@Clairvoyant, you nailed it straight. Majority of electronics users like to always jump in the bandwagon. If i have got a laptop at home with wifi connectivity and PC at work while would i worry my head over smartphones provided my Nokia N63 can make both inbound and outbound calls?
No matter what it's becoming part and parcel of us - we are moving towards smart world.
Today I was late for my work. When I wake up, it was already a quarter to nine (my working time is nine o'clock). I had always waiting for the reminding of alarm but only to find the alarm dereliction of duty and that I was late. My mobile phone is iPhone4S, a high-end smartphone; but it went strike in today's morning. I do not complain the handset; maybe I do not completely know service regulations. However, this thing makes me think of the 300-yuan Nokia feature phone bought in 2008.
Despite the small screen, cumbersome body and less functions and experience, it had never disrupt me in such aspects; it can be said I completely trust the outdated or ugly feature phone, even when I had important examinations in next day. Along with the high quality, I really miss the feature phone. However, based on the development momentum of smartphone, the feature phone will be replaced sooner or later, maybe after several years.
In 2012, global smartphone is expected to ship 717.5 million units, a year-over-year increase of 45.1%, while feature phone is gradually scaling down shipments and decline growth rate, due to the price cutting of smartphone and the fierce competition among manufacturers. In terms of China's mobile market, 2013 may see smartphone shipments exceed feature phone for the first time. Meanwhile, great change also happens on mobile phone makers. According to the latest handset report, smartphone manufacturer Samsung supposed Nokia, ranking the first; in addition, the smartphone components suppliers Qualcomm and Broadcom also benefited from the rapid development of smartphone in 2012 with market shares growing to 27.2％ and 9.5%, respectively. Furthermore, semiconductor in the field of smartphone also became important support to global semiconductor market.
Intelligence and automation has been the trend for current various industries. The use of sensor largely ramp up the process of smart world. Smart home, smart TV, smartphone and so on are walking toward us. Undoubtedly, the smart world brings us a lot of convenience, such as improving medical level, decreasing traffic accidents, offering more entertainment, etc.
But as the saying goes everything has two sides. The emergence of modern devices also complicates our life and distances the mutual relationship. I still remembered the interactive games at the time of my childhood, full of happiness, exercise and health. However, due to the crowding of smartphone, game console, Tablet PC and notebook, currently, kids can live without friends; people greatly reduce the return-home time; there are more indoorsmen and indoorswomen and less communications between parents and children; just as my alarm in this morning, the increasingly increase of chips, sensors and other parts will also stimulate the original functions, resulting in the strike.
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