when you think you know what the latest is and become in awe of it...they change it yet again...*giggles*

pragmaticCTcpl replies on 7/3/2006 8:11 am:
...or it breaks on you and you've already come to depend on it..!

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