As gadgets become more versatile, many others are on their way to obsolete
5:14 AM, Mar 30, 2011
3:23 PM, Mar 30, 2011
As the gadgets you can buy get more and more high-tech, do you
really need to keep around all the old ‘toys’ you
Not necessarily according to New York Times Tech Editor Sam
Grobart, who says smartphones are taking over much of the work
other gadgets used to do.
First, he says, the point-and-shoot camera is no
"They only do one thing. They take pictures, and once you've
taken the picture, well getting it off the camera becomes a lot
Not only do smartphones take pictures, but they also record
video. So the
second gadget Grobart says will become a thing of
the past is the camcorder.
3, 4 & 5 on Grobart’s list are other
things commonly being taken over by smartphones and their many
capabilities. Those are USB drives, GPS devices and digital music
"So these are all things we used to have to buy and maintain and
get new things for, but now you just get a smartphone and you can
pretty much do all of that."
There has also been a lot of talk about whether the
sixth item on Grobart’s list is even
With so much programming available online, cable television is
rapidly becoming an unnecessary luxury for many. But if you are a
news or sports junkie, it might just pay to keep it around.
"A lot of that content isn't as available online,” Grobart
says, “so it depends a little bit on how you use your
Speaking of the Internet, a high-speed connection is definitely
something you want to keep around, but Grobart says more and more
are ditching the
seventh item on his list – the desk top.
"I think people will probably buy more laptops, more netbooks,
more tablets and the desktop computer might just fade away."
Now obviously, if you don’t have a smartphone,
you’ll want to keep all your old gadgets around, but if you
want to build a collection of gadgets, it might be best to consider
a smartphone or other device that can do more than one thing.