Are Smartphones a gimmick if so why and if not why?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by darklide, Aug 22, 2010.

?

Are Smartphones a gimmick?

  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. No

    48 vote(s)
    98.0%
  1. darklide

    darklide Well-Known Member
    63

    Aug 19, 2010
    595
    21
    63
    Are Smartphones a gimmick if so why and if not why?
     

    Advertisement
  2. ed_mcnasty

    ed_mcnasty Active Member
    26

    Jul 21, 2010
    33
    2
    26
    voted no. with all the additional functionality it's hard to call them a gimmick. it may seem that way to people who dont need one but get one because its cool as they end up not using some of the advertised features (not just iPhone users)
     
  3. darklide

    darklide Well-Known Member
    63

    Aug 19, 2010
    595
    21
    63
    Also quick question is the Htc Desire HSPA+ and will the Htc Desite HD be HSPA+?
     
  4. Fonseca

    Fonseca Well-Known Member
    53

    Mar 11, 2010
    320
    39
    53
    No, smartphones are a sign of the times.
     
  5. grainysand

    grainysand Well-Known Member
    143

    Feb 4, 2010
    1,580
    175
    143
    Smartphones are the next step in mobile computing. Laptops look less and less portable compared to them.
     
  6. hugebob

    hugebob Member
    15

    Jan 20, 2010
    19
    0
    15
    Gimmick? Hardly. Photography is a hobby of mine and I just got a Droid X. There's a web site, using Google Maps, that helps me find viewpoints for sunrise and sunset shots!! I can go from that to finding the nearest Chipotle! Gimmick? LMAO!
     
  7. Bnice

    Bnice Guest

    Well to be a gimmick it had to de some lie or deceit but these phone are true power house mini computer in the palm of your hand,you can't put a cheap basic flip phone in the same class but not all smart phone live up to all the hype,(palm pre and storm).
     
  8. TheSultan

    TheSultan Well-Known Member
    173

    Mar 6, 2010
    1,483
    255
    173
    Operations Manager
    Rochester, NY
    i can't even think of HOW they would be considered a gimmick. Gimmick - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I have a smartphone cause it makes my life easier, has for years. Some people I suppose have them to be cool. They are not.
     
  9. ahaxton

    ahaxton Active Member
    16

    May 13, 2010
    40
    3
    16
    Smartphones are an extension of PDAs, which have been gaining in popularity since the first Palm Pilot in 1996. They are not a fad, but a growing utility in our society.
     
  10. substring

    substring Well-Known Member
    78

    Aug 8, 2010
    557
    58
    78
    Dallas, Texas
    One person voted "yes". I want to know who and why??? :)
     
  11. Rotary

    Rotary Well-Known Member
    26

    Aug 21, 2010
    69
    3
    26
    Toshiba
    Ft Lauderdal
    my first smart phone was windows mobile.. yuck!! lol. so i took a shot with android and cant put it down. i can do all my normal daily things on it.
     
  12. Demache

    Demache Well-Known Member
    173

    Apr 18, 2010
    3,011
    341
    173
    Sioux Falls, SD
    Featuures of smartphones can be gimmicky. But the phones themselves are not.
     
  13. ari-free

    ari-free Well-Known Member
    153

    Nov 2, 2009
    1,496
    155
    153
    A better question would be: will most smartphone users really handle the power? Or will they they only use them as more expensive feature phones?
     
  14. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Well-Known Member
    53

    Jul 26, 2010
    111
    91
    53
    Yes; smartphones are NOT gimmicks for those who use and need the features they provide.
     
  15. AH1z

    AH1z Well-Known Member
    26

    Jul 30, 2010
    47
    7
    26
    Student
    MN, USA
    Not rely. I mean smart phones offer any means of communicating with other people a regular PC would, plus some degree of entertainment.

    Everythings new still. It will probably be another 3 years before we have a Windows 7 feel to a smart-phone.
     
  16. jree

    jree Well-Known Member
    53

    Dec 11, 2009
    495
    43
    53
    keepin up with the jones'
    at your house when your not there
    Garmin phones are gimmicks.
     
  17. ari-free

    ari-free Well-Known Member
    153

    Nov 2, 2009
    1,496
    155
    153
    Windows 7 on a phone would be a gimmick. There are some people who would like to try to do that, just to show they can.
     
  18. AndroidSPCS

    AndroidSPCS Well-Known Member
    173

    Nov 12, 2009
    3,222
    478
    173
    geek
    USA
    Probably a luddite who thinks cellphones are gimmicks also. Probably thinks you only need a landline, and that only drug dealers need cellphones... LOL
     
  19. cr0wnest

    cr0wnest Well-Known Member
    36

    Jun 7, 2010
    154
    8
    36
    Student
    Singapore
    Its not a gimme, maybe it was back then, but now no. Many people have one. Even if it is still a gimmick, it wont be over the next few years.
     
  20. alex51

    alex51 Well-Known Member
    38

    Jun 29, 2010
    132
    10
    38
    If you only judge it by the advertisements/hype then maybe,but if you take the time to learn & take advantage of what all it can do for you then you realize they can enhance your life.If one word were used to describe it I would say possibility.
     
  21. J03

    J03 Well-Known Member
    78

    Jun 6, 2010
    520
    66
    78
    Engineer
    Denver
    Please don't group the pre with the storm. The storm was a ridiculously over-hyped pos. The pre really wasn't all that over hyped and webOS still has features I would die to see in my new evo. I would never recommend the pre with all the android options out there but it wasn't a bad phone.
     
  22. Niir

    Niir Well-Known Member
    38

    May 27, 2010
    194
    15
    38
    Smartphones are the logical progression of wireless technology.

    Some apps/functions mmay be considered gimicky however functions such as:

    -Email
    -Web Browsing
    -Audio streaming
    -TV streaming
    -Mass storage and music playback
    -iTunes/Amazon MP3 stores
    -Social networking (Twitter, Facebook)
    -Cloud sync
    -Calendar sync
    -Instant free messengers
    -Good quality cameras
    -Google Maps/Nav

    are far from gimiky
     
  23. Pryomancer

    Pryomancer Well-Known Member
    88

    Mar 29, 2010
    673
    57
    88
    Student
    Southampton, England
    Were the original computers gimmicks? Wireless? HD TV? 3DTV? (OK, I'll give you that one)
    Will nanoquantum computers be a gimmick?

    No, smart phones are just part of the evolution of technology. If you think they might be because all of the things they can do, well we don't need mobile phones as a whole, we managed for hundreds of thousands of years without them just fine.
     
  24. Niir

    Niir Well-Known Member
    38

    May 27, 2010
    194
    15
    38
    we also managed without proper sanitation, modern anti-biotics, modern medical techniques and cars.

    saying we managed without mobile phones for 100s of years is silly :p
     
  25. 3gAndroid

    3gAndroid Well-Known Member
    53

    Aug 23, 2010
    277
    26
    53
    CA, USA
    Smartphones are a great example of the evolution of mobile communications and computing. I've been using smartphones since before the category was created. Beginning with a BlackBerry for business, it became apparent early on, just how useful they are for my highly mobile lifestyle.

    Today a smartphone is a regular part of my must have devices.
     

Share This Page

Loading...