Strengths And Weaknesses Of Smartphones

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Technology has significantly advanced for the past few decades, with abundance of inventions created by brilliant minds have filled the current world. One such brilliant inventor that made his name known in the inventing world back in the 1870s was Scottish-born American inventor Alexander Graham Bell, the founding father of the device that could transmit speech electrically; the telephone (Gray, 2011). The telephone was notably fashioned from his attempts to improve an invention that was developed in the 1830s and 1840s by Samuel Morse; the telegraph. The telegraph was a highly successful system consisted of a dot-and-dash Morse code, but it was restricted to receiving and transmitting only one message at a time (Hochfelder, 2012). However, …show more content…
Smartphones are commonplace today, however, the very first concept of a smartphone is said to have been envisioned decades before the 21st century. The chief concept of a ‘smartphone’ was involved in extending the standard phone’s functionality beyond the boundaries of making calls, serve as both a cable phone and a digital assistant, designed with a touchscreen interface which is clearly very advanced for its time. This idea had been prearranged back in the mid-1970s, but that notion did not come into execution until the IBM’s (International Business Machines) Simon Personal Communicator was developed in 1992 (Martin, 2014). The Simon Personal Communicator was described by Sagen (2012) as the first mobile device that can be referred to as a ‘smartphone’, and its features were consisted of a monochrome touchscreen, a charging base station, and a stylus. The development of smartphones did not end there as in 1996, Nokia had entered the smartphone development fray, and had released the Nokia 9000 Communicator to the world. Unlike Simon, the 9000 Communicator featured a full QWERTY …show more content…
The benefits of owning a smartphone are countless, one of which is the increased connectivity; which is the chief benefit of owning a smartphone. This allow for instant access to data online, whether one is at home, travelling, or at work. Since these phones also assimilate contact information, it makes keeping in touch with friends, family, and coworkers much easier. In the working field, they are convenient for storing business contacts. Smartphones can manage information efficiently and can do much more than the standard mobile device (Rossello, n.d.). On the other hand, one of the large concerns about smartphones is that when a child owns a smartphone, it gives the child an opportunity to visit websites and use social media that their parent may not normally allow them to access. This gives the child independence and opportunity to communicate with strangers, including sexual predators. Smartphones also contain large amounts of private data and if the phone is lost or stolen, then it is a liability to identity fraud and considering the level of technology nowadays, smartphones are now vulnerable to the attention of unwanted hackers. Recently, hackers can now hack an individual’s

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