The end of the cellphone?

Never ceases to amaze me that just as soon as some new technology comes in, it invariably becomes almost obsolete within months!

As film camera users, we’ve felt the very fast onslaught of cameras in cellphones….seems that nowadays, everyone and his aunty who has a smartphone, is a photographer. But, wait….there may be changes to this status-quo!

A recent survey (here we go again….another survey!) has found that the majority of smartphone users do not care much for the camera or the telephone capability of their cellphones. It showed that 83% used their phone for personal organization, 75% for it’s connectivity ability, whereas the communication aspect only covered 65% of users.

Not only this, but 50% of users surprisingly said they couldn’t care less about the presence of a camera in their phone and didn’t need the email function either.

Cutting a long story short, that means any gadget which can meet the above needs satisfactorily, will put the standard cellphones we now use, out of the market, period!

It seems likely, the pundits and soothsayers say, that “smart devices”, such as those that are worn as opposed to carried, like smart glasses, smart watches etc will be the ones that will take over from the soon-to-be-obsolete cellphone. These devices are becoming more advanced by the day, they are more practical and easy to use.

And the final straw that broke the camel’s back as they say, is that 4 letter word….cost!

Smartphones are getting more expensive daily; as an example, the new iPhone 5S now costs the same as a quality computer. The survey concludes that cellphone sales are set to drop from around 20% now, to just 4% by 2017….a massive fall by anybody’s standards.

So what does that have to do with film cameras then? Well, not a lot…and lots and lots…if you see what I mean.

Declining sales of cellphones with in-built cameras will signal the end of every Tom, Dick and Harry classing himself as a photographer, that’s for sure!


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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to The end of the cellphone?

  1. alfabetaim says:

    Have you seen the comparison of the Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Nikon D800? (google it…) Staggering. 41MP camera on a phone turns it into something with godlike powers.

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