From Boombox To Wireless Speakers: How Tech Evolved Over The Last Decade

Tech Revolution In 2010siStock
Tech Revolution In 2010s
Needless to say, the 2010s have been one helluva decade as far as tech is concerned. This decade has seen monumental and significant changes in terms of gadgets and everyday technology that we use in our daily lives. Be it the transformation of flip phones into wide touch screen smartphones or the world collectively moving on from digital cameras to high-res DSLRs, we have come a long way since 2010.

To show you just how major and significant these changes have been, we have compiled a list of gadgets which shows how tech looked back in 2010.
iPhone in 2010 vs iPhone in 2019iStock
iPhone in 2010 vs iPhone in 2019
iPhones have undergone a massive change in the last decade. In 2010, iPhone 4 was launched which ran on iOS 6.1.3. It came with a 5 MP rear camera and a 0.3 MP front camera, a one-core processor with 512 MB RAM.

Fast forward to 2019, and the iPhones have changed for good. They no longer come with a home button, a small screen size, latches or chins. iPhone 11 Pro comes with a 12 MP triple rear camera and a 12 MP front camera. Add to it the powerful iOS 13, a 4 GB RAM along with 64 GB storage and Apple A13 Bionic Chip, and there you have it, a phone that is miles ahead of the old iPhone 4.
Walkman in 2010 vs Airpods in 2019iStock
Walkman in 2010 vs Airpods in 2019
If there’s anything in the field of tech that has witnessed the most tremendous change, it is probably the way we listen to music. The era of the traditional Walkman with wired headphones and a socket to place the magnetic cassettes is long gone and has now been replaced by wireless, portable Airpods.

The once elaborate setup of dangling wires and a pocket device has now been replaced by the simplistic and minimalist design of the Airpods with rich, high-quality voice and quick access to Siri, the personal mobile assistant.

Isn’t it interesting how far technology has come in the last 10 years?
GPRS in 2010 vs 5G in 2019iStock
GPRS in 2010 vs 5G in 2019
Now that music has undergone a significant change, why should the mobile networks stay behind? Back in 2010, the most commonly used mobile network was 2.5G, or as it is commonly called GPRS (General Packet Radio System). The maximum speed of GPRS, in theory, was 115 kbps, however on most networks, it ran on a speed of 35 kbps.

In 2008, India entered the world of 3G which provided superfast speed of 3.1 mbps. In 2012, Airtel launched 4G services and dongles with a maximum speed of 21 mbps.

Finally, with the advent of 5G, an application, should be able to transmit data at the rate of 10 Gigabytes per second as per ITU. While the deployment of 5G has begun in some countries as of 2019, some people have also raised concerns about the adverse effects 5G can have on health.
Analogue Watch in 2010 vs Smartwatch in 2019iStock
Analogue Watch in 2010 vs Smartwatch in 2019
Gone are the days when our lives ran on the hour hand and the minute hand of the same old analogue clock. With the advent of smartwatches, the way we look at time has changed forever.

Smartwatches not only allow us to track the amount of calories burned during workout but also help us stay connected while we perform various activities. From receiving calls and messages instantaneously, to getting social media notifications, smartwatches perform all the tasks that an odd smartphone does.

What’s more? Several tech giants have ventured into the world of smartwatches and have whipped up amazing gadgets.
Flip Phones in 2010 vs Touch Screen in 2019iStock
Flip Phones in 2010 vs Touch Screen in 2019
Each time one looks at a flip phone from back in the day, one is instantly filled with feelings of nostalgia. Flip phones were an instant hit back in 2009/2010. The world has now moved on to far wider and highly innovative touch screen phones but flip phones have permanently become a sweet memory.
Pen Drive in 2010 vs Cloud Storage in 2019iStock
Pen Drive in 2010 vs Cloud Storage in 2019
Among the monumental changes we witnessed in tech in the last decade, it was the way we store our data that changed for the better. From carrying 64 GB hard discs and 8 GB pen drives around to transfer files, we moved on to cloud storage, which gave us instant, remote access to data.

The last decade, however, saw a lot of scandals and private information being leaked from the cloud and serious concerns were raised about security. Nevertheless, with security enforcements in place, cloud storage has become one of the easiest and most-used ways of storing information.
Boombox in 2010 vs Wireless Speakers in 2019iStock
Boombox in 2010 vs Wireless Speakers in 2019
2010 was probably the last year when huge and heavy boomboxes were commonly used. Come 2016, and there came compact but robust wireless speakers that were light-weight, easy to carry around and were easy on the eyes. The pill-shaped speaker by ‘Beats by Dre’, became a force to be reckoned with and became insanely popular.

However, as the world moved on from huge boomboxes to lightweight speakers, their love for music stayed the same. As they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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