It seems like everywhere you look today, people have smartphones. You can find people surfing the Internet, checking email, and sending text messages. Smartphones can be convenient to have, but can come with a hefty price tag. For the everyday person, are smartphones really worth the price?
A smartphone is basically a device that not only allows you to make phone calls, but has other features as well. According the Oxford American Dictionary, a “smartphone” is “a mobile phone that incorporates a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).” These can vary depending on the brand of phone, but most offer e-mail, instant messaging, Internet capabilities and a personal organizer. Some smartphones can link to your computer, making it easy to upload info to and from your phone, while others allow you to create and edit Microsoft documents while on the go. Others have a built in GPS to help you navigate your way around.
There are also a number of applications that can be downloaded. These can range from personal to business oriented. Smartphones can be used to do your budget, make graphs, or to keep track of your calories. Most also have MP3 players and will allow you to download music as well.
With all these features, it may seem like such a wonderful all-in-one device is worth it. But is it really worth it? Smartphones are not only more expensive than a regular cellular phone, but you have to pay monthly for a data plan as well. This usually amounts to $30, on average, per month. That’s $360 more per year to be able to get Internet on the go.
Now, I can see if you are a business professional, especially someone that travels a lot for work, how a smartphone can be beneficial to you. You can have your email, business contacts, business files and a contact phone all in the palm of your hand.
If you get lost easily and don’t have a GPS already in your car, a smartphone may be useful. Some smartphones do offer GPS navigation, as well as traffic reports and weather conditions. If you live in a city where it is can be difficult to get places, or you just drive a lot, you might benefit from a smartphone.
If you are one of those people that need to stay in constant contact with the world via Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or even Instant Messaging, then a smartphone could be something useful to you as well. With a smartphone, you can logon to any of your social networking sites at any time, in any place.
But what if you’re not a business professional? What if you don’t need a GPS system in the palm of your hand? Or what if you don’t need to be connected to millions of people all the time? You could still get a smartphone if you would like. Think of the features that a smartphone offers, and see if it’s worth an extra $360 a year to you. Do you already have Internet at home? Are you satisfied surfing the web at home or at work, or do you need to have it 24-7? Do you need a phone that will count your calories and manage your datebook at the same time?
For many people, most of these features are overkill. Maybe they would use one or two, but it is definitely not necessary for most people to have all of these. As a result, people end up paying more than they really need to, for services they don’t really need or won’t ever use. So you can decide, is a smartphone really worth it?