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Smartphone Kills the Flip

Smartphone Kills the Flip - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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All good things must come to an end, and the end is usually brought on by something better, smarter and faster. So it should come as no surprised the Smartphone heralded the death of many products. Multi-faceted wins. Single purpose gets tossed in the electronic trash heap.

PCWorld read the names of the deceased last week. Top among them lay Apple. Ironic, really, since it's the company's iPhone that is widely credited with the Smartphone's growing popularity.

Digital music players have gone the way of the dodo bird. Sales of Apple's iPod have flown south. If a music device doesn't also play games and browse the web, it's out.

Like the iPod, portable game consoles such as Nintendo DS and Sony PSP may still line store shelves but its popularity is flailing.

Separate cameras of all sorts are falling prey to the Smartphone. Cisco recently announced it will stop production on its Flip mini-camcorder. Point-and-shoot cameras are out, along with personal video players.

When was the last time you saw someone talking into a digital recorder? Voice recorders have fallen silent as Smartphone recording apps sing.

GPS killed the map. Now, Smartphone navigation apps have killed the GPS. TomTom and Garmin can still get you there, but chances are you're not following them anymore. Recalculating.

Does anyone even remember PDAs? The digital Rolodex, file cabinet, calendar has been integrated with the phone, camera, voice recorder, game console, music player, video viewer.

A quick count of clocks around the room reveals time from seven different sources. None of which came from a watch residing on a wrist. That practical piece of jewelry may be making its way back though. Sony recently introduced an Android wristwatch.

Once upon a time people used the phone to talk to others. Now, it seems that's the last thing the phone is used for. Witness the decreasing call volume into 411 call centers. Text messages have taken the place of voicemail. If you're not reading a book on your phone, you're watching a film or listening to music. All thanks to the Smartphone, with its plethora of uses all contained in one device.

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Written by Neel Mehta

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