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  • ISBN: 9781595589637 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 1595589635 (paperback)
  • Physical Description: 296 pages ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : New Press, The, 2014.

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Subject: Smartphones.
Cell phones.
Telecommunication.
Electronic industries.

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The Smartphone : Anatomy of an Industry
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by Woyke, Elizabeth
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Although smartphones have only been around a fraction of the time automobiles have, many of us consider these ubiquitous mobile devices equally indispensable to our lifestyles. Yet few of us suspect that the convenience of being able to text messages or find directions to the nearest Starbucks at a moment's notice might have any serious downsides. In this provocative expose of the smartphone industry, telecom expert and former Forbes magazine staff writer Woyke reveals the dark side of our favorite gadget's usage and manufacture, from the cutthroat competition between its designers to the exploitation of Third World laborers who mine the precious metals they are made of. After describing the evolution of primitive cell phones into the first BlackBerry handhelds and iPhones, Woyke looks at the waste involved in both assembling and discarding smartphones, as well as radiation concerns and privacy issues. Readers who fully absorb the more disturbing details of Woyke's report will never be able to download a new app or listen to a podcast without a twinge or two of consumer guilt.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2014 Booklist

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Journalist Woyke examines the smartphone industry, beginning with the small companies that competed to introduce the first mobile telephone for consumers, then follows the process of technology advances, and, finally, traces the life cycle of today's smartphone. The early days were filled with large devices, such as BlackBerrys and PalmPilots, carrying out simple tasks. Fast-forward to 2007, when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone and mobile technology changed in an instant. Thus began the technology wars among Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, and others, all vying for patents for software and hardware design. Woyke addresses assembly complications between company-owned factories and those that contract out the work while also discussing how the excavating of raw minerals and materials to create thousands of devices is laborious work, sometimes performed by children. Detailed are the ways manufacturers have planned obsolescence with trade-in and recycling built into the machine's life span. VERDICT Woyke's intelligent discourse easily explains the evolving industry-a wise read for anyone with a smartphone.-Meghan Dowell, Beloit Coll., WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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A former Businessweek and Forbes staff writer, Woyke has written an interesting--and exhaustive--account of the smartphone industry. She begins her comprehensive overview with DynaTAC, a series of cellular telephones patented by Motorola in 1973, and continues through to today with Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung, detailing their struggles to gain market dominance. However, the book is not merely historical. There is a chapter on managing the assembling of a smartphone, including a focus on Apple and Foxconn. All industrial activity produces waste, including the smartphone industry, and the author discusses carrier economics and the management of e-waste. There is a chapter on smartphones and health, focusing on the alleged connection between smartphone use and cancer, as well as smartphone addiction. A chapter on smartphones and privacy focuses on contemporary topics such as using smartphone apps to collect user data and phone location surreptitiously. The final chapter, which looks toward the future of the smartphone industry internationally, includes a discussion of the Lifeline Program for low-income Americans. It also identifies the top 20 countries in terms of smartphone ownership by percentage of population, contains a discussion of the the Dutch start-up social enterprise Fairphone, and concludes with a smartphone bill of rights. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. --Edward J. Szewczak, Canisius College


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