No piece of recent tech has disrupted the way things are done in everyday life more than the Smartphone. In less than a decade, this device has become a crucial part of everyday life for many people. It’s replaced dozens of other devices and dealt a huge blow to manufacturers of other gadgets.
Combine it with social media and it’s changed the way a generation communicates and put some things we’re very familiar with on the endangered species list.
Interestingly enough, the last thing many people use their smartphone for is making a phone call. Calling them phones is not entirely accurate. They’re small tablet computers with an app that makes phone calls. But more and more people, especially young ones, just don’t make phone calls. They text or send instant messages via apps.
Partially because these options let you fulfill the teenage dream of holding multiple conversations at once. And texting and messaging don’t require your full attention the way speaking to someone on the phone does. But it isn’t just kids who’d rather write a few words than speak to people.
More and more homes are opting to give up their land line and depend entirely on a cell phone for communication.
Point and Shoot Camera
Again, in less than a decade the smartphone camera has replaced the point-and-shoot as the everyday camera for nearly anyone who ones a smartphone. Some folks are always going to want a high-end camera, but for daily use, smartphone cameras measure up well against typical point-and-shoots.
Most camera apps offer multiple shooting modes, plus you have tools to edit your photos right there on your device. And you can instantly share them with friends or save to the cloud. Remember the days when folks hauled camcorders around to events? Not any more. Your typical smartphone is capable of taking HD video that’s as nice as most home video cameras. Plus, it has the advantage of fitting right in your pocket.
In my youth, I was never seen without my Sony Walkman. Later that was replaced by an MP3 player. These days, I’m listening to my tunes on my phone. Either songs that I have stored on a microSD card or songs I’m streaming from a music subscription service.
iPhone led this revolution with iTunes, making it possible to purchase and instantly download music to the device you plan to listen to it with. You can easily store thousands of tunes on an iPhone.
While video may not have actually have killed the radio star, smartphones have cut into listening to radio on portable devices. So much so that there’s an entire generation of kids who wouldn’t even think of it. They use streaming services instead.
In part 2 of this article, we’ll continue our surprising countdown.