Smart Phones Changed People’s Life
In recent years, technology has evolved rapidly. Indeed, whether in computers or cell phones, technologies are now part of our daily lives. They are useful every day at school and at work. Mobile phones have revolutionized modern communication. The advent, acceptance and proliferation of cell phones have democratized the opportunities and prospects of millions of people. Rural areas, inside and marginalized are now interconnected with urban areas due to cellular communication technologies. Indeed, the mobile phone has gained enormous popularity since the late 90s to now be a real social phenomenon that affects everyone. In this paper, the emergence of smart phones and how it has changed the trends in the usage of mobile phones will be discussed. The paper also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using smart phones.
There are a variety of mobile phone models. There all forms, of all colours, with or without a keyboard, etc. They also have many functions. They can of course make phone calls, but also send text messages, commonly called SMS which means “Small Message System.” They also take pictures and even make short videos for the most part. There are also phones with keyboard type “qwerty” which allows you to send messages very quickly. In addition, a new type of phone has appeared for some time. This is the smartphone. In addition to all the features of the phone base, it allows you to browse the Internet, having a PDA and it is possible to add applications. This is the case of the very popular “Blackberry” and “iPhone” (Prasad, Dixit and Nee).
The communication world is changing with the emergence of new gadgets and increased mobility for consumers. When purchasing a phone, every consumer has two options: either buys a smartphone or a regular phone. While most phones look the same, but their functions and features are very different. Smartphones are almost the same as computers now. Consumers can access to the internet, take photos, upload them, send and receive emails, use the facility of GPRS through one device in their hands including the regular texting and calls.
A few years ago, the only purpose of these cell phones was to make and receive calls. Then it enhanced to calling and texting purposes and now it has become a basic necessity of more than half of the population in this world. However, like many applications in consumer technology, mobile phones have their own distinct advantages and disadvantages (Beurer-Zuellig and Meckel).
Advantages of Smart Phones
The smartphone is the result of the meeting between the mobile phone and PDA, it is a true handheld. Market has exploded since its arrival on the market of Apple i-phone and its competitors. Technology is a tool that through its use are simplified or can do things that previously could not be done at the time, as seeking information or instantly share opinions, this the case as mentioned Smartphones (phones intelligent). The smartphone are cell phones that are based on an operating system similar to personal computers, which allow you to run applications built by the manufacturer or added phone users among the features that can be counted are internet access, games, camera, and music player, among other functions.
Such devices are characterized by having internet access, ability to send emails, chat, listen to music with MP3 quality (sometimes MP4) and make calls. Among all these virtues included the wide range of leisure activities offered by these terminals, the most valued by customers. A good example is the Blackberry smartphone Canadian, a terminal that has an instant messaging service that allows users to chat with contacts that have the same device, and can be integrated with DVD quality pictures and has the ability to record movies which can then be entered into the computer. It is a phone that has been hugely successful; in fact, its sales have grown by 76.5% this year and are expected to increase in this growth (Feist, Beauvais and Shukla).
The smart phones not only offer advantages in the areas of entertainment, but also in labour issues. 72% of users think that the possibility of using email at all times increases the productivity of the users of these devices, as indicated by a study by IPOs. Furthermore, as occurs more in less time, more space left free time. Now the question remains whether the advertising and marketing companies know all the advantages offered by smartphone to their campaigns. Such terminals can be an open door to enhance mobile marketing because they are used throughout the day and can be carried everywhere.
Some other advantages include (MobileReference):
When distances are pressing, you can always communicate. Although it sounds the most logical advantage of Smartphones, consider the various ways in which employees can contact. Text messages and emails can be subtle methods to actual contact with a subordinate who is in a meeting. However, this facility should not become a way of pressuring the workers, calling them all the time.
Ease of Notes
Evernote and Microsoft OneNote are some of the applications stars for mobile devices. With them, you can take notes and you can easily access them from your phone not only intelligent, but from any device to be backed up in the cloud. With these functions, avoid writing ideas on sheets of paper that will eventually be lost. As a bonus, it uses less paper, becoming a friendly practice environment.
Business travel and meetings in other areas of the city or country, can be real hell if it is not known precisely reach the addresses. In this sense, the convenience of having GPS is unparalleled. Easily accessible maps that not only tell the precise location where we are, but also can give us the exact coordinates to get to our destination. Getting lost and being late to a meeting, no excuses will be valid if you have a smart phone in hand.
Larger companies can develop their own applications, with specific functions for daily work. Also you can buy applications that are useful, and have no excessive prices, which may facilitate the use of lists, customer data, etc. This way, you can increase the productivity of labor in the field, to give technological support wireless operation departments and logistics company.
Although it may be the most frivolous arguments, the image projected by a smartphone can promote your business. Today, even students have edge devices, whether fashion, comfort or to help them in their work study. Sign into an important meeting with a former cell jumps to the eye.”Tell me what technology you are using and I’ll tell you who you are” could be the refrain of the future, as more and charge more relevant technological accessories in the image we project.
Give this leap in technology can benefit your business; you must only perform the calculations needed to have a return on investment. When disposing of old devices do not toss them in the trash, remember that there are a number of initiatives in recycling of obsolete phones, you can donate or even sell them.
Such phones have a great advantage in academics because sometimes students can extract the necessary information for any of their classes besides instantly in the case of computer science students it also serves to test programs or applications and run them instantly drawn to test it.
Disadvantages of Smartphones
A third of young people aged 16 to 20 years prefer text messages to any other means of written communication. At the beginning, cell phones were mainly used by adults and in some workplaces. This is still the case today; however, a new category of people adopted this gadget: youngsters. For them, their cell phone is much more than a call making device, it is to them an object of social status. They use to assert their personality. Further, as to them, are ashamed of their cell phone because it is outdated a few years. It is about the question since the phone is for them a true extension of their personality, that is to say, it is their personal electronic object. Some even come to say that this is a real diary. Briefly, the cell phone can create a very large dependence among youth. The disadvantages include (Camargo):
- Social isolation from the real world without being constantly talks “with the blessed device.”
- Can produce dependence feeling of not being more than 15 minutes without using it.
- Generates costs post paid plan to buy apps, accessories care, etc.
- Exhibit much confidential information through photos, accounts, applications.The attachment of young cell phone is such that daily activities often focus on the apparatus, which makes activities previously performed as family conversations are suppressed and replaced by games mobile, text messages, etc. Many people use the phone sparingly at first, but then it begins to consume them longer than expected, leaving aside other important activities.
Technological dependence is an element of society that is seen very easily but perhaps nobody analyzes correctly, or no one pays due attention. It is important to realize that we live in a society where technology is growing and are increasingly popular, especially among our youth (Ling). They are very adept with electronic gadgets. Indeed, it is not long that they understand how a cell phone. Comparing smartphones and regular phones is not easy as there is no line between why and why not a consumer should use these phones. But as it can be observed today that consumers have made their choice. More and more people are purchasing smartphones for general usage. However, after analysing the disadvantages and impact of using smartphones on the social life of people it can be argued that people should considering focusing on purchasing regular phones as smartphones have only magnified the technological dependence of human beings (Jain).
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