Communication is extremely important because we cannot just rely on post mail especially if it demands urgency. The smartphone is the present-day tool for communication and we are all dependent on it. We use it for calling, chatting, checking updates and weather, and social media, we also transact our business via smartphone and we even link our bank account and digital wallet on our smartphone. That’s how smart our gadget is and it can even do more.
Many modern items we are enjoying now which evolved through time and the influence of technology. The television came to light in 1927 which started with black and white characters on a tube and few channels. Who could have thought that now we can access our smart television, browse social media, and much more?
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The telephone is a communication device that can be used by two users to relay a message verbally regardless of the location. The telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 and was the first to be granted a patent in the US. Being one of the pioneer intelligent instruments in the 19th century with its clear replication of the human voice, the telephone was further developed and thus became a commodity not just at home but also in business and the government.
As time progressed, the telephone also developed in size, sound, and features. In the 1970’s most telephones have answering machines where people can leave a message to the machine which will be reviewed whenever the recipient is available. In the 1990’s majority of the phones are touch buttons and has special features which can store a caller’s ID number so if the recipient cannot answer it, they can return the call afterward. In the early 2000 digital phone service became a trend in Japan and South Korea. The majority of the household and offices used the Internet telephone and in 2005 a Newsweek article called the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) “the next big thing”. It became a trend because the recipient can see the caller because it has a video attached to the device which is very convenient for both the caller and the user.
The cellular phone is another telecommunication device wherein people can call another person anytime and anywhere as long as the device is turned on and the receiver is within the vicinity of the cell site. The cellular phone is independent of cable which is a single-user circuit like the regular landline which is used to send signals for the caller and the receiver to communicate.
Although cellular phones were considered the biggest innovation of all time in the ’90s especially when text messaging became available, some mobile games, cameras, Bluetooth, and mp3, the breakthrough of the Smartphone is still considered the most intelligent.
A smartphone by definition is a type of cellular phone which adapted to the advancement of technology thus allowing the user not to limit to calling and texting but they can actually do more because of its special features like browsing the internet, playing internet games, interacting the social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and run software programs. Android users can download applications in their play store while Apple users can download them in their Apple Application Store. A smartphone is like a small computer that makes life more convenient. It is a touchscreen for the user to open files or to be used as a keyboard.
Other special characteristics of a smartphone that are available on the smartphone are all useful in our daily lives:
· Accessible to WIFI
· It has GPS
· Capable of downloading applications
· Accessible to web browsers
· Can run multiple applications
· QWERTY keyboard
· Advanced digital camera
· Capable of synchronizing to other devices like laptops or personal computer
· Voice dictation
· Integrated memory
Mentioned above are just some of the many factors a smartphone has. These are the things that we are now enjoying because of smartphones.
1. Assist in finding locations
Gone are the days when we have to bring a small map. Smartphones have GPS which is very useful in finding a particular place easily. GPS is also useful especially finding a person especially a child. It cannot be avoided those very young children will be lost but if they have a smartphone then it can be very helpful for the child to be found.
People can also use Google Maps to find the place they wanted to go. They simply have to input their location and the locator will find it.
2. High-quality photos
In photography, some photos taken using a smartphone have been featured in famous photography galleries. Thanks to the advanced technology of the smartphone and of course the talent of the user combined to create a masterpiece.
3. Audio and Video Chatting
The covid-19 pandemic was one of the most trying times in the present time. During the lockdown in 2020 by using video chatting apps like Skype and social media, smartphones help bridge family members, friends, and love. With the aid of a strong internet connection, communication was made possible.
Editing photos has become a trend and some mobile apps and even some social media offer filters and modifications of pictures.
5. Banking and digital wallet transactions
One of the best features of smartphones is their capability to transact money through digital wallets or any bank as long as it is compatible with the smartphone.
6. Trivial but significant features
Small things such as making reservations, checking the movie list, weather updates and knowing the current events to traffic updates. These small yet significant issues are very helpful to us in our day-to-day life. As simple as knowing the kind of weather we’ll have the following day helps us to prepare the clothes we will wear and what we will bring.
All tools of communication are very important and help our lives to become more convenient. It aids us in conveying our thoughts and important messages to people a bit far from us. No matter how crude the tool for our communication back then it was still a great comfort.