Desire for various gadgets is an omnipresent trait of modern people. Technology has always aroused interest among us. But trends are gradually changing, going forward and back. Not so long ago we wished to have everything in one single device. Some of us still do; and the closest gadget was a smartphone; it had a multimedia player, a web browser, a means of communication, an organizer, and more, and more. But we understood the simple fact that it’s impossible to fit nearly everything into one mobile device. We could also mention the never-ending problem of battery life, which is also a wrench in the works.
Now we use every device we have: use tablets in need of bigger screens than those of smartphones; in-between we have so-called phablets; and still laptops are hugely relevant and important in our lives. The arrival of wearable smart tech is anticipated. We don’t want one device. We need a smartphone. A tablet would be great. An iWatch and a Google Glass would be interesting. That’s four, maybe more?
Laptop (Not Mobile, But Portable)
Laptops aren’t likely to be replaced by tablets in the closest observable future; Apple’s domination on the tablet market, as well as its product, the iPad, sets the trend of tablets being supplementary devices. Though laptops aren’t mobile in the modern sense of the word, they are convenient and functionally powerful. We believe we’ll keep on relying on them for a long time. Oh, and don’t forget that laptops handle modern video games with their gigabytes of data.
The most essential mobile device. We use it for every purpose: communication, navigation, checking weather, scheduling the day, social networking, reading news and playing games. That’s the thing that will probably never cease to exist. Therefore, this device is open for any kind of apps, for work and leisure. You are sure to keep on carrying a smartphone quite a while. For those who love big screens there are phablets. For many people smartphones replaced mediaplayers. A universal thing that has one big trouble – battery life. Could it be the only reason why we don’t use one device for all purposes?
No, it’s not the only reason. We added a bigger screen and we got a tablet. Do we use it in a different way than a smartphone? You bet.
Tablet perfectly brings entertainment (being a great game console and a video player); a handy tool for various business purposes (perfect for travelling people); perhaps the most popular means of online shopping; the best solution for browsing websites and reading newspapers, magazines and books. In these fields of use tablets easily beat smartphones. Currently tablets are the preferable second screens at home.
There are at least two categories of people who would never drop mediaplayers: youngsters and music lovers. The most obvious example is the iPod Touch: more accessible in terms of price than the iPhone, and of course, offering a wide range of colors, and the full-fledge iOS. Music lovers would appreciate the iPod Classic with its tremendous battery life. Um, and the iTouch is obviously set to replace the iClassic. Having a separate mediaplayer with its own battery life is great. Especially if the battery life of the iPod Touch becomes more and more lasting. Here we have another huge audience of users.
When Google Glass goes public, we’ll have another interesting experience of wearable tech. It will win its share of users and software developers. To imagine, what apps could possibly be perfect for Google Glass, we should think how it can be used. First, the interaction will be conducted through voice commands or touch. The first mentioned function was communication: social networking and mailing. Okay, but not as great as on smartphones or tablets; or maybe we aren’t quite used to the idea. Music player? Bingo! More convenient than tangling wires of earphones. Photo shooting and video recording? Oh yes, that’s going to be popular. Not only for the sake of fun, but also for professional purposes (could be healthcare or security). Professional communication? Believe so. A simple example – instant notifications; you can respond even when hands are busy writing some text on a laptop. And of course, any other software that human fantasy can invent with the augmented reality glasses.
Telling time? Most assuredly. But a properly designed smartwatch can become a great wearable organizer and assistant. Siri in the long-rumored iWatch? If it becomes even more sophisticated, it’ll be a hit. Receiving notifications and responding, swiping through your daily schedule, finding out weather details – this must also find its way into smartwatches. Anything that can be perfectly done without a big screen; a compass included.
All these gadgets serve different purposes, but each of them has an audience of followers. We all are different. The gadgets we’d prefer to have (or the ones we already have) perfectly show this fact. They are in blossom now, and are likely to be in the future. Each of us has (or wants) his/her own lineup of shiny devices, fulfilling our needs and fitting our tastes. Which ones would you choose?