It’s been four years now since the number of mobile phones in New Zealand first exceeded the number of people (although some speculate this may have been due in part to people being in such a hurry to emigrate to Australia they forgot to take their phones).
In a second and possibly more significant tipping point last year, the percentage of ‘smart’ phones among them finally passed 50.
But what does it all mean? If indeed the average smartphone has enough computing power to land a man on the moon, why hasn’t anyone been there since 1972? Will phones keep getting bigger and tablets smaller until, Animal Farm-style, we’ll look from one to the other and be unable to tell the difference?
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