As soon as you do that, they become infinitely more than just smartphones and become devices with almost limitless possibilities.
Some users are interested in PCs and have no time for smartphones or tablets – they just want PCs. That’s fine, but I think it’s always smart to be at least open to the opportunities new technology can deliver.
And it doesn’t even have to be new technology.
For example, how about a compact video camera that captures H.264 video to flash storage that has built-in Wi-Fi? Actually, in my mind, I’m not seeing a traditional video cam or even an IP webcam. How about a $70 Android smartphone with built-in camera that captures VGA video, has built-in Wi-Fi and can be turned into a baby monitor? Forget that it’s a phone and consider the processing capabilities on board these little things.
Talking of baby monitors, I recently saw an IP webcam dressed up as a baby monitor selling for $249. If you’re willing to spend $250 on a glorified webcam but not $70 on a portable computer sold as a smartphone, you’re missing opportunities.
The smartest thing is to step back from the hype, the smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles and look at a product for the technology it delivers – once you do that, you can start to see other possibilities and how to use that technology even in areas you (or the manufacturer) wouldn’t normally associate with it.