Smartphones are like Swiss army knife of today’s technology. They can do a bit of everything, and you only need to carry around one, small device to cover a lot of bases. Though the usual criticism we hear is ‘Jack of all trades, master of none,’ the drastic changes in the world of technology have made smartphones capable of outperforming dedicated gadgets in so many ways.
Here are a few of the technologies that the smartphone in your pocket has made obsolete.
- Point-and-Shoot Cameras
The camera that comes with your smartphone definitely outperforms a lot of dedicated point-and-shoot cameras. The quality is better, there are a lot of video editing apps to choose from and it’s much easier to share the end product to the social media. The best camera you have is the one you always carry around, and you always have your smartphone with you.
- MP3 Players
The sales of MP3 players have drastically declined since the invention of built-in MP3 players in mobile phones. Your smartphone can do everything a dedicated MP3 player can do—download and store music, organize them into folders, comes with headphones and can be carried around in your pocket. Plus, smartphones can access music streaming services like Spotify, which offer better music experience than a standard MP3 player.
- Voice Recorders
Forget cassettes, tangled microphone cords, charging batteries and garbled sounds. Your phone’s extra storage space and built-in microphone will make it easier to record sound without the need of extra gadget. You can even use some apps for better sound quality and extra recording features.
- Alarm Clocks
Alarm clocks are limited in function and a waste of power and space if you keep your smartphone on your bedside table every night. Smartphones offer an array of useful features that allows you to set multiple alarms at once and choose whatever sound or music you want to wake you up.
- Landline Phones
Landline phones keep callers tethered, while smartphones give you the freedom to roam around. The mobility is particularly helpful especially when talking about confidential matters over the phone. When someone calls, your smartphone allows you to do other things simultaneously, like walking to the cafeteria or getting a cab, since it doesn;t retrict you to stay in place.
- Flash Lights
Can you still remember the last time you searched for a flash flight? If you have your phone with you, the screen light can suffice to get you through the dark, though there are also a lot of apps that uses the camera flash to serve as flash flight. But even if you don’t have the app on your phone, almost all smartphones have built-in flash light.
There are quite a lot of things that we no longer need, thanks to the invention of smart phones. With just one device that you can easily slip into your pocket, you can do a whole bunch of stuff that a bagful of gadgets can do.