Mobile phones are machines made for talking, but there can be as much chatter done about the devices as there is into them these days.
While the existence of this blog proves that there are huge number of ways you can discuss mobile technology and its advancements, some people have taken a more philosophical approach. Here are some of the more sage words that have been said about our beloved digital companions.
Susan Orlean, US journalist
The long-standing New Yorker writer seems to bemoan the smartphone age, and misses the sound of her ringtone: “Now we’re e-mailing and tweeting and texting so much, a phone call comes as a fresh surprise. I get text messages on my cell phone all day long, and it warbles to alert me that someone has sent me a message on Facebook or a reply or direct message on Twitter, but it rarely ever rings.”
Marc Andreeson, internet entrepreneur
Someone who clearly appreciates the opportunities for exchanging information that mobiles allow, Andreeson seems to think the possibilities are endless: “The smartphone revolution is under-hyped. More people have access to phones than access to running water. We’ve never had anything like this before since the beginning of the planet.”
Lech Walesa, Polish politician
Another fan of the educational possibilities that modern technology brings about, Walesa thinks mobiles are revolutionary: “When I was fighting communism there was rapid development of satellite television and cell phones, and communism, to survive, would have to block all these information devices.”
Fran Lebowitz, US author
On a more lighthearted note, the sardonic writer and TV personality likes to use a phone to keep people at arms length: “The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.”
Eric Topol, medical researcher
Foreseeing what Samsung has recently done with its S Health app and the Galaxy S5’s heart rate monitor, Eric Topol can see a future where smartphones are even more integrated into our lives: “Where today people surf the web and check their email on their cell phones, tomorrow they will be checking their vital signs.”
Amanda Holden, TV presenter
And finally, someone who loves their phone so much they’ll take it to the grave. Albeit, for very practical reasons: “I want to be buried with a mobile phone, just in case I’m not dead.”
To find out about some of the most famous things that have ever been said over a telephone line, take a look at our rundown of the most historic phone calls ever made.