A new iPhone may seem expensive, but once you compare it to everything it replaces it can be pretty clear just how much better we have it than our Dad’s did.
Like text messaging, which you would have to send from a landline once upon a time to a pager. Good luck returning the message though.
Of course you’d need a phone to both send that message or reply to it, and you know, make phone calls.
If you miss a call you’ll want one of these. Other wise you would never know anyone had even reached out.
Want to know who is calling? You used to have to “ask” who was calling instead of just reading it off of a screen. That is unless you bought yourself a Caller ID.
How about taking pictures? Cameras have always been accessible, but to have something comparable to all of the features and clarity of the current level of smartphones you’d need to shell out close to $600.
Oh, and that $600 camera couldn’t do video. You’d need to buy a camcorder for that, and don’t forget to buy some tapes.
Need a light in a jam? Well you’ll need some batteries and flashlight. That LED in your phone is a bit brighter though.
One of the cooler things out there is the google translate app, which can look at a dinner menu in Italian and translate it on your screen in English. Not so in 1996 though, you’ll need to type that in.
Like watching videos on the go? Then prepare to pull out that antenna.
Music, which came in both tape and compact disc, needed a player. No iTunes here, just spinning mechanics.
Like watching movies outside of the theater? Well you can download all new releases and play them on your TV via Airplay… just kidding. You’ll need a VCR and some of your favorite tapes, but luckily those are only about $15-20 each.
From Flappy Bird to Candy Crush, you’ll need something to play that on since you don’t have that app store.
If you have any questions you can try to google it on AOL, but since that won’t launch until 1998 maybe crack open one of these. Only costs about $200.