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.