Don’t get too excited over 5G phones just yet. If you pre-order your new 5G phone today, you might get it in time for the Olympics (the 2020 Olympics, that is). That’s right, the 5G phone is that far away. The generations take around 10 years to evolve, with 1G being released in 1981. The GSM 2G phones were introduced in 1992 and 3G in 2001. 4G phones are now making their appearance in 2011, with exciting new features and high speed, high spec applications being praised by reviewers.
Carriers will put 5G network infrastructures in place based on their experiences with 4G standards currently evolving, such as the Long Term Evolution (LTE) standards from the 3G Partnership Project. LTE doesn’t yet meet the full specifications of 4G mobile and fixed installation data rates, although LTE devices are marketed as 4G. The eventual LTE Advanced standard will be compatible with the current LTE devices, but current LTE is not backward compatible with pre-LTE standards.
The 5G technology to be used in 5G phones will draw heavily on advances in nanotechnology, with fascinating possibilities for features and applications. Imagine your heartbeat charging the battery in your mobile, or folding your self-cleaning mobile into a shape that you choose. Imagine using your office desktop while you travel to work on the train, or while you’re stuck in a traffic jam. These are just some of the suggestions coming from the research into 5G cell phones.
For everyone who uses mobile phones 5G sounds like the ultimate dream come true – the idea that you can live your online life wherever you go, seamlessly, and integrate all your control, monitoring and entertainment systems, from home, work and your lifestyle into your main control center – your mobile phone. With 5G wireless phones new and unimaginable speeds and applications will present themselves from 2020 onward.
For now, though, cool phones such as the 4G HTC new Android phones are bringing a tantalizing glimpse of things to come. Take a look at what you get from the HTC Thunderbolt 4G-enabled smartphone: GPS navigation and location services, an 8 MegaPixel camera, coupled with a 1.3 MP front-facing camera and an HD camcorder; Android 2.2 OS (Froyo) and a 4.3 inch multi-touch Super LCD display, with HTML web browser and email.

Until 5G phones arrive, you might just like to get used to the new Windows Phone 7 interface from Microsoft.

This smartphone platform could well be the forerunner of the standard user interface for 5G phones. Microsoft have done a great job to get the look and feel of their desktop OS onto a mobile phone. With their long history in Windows and a huge user base, it could be that Windows Phone 7 is the interface that new users turn to.