Smartphones are de rigueur by this point. Almost everyone has one, and those who don’t have one are expected to explain why they’ve chosen not to comply. Like our very own Justin Pot, who received press attention merely for being the tech blogger who doesn’t own a smartphone.
Smartphones are capable of managing such a wide range of tasks that it’s easy to argue they’re rapidly rendering everything else obsolete. Hyperbole? Perhaps. Either way we’re interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject of smartphones and the obsolescence of the products and services to which they’re laying waste.
Smartphones Are The Future Of Everything
We want to know, Have Smartphones Rendered Everything Obsolete? And by everything, we mean everything that can be replicated on an Internet-connected mobile device.
A smartphone will never be able to do your laundry, but it can already be used in countless other ways that once required dedicated devices. And it could be used to control the washing machine that does do your laundry.
It could be argued that smartphones have already killed the need for point and shoot cameras, MP3 players, alarm clocks, GPS systems, and wristwatches, to name just a few. Can you think of any more examples of devices already rendered obsolete by smartphones?
Alternatively, can you think of any other devices or services you think the not-so-humble smartphone will render obsolete in the future. If, indeed, you think that will happen. Because there is an alternative…
Perhaps you think smartphones are overrated and nothing more than a novelty that only have a limited time as the ubiquitous device they have become over the past few years. How long do you give them? And what do you think will replace them at the top of the pecking order of devices to die for?
We’re seeking your views on this subject in order to take the pulse of the MakeUseOf readership. Whether you agree or disagree with the notion that smartphones will render everything else obsolete, let us know in the comments section below. There’s a T-shirt in it for the comment we deem the best submitted over the course of the week.
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