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. 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. 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?
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. Should improving battery life be the main focus of attention for the foreseeable future?
Having previously looked at mobile phones of the past, it’s now time to look at those of the future.
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, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. 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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