We all know that a cell phone isn’t really just a phone anymore (c’mon, you’ve seen the Sprint commercial I’m sure). It takes our pictures, sends and receives our emails, plays our MP3s and it even keeps track of our hectic lives with advanced calendar functions.
Yes, a cell phone isn’t just a phone. But before there was this all-encompassing smartphone, we turned to other gadgets to take our pictures, send our emails, play our music and keep track of our personal calendars.
So here are all 12 of the replaced gadgets. Have they moved on to that better place? Check your closet. I’m sure you’ll find some of them collecting dust in there.
- PDA- When you have your contacts, addresses, numbers and calendars all in one place, why get a PDA to hold the exact same data?
- Camera- Cameras on phones are becoming more and more advanced. Have you seen a picture taken with the iPhone? Remarkable. The best part? You always have it on you.
- Landline- Although the big operators will still pressure you into purchasing a phone line with your cable and Internet package, don’t give in. If you’ve got a cell phone and a decent minutes plan, there is really no dire need for a landline.
- Web Browser- Why wait to surf the ‘Net from your computer when most phones today come equipped with a browser, giving you anytime, anywhere access to all the information on the World Wide Web.
- Instant Messenger- First came SMS text messaging allowing one person to send a short message from his phone to another cell phone. Many of today’s mobile phones not only offer SMS text messaging and its multimedia cousin MMS for messages with photos and videos, but also come equipped with applications for popular instant messaging services.
- MP3 Player- With all of your music in one place, it’s more of a hassle now to lug around an MP3 player.
- Pager- With of course the exception to the medical field, no one can remember the last time they heard someone say “page me!”
- Wristwatch- You’ve got your time right on the front of your phone, why would you need it on your wrist as well? Plus, if you have an even more advanced mobile you most likely have an alarm clock and timer, too.
- Pocket Calculator- The usage of these have become practically obsolete thanks to calculators coming standard on every cell phone.
- Satellite Navigation- Google Maps, anyone?
- Books – ’m still not completely sold on this one, but it would appear as though a massive number of cell phone users are reading from their mobile instead of the old fashioned dead-tree.
- Handheld Game Consoles- With all the games you can play on your phone now, what’s the point in spending more cash for yet another device to lug around?
And if you’ve ever wondered what happed to a lot of these gadgets you can be sure they have a home here at MuMoh.