Why do we use a smartphone?



I was doing some spring cleaning and stumbled upon this piece. It was supposed to be published back in July in 2010 but I believe there are some nuggets of wisdom that are still true in this day and age of connected devices.


I recently had an argument with a friend whether one actually needs a smartphone, and that, by the way, comes from an owner of Nokia 7210 that does the groundwork for connectivity and backed up by the happy abundance of games on his iTouch. A fairly silly and harmless discussion on it’s own, but for me, it  shook the very foundation of my great passion. And it got  me thinking like never before.

Truly, you don’t grow fondness for something new until you’ve had some kind of  contact, experience with it. Smartphones offer an unparalleled freedom with a potent mix of functionality and mobility. And nowadays, as we know it, it’s all about multitasking – managing several things at once, be it checking emails while driving a public transport to work or listening to your favorite podcasts while jogging. And I was always a fan of having an all-in-one solution in my pocket, even if it sometimes meant to  give away quality in order to achieve convenience.  Prioritizing for efficiency, so to say.

One could also happily live with several devices that does an equally, if no better, job at doing separate jobs.  Though I’m far from being an old school smartphone user, I like to think that I gradually went up the so called transformation ladder. It was almost like having training wheels on as I went along and experienced the introduction of cameras in phones, watching movies or effortlessly  receiving and sending emails. At first, those weren’t the most comfortable things to do, maybe even sparking smiles from the surrounding people, but little by little these things rooted deeply and became a tradition, an integral part of my life.

But nowadays, the smartphone buyer is under such exposure of the amount of features in their phones, it makes them less receptive to the enormous leaps the industry made from the dumb phone ages. While smartphones continue their conquest to push out the dumb or feature phones now from the low tier market, it comes to the point people might actually realize they have a smartphone.

The lines what separates the smartphone and an average phone will disappear completely. Having a feature rich connectivity doesn’t automatically imply it’s a smartphone, same for if you can easily use a phone  doesn’t mean it’s a simple feature phone. Both sides feed off from each other, but it will be ultimately it’s the smartphones that will remain, in order to be absorbed by whatever comes next in the evolution of communication technology.

So in  a nutshell, smartphones offer more for the same amount of money. You may not want all the features right away, but it’s nice to have them around. That way, your purchase won’t feel outdated after a few months, and you’re not stranded with the stock experience the manufacturer provided. But what is a smartphone to you? Do you use your smartphone for staying in touch with the rest of the world, leisure or work? Or  little of all?  Can you live without it, or does parting from a smartphone feel like losing one of your limbs?

It can make your life easier, help manage and organize your daily tasks more efficiently but also complicate and suck away your free time, depending on how you treat your smartphone.  I guess there are as many answers to those questions as there are people, and as smartphones become more sophisticated, it becomes increasingly difficult to imagine the stereotypical usage scenarios. There’s much more space to convey individuality, another sign of  superiority of smartphones.


Do you use your smartphone for staying in touch with the rest of the world, leisure or work? Can you live without it, or does parting from a smartphone feel like losing one of your limbs?


So, until the crazy moment when all those gizmos are implanted into our heads (and I hope it won’t happen anytime soon), I’ll be tirelessly following the latest trends and advancements of the mobile industry. Smartphones were the initiators of the hidden or not so hidden revolution. Phones became an  integral par of our lives, something that’s almost always with us  and is the gateway to our surrounding world. But smartphones brought that to an entirely new level and understanding by unleashing and streamlining the desktop computing power to our very pockets.

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