Stuff That Smartphones Have Made Obsolete

It is a common belief that smartphones have taken over our lives. However, few of us realize the true implications and meaning of how dependent we are on smartphones. We have slowly replaced daily objects with our smartphones.

Flashlights

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Gone are the days when we had to carry around a large, clunky flashlight and worry about batteries and its power. Now, all we have to do is swipe up and press a button, or open an application. This is extremely handy when we drop our keys in the dark or run into an unexpected dark patch.

Watches and clocks

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This is a rather self-explanatory item. The advent of smartphones has reduced our dependency on clocks and watches. We no longer use an alarm clock to wake us up in the morning. All we need to do is install an application. To top it all off, this application can be customized to make higher or lower sounds, thus making it easier for the user when he/she is struggling to wake up in the morning. Of course, now we are trying to bring back “watches” as wearable computers, but mechanical watches have pretty much been a piece of jewelry for a long time. All we have to do is unlock our phone’s screen to glance at the time.

Maps and GPS Devices

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There once was a time where travellers and voyagers would spend a fortune on buying quaint paper maps to navigate their way around terrain. Google Maps has already made the use of maps obsolete. All one needs is a reliable internet connection and Google Maps will help you find your way. Now even car GPS units feel old school. Unless you don’t have reliable cell service, you can just mount your smartphone on the dash. There is no longer the need to invest in a GPS navigation system for your car.

Audio Recorders

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Smartphones have reduced the need for an external audio recorder. If professionals wish to record, it is still advisable to use an external microphone. However, if one simply wishes to keep a copy of what someone else is saying, using a smartphone is most advisable. In fact, there are high-quality applications which record voice so well that users can even make complicated videos and podcasts with them. Most smartphones are gradually developing in quality and also possess better stabilization features.

Televisions

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As ridiculous as it sounds, people are growing increasingly dependent on their smartphones as viable and realistic substitute for their televisions. Various phones have large screens and are encouraging users to stream videos to their phone. It doesn’t stop there. Users are now storing movies and television shows on their phone and viewing it at their convenience. A quick and reliable internet connection can also allow users to stream videos and other online data straight to their phone. The development of technology and progress in scientific development have ensured that smartphones become like mini-computers in our pockets.

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by techtalks @TechTalks February 2, 2016 6:56 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

Q5 blackberry

Alhassan A Bukar

Nice

Ishwar Maradi