The Future of My Smartphone

July 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been thinking about getting rid of my smartphone.

Apparently, so has Brad Feld, albeit for different reasons.

I love the notion of a smart phone, the sleek next-generation designs, and plethora of cool new apps. But the reality for many is that using a small screen for most computing tasks is a serious compromise. And the reality for me is that I rarely use the phone for traditional calls and, if I do, it’s almost always hands-free in a car.

So, I’m carrying a phone less and less and a 3G tablet or ultralight more and more. And I’ve been considering moving to an ultra small phone that basically only provides voice service.

The only times this is really a compromise for me is for social events, where it’s inconvenient to have a tablet and and can be nice to have access to certain apps, and for taking family photos.

Granted, this isn’t normal behavior. But as more people get connected tablets and ultralights and move away from traditional voice services, it could become more typical.