Now that we’re approaching the end of 2010 (and with 51 years until we get to the next “Arthur C Clarke novel” year) it’s worth taking a step back to consider just how quickly technology has advanced in the last decade. To call the pace of innovation “breathtaking” is, if anything, an understatement.
Here are a few “Then (early 2000) and Now (end of 2010)” comparisons to illustrate some of the changes.
A) PC (DELL)
Then: top of the range desktop PC came with a 600Mhz Pentium 3 processor, 64MB of RAM, a 10GB HDD and a 17″ monitor for US$1,299.
Now: top of the range desktop PC comes with a 2.8Ghz Core i7 930 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD (but no monitor) for US$1,099
B) MACINTOSH (APPLE)
Then: PowerMac G4/400 with 400Mhz processor, 128MB of RAM and a 20GB HDD for US$1,599
Now: iMac with 3Ghz Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB HDD, plus a 21.5″ monitor, for US$1,199
C) DIGITAL CAMERA (OLYMPUS)
Then: Olympus C-3030 with a 3.3 megapixel resolution, 16MB of storage, upto 400 ISO and weighing 380g. Street price approx US$999
Now: Olympus Stylus 14.0 with 14 megapixel resolution, 7x optical zoom, 829MB of internal memory, upto 1600 ISO and weighing 139g. Priced at US$139
D) TELEVISION (PANASONIC)
Then: Panasonic PT56WXF95 56″ rear projection TV with 720p resolution, priced at US$5,000.
Now: Panasonic TC-P65S2 65″ plasma TV with 1080p resolution, priced under US$2,600.
E) MOVIE PLAYING
Then: Apex AD-600A DVD player, priced at US$149
Now: Panasonic DMP-BD45 Blu-ray player, priced at US$115
F) NOTEBOOK PC (HP)
Then: HP OmniBook 4150 with 650Mhz mobile Pentium III, 128MB RAM, 18GB HDD, 14″ screen and DVD drive. Price US$4,299.
Now: HP Pavilion dv6t with Intel Core i3-370M 2.4Ghz processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6″ screen, priced at approx. US$599.
G) MUSIC ON THE MOVE (IPOD)
Then: iPod with 5GB of storage, 10 hour battery life, price US$399
Now: iPod Classic with 160GB of storage, 36 hour battery life, price US$249