I do not understand the craze of the need for a smart phone.
I have a basic mobile phone with which I make & receive calls & text messages. It has other functions that I do not use. I am not fully aware of all that smart phones can do but are we being duped into thinking that we must have the latest technology even if we do not need it? These things must cost more than a basic phone and I imagine most of what they offer is available on your PC, laptop or digital camera which most people possess.
Can anyone really justify the absolute necessity for such a device? A few years ago we managed quite well with just calls & text.
If you have a smart phone can you tell me what benefit it gives you and does it justify the cost?
By social necessity I take it that you mean Facebook, Twitter etc. What has happened to meeting up with your mates and chatting? Kids these days can live their social lives from their bedroom, is that a good or a bad thing?
Sorry but 5 years ago I would have agreed with every sentence but not now, I have got more and more used to relying on a smart phone it's now a necessity and not a gimmick.
I can use the internet while out side away from home, camera and video mean that I can look at a horse and send info back to a third party to get a second opinion in a matter of minutes.
I like my phone, it's a Samsung galaxy S3 and I don't have to wear glasses to see the thing and make out text on it, it's got a proper keyboard instead of having to press a button 3 times to get the letter I want.
The thing is if you don't have one then you don't realise that you need one.
I wouldn't voluntarily go back to a 'basic' phone now. I tried using a 'basic' phone a couple of weeks ago, but ended up putting the SIM into my own smartphone. The ergonomics and capability of the old style phones just seem outdated to me now.
I've never used a smartphone [to it's full potential], but several of my friends, apparently, are very happy to pay the hefty fees for the 'smartness' which is bestowed upon the owner of such a device ... and I suppose that's what feeds the remarkable sales' growth of these innovative 'baubles'.
i find my galaxys3 handy for internet when sitting around stores while the wife looks at clothing, camera very handy too, also decent size keyboard hated prev phones with child size keyboards, also alarm function used a lot too.