Friday, February 14, 2014

To Forego the Advancement of Smartphones or Not?

Hearing the word technology, what are your words? You would probably say that its advancement is almost always at a neck-breaking speed. It sure is blazingly fast as we can connect to people in just a few simple taps, swipes, and toggles; this is the world where almost anything seems reachable within the fingertips.

Smartphones have long been our best companions. Looking back when phones were still called feature phones, you can pretty much notice how the innovation has succeeded on helping us get through with our everyday activities as features are being added. It seems like the best smartphones of today can already wrap up our life on this self-luminous rectangular device.

While most of us ogle about the flagships and all the high-end phones one could mention, there are always—I repeat—always reasons to go back to basics. When everyone thought that the alleged “dumb phones” can do no good nowadays, it’s probably best for us to think again. And so, enlisted below are the reasons why it’s important for one to look back and go back to basics:

#1: The Almost Forgotten Clicks
Ever since the release of touchscreen devices led by Apple Inc. with their iPhone, almost all the buttons from phones have already begun to descent into the realm of the forgotten—leaving only a few buttons responsible for home, lock, volume, and you’re lucky enough if your phone has a dedicated button for the camera. The smartphone warfare nowadays circles to a wider, more responsive screen, and with better display. But, do you not miss the times when you can type your words out even without looking on your screen? When you could hear every click of the button without worrying you might mistype a word?

#2: Battery Life. Just Battery Life
Admittedly, the low-end phones are simpler. And understandably, eat up less battery juice than the tiptop phones existing—which cost a fortune more often than not, by the way. You can go through in a day without having to worry about your phone dying. Make a call, exchange messages with your close circle, or play the games it showcases non-stop; you’ll be confident that at the end of the day, you won’t have to tear your house apart to look for a portable charger.

#3: Bridging up Generation to Generation
We all know that youngsters and oldster develop digital divide more often than not. That’s because most of the old folks are used to living without gadgets and are simply satisfied with what they have. After all, most smartphones of today already have complex menus, requiring one to spend time mastering every bit and piece of the device in order to fully access it. With a low-end and simpler phone, the elderly won’t have to deal with unnecessary features of advanced phones. Moreover, low-end phones are inarguably cheaper, so keeping in touch from generation to generation will likely be with ease and effectiveness.

Technological advancement always had great things to offer. But, it pays to go back to basics always to keep everything simpler yet greater for the common good. So, what do you think? Would you forego the advancement of smartphones or not?

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