The Amazing Smartphone and Devices It Has Replaced

by Stephan Kinsella on December 5, 2012

in Tech-Geek

Devices and markets that smartphones have replaced or are replacing, at least in part, or at least supplementing and radically changing. It’s truly amazing:

  • calculators
  • watches/clocks
  • Alarm clocks
  • flashlight
  • GPS
  • maps
  • books
  • e-readers
  • computers
  • CD players, MP3 players, Walkman
  • DVD players
  • video game consoles
  • remote controls
  • compass
  • dictaphone
  • land lines
  • address books/rolodex
  • cameras
  • video cameras
  • credit card swipers
  • wifi hotspots
  • broadcast radio
  • satellite radio
  • broadcast television
  • broadband (cable)
  • dictionaries
  • encyclopedia
  • language dictionaries/translations
  • tape measure
  • levels
  • magnifying glass
  • pulse sensor
  • PDAs
  • walkie-talkies/CB/Ham radio
  • board games
  • display boards for limo drivers at airports
  • wallet/money/credit cards
  • keys
  • paper tickets (to movies, flights)/IDs/Passports (coming)
  • scanner
  • fax

Update: See The Multifunction Wonder Device: What Has Your Smartphone Replaced?;

A great Cato post and graphic anticipated some of this—there is a lot of overlap between their and my examples:

Dematerialization (update)

Posted by Marian L. Tupy

On June 29, I posted a blog about dematerialization. I used the iPhone as an example of a technological improvement that enables increased output and resource conservation at the same time. I asked the readers of Cato@Liberty to tell me about additional gadgets and physical things (as opposed to services) that they no longer need thanks to their iPhones. Many have written and we have adapted our graphic accordingly. Please share it widely.

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Peter March 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm

it can be decibel meter too. these devices used to be quite big and expensive.

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