Smartphone vs. other gadgets
The Smartphone's Victims
As the mobile industry is gathering in Barcelona this week to show off the latest trends in smartphone technology, it’s time to spare a thought for those devices that have fallen victim to the smartphone’s unstoppable rise.
Ten years ago – the iPhone had just been unveiled but was yet to be unleashed on the world – we used to rely on a variety of devices to help us complete different tasks. Most of us had a mobile phone to text and make calls, an MP3 player to listen to music, a digital camera to take vacation pictures and a navigation system to help us find our vacation home in the first place. What a difference ten years make. These days, we only need one device to do all of the above and sales of non-smartphone gadgets have subsequently plummeted.
The below chart, based on data from the Consumer Electronics Association, shows how far sales of devices with more limited functionalities have dropped at the hand of smartphones and their many talents.
- Average prices for digital cameras and camcorders in Germany 2005-2015Average prices for digital cameras and camcorders in Germany 2005-2015
- Sales volume of camcorders and digital cameras in Germany 2005-2015Sales volume of camcorders and digital cameras in Germany 2005-2015
- Household penetration of digital cameras in the U.S. 2013-2016Household penetration of digital cameras in the U.S. 2013-2016
- China: mobile phone subscriptions by month February 2016China: mobile phone subscriptions by month February 2016
- IT devices total worldwide spending 2014-2021IT devices total worldwide spending 2014-2021
- Total number of Best Buy stores worldwide 2010-2017Total number of Best Buy stores worldwide 2010-2017
- Internet usage time in the United States 2010-2016Internet usage time in the United States 2010-2016
- Global smartphone shipments forecast 2010-2021Global smartphone shipments forecast 2010-2021
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