The Smartphonification of Stuff

Replacing everything we used to carry around with us, smartphones are making purses obsolete. To give an example, today The New York Times's Nick Bilton points out how the smartphone is literally supplanting the digital camera, even for the snobbiest of photographers. "Companies are producing dozens of inexpensive smartphone attachments that can easily convert a mobile phone into a mini-professional camera," he writes. "These products include zoom, fisheye and ultra-up-close macro lenses -- all designed to snap onto a smartphone and make photos look as if they were shot with an expensive single-lens reflex camera." It's not just an inferior substitute, pop a fancy lens on the iPhone 4S's 8 megapixel camera and sophisticated photographers won't know the difference. Phones are becoming digital cameras. And many have already seen the light. A recent survey of 3,000 smart phone owners found that 43 percent had already forgone the camera for the camera-phone.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

Video

Pittsburgh: 'Better Than You Thought'

How Steel City became a bikeable, walkable paradise

Video

A Four-Dimensional Tour of Boston

In this groundbreaking video, time moves at multiple speeds within a single frame.

Video

Who Made Pop Music So Repetitive? You Did.

If pop music is too homogenous, that's because listeners want it that way.

More in Technology

Just In