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Smart Phones have Changed Lives : 10 Electronic Devices you may have Stopped using!

Updated on April 29, 2017
Can we think of life without a smartphone today!
Can we think of life without a smartphone today! | Source

How Smart Phones have changed lives!

© Chitrangada Sharan August 2014

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  • Some two decades earlier, we used to communicate with our relatives and friends through hand written letters and enjoyed sending Greeting cards to them.
  • Still earlier there were Telegrams and Trunk calls. Now its difficult to explain these means of communication to present day kids.
  • Then came the Cellphones---. How quick and easy it seemed to communicate after mobile phones were introduced in our lives.
  • It was so exciting to send instant messages,called SMS to family and friends, living in another cities. And you no longer needed to wait for hours, for your trunk calls to materialize.

But there was much more to come----!

How much more easy the life has become with Smart Phones!

  • In fact many of the Electronic devices that were bought earlier with much enthusiasm, are of no use today!
  • The Smart Phone has replaced so many of them and here is a list of the gadgets, which many people have stopped using.

Smartphones: A mini laptop in your hands with the world at your fingertips!
Smartphones: A mini laptop in your hands with the world at your fingertips! | Source

List of devices that have become obsolete due to Smart Phones:

1. Pocket Calculator:


Remember using pocket calculators quite long back and even gifting them to relatives, when it first came into being! It was in late seventies or early eighties. Although I was a bit uneasy, when kids started depending too much upon it, because I thought it will affect their mental ability in calculations.

Even prior to Smart Phones the calculators were included in the simple cellphones.

2. The bedside digital watches or alarm clocks:


Alarm clocks were a must in every household, by the bedside. Now even if the watch may be there no body sees it but the alarm for the mornings or any other time is set in the Smart Phones.

Most of the people do not even wear a wrist watch and consider them an unnecessary burden.

3. Still cameras/ Digital Camera/ video cameras:

People interested in photography owned a very high quality camera as well. But it was not enabled for video photography. People used to buy rolls, click photos and then gave to the photo studios to develop them.

Then came the video camera or the Camcorder and the Digital camera. But the Smart Phone has simplified clicking stills and shooting videos to a great extent. Anytime, anywhere we are able to click our favorite shot. Plus you have the advantage of taking the shot again, if you do not like the picture. You can simply delete the previous one, you don't like. Then you can do wonders with your Creative studio option.

Taking pictures was an expensive and lengthy affair earlier. Smart Phones are popular tools for taking pictures and video for its advanced picture quality, the color accuracy, its zooming option and many other creative options.

Variety of mobile apps.
Variety of mobile apps. | Source

4. Walkman:

Walkman or MP3 were devices which were a must have, when we were travelling in a train or going to a long distance by Car. These were also used by people going for morning or evening walks.

Now listening to Music on the Smart Phone is so easy and enjoyable and you have the option of selecting your personal favorites.Smart Phones provide music in surround sound and it has built in active noise cancelling technology.

The big music system, which needed lot of maintenance and occupied too much space is a thing of the past now. In addition you can enjoy music anywhere, even when not at home.

5. Scanners:


How simple can it be! With the provision of Smartphone scanners, you can use it anywhere and you need not necessarily use the bulky scanners at your home or offices. Just to give an example, Smart Phone scanners can be used at banks and airports and even for sending important documents.

6. Gaming devices:

I am not a big fan of gaming devices. But the present generation loves it. Earlier handheld gaming devices or video games parlor were so popular. I used to take my kids to these parlors.

But mobile phones included games in every phone, even before Smart Phones were introduced. Now of course it is almost like a revolution and I can see many youngsters busy in these games over their Smartphones.

Smartphones today have very useful GPS feature!
Smartphones today have very useful GPS feature! | Source

7. Maps and GPS:

I absolutely love these. Earlier when I used to go on long drives with my family, we carried maps and compass. The GPS device in Smartphones is so helpful and convenient to use and travelling to long distances by road is so much fun.

8. Land line phones:


Comfort and convenience of Smart Phones has also affected the use of Landline phones. Though people still own Lanline phones, hardly anyone uses it. Since it is fixed at one place and most of the people prefer devices which can be used, even when we are on the move.

9. Bank Apps.


Although lot of precautions is required to use these bank related options. But it is so much convenient that you don't have to stand in long queues in a bank for transactions or to pay your utility bills, such as electricity or phone bills or credit card bills.

You also get your bank statements on phone and can avoid going to banks to update your bank records.

I personally like the feature of transferring money to someone or within your own accounts, sitting at home.

I have opted for e-bills for all my utilities. This saves paper and is a positive step to save environment.

Smart Phones save all the botheration of withdrawing or depositing money.

10. News anywhere:


Though I do love reading Newspaper in the morning. But so many of our relatives live faraway in different countries. With the help of Smartphones, it is so easy to know what's happening there instantly by installing the prominent News related apps.

There is a weather app. and Time zone app. which tells you instantly about the present time or weather conditions of the particular place where your family or friends are living.

The world has become a small place and it has become so much easier to remain connected.

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To Conclude:

  • Technology is a friend and it must be utilized judiciously.
  • Smart Phones, which can rightly be called as a mini Laptop, has changed the way we live or work or do banking or travel and these are only few of the things that I have mentioned above.
  • How simple it is talk to your close ones through Skype or Face Time!
  • How exciting it is to send your personal pictures to your friends and family via WhatsApp, anytime from anywhere globally!
  • There are many other features, which I do not even use. But I observe the young generation doing incredible things on their Smartphone. In fact it is a mobile office for them.
  • Love it or hate it, Smart Phones rule our lives today!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't have one....don't miss having one...and don't want one. Way too much convenience in society today. :)...but...I understand the attraction for other people.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks billybuc, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A fun article to read about our changing times. Thanks. I think I only have 4 apps for mine and that is all I want to handle.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      I'm not good at them, Chitrangada. So sorry. I just try. Still, yes, they have and are still moving at a rapid pace and have transformed our lives. Hari Om Tat Sat!

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      Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

      Great article. I don't own a smart phone, so I still use the items you mention here, and have 2 newspapers delivered to the house every day :-)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Ericdierker, for visiting and sharing your views!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks manatita44, for your kind visit and comments!

      You are right, technology is moving at a rapid pace and sooner or later, no one can remain untouched by them.

      Thanks! Hari Om Tat Sat!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Kaili Bisson, for your kind visit and comments!

      Smart Phones are very popular in India. I have started using it recently and found it to be an important tool of communication. Even I have newspapers delivered at my home and enjoy reading them. But many of my relatives are staying abroad and I remain connected with them anytime through video calling and other important features.

      Thank you for sharing your opinion!

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Yes, smartphones have changed the world! We don't need a lot of things much anymore. Even desktop computers are becoming obsolete! I look forward to the day when smartphones are more affordable.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      They have changed everything have they not??

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and comments!

      Yes. you are right. Even Desktop computers are gathering dust. I am sure they will be more affordable as their demand is increasing day by day.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks AudreyHowitt, for your kind visit and comments!

      Yes, they have changed everything.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      The rapid changes in technology has changed many lives. Great topic and I so like learning more about modern technology.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I use the GPS mapping system on my phone lots and I don't know how I would go without it now. It is a great tool. However, if I had to go without it wouldn't be such a bad thing.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your visit and support!

      Like you, I also want to learn more and more of technology. It was not so advanced when we were kids. I have learnt so much from my kids. Sometimes I am amazed to see their proficiency in technology. I believe in moving forward with the changing times.

      Thanks!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks teaches12345, for your visit and support!

      Yes, GPS is a very helpful tool, if we are going to a particular place for the first time. And I also believe that technology is a friend and a guide, but we should not become its slaves.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Still rely on GPS....bedside clock has?been replaced by the IPhone Alarm!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Michelle, for reading and commenting!

      I also love using many useful features of Smartphones.

      Thanks for your support and share!

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      There is one app that I do like, and that is the level. If you do woodworking, you place the phone on your work and it will tell you if it is level! I don't have a smart phone, but I've seen this on a daughter's smart phone. I'm in the minority, I only have an old dumb phone!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you mary615, for reading and commenting!

      Smart Phones have become very popular nowadays, since they make our life easier and more convenient. I am using it since the last six months and I like the experience.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      One day, I might be forced to get one. As it is now, my three-year-old phone can no longer use the internet.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Considering the benefits of Smart Phones, especially its Internet facilities, it is now becoming a very important tool to have. Thanks!

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great article, I totally agree. Smart phones rule the world for some and some of us know only the basics ! the younger generation is totally cued in.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for stopping by! I am glad you liked the hub and I quite agree with you that the younger generation is totally dependent on it.

      Thanks for your support!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I use to wear a watch every day. In fact, I would not leave home without my watch. Now, since my cell phone has a clock that I can see just with the push of a button, I don't wear a watch anymore.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for you kind visit and support!

      Its the same with me, I also do not wear my wrist watch because of the cell phone.

      Thanks for the comments!

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