Back in 2002 I was living in Phoenix, AZ and I ran a small bar called My Favorite Lounge (on 27th Ave, just south of W. Camelback Rd.). I remember a guy that usually showed up to our Reggae nights on Saturdays that had a new phone called the Danger Hiptop, which was later renamed the T-Mobile Sidekick. This was the first phone I had ever seen that, although it had a fairly pixelated black and grey screen, had a browser right in the phone.
And it really felt like something futuristic with the swivel screen that flipped open 180° at the flick of a thumb to reveal a keyboard underneath.
I remember we would try to think of things to look up, just because we could. It felt like such a new world, where you could look up any information from wherever you happened to be at the moment. We would have our own little trivia meetings where we would compete, trying to see who was right about one tricky subject after another.
This was just over 10 years ago. Since then, there was the Sidekick 2, and later the Palm Treo. Way before the unlimited data plans and the iPhones and later Androids etc..
It’s pretty amazing how quickly we have become used to having the world in our pocket.
I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years have to offer. Let’s go..