What would you normally do to watch a video while you’re on the move, just whip out a PMP or your multimedia phone and start watching? It wasn’t that simple about a decade or so ago, though. Options were few and far between – beginning with portable DVD players (PDPs) and only much later branching out to portable media players (PMPs), mobile phones and tablets. Let’s go back in time and figure out why we should be thanking our stars for all the transitions that have taken place.
The first ever PMP
Archos’ Jukebox Multimedia is considered the first ever PMP, because it played both audio and video. The player had a 1.5-inch LCD screen and came in 10 GB and 20 GB variants. Its primary interface was the now-outdated USB 1.1 technology and some serious refinement only came around in 2005, when Apple launched the fifth generation iPod, which was also called the iPod Video. The player had a 2.5-inch 320x240 QVGA screen and came in capacities of 30 and 60 GB. An update in 2006 upgraded the capacity to 80 GB and a firmware upgrade allowed iPod games for the device.
The iPod Video brought about a revolution
The display screens for mobile phones have undergone quite a few changes as well. One of the earliest multimedia phones that many of us have fond memories of, the Nokia 6600 which showed up in the early 2000s, had a 2.1-inch TFT screen. The phones have since moved onto LCD, OLED and Super AMOLED screens with sizes of around 4-inches, something like what we have seen on the Samsung Galaxy S. In other words, the screen sizes and technologies in mobile phones have improved in terms of viewing and ease of use.
Nokia 6600 - 3GP ahoy!
Well, displays and devices are not the only things that have evolved, though. The videos themselves have undergone transformations too, even if they aren’t as drastic. Let’s have a look.
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