Ok show of hands.
Who here is still using a flip phone?
Well, it’s time to treat yourself to a shiny new smartphone this holiday season and get in on the revolution that is changing the way most of us consume data, media and communication. Smartphones are everywhere and consumer are upgrading like mad, as it’s never been a better time to get in on the smartphone movement.
Here’s ten reasons you don’t have to stay behind and carry that flip phone, and a GPS, and a camera, and an ipod anymore. Step into the next big thing with a new smartphone.
- Get rid of that out-of-date GPS in your vehicle – Buying a vehicle with a built-in navigation system seemed like a great idea at the time, didn’t it? But two years later the maps are sending you over the old, non-existent bridge instead of the new, high-tech ACTUAL bridge, and to change it requires a PHD or a ten-year old kid. Google Maps and other navigation systems are updated more often, usually without any action on your part. So buy a mobile phone holder for your car and fire up your favorite navigation software!
- While you’re at it, leave your camera at home – Smartphone cameras have come a long way, baby. My current phone, the Motorola Droid Turbo, has a camera that takes 5248×3936 images (that’s 21-megapixels for those of you who don’t like math!). Add to that instant backups to cloud services, onboard image editing and 1080p video… why would you carry a camera anywhere?
- Battery life is catching up – Cell phone have always used the one-day charge as a sort of a benchmark. As screen size and data usage increased the battery life suffered. But now some smartphones are taking that to heart with increased battery size, lower power CPUs and quick charging technology. Talking again about my Droid Turbo, the commercials and documentation state 48 hours of battery life. In real time, I’m getting about 36 hours of pretty heavy use. That’ll get you through a full day and forgetting to plug in your phone. Much better than any other phone I’ve ever used.
- Cost is coming down – They’re still not cheap, but many of the carriers, including Verizon Wireless, have plans such as the Verizon Edge program that allow customers to spread the cost of a phone out over months instead of plopping down $2-300 while signing a long-term contract. Data plans are also becoming more robust.
- Access to media – Why carry a phone AND an ipod for music when you can have access to your music, TV shows, movies, games and more on one device?
- Durability is not an issue – One of the reasons I hear many non-smartphone users state is that they are afraid a smartphone will break too easily. Well, there are phones that are built water and shock proof (Kyocera Brigadier), some that are stronger than most (Droid Turbo), and cases that you can drive a truck over. This argument is invalid.
- This social media thing isn’t going to blow over – If you’re using a flip phone there’s a good chance you’re NOT on Twitter. But like it or not, the rest of the world will be, and if you want to participate in TV voting, get discounts at your local retail or eating establishments, or just stay informed as media changes, the flip phone isn’t going to cut it. And texting? You can’t imaging how easy it is to type on a keyboard instead of hammering on those number keys to get to the right letter or special character.
- Work might require it – Some companies are now requiring the ability to be reached by email or other means, and sometimes that’s just not possible with a feature phone. And nothing says sucking up like responding to that email from your boss at 11pm.
- Just stand there and look good to pay for things – The iPhone 6 launch brought the term NFC payment to the front of many consumer’s minds, but the truth is the technology has been on Android phones for years but the tech never got out into the wild. Now with Apple Pay the era of simply paying by standing next to the cash register is close at hand. No more cash, no more digging for your debit cards, and, thank you Jesus, no more checks!
- All the cool kids are doing it – OK, this is a bad reason, but the smartphone fad is not going away. You’re missing out on communicating in ways that science fiction writers only dreamt about, and with these amazing devices you have nearly every piece of information known by the human race right at your fingertips. And pet photos… don’t forget pet photos.
So what are you waiting for? There are dozens of great choices in every design, color and operating system out there just dying to end up in your pocket or purse. Head on over to your favorite store and pick out that new device and start communicating with the rest of the world!
Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Motorola Droid Turbo and other devices with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise a positive review. All opinions are my own.