As I sat in my girlfriend’s sitting room yesterday afternoon, her younger brother was messing with an old video camera, trying to get recent footage of a wedding up. Her younger brother is 14 and for the life of him could not connect the camera to the tv or even get it to play.
He proceeded by giving up and blaming the camera and arguing that the wedding should have just been recorded on his phone and simply connect it to the computer. It was these words the got me thinking, we use our smartphones for just about everything, long gone are the days of home videos being made on a video camera. But that isn’t it, what else has the smartphone killed? I came up with a list of 10 things that will soon be things the youth will learn about in history books.
10 – The humble MP3 player, although music was accessible on phones before the smartphone, it wasn’t used to store the thousands of songs we can on smartphones today, Apple’s iPhone got the clock ticking on the amount of time the MP3 player has left, obviously the iPod touch is making some serious dough for Apple, but they are becoming more and more like a iPhone every day, just look at the iPod’s latest feature the Face time camera.
9 – This one will have you thinking for a while and you might not actually believe it until you go to use it next, it is the calculator, while once again phones have always had calculators the smartphone’s larger screens and bigger interface makes using your phone a lot easier than routing around your house for a calculator.
8 – Directory Enquires/Phonebook is next on my list, only last night did I look for the number of my local Chinese on my iPhone rather than ringing up 11811 or searching through the phone book, let’s face it, it is a lot easier to google it.
7 – Handheld consoles, this one I’m not so sure about, I don’t believe the smartphone will totally wipe out the handheld market, the DS and the PSP are still selling extremely well, but I’m sure the smartphones will put a rather big hole in their profits. You only have to look at the success of Angry Birds or recently Candy Crush to realise the smartphones capabilities in creating successful games. Of course though console makers are stepping up their efforts, the smartphone guys are right there with them. Do you crave a new Nintendo 3DS for glasses-free 3D gaming? Well, 3D smartphones like the LG Thrill and HTC EVO 3D promise a similar thrill.
6 – Next is the voice recorders, nobody uses a Dictaphone anymore, I studied media in college an had access to some very expensive recording equipment which I had avalible to me free of charge and anytime I wanted it, but it was just a lot easier to use my iPhone as a recording device, and the voice memos have really taken off.
5 – let me ask you, when was the last time you wore a watch? Then when was the last time you wore a watch to tell the time and not for a fashion statement? For me its an extremely long time, I think my last watch was a pokemon watch I bought when I was 10. Watches are obsolete and people just whip out their phones in order to tell the time.
4 – From the last one it brings me to my next point, the alarm clock. Again, it’s pretty simple, why would you have a separate alarm clock when you have your phone right beside you which you can chose what every wake up tune you would like.
3 – GPS systems, who needs to spend a fortune on a TomTom sat nav when you have one for free built into your phone, or buying a version of TomTom on your phone, come to think of it they are the reason for the demise.
2 – Maps, again like the GPS, who needs one? When was the last time you bought a road map? Why would you need to buy one when you have you phone in your pocket. I think out of all on my list the road map is something that will never come back into fashion and will never be used again.
1 – Finally, I think everyone with agree with me on this one, but the thing the smartphone has replaced most is the humble camera. Phone cameras are now just as good as the latest camera you buy in the shops, it is the weapon of choice for a young person on a night out, photos can be taken and immediately upload to the internet.
That is my list, but have you any other suggestions to what or what will be made redundant by the smartphone?????