Smartphones let you carry a phone, a PDA, GPS, music, photos and lots more all in one device. But remember when you could call your sweetie just by picking up your phone and holding down the 2 key? If I pick up my Samsung Vibrant Android Phone, first of all there is no 2 key, but if there were, it might just add to an email draft or pick the second photo from a list or any number of other things, depending on what I asked my phone to do when I last used it.
And yet I wear the thing practically everywhere; the only things it hasn't (yet!) replaced are my watch, wallet, and keys.
It's going to take a whole madmode series to explore the list of things it has replaced, or at least competes with:
- PDA (which, of course, replaced a paper calendar, todo list, and address book)
- ipod (portable CD player, CD collection)
- barcode reader
- GPS (map, compass)
- wallet photos
- alarm clock