9 Gadgets That Smartphones Made Obsolete
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Cisco recently announced that it would retire its popular line of Flip video cameras.
Some attribute the Flip's demise to the rise of smartphones' all-in-one gadget functions and HD cameras and video cameras.
Take a look through the slideshow (below) to see some other gadgets that cellphones have rendered obsolete. Do you agree or disagree with the items on this list? Cast your votes, and tell us in the comments if you still use any of these gadgets, as well as if you think there are other devices smartphones are putting out of business.
Then, view our slideshow of 20 things that became obsolete this decade.
Forget cassettes, batteries, tangled microphone cords, garbled sounds, and noisy moving parts. Built-in microphones and extra storage space makes it a breeze to record sound with smartphones and without need for an extra gadget.
If you own a cellphone, it's likely that you take it with you everywhere you go--even on long trips away from home. Your phone works just as well as a clock when you're on the road. Not to mention, it's probably more convenient to ditch your bulky alarm clock for slimmer, lighter phone.
MP3 players seem a bit superfluous when you can store music files on your mobile phone (or even stream songs via the web) and plug headphones directly into the device.
While landlines keep callers tethered, mobile units give users the freedom to roam around and enjoy the world away from that phone jack in the wall.
Nearly every cellphone comes standard with an integrated camera. Some are of pretty decent quality, too--you probably won't win any awards from <em>National Geographic</em>, but it's more convenient that juggling an extra device. The video cameras built into iPhones have been used for everything from weddings to music videos.
Many phones now come with built-in GPS navigation technology, which brings the same convenience into your car as your standalone GPS unit did. Apps enable users to receive driving instructions straight from their phones.
Why strap on a wristwatch when every phone features a digital (or analogue, if you prefer) time display?
Did you just lose power in your house or drop something behind the couch? <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashlight/id285281827?mt=8" target="_hplink">There's an app for that</a>. Even the modest glow from your LCD screen will work in a pinch.
Cellphone cameras make capturing and sharing photos easier than ever. Amateur photographers may even find it easier to work with (and travel with) a camera phone, rather than a digital camera.