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"A smartphone full monty that will appeal mostly to the device's users—all 1.75 billion of them."
"A well-reported comprehensive overview of the smartphone’s innovators and the challenges surrounding the industry. A deeply worthwhile read for anyone interested in the socioeconomic impact of a device that has become so prevalent in our lives."
—Yukari Iwatani Kane, author of Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs
"I learned more from Elizabeth Woyke’s The Smartphone than I have from any two or three other books on digital communication I have read in the past few years. A superior reporter, Woyke brilliantly presents a clear-eyed view of this new communication device that has conquered everything in sight. This book is an eye-opener."
—Robert W. McChesney, author of Digital Disconnect
- Publication Date : May 10, 2011
- File Size : 2316 KB
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- Print Length : 304 pages
- Publisher : The New Press (May 10, 2011)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00JZBE6KU
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #853,750 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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As a writer who has covered the smartphone industry since 2007, Ms. Woyke has gained deep insight into business and technology. Ms. Woyke’s cool, thoughtful and measured analysis about an industry that is characterized by its hyperbolic marketing practices is more than refreshing: through her impeccable research and reflection, the author empowers us to demand more from an industry that has too often prioritized corporate profits over people’s needs.
Ms. Woyke presents a brief history of cell phones and their metamorphosis into smartphones. We learn how Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung came to dominate the industry while others stumbled (BlackBerry, IBM and Nokia). We gain perspective on the problematic issues of smartphone manufacturing, recycling and disposal. Importantly, readers are informed about what is known about smartphone risks to human health, privacy, and consumer rights.
In fact, Ms. Woyke's work reveals that things need not be as they are. To be sure, Ms. Woyke is no Marxist but reasonable people can agree that many aspects of the smartphone industry remain troublesome. If we are not too concerned about the health and safety of workers in Chinese factories or the dire consequences of toxic e-wastes, then perhaps as individual consumers we should care about the routine practice of carrier overbilling, surreptitious surveillances, and the rampant trading of our private information to marketers. Fortunately, Ms. Woyke explains how we can work together to clean up the industry in order to get the technologies and services we deserve.
Lastly, I was impressed with the photographs scattered throughout the book that help bring this fascinating story to life. The images include many of the legendary phones from yesteryear such as the DynaTac, BlackBerry 8510 and Handspring Treo 180. Other photos include views of an iPhone teardown; workers toiling in the hazardous e-waste and recovery industries; and many more.
I highly recommend this excellent book to everyone.
Top reviews from other countries
The author goes about very swiftly over each revolutionary change in smartphone ondustary hence making every trasformation conceivable. The factual approach of the book makes the study even more assertive and convincing.