Your smartphone could replace over $1,200 worth of single-purpose gadgets

Your smartphone could replace over $1,200 worth of single-purpose gadgets
A smartphone is not only always in your pocket - it’s also a replacement for a ton of gadgets we used to use - an MP3 player, a GPS tracker, a camera... well, it’s not always a perfect replacement, but in most cases it’s a viable alternative.

We still would prefer to have some of those functions in single-purpose dedicated devices, but if you stick to just a smartphone, you’d still have them and save a lot of money, according to a recent estimate by The Next Web.

Below is a list of 14 things, that your smartphone can replace: a phone, music player, camera, maps, alarm, flashlight, calculator, games, ebooks, tuner, voice recorder, dictionary, remote and a VoIP client. Combined, they’d cost you a hefty over $1,200. The average price of an unlocked high-end smartphone in contrast is around $600.

Now, of course, a smartphone won’t replace the DSLR of a professional photographer, nor would it truly become an ebook replacement given that you still can’t read books in direct sunlight like you would do on e-ink, but it’s something that would suffice for the average user.

What do you think, has the smartphone become the one and only gadget to take with you or are you still carrying along single-purpose devices? Hit the source link below to see what gadgets smartphones were compared to for the estimate.

source: The Next Web

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14 Comments

1. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Smart freaking things, ain't they?

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

After having a blackberry, i don't need my sponge to wash the dish, i use my BB :p lol just kidding

3. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

It still cant cook my dinner.....

4. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

My phone gets hot enough to cook dinner probably.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

It has become important in replacing things like a home phone. However, there are still things that have limitations. I think that productive type phablets just may offers one of the best replacement type scenarios you can think of as it replaces a great deal.

7. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

sorry Phonearena it looks like I heard your saying about a smartphone not replacing a DSLR when Nokia 808 just proved it

11. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Sorry, but a phone will never replace my Nikon DSLR. On a phone you can't hook up an external flash unit for bounced flash and zoom flash, you can't swap lenses from an indoor prime f/1.8 to an outdoor 70-300mm VR, and what about RAW uncompressed images? Spot metering? Don't bring that "phone can replace a DSLR" junk to the table, because there's no room for it.

14. nadar.bsm

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

you are absolutly right... a phone is a phone & a DSLR is a DSLR... so phone can't replace DSLR .... not yet....

8. technut

Posts: 117; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

The OnStar app is quite useful as well.

9. CamaroSS

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 24, 2012

Let's be honest for a second. Smartphones are still not on par with dedicated devices. Music Player: A walkman, ipod, zune, etc. sound better than any smartphone unless you spend a significant amount on headphones. GPS: Google maps is a joke compared to Garmin, Tomtom, etc. Camera: Oh please, pretty much any camera (forget about DSLRs) will take better low-light pictures than smartphones thanks to larger sensors. The only advantage smartphones offer is portability and I'm happy with that.

13. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

MP3 player: As long as the phone has a good DAC, like the Galaxy S series, it is on par with basically every MP3 player. GPS: Google maps gives alternate routing, turn by turn, real time traffic calculations, easy location, and free map updates. A good phone has GPS that is usually better than most consumer GPS devices, especially if it is combined with aGPS for faster locks. Camera: Very true, still a long way to go.

10. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Yet, when something goes wrong with your smartphone you'll lose access every single-purpose gadget. Quid pro quo.

12. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I carry more than just my phone .I carry a tablet!

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