I remember the time when my dad got his first smartphone (for office purposes, only). A Nokia 6600. He wasn’t excited at all. Heck, he didn’t care what the features were. All he needed was a device that would help him take calls, send messages, and still stay compact in the pocket.
My first smartphone was the infamous iPhone Killer.The Nokia 5800. The phone got even more famous when it was featured in The Dark Knight, with Bruce Wayne/Batman turning it into a super tech.
But when I look around the Web for the next smartphone, it really makes me dizzy. Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile (just for the sake of mentioning it), etc. Compact, mid-sized, phablet sized. The list of ways to filter down your choice of device goes on and on. And from the past 5 years, nothing has changed about the way manufacturers are bringing consumers with the ‘next best smartphone for you’.
But is this trend any good for us as consumers? Would we be able to handle the next best invention from the tech giants?
Nokia had been in the communications business for years, and their foray into the devices market was awesome. We got the most stylish devices with designs that were never even imagined by movie-makers in Hollywood. Twist to play your music, twist to take the best shots with Carl Zeiss cameras, slide to expose the music buttons. The list would go on and on if I mention the products that stood out in the crowd. Maybe even you would just easily remember them.Now? Smartphones with fingerprint readers, Iris scanner (RIP Note 7), humungous batteries and screens that are no longer compact to the fingers. We didn’t ask for these, but manufacturers had no other way to attract consumers from the competition. But, just because we found them attractive, we went on to support the idea that “I would love anything and everything in my phone”.
So what is next for tech?
I could make a few assumptions. Some may seem stupid, some reasonable, while others are practical.
The next smartphone could have blood pressure monitors and you can also check your sugar level with ease. Just strap your headphone cables around your arms and pump it up from the smartphone and wait while it calculates the BP level. Want to check your sugar levels? Just take the provided stylus and pinch your fingertips with the pointed end. Reverse the stylus and absorb the blood, and wait to see your sample being analysed. Oh, and don’t worry about the blood. It will be converted to energy by some technology that is still classified.
Coming to the camera, things get more interesting. You need to see who that random person is in the crowd? Just point and search. Facebook will give you the profile of the person in seconds. Saw some guy who is being wanted by the police? Go ahead, search that suspicious face on the train. And if you are running out of space in your smart phones, head over to the CloudCounter at all public terminals.
But is it all worth it?
Would making your phones any larger help you connect faster with your family, friends or colleagues? Or would these additional gadgets in the smartphone help us stay healthy and make doctors extinct?
The smartphones were only meant to be a extension of our social and work space. Help us to stay connected to the world while on the move. But things moved onto bigger things. All we can do is wait and see when the “next best smartphone” comes with more than we bargained for.