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Smart Phones Have Changed Our Lives

Technology has changed lives. Chitrangada likes the old ways of communication, but also loves to explore the many advantages of technology.

Smart phones have changed lives

Smart phones have changed lives

How have the Smart phones changed our lives

Some two decades earlier, we used to communicate with our relatives and friends, through handwritten letters, and enjoyed sending Greeting cards to them.

Still earlier, there were the Telegrams and Trunk calls. Nowadays, it‘s difficult to explain these means of communication, to the present day kids.

Then came the Cellphones---

How quick and easy, it seemed to communicate, after the mobile phones were introduced, in our lives.

It was so exciting to send instant messages, called the SMS to the family and friends, living in another cities. And, you no longer needed to wait for hours, for your trunk calls to materialize.

But there was much more to come----!

How much, more easy, the life has become, with the Smart Phones?

  • In fact, many of the electronic devices, which were bought earlier with much enthusiasm, are of no use today.
  • The Smart Phone has replaced so many of them, and here is a list of the gadgets, which many people have stopped using.
  • It’s like, with this small device in your hand, you have everything possible, to be connected with the entire World.
Smartphones: The World at your fingertips

Smartphones: The World at your fingertips

List of the devices, which have become obsolete, due to the Smart Phones:

1. Pocket Calculator

Remember using pocket calculators, quite long back and even gifting them to relatives, when it first came into being? It was in the late seventies or early eighties.

I was a bit uneasy, when the kids started depending too much upon it, because I thought, that it will affect their mental ability, in the mathematical calculations.

Even prior to the Smart Phones, the calculators were included in the simple cellphones.

2. The bedside digital watches or the alarm clocks

Alarm clocks were a must in every household, by the bedside. Now, even if the watch may be there, no one sees it. The alarm for the mornings or any other time, is set in the Smart Phones.

Most of the people, do not even wear a wrist watch, and consider them an unnecessary burden.

3. Still cameras/ Digital Camera/ video cameras

People interested in photography, owned a very high quality camera as well. But it was not enabled, for video photography. People used to buy rolls, click photos and then gave them to the photo studios, to develop them. Such a long process and expensive as well.

Then came the video camera or the Camcorder and the Digital camera. But the Smart Phone has simplified, whether clicking still photograph, or shooting the videos, to a great extent. Anytime, anywhere, we are able to click our favourite shot. In addition, you have the advantage of taking the shot again, if you do not like the picture. You can simply delete the previous one, which you don't like. Then you can do wonders, with your Creative studio options.

Taking pictures, was an expensive and lengthy affair earlier. The Smart Phones are popular tools now, for taking the pictures and the video, for its advanced picture quality, the colour accuracy, it’s zooming options and many other creative options.

Popular apps on mobile phone

Popular apps on mobile phone

4. Walkman:

Walkman or the MP3, were devices which were a must have earlier, when we were travelling in a train, or in case of long drives by the Car. These were also used by people going for the morning or evening walks.

Nowadays listening to the Music, on the Smart Phone is so easy and enjoyable, and you have the option of selecting your personal favourites.

The Smart Phones provide music in surround sound and it has built in active noise cancelling technology.

The big music system, which needed lot of maintenance, and occupied too much space, is a thing of the past now. In addition, you can enjoy music anywhere, even when not at home.

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5. Scanners:

With the provision of the Smartphone scanners, you can use it anywhere, and you need not necessarily use the bulky scanners, at your home or offices. Just to give an example, the Smart Phone scanners can be used at the banks and the airports, and even for sending some important documents.

6. Gaming devices:

I am not a big fan of the gaming devices. But the present generation loves it. Earlier, handheld gaming devices or video games parlour were so popular. I used to take my kids to these parlours.

But mobile phones have included games in every phone, even before the Smart Phones were introduced. Now of course, it is almost like a revolution, and we can see many youngsters, busy in these games, over their Smartphones.

GPS - a widely used and very useful app

GPS - a widely used and very useful app

7. Maps and GPS:

I absolutely love these, that is the Google maps. Earlier, when I used to go on long drives with my family, we had to carry the road maps and compass. The GPS device in the Smartphones is so helpful and convenient to use, and travelling to long distances by road, is so much fun.

8. Landline phones:

Comfort and convenience of the Smart Phones, has also affected the use of the Landline phones. Though people still own the landline phones, hardly anyone uses it. Since it is fixed at one place, and most of the people prefer devices, which can be used, even when we are on the move.

9. Bank App:

Although lot of precautions are required to use these bank related options. But it is so much convenient to use, anytime, anywhere. You don't have to stand in the long queues, in the bank for transactions, or to pay your utility bills, such as the electricity bills, or phone bills, or credit card bills.

You also get your bank statements on phone, and can avoid going to the banks, to update your bank records.

I personally like the feature of transferring money to someone, or within your own accounts, sitting at home.

I have opted for e-bills for all my utilities. This saves paper, and is a positive step to protect the environment.

Smart Phones save us from all the botheration of withdrawing or depositing money.

10. News anywhere:

Though, I do love reading the Newspaper in the morning. But so many of our relatives live faraway, in different countries. With the help of the Smartphones, it‘s so easy to know, what's happening there instantly, by installing the prominent News related apps.

There is a weather app. and the Time zone app., which tells you instantly, about the present time or weather conditions, of the particular place, where your family or friends are living.

The World has become a small place, and it has become so much easier, to remain connected, with your loved ones, living far away.

To Conclude:

  • Technology is a friend, and it must be utilized judiciously.
  • The Smart Phones, which can rightly be called as a mini Laptop, has changed the way we live, or work, or do banking, or travel, and these are only few of the things, which I have mentioned above.
  • How easy it is, to talk to your close ones, through Skype or FaceTime!
  • How exciting it is, to send your personal pictures, to your friends and family, via WhatsApp, anytime from anywhere globally!
  • There are many other features, which I do not even use. But I have observed the young generation, doing incredible things, on their Smartphone. In fact, it is a mobile office for them.
  • Love it or hate it, the Smart Phones rule our lives today!

Further Suggested Readings

1. List of obsolete technology, via Wikipedia

2. Obsolete technologies that will baffle modern generations, via Pocket lint gadgets news

3. 10 obsolete technologies, via Interesting engineering

Online security tips for banking and shopping, source: You tube

The beginners guide to GPS, source: You tube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan


Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 16, 2014:

Thanks MarleneB, for you kind visit and support!

Its the same with me, I also do not wear my wrist watch because of the cell phone.

Thanks for the comments!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 15, 2014:

I use to wear a watch every day. In fact, I would not leave home without my watch. Now, since my cell phone has a clock that I can see just with the push of a button, I don't wear a watch anymore.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 30, 2014:

Thank you Nithya, for stopping by! I am glad you liked the hub and I quite agree with you that the younger generation is totally dependent on it.

Thanks for your support!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 30, 2014:

Great article, I totally agree. Smart phones rule the world for some and some of us know only the basics ! the younger generation is totally cued in.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 27, 2014:

Thank you aviannovice, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Considering the benefits of Smart Phones, especially its Internet facilities, it is now becoming a very important tool to have. Thanks!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on August 26, 2014:

One day, I might be forced to get one. As it is now, my three-year-old phone can no longer use the internet.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 26, 2014:

Thank you mary615, for reading and commenting!

Smart Phones have become very popular nowadays, since they make our life easier and more convenient. I am using it since the last six months and I like the experience.

Thanks and have a good day!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 25, 2014:

There is one app that I do like, and that is the level. If you do woodworking, you place the phone on your work and it will tell you if it is level! I don't have a smart phone, but I've seen this on a daughter's smart phone. I'm in the minority, I only have an old dumb phone!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 25, 2014:

Thank you Michelle, for reading and commenting!

I also love using many useful features of Smartphones.

Thanks for your support and share!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on August 23, 2014:

Still rely on GPS....bedside clock has?been replaced by the IPhone Alarm!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 21, 2014:

Thanks teaches12345, for your visit and support!

Yes, GPS is a very helpful tool, if we are going to a particular place for the first time. And I also believe that technology is a friend and a guide, but we should not become its slaves.

Thanks and have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 21, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for your visit and support!

Like you, I also want to learn more and more of technology. It was not so advanced when we were kids. I have learnt so much from my kids. Sometimes I am amazed to see their proficiency in technology. I believe in moving forward with the changing times.


Dianna Mendez on August 21, 2014:

I use the GPS mapping system on my phone lots and I don't know how I would go without it now. It is a great tool. However, if I had to go without it wouldn't be such a bad thing.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 21, 2014:

The rapid changes in technology has changed many lives. Great topic and I so like learning more about modern technology.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 20, 2014:

Thanks AudreyHowitt, for your kind visit and comments!

Yes, they have changed everything.

Thanks and have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 20, 2014:

Thanks denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and comments!

Yes. you are right. Even Desktop computers are gathering dust. I am sure they will be more affordable as their demand is increasing day by day.


Audrey Howitt from California on August 20, 2014:

They have changed everything have they not??

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on August 20, 2014:

Yes, smartphones have changed the world! We don't need a lot of things much anymore. Even desktop computers are becoming obsolete! I look forward to the day when smartphones are more affordable.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2014:

Thanks Kaili Bisson, for your kind visit and comments!

Smart Phones are very popular in India. I have started using it recently and found it to be an important tool of communication. Even I have newspapers delivered at my home and enjoy reading them. But many of my relatives are staying abroad and I remain connected with them anytime through video calling and other important features.

Thank you for sharing your opinion!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2014:

Thanks manatita44, for your kind visit and comments!

You are right, technology is moving at a rapid pace and sooner or later, no one can remain untouched by them.

Thanks! Hari Om Tat Sat!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2014:

Thanks Ericdierker, for visiting and sharing your views!

Kaili Bisson from Canada on August 19, 2014:

Great article. I don't own a smart phone, so I still use the items you mention here, and have 2 newspapers delivered to the house every day :-)

manatita44 from london on August 19, 2014:

I'm not good at them, Chitrangada. So sorry. I just try. Still, yes, they have and are still moving at a rapid pace and have transformed our lives. Hari Om Tat Sat!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 19, 2014:

A fun article to read about our changing times. Thanks. I think I only have 4 apps for mine and that is all I want to handle.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2014:

Thanks billybuc, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 19, 2014:

I don't have one....don't miss having one...and don't want one. Way too much convenience in society today. :)...but...I understand the attraction for other people.

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