But what is the ‘mobile’ we’ve been talking about.
Is it the mobile phone – the handheld device? If it is then it immediately we have discounted all tablets and the millions of iPads. Perhaps it is about connectivity. But then again, my iPhone has a signal barely half the time on the train from my home to London. So it can ‘t be that. Maybe it is about portability – i.e. the ability to carry the device. In which case my 11” Macbook Air must qualify as mobile, plus it can connect though wifi or 3G hotspot. Wikipedia is no help. It reiterates the concepts above and adds two further definitions I hadn’t thought of; the childs hanging toy, and the city in Alabama.
Another way of thinking about it is mobile is a “way of operating” ie mobility. Freeing people from a fixed physical location. Allowing them to work, play, laugh and love on their terms wherever and whenever they want. Described like that, it is empowering and inspiring.
You can see why it is having such a profound impact on all our lives. Whole industries and societies are being rewritten. And, as devices get smaller, more powerful, more intuitive and more connected it can only get better.