13 Things Smartphones Made Extinct

And Five More Endangered Species

13 things smartphones made extinct

Just a few short years ago smartphones were expensive gadgets that only a few geeks had. Flash forward a few years and it seems like everyone has a smartphone now. This proliferation did not happen without any casualties though. A host of commonplace items came to an untimely demise and the clock in running out on a few more.

Without further ado, here is the list:

PDAs / Palm Pilots – I remember how excited I was to have my address book and calendar with me all the time. Well they’re built right into my phone now, so that beloved business partner has been downsized.

Filofax organizers – If the PDA seems ancient, then the Filofax is downright prehistoric. These were big paper calendars, phone books, to-do lists, and business card holders that powerful business types used to guard with their lives. Well now they are just a few apps on their crackberries.

Little Black Books – See that last two items.


Point & Shoot Cameras – Well, they may not be dead yet, but they’re dropping off pretty quickly. We’re rapidly approaching a world where people have two cameras: a DSLR and their phone. Why would I need a low quality camera when I already have one in my pocket everywhere I go all day long? Plus, my phone can geotag, edit, , SMS, and post my pictures the moment I take them.

Pocket Video Cameras (Flip Camera) – See Point & Shoot Camera.

Calculators – Unless you work in an accounting department, you probably have not used a real calculator in who knows how long.

T9 Text Entry – Remember taking 10 minutes composing a text message? 7-7-7-7, 5-5-5, 6-6-6, 9 spells SLOW. Thank God for QWERTY!

Wallet full of kid pictures – Instead of 4 beat up school pictures I have 1,000 pictures in my phone. Oh yeah, did I forget video?

MP3 Players – iPods – I barely ever use my iPod any more, because I have iTunes, and Pandora on my phone.

CD Players – Blame the MP3 player for this one, but the smartphone just piled on.

Portable GPS Devices (or asking for directions) – Why would you buy some clunky device when you already have a GPS device that is connected to your Address Book and Google at the same time?

Instant Messenger – I blame texting, Twitter and Facebook on the demise of the instant messaging, but let’s face it, a lot of that takes place on phones any way. The smartphone may not be the culprit, but it’s definitely and accessory to the crime.

One Foot on a Banana Peel

The rest of the list was probably killed by all cell phones, but smartphones are driving the last nail in the coffins.

Landline phones – With our mobile phones become more and more entrenched in our lives, the added expense and limited utility of a landline phone makes less and less sense each day.

Pagers – Not sure who exactly killed this, but the demise of pagers and rise of smartphones have a pretty close proximity.

Endangered Species:

There area few other items that are still hanging on, but may disappear in the next 3 to 5 years too.

Hand-held gaming devices (Nintendo DS and Sony PSP) – Gaming on the smartphone platforms gets better and better every day. This seems like something that smartphones will easily replace.

Paper Books and Magazines – These will probably be canabalized more by tablets than smartphones, but they’re in danger.

Physical Credit Cards – Do I really need to carry around eight plastic cards that do noting more that store a 16 digit account number? Add your supermarket cards to this too.

Keys – Well, car keys any way. Within a few years every new car sold in America will at least have the option of being unlocked and started from a phone app.

Remote Controls – This just seems like a job for a far more capable device.

What did I Miss?

If you think I was off the mark on any of these or left out some things, add your two cents in the comments below. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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