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Do we need Smarter Phones?

Updated on September 5, 2011


As the cellphone companies continue their endless battle for the best smartphone, should we be wondering when this might end?

There are so many options how does anyone choose? As soon as you have your new shiny device your pocket it becomes obsolete, and you feel yourself being lured to the next new improved version.

The power of advertising

There is tremendous power in a brand name. Having a household name is more important than anything. Word passes from person to person and very soon it seems like everyone has the same kind of phone- and even more feel like they NEED one. Do they choose this specific phone just because of the name, because their friends recommended it, or do they really look into the specifications to see if it's what fits their needs?

Apple, for example, has sold literally tens of millions of iphones since they came out on the market and they are upgrading them on a continuous basis to ensure that there are steady supply of customers, both new and returning. They also have the monopoly on the apps for this phone and there are many. Because they are so popular, many applications are designed specifically for this type of phone and this generates more revenue.

I notice that there is a prototype of the iphone5 lurking in the wings right now.....in fact stangely (or not) the test version has been "lost" in a bar, in the same way as the prototype for the iphone4. Is someone trying to leak the details ahead of time...again??

The androids have landed

I'm sure you've all heard that the androids are here... This approach allows several different phone manufacturers to use the platform. The applications used in this case are open source, which makes many of them free. However it's important to get your apps from an approved site or there's the possibility that you could catch a virus.

My kids both have this type of phone and they appear to be every bit as good as a iphone.

What happened to the phone type phone?

It's hard to even consider the new smart-phones even as phones any-more. Rarely do I make any calls on mine. I use it to send text messages, emails, surf the web and take photographs.

Naturally I also use it to listen to podcasts, the regular radio, and as an FM transmitter to play my mp3s through the car radio wirelessly. Not to mention global positioning to find directions.

Most recently I've started using it to scan those weird square patterned things that have started appearing in newspapers and on posters that take you straight to related websites...

What could possibly be next?

How much smarter can these phones get??


What about the environment?

Take note though, that the resources required to build mobile phones are not inexhaustible. Rare natural materials known as Rare Earth Elements (REE) that are required in their production are diminishing as every new wave comes in. That's why it's so important to recycle them.

There are several possible options:

  • make a donation to charity box
  • trade up for a new phone
  • pass down to your younger sibling

Remember that it is important that mobile phones do not end up in the landfill.

Footnote

So....before you go ahead and purchase that next super dooper version of the latest mobile phone, ask yourself if you really need it..consider the options carefully...

....after all if you really need to play angry birds you can now play to your hearts delight on your personal computer instead...

...or even have fun doing something else with your spare time....

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      OrlandoJohn1 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great hub! The problem is many still perceive a smartphone as "a cell phone". It really isn't anymore. Smartphones are appliances. They condense mp3 players, cell phones, email retrieval systems, and other conveniences into a single device. They are evolving into true telecommunications and informational devices. It's interesting when I hear people tell me, "I just use my cell phone to make calls", but then whip out an address book and Day Timer for appointments, have an mp3 player, and a laptop to retrieve their email. It's not as efficient, and requires a lot more material to carry around.

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      That's funny JC447 - a "smart" phone that's not good at making calls. Ironic huh? :-D

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      JC447 6 years ago from Denver, CO

      A year ago, I was perfectly content with my little cell phone. The phone that flipped open, had numbered buttons, made calls and at times even became a handy camera. Then my husband got a free Smart phone from a friend of ours and not wanting to leave me out, my husband went out and got one for me also. Now, I am completely hooked on this fun gadget. It's convenient being able to get on the web whenever I need to, check my accounts and respond to emails. The only frustrating part, is the one thing the phone has the most difficulty with. Making calls. Go figure. But, all in all, technology is wonderful and an enormous time saver.

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      Larry Fields 6 years ago from Northern California

      "What could possibly be next?"

      Would you believe implantable smart phones? At first, only rich people will be able to afford them. Then there will be a freebie version that gives continuous subliminal commercial messages when you're not doing explicit smart phone stuff. The next step is that they'll be required by law, starting in Texas.

      If you haven't already, please check out the 1960s cult classic film, The President's Analyst, starring James Coburn. Then it will all makes sense. :-)

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I don't have a smart phone. I have a cell phone and I use it for calls and photos only. It has the ability for texting and making videos-which I don't use. I don't want to use the computer on my phone. I like a bigger screen than that and well, I want to phone on my phone. So I ignore the electronic companies and only buy/upgrade things if I have no other choice (eg. software keeps requiring better computers vs. an ipad-which I don't have either).

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