mobiles + web 4eva

google think it’s the perfect partnership

On April 21st 2015, Google will officially start ranking the mobile-friendliness of a website in search results. It’s intended to allow users to find relevant results that are optimised for mobile devices and is another reason, as if you needed one, to ensure that your website is responsive. In other words, to make sure that it’s as good-looking and user-friendly as possible, whatever device someone is viewing it on. There are now more mobile phones than humans in the world, which makes having a responsive website imperative. Image courtesy of Kyle Bean

Ultimately, Google’s goal is to improve user experience. Let’s face it, there’s nothing more frustrating when searching on your phone than landing on a page so minuscule that you have to spend a frustrating amount of time pinching, zooming and scrolling just to find what you’re looking for. Given that 4 out of 5 consumers shop on mobile phones, you can see the benefit of making things easier for your visitors. It goes without saying that this Google update has been a long time coming.

Smartphones have become a fundamental part of our lives, with over 5 billion people expected to be using them by 2017, according to eMarketer. But there was a time when they weren’t quite so abundant. While the hi-tech, futuristic devices of today can scour the entire web faster than you can say “Google”, we can’t help but be filled with nostalgia for the phones of days-gone-by. The Nokia 3310, the Samsung flip phones, the Motorola that doubled as a house brick; these were the heavyweights that paved the way for the sleek iPhone and the state-of-the-art Xperia.

We asked the Uprise team to cast their minds back and remember the most important mobiles in their lives.

 

LauraBosch old phone

My first mobile phone was coincidentally also my favourite phone. It was the Bosch 509e, which is now on a ‘museum’ site! It might not have had games, but its battery life could last up to 87 hours.

 

Rachaelrach phone

My first phone was the Nokia 3310, which I loved primarily for introducing me to Snake! But my favourite old phone has to be the Nokia 7373 – It was pink and it had a camera; everything a girl could want.

 

snakeRicky

My first phone was the Nokia 3210. Although when it comes to picking my favourite, there’s a clear winner: the Beckham flip phone.

 

OBClaire

My first phone was also the Nokia 3310, but my favourite has to be the Nokia 3205 which I customised with a DIY Orlando Bloom case. I wonder what ever became of that case…

 

rd phoneRhian

The first phone I remember properly was the Samsung A300, I’m fairly sure I picked it because I felt like something out of Men in Black every time I flipped it up. My favourite was the LG Chocolate KG800, mainly because it was pink, and probably spawned my first ever selfie!

 

netti phoneNetti

My first phone was a Motorola t190, although my favourite phone was the Nokia 6303i, which I had for 7 years. Thinking about it, the phone still works perfectly fine. But, I needed a smartphone, so I was forced to part with it…and a reasonable amount of money! To take this up a notch, I’d just like to say that my favourite and ideal phone is the Sony Xperia z4…it’s so fancy!

 

gar phoneGareth

I can’t remember the exact model of my first phone, it was back when I was travelling around Australia in 1999. I do remember that it was huge though. The first phone I can remember properly is the Nokia 6310. But my favourite has to be the iPhone.

 

 

samsung-e100Leigh

Strictly speaking my first mobile phone was this cheeky little fellow. My first actual mobile was a Nokia 232, which I kept for about 10 years before upgrading to a Samsung E100 clamshell phone, which I still have a soft spot for.

 

ger phoneGeraint

Like most of the others, my first phone was also the Nokia 3310, but my favourite was the Nokia 8850

 

chezChez

My first phone was the Nokia 3310 but my favourite was my pink LG KP501 Cookie. Thinking back, it was a rubbish phone but it was pink and it was touchscreen, what more could you want?!

 

first-motorola-car-phoneGeoff

My first mobile was a Nokia 2110 in the early 1990s, but prior to that I had a Motorola car phone – don’t ask me what model that was though!

 

downloadJosh

My first and favourite phone was the Nokia 3210 for battery life and, of course, Snake!

 

jyles phoneJyles

I have fond memories of my first phone, I affectionately called it “the bubble phone”. If only I’d known there was a grey one!

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our trip down memory lane. We would love to hear about your first and favourite phones. Either comment below or you can tweet us using #myfirstphone and we’ll retweet our favourites.

And if you want to find out more about how to make your website responsive,  get in touch and we’ll call you back on our trusty mobiles!

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