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Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461033152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461033158
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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More than any other piece of technology, the smartphone has revolutionized communication in recent years. By 2008, smartphones outsold notebook computers and also paved the way for the emerging tablet market. Majeed Ahmad, former editor-in-chief of EE Times Asiaand a technology journalist for more than fifteen years, is eminently qualified to write about the smartphone. In his comprehensive book, Ahmad traces the rise of the device, offers details about its development, and includes an in-depth discussion of mobile technology and “the making of the mobile Internet.” In addition, Ahmad writes authoritatively about computing in general, networking, tablets (most notably Apple’s iPad), and cloud computing. Given Apple’s exceptional success and the recent death of its visionary leader, Smartphone: Mobile Revolution at the Crossroads of Communications, Computing and Consumer Electronicsis nothing if not timely. Ahmad spends considerable but legitimate time discussing Apple’s key role in the computing, smartphone, and tablet markets; there can be no denying that Apple is at the heart of the consumer electronics revolution. Still, the book is broad enough in scope that it does not focus solely on Apple. Smartphonecovers both the developmental and technical aspects of the smartphone in depth. As a result, the book offers a lengthy and detailed description of operating systems, applications, phone manufacturers, and mobile technologies, all of which may make the average reader a bit glassy eyed. This is not a book for the person who is looking for a cursory overview; it is a work more appropriate for those with some technology background who are keenly interested in the evolution of this particular device. ForeWord Clarion Review

About the Author

Majeed Ahmad has been a technology and trade journalist for more than 17 years. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of EE Times Asia, a sister publication of EE Times. For EE Times Asia, a semiconductors design publication, he also wrote the “Net Effect” column, which covered convergence among various facets of the electronics world. Also, as Editor-in-Chief at Global Sources, a Hong Kong-based business-to-business publishing house, he spearheaded magazines relating to electronic components, consumer electronics, computers, security and telecommunications. Majeed has a study background in electronics and telecommunications. Prior to joining the publishing industry in 1996, he has worked with blue-chip companies like AT&T, Alcatel and Motorola. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/majeedkamran.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loring D. Wirbel on April 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
When a book about a new market sector is dominated or defined by the market leader, it is difficult to prevent it from becoming a hagiography. This is particularly true in markets dominated by Apple, where the fans of iPhone, iPad, iPod, would like to pretend Apple invented all elements of the sector merely by defining a product that might be the preferred ergonomic platform.

Majeed Ahmad avoids this common mistake in his comprehensive "Smartphone" analysis by giving us a full history of the evolution of the PDA/MID/smartphone prior to iPhone, and even prior to Apple's ill-fated Newton. Ahmad gives a fair shake to Apple, but at the same time not only covers the also-ran winners like Android, but many clear losers along the way. Yet he does so with fairness and grace, telling us why Nokia and Handspring/Palm failed to change the world, while giving the companies credit for the things they did right.

This book shares the problems of many CreateSpace self-published works by lacking careful editing - every page or two, there are errors in expressions or references, which often matter little, but occasionally errors in things like name-spelling, which do matter. Nevertheless, they do not distract greatly from the content because Ahmad's style is simply fun to read, accurate in its chronology and most facts while being breezy enough to avoid sinking under its own weight.

If the length of "Smartphone" seems daunting, let's be clear: a worthy analysis of the rise of the smartphone virtually requires an overview of two decades of development of handset hardware, mobile operating systems, and wireless telecom standards, from both a technology and a business perspective.
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Since 1968 I'm watching and writing as a journalist about the worldwide electronics/IT industry,
and my personal archive covers years and years of outstanding inventions, true
to the phrase: Never say never.
Majeed Ahmad's book is a huge relief for me, since it covers the era of the smartphone
from A to Z. So with the book I have something in my archive, which gives me a complete
and detailed overview about an important part of this industry, covering about 20 years.
May I add, that Majeed is an excellent writer - a job very well done indeed.
Henning Wriedt
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A highly readable and worthy book for IT professionals who increasingly need to be aware of the smartphone business and technology dynamics. The book covers multiple dimensions of the smartphone industry and leaves the reader with a much better understanding of where portable computing is heading.
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Very well written history of the transitional period in technology. I strongly recommend reading this if you are an entrepreneur trying to navigate a new technology space.
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I used to include in my teaching just a few years ago that, notwithstanding all the undoubted improvements in the technology of mobile telecommunications, still 50% of the world's population had never actually made a phone call. This situation has now completely changed since the diffusion of mobile telephones, their reduction in size and cost has meant that their penetration into just about every country in the world has been complete. Migrant workers, for example, use the mobile phone in the millions as an invaluable link to home and family - in many cases, it is just about the only personal item of any value that they own. There used to be many small-scale businesses here in Bangkok where I live that consisted of a person sitting on a stool and a mobile phone on a small table in front and a short list of charges. These phone rentals are no longer necessary as everyone who wants a phone can now get one - not least because fashion-conscious Thais swap their phones for new ones as soon as they can and recycle older models to relatives and friends who still do not have one. The phones themselves have also become increasingly more sophisticated - smartphones, for example, are replacing what we perhaps must now call dumb phones, in most cities and many other areas. It is this spread of smartphones with which author Majeed Ahmad is principally concerned in this detailed and lucid explanation of the history of mobile telecommunications. From the early days of the internet to the middle of 2011 (i.e. the date of publication), the book outlines the players and organizations involved in the industry and gives some sense of how and why things have occurred the way that they have.Read more ›
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