Smartphone really meant a cellphone with OS, a few applications and a keyboard. Remember the days of Palm Treo 270 and being happy about having one? Then Windows Mobile came, but the game totally changed when Apple jumped into the fray. iPhone almost instantly re-defined how ’smart’ phones could be. Smartphones of today have bigger screens, powerful CPUs, lots of RAM and storage. They come in all shapes and sizes, and one really has to review all the smartphone specs to find out whats the best match for them.  There are tonnes of applications running on different operating systems. All the different platforms (Blackberry, Windows, Palm, Android….) have their own pluses and minuses. The form factor, keyboard, hardware shortcuts…. the list goes on and on.

Not only that, the features list is getting bigger. First came mp3 player. Then, camera quickly got added to the list of ’smart’phone.  Now we are talking about radio, TV, onscreen projector, bluetooth, wifi…. pretty much everything under the roof. So your smartphone can do everything.

I would not be surprised of the smartphone becomes the central device in your house. Everything else will be secondary and the phone will be you communication hub, entertainment hub, productivity hub, browsing hub and so on. People will cherish smartphones as their valuables. We are already seeing phones decorated with diamonds. Where will this lead next? A phone that’s planted directly into your brain?

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2 Comments to “Smartphones: past, present and future”

  1. Jason Clarke | December 12th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I’m sure the phones will have/add all the features to replace everything, but I don’t think they actually replace them all or make them secondary.

    An example would be my TV remote. I know my phone can easily do this (or will be able to), but the idea of not being able to change the channel while I’m on the phone just doesn’t seem right. Also my girlfriend would kill me if I walk away with the remote when I take a call and leave her watching the football game :)

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