Are Smartphones Necessary?

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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.

I myself make heavy use of the secondary features of my Nokia N95, however I realize that I am not in the majority. Most everyone I know outside of people I work with are voice only users with some SMS. However, Smartphones are clearly not for people that just want voice and SMS. However, I can't imagine my life without a Smartphone. What's your take?


| January 27th, 2008 | Posted in Portable Devices |

6 Responses to “Are Smartphones Necessary?”

  1. Abul Says:

    Smartphones are necessary, also key in the future of multimedia solutions. The problem is with the operators not doing enough to make the consumers aware of what they can do with their handsets apart from Voice calls and SMS.
    A great phrase from Roosevelt says it best – “If you build it, they will come” and how true that is.

  2. Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy Says:

    Excellent point! The biggest issues I see here in the U.S. is that most of the Smartphones available here clearly aren’t. There’s also plenty of room for improvement on the devices themselves as well.

  3. Raza Says:

    Yes awareness is one major factor that has to be considered, but majority of the common users don’t use smartphones because they only rly on sms and voice chat. So they don’t require smartphones for that.

  4. Abul Says:

    Raza – Whenever I tell a normal mobile user what my phone (n95) does all I get back is “as long as it can make calls and send SMS I’m fine” That is the mental attitude that needs to be broken before smartphones become more mainstream. The only way that’s going to happen is via marketing and advertising. If you tell someone they “need” something enough, they’ll start to believe it!

  5. Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy Says:

    There is very little mobile phone advertising independent of the mobile network operators in the U.S., except of course for the iPhone. The operators only typically advertise either their “hot sellers” or their “free with a 2 year ball and chain” phones. Bah.

  6. luke Says:

    i totally agree on the point that mobile operators are not investing much in spreading the word about smartphones…infact recently i stumbled upon a new service for smartphones about two lines on one cell…definitely wanna know more about it…wondering how to…can someone help?

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