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Smartphones are rapidly changing the world, bringing the once-humble mobile phone kicking and screaming into the 21st century. While feature phones (as the mobiles of old are now named) were great for opening up new lines of communication, smartphones go way beyond that. The simple connection to the Internet they offer means a wealth of new features and opportunities have been opened up to us as we go about our daily lives.

It’s not all positive, as smartphones can adversely affect the quality of face-to-face meetings, especially if one or more of the parties involved suffers from smartphone addiction Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had--and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of... Read More . But for most of us a smartphone is a welcome addition to our collection of gadgets, and one which is capable of replacing several others.

The problem, and it’s a nice problem to have, is that smartphones have come of age of late, having improved by a huge margin over the last few years. So much so that it’s sometimes hard to determine how they can actually get any better What Features Will Future Mobile Phones Most Likely Have? [Geeks Weigh In] What Features Will Future Mobile Phones Most Likely Have? [Geeks Weigh In] If you could go back in time ten years and give yourself a sneak peek at the smartphone you own now, what would you think? Would you be amazed by the brilliant display? Would the... Read More . The recent incremental updates offered by Apple and others suggest that even the manufacturers have run out of ideas. Which is where you, the MakeUseOf readership, comes in.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, Where Do Smartphones Go From Here? You can interpret this question in whichever way you see fit. You could, for example, express your views on which direction the industry will head. Or you could refer to specific manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, or Nokia. Then there are the operating systems, the main three of which are iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Will one rise to the top? Or is there room for all three?

You could instead concentrate on features you’d like to see added to the hardware. Would you like to see screens grow or shrink in size? Are phablets going to be a trend or a mere blip? Is there a need for smartphones to get faster and more powerful or are the current beasts enough for the tasks we ask them to perform on a daily basis?

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Would you like to see innovation in the space continue, or do you think it’s time we took stock and tried to focus on improving the user experience? In last week’s We Ask You several people mentioned an increased smartphone battery life as being their tech-related hope for 2013 What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [We Ask You] What Are Your Tech-Related Hopes for 2013? [We Ask You] The year that's just passed was an important one for technology, with new gadgets and services finding their way on to the market, bigger companies acquiring smaller companies, and innovations spilling out from the underground... Read More . Should improving battery life be the main focus of attention for the foreseeable future?

Having previously looked at mobile phones of the past What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why? [You Tell Us] What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why? [You Tell Us] Last week we turned MakeUseOf over to you in order to gauge opinion on a relevant topic. We asked you a question, and you answered in your droves. We have read and replied, cogitated and... Read More , it’s now time to look at those of the future.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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