Do We Really Need Smartphones?
While I’m sure my employer might disagree with this particular viewpoint, Rom Feria over at Tech Without Wires points to a UK study that suggests smartphones, such as the Nokia N95 pictured here, aren’t necessary. The study suggests Brits use voice calling and SMS more than they use the advanced features.
Certainly in the third world mobile phone market that I inhabit–i.e. the United States–this is fairly true. Most people I know outside of work only use voice. A few people also use SMS. I, however, use my mobile phone to consume and create content a significant percentage of the day, despite being literally surrounded by desktop computers at home.
Smartphones aren’t for everyone, to be sure, but to say they are completely unnecessary is an oversimplification. What do you think?