• @tracyspcy
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    2 years ago
    • Mobile banking by photographing checks
    • Check out a bike with a companion app and a QR code
    • Video conferencing using the built in camera and microphones
    • Morning alarm that also reads the headlines.

    Sounds like a petty bourgeoisie pleasures, ie nothing really important for life

    and as for combining things in one device, I agree, it happened, but all this works worse than dedicated devices. If you really need gps for real stuff you would better use professional device, if you need camera not just for fun, you would prefer to use normal camera etc…

    • @pingveno
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      2 years ago

      But that’s the thing, smartphones make them less of a “petty bourgeoisie pleasure”. It’s not uncommon for a person of quite modest means to have a smartphone. That opens up all sorts of possibilities: payments, formal banking, messaging, job connections.

      Also, smartphones can provide a benefit that dedicated devices don’t: they are there all the time. We never would have seen justice for George Floyd if bystanders hadn’t provided multiple videos, and the same with Ahmed Avery. The often shocking police tactics in putting down protests would have gone undocumented. This extends into professional journalism as well, with the non-photographer reporters getting some training on how to use their smartphones to get quick photos of moments that would have been lost before because there wasn’t a photographer available. And despite what you say, the camera can often produce a perfectly acceptable result.

      If you really need gps for real stuff…

      Wait… real stuff like… getting somewhere??? Turns out phones are plenty good at that.