- Oct 6, 2011
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Smartphones are no longer the next big thing. In fact a wise man once said, "Smartphones are like toasters." This is true in a sense. Cell phones are no longer a luxury for the wealthy. Gone are the days of $5,000 car phones. They no longer have an age limit. I got my first cell phone (a nextel walkie talkie brick phone) when I was 16. Smartphones are for everyone these days.
Good smartphones are also getting cheaper and cheaper as the price of internals begins to bottom out. Four years ago if you wanted a smooth and fluid smartphone experience you would need to burn at least $600 or more. Today you can get a flagship device for under $400. There are actually great cellphones in the under $200 range.
I can remember going on vacation as a kid. I wanted my very own camera, but a good camera was expensive so Mom would grab me a cheap disposable camera. You know the paper cameras with the plastic dial. You would turn the dial to load another shot. Once you hit 30 or so shots you were done with that camera and had to take it to get the pictures developed. The camera was then thrown away by the photo developer.
We are reaching this stage with smartphones! Phones like the BLU Dash M2 pack a punch with their specs, and full metal build and are selling for as low as $59. You can get a Moto E which is a pretty decent smartphone for only $49. At these prices you could easily purchase a cell phone for a kid to "use while on vacation to take pictures ect". If they were to break the phone it wouldn't be that big of a deal since the phone is so cheap.
What are your thoughts? Do you like the trend of manufacturers building cheaper handsets, or do you think they should continue pushing the limit with the spec wars?
To be clear simply throwing away electronics is never smart, and you should always dispose of your cell phones properly.
Blu Dash M2
Moto E Unlocked