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A simple question that I cannot personally answer – “What would you do without your iPhone”. My iPhone means everything to me, it wakes me up in the morning, keeps me entertained when I’m bored and allows me to stay connected 24/7. The fact is that the mobile phone has become a symbol of status as we are essentially defined by the technology we buy and utilise.

It’s fair to say that the convergence of technology has in fact enhanced our quality of life. It has provided individuals the convenience of having multiple devices and platforms in one compact gadget. For example, the mobile phone has become a necessity in modern society as it provides us with an opportunity to stay connected with friends and family all around the world, whether it be through text, phone calls, email, social networking or other media platforms. In particular, the smartphone allows us to do virtually anything we desire as it’s not just a phone; it’s a revolutionised compact entertainment gadget!

To be honest, it’s actually quite scary to look back and see how rapidly technology has evolved. It feels like it was only yesterday when I received my first mobile phone, the Nokia 3310. Even though it was practically a brick, I thought it was the greatest thing ever! Although you didn’t have the ability to access the internet or social networking sites, take photos, download applications and utilise the built-in GPS system, you could customise ringtones, play games such as the infamous Snake and Space Invader, and you could even throw it at the wall without it breaking.

Nowadays it seems most people are more focused on expressing where they stand in regards to the Apple vs. Android war. Even though both Apple and Android phones may have similar features, in reality they are completely different. Apple is a company which has complete control over the iPhone and how the software and hardware work together, therefore making it a closed device. Whereas Android is an open and free platform as it offers its software to a range of different companies such as Samsung and HTC. With that said, Android is indeed ‘bigger’ but Apple is the only company which builds and actually controls every aspect of the phone, making it consistent and reliable.

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