Journey Back in Tech Time: Discovering Hidden Treasures from Our Drawers – Double Tap TV

In this episode of DoubleTap TV, hosts Steven and Marc reminisce about vintage tech found in their drawers. They dive into a nostalgic discussion of old Motorola phones, the Microtac 650 and Razr, comparing their features and design with modern smartphones. The hosts highlight the physical antenna, keyboard, and long-lasting batteries of these older models. They also mention the limitations of these phones, like small screens and limited internet browsing. Towards the end, they debate if they’d give up their iPhones to return to these older models, but agree that despite the nostalgia, they prefer modern tech. The episode concludes with an invitation for viewers to share their own nostalgic tech stories.

00:00 – Show starts with hosts Marc and Steven bantering and setting the context for the episode – discussing old tech found in drawers.

15:53 – Steven introduces the Motorola Microtac 650, explaining it was a second-generation flip phone that protected the keyboard.

16:09 – Discusses the phone’s popularity, functionality on TDMA and CDMA networks, and its timeline from release in April 1989.

16:29 – Elaborates on the phone’s features, like a two-line display that shows caller ID and a pull-up antenna.

16:50 – Steven shows the phone and its battery to the camera, talks about the phone’s dimensions and the month-long battery life.

17:14 – Compares Motorola’s size to a modern smartphone. Describes the traditional T9 keyboard, the various buttons, and the small display screen.

17:42 – Talks about the phone’s proprietary connector, charging cradle, and how one could charge the device.

18:02 – Introduces the Motorola Razr from 2013, highlighting its internet browsing capabilities, VGA camera, and sleek design.

18:45 – Discusses the Razr’s battery life and its compact, credit-card size.

19:09 – Comments on the satisfying “flip” action of the phone.

About Double Tap TV
Double Tap TV is a weekly television show that covers all aspects of accessible and consumer technology. From the latest smartphones, tablets and TV’s to the most specialized tools that empower people with all types of disabilities – Double Tap TV covers it all. Every week hosts Steven Scott and Marc Aflalo interview key people in the tech world and discuss their roles. The show features accessible tech tips, hands-on tech reviews and the latest in tech news. Double Tap TV airs weekly on AMI-tv, a division of Accessible Media Inc, available at http://www.ami.ca/doubletap. Double Tap TV is hosted by Steven Scott (@BlindGuyTech) and Marc Aflalo (@marcaflalo) with frequent contribution from Shaun Preece (@TheBlurredNerd) and Mitchell Whitfield (@m_whitfield)

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