5 Technologies We Have Consolidated into a Smartphone

Once upon a time, we used to have a whole raft of different technologies that we would have to carry around with us. However, the invention of the smartphone has changed our world as we know it. It is now possible to carry around many of the technologies we once carried separately all through the use of a smartphone. Let’s take a look at 5 of them now.


Over half the number of internet searches made every day now come from a mobile phone. Most people are now choosing to use their phone for all of their internet browsing instead of a traditional computer. This is made possible due to the powerful PCBs which power the phones.

PCB design is even accessible to the average public thanks to design programs like Altium. If you are interested in trying your hand at PCB design, you should look into this piece of software. Altium also have a number of guides on their website for beginners or designers who want to improve upon their PCB knowledge.


From polaroids to disposables and now to smartphone cameras, humanity’s love of the photograph has gone through many forms over the years. One of the biggest innovations in recent times has been the front-facing or “selfie” camera available on smartphones which has helped to make taking pictures of ourselves all the easier.

Credit Card

The credit card is one technology which has not been completely overruled by the smartphone yet but the foundations have been laid. Through both apps for both Apple and Android developers plus third-party developments like the Chinese WeChat, it is easier than ever to pay for goods using your mobile phone instead of cash or credit cards.

Alarm Clock

Whether you opted for a traditional mechanical alarm clock or a smart clock radio, you once used these handy devices to help you wake up in the morning. Nowadays, people choose to instead use their phones to make sure that they are awake at the right time. If you don’t like the default tone which comes with your phone, you could always download an alternative app. You can even find alarm clocks which track the natural sleep cycles of your body to help you wake up feeling more refreshed and rejuvenated.


Last, but certainly not least, the smartphone has obviously replaced the phone. This handy little device has replaced our need for landlines. It is rare to find a young household with a landline nowadays. Most people only rely on their smartphones to make calls. So long as we have signal, we can usually make a call no matter where we happen to be.

The smartphone is a marvel which has really helped to change the way we live and operate. It may have replaced a lot of the above technologies but that doesn’t mean that they still aren’t loved. People everywhere still use traditional SLR cameras and still whip out their credit cards to pay for their goods. The smartphone has definitely made our lives more convenient but we are a long way away from seeing it replace every piece of tech we have in our lives.

About Craig Bradshaw

Tech enthusiast and Editor-in-Chief of MobileTechTalk

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