The introduction of smartphones into the market has led to the decline in sales and growth of some businesses. Before the introduction of smartphones, the under listed items were more of a necessity to many people. However, those items have become optional and not necessities once you have a smartphone. When done reading, kindly share your views with us about things you used to buy but stopped once you have a smartphone.
15 Optional Things Smartphone Users May Not Buy
- Wrist Watch
These days, many people tend to be too used to their phones and usually check time and everything on them instead of looking at their wrist watches. Wrist watches serve a purpose; they add up to compliment one’s dressing and make you look smart and ready for business. In an exams hall and business meetings, it is inappropriate to be checking your phones to know the time. It will be appropriate to look on a wrist watch or a wall clock.
Having a personal camera is good but what is the use of having one when you have a smartphone with higher and a better megapixel and a good storage capacity. Virtually, smartphones, tablets and iPads are just simply okay for you to take your memorable pictures. There is no need buying a professional camera if you are not going to do a professional business with it. These days, some media houses have started accepting self-reports from individuals and some of the photos published are selfie photos taken with a smartphone.
- Alarm Clock
One of the things everybody needs at home is an alarm clock to assist you to wake up early to meet schedules and meetings on time. One major disadvantage of alarm clocks is that, you have to carry it along if you are not staying at home but the smartphone does that perfectly. Buying an alarm clock is an optional thing for smartphone users and not a necessity.
Some few years ago, carrying a notepad along with you in bag, wallet or purse became very common. The introduction of smartphones has reduced this habit since there are notepads on some smartphones for businessmen, writers and individuals to jot down their ideas as and when they trickle in. The only disadvantage with the smartphone is when it goes off and you have lots of ideas just trickling in.
- Planners and Diaries
Planners are very important in our lives. Without a planner, you are likely to forget some essential events, appointments, anniversaries and some meeting schedules. With a planner, you know what to do and when to do it to achieve a particular objective. Though planners are very important, smartphone users have a better advantage of using planners on their phones. Planners on smartphones normally have features such as reminders to remind you if you have forgotten something important and additional information added to assist you.
You do not need to purchase a scientific calculator if all you need to be doing all the time is just some basic arithmetic calculations. Some smartphones come with options to choose basic calculator or advance or scientific calculators.
One of the beautiful things about calendars on smartphones is the ability to fast forward it to future dates or even reverse it many years backward to check a particular date. Normal wall calendars do not mostly have future dates except for the ensuing year.
Gone were the days where you could see different types of maps in people’s homes. It was fashionable during those days to have your country’s map, African map or world map hanged in your room. These days, one does not need to buy all these things. With the power of your smartphone you can have a quick glance at any map for a research or for direction anytime and anywhere.
- Pocket Radio or Walkman
Having a pocket radio or Walkman was fun to listen to music and news until Mp3 Music Players were introduced. And now with a smartphone, you can have all these in one device even including a video player.
- Voice or Tape Recorder
Imagine carrying the list of items enumerated here in your bag to a meeting or to travel with. That will be much inconvenience to the man who needs these items. With a good smartphone, you do not need to buy another voice recorder.
How many games did you buy when you were young? How many of them did you yearn to buy but could not? About two decades ago, we had to buy games and cartridges but the story has changed in our days. There are hundreds of good and educative games available for you to download free from playstore onto your smartphone
Do people still have small phonebooks kept in their wallets or purses? Gone were the days where having a small phonebook for important contacts were the order of the day. The advantage of using a smartphone to store your important contacts is the ability to retrieve them with your network providers contact backup when lost or damaged. Again, you can easily search for a contact and pull out a particular number with your smartphone but one has to scan through all the numerous lists if it’s a manual phonebook.
The introduction of smartphones and modern technology payment system has reduced the amount of physical cash one has to carry for transactions. In most countries, electronic payments are made through smartphones unlike in a few years’ time wher one has to transact business with lots of physical cash or cheque. Nevertheless, the use of smartphones has not totally eradicated the use of cash but smartphones can hold billions of cash than a small leather wallet.
- Daily Newspaper
Formerly, one has to buy newspapers before getting information in the society and in the world of business but that was costly especially where one has to buy newspapers frequently. With a smartphone, you can have access to the whole world at your fingertips.
With a good smartphone, you do not necessarily need to buy a modem more especially if your smartphone is at least having a 3G or 4G network service. You can use your smartphone as hotspot Wi-Fi for your laptops and any other electronic machines.
- Torch or Flashlights
It is better to have a smartphone with a torch or flashlight that can assist you to find your way in the dark than to be carrying a torch everywhere you go. Smartphones make life easier, better and smarter.
- Photo Album
Your smartphone can serve as a temporary photo album. It is important to know that it is not all your photos that need to be printed and fixed in your photo album. Your smartphone can serve as a temporary photo album before backup and or printing.
Did we miss anything you do not have to buy once you are using smartphones? Share your views and experiences with us.
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