"Phones or Pocket Computers?"

Cell phones are constantly progressing and adding more technology than we thought was possible.

By: Mike Mercado & Jermaine Manahan

Ah, the mobile phone! A modern marvel in today's world- it's as if it was only yesterday beepers were the norm of mobile communication, and now we have a phone in our pockets! Phones have come a long way dating back in 1908 when the first US patent was issued for a wireless telephony device. Nathan Stubblefield came up with the idea of a mobile communication device which in the early stages employed conduction, later moving on to magnetic induction. His inventions did not pan out as he probably imagined, because it was unsuccessful in becoming commercialized.

Now, 112 years later, the mobile phone rules our daily lives. When we wake up we check our phones. When we are in the restroom. While hanging out with friends. Before we go to bed. Repeat. It has become a ritual for all of us. Everything we need is on our phones! Social media, news, games, text messaging, and even health apps. Cell phones have become more than just phones- they're practically mini computers. The earliest cell phone was not only huge, but could only make and receive phone calls. Now, you can take a selfie with a front-facing camera. And the rear camera? These cameras on the rear of your phones can amazingly rival a lot of handheld cameras.

Cell phones are constantly progressing and adding more technology than we thought was possible. For Apple iPhone users, they have an iWatch that can be paired with their phones so that they can use their phone without having to actually pull their phone out. Who would have thought that we would be talking to our watches like we are the Power Rangers calling Zordon? If we can talk using our watches, the possibilities of what a cell phone can do for us in the near future are endless. That also means more ways the cell phone can rule our lives.