The ubiquitousness of smartphones and it's ability to carry out various tasks, has destroyed several once thriving businesses.
10 Businesses that have been destroyed by Smart Phones
From lighting your way and keeping you entertained, here are 10 businesses the smartphone has destroyed.
1. MP3 Players
When the first Ipod came out in 2001, we were all so excited about this revolutionary device. It looked like something someone brought back from a visit to the future. 15 years later however, few people even know what an MP3 player is.
Why do you need a device that plays only music when your phone can. Needless to say, it died a natural death.
2. Digital Cameras
The camera quality of your average smartphone is great and keeps getting better, as competitors struggle to out do each other.
The winner in this battle to produce sharper quality cameras at affordable prices is the customer and the losers are manufacturers of digital cameras.
The picture quality of some phones rival a lot of digital cameras, plus it fits in your pocket.
3. Handheld Video Games
Though the amount of people playing video games have increased, you will hardly see any of these players, using a handheld gaming device.
The processing power of today’s phones, and the availability of free and cheap games online, you can download from Playstore or App Store, means this devices are no longer needed.
4. Wrist Watches
Wrist watches have evolved from being timepieces to fashion items. Most people now check the time on their smartphones, even when they are putting on a wristwatch.
5. Remote Controls
The greatest invention ever, somehow just got even better, thanks to the smartphone. Now you can control almost any device no matter the make, from the comfort of your couch.
You no longer need to worry about buying batteries or taping up those broken remote controls, simply download a remote control app, and you are ready to laze around all day long.
6. Photo Albums
I remember when you welcomed a guest with some refreshments and the inevitable photo album. Those things can weigh a ton, and are often covered in dust. But those days are over.
Who even prints pictures these days? Even event photographers also include the soft copies of the pictures taken, so you can share online instantly with your friends.
7. DVDs and DVD Players
More and more people now prefer to watch movies on their mobile devices. People now prefer to download, stream or transfer files between each other rather than buy DVDs. It's cheaper, more convenient and mobile.
8. Torch Lights
Every phone that’s made today comes preloaded with a torchlight app. Torchlights started appearing in phones as early as the Nokia 33 series and have gotten really good of recent.
You no longer have to buy a separate torchlight to do what your mobile phone can do, so the sales of torchlights have dropped considerably.
9. Transistor Radios
If not for our Northern brothers, the transistor radio would probably be extinct now in Nigeria. Almost every phone now comes with an FM radio app.
As a friend once joked “soon we’ll be able cook soups using a phone”.
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