In part one of this article we talked about once-popular devices put on the endangered species list by the smartphone. Today we’ll look at a few more.
The Home PC
For a growing number of people, the smartphone is their PC. It’s their only computing device. They use it for e-mails and for accessing the Internet and for playing games. Interestingly enough, the poorer you are, the more likely you are to use your smartphone as your sole computing device.
That doesn’t mean you’re limited in what you can do. With the variety of apps out there, you can do just about anything on your smartphone you could do on a home PC. While you may need more computing power in the office, the powerhouse in your pocket may be enough for daily use. It’s not so much that the PC is dying, it’s just shrinking to pocket-sized.
Tablet sales have started to fall after booming for years. It isn’t that people aren’t getting tablets, they’re using much smaller tablets in the form of smartphones. The average smartphone size has grown in the past few years, with a 5 or 6 inch screen model becoming a normal offering. Phones this size make pretty decent tablets, though they are kind of big to fit in a pocket.
Mobile games have radically changed the way most games are played. Previously folks either purchased game software and installed it or their PC or they played on various gaming sites like Pogo. For a few years there, social gaming was raking in a fortune for Facebook.
Now, more and more folks are choosing to download free gaming apps to play on their mobile phones. Most free-games feature in-app advertising and purchases that give you advantages in the game.
Most also offer the option of a fairly inexpensive paid version that lets you avoid the ads. Mobile games are very convenient, since you can pull out out your phone and play on a break, in a waiting room, while having lunch or even taking a bathroom break.
Check any app store and you’ll find an almost endless variety of free games. I’m sure many of you remember the days of walking into a software store and seeing rack after rack of games on display.
Now these games are in your phone. Although, browsing the app store is nowhere near as much fun as going to the game store.
What changes has the smartphone made in your life? Let us know in the comments.