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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 this 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, An­i­malFarm- style, we’ll look from one to the other and be un­able to tell the dif­fer­ence? Switch your mo­bile de­vice to flight mode, Idea­log reader, and down­load this, ev­ery­thing you need to know about the smart­phone phe­nom­e­non.

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