Is this the end of Feature Phones? Smartphones are taking over!

What defines a smartphone? Some would say a smartphone is a device which can run applications including advanced 3D objects simulation and web browsing. Some would say the early PDAs defined the smartphone but all we know is that in the early times the smartphones did not interfere in the territory of feature phones because of the high price and limited availability. Until now.

PDA: A palmtop computer that functions as a personal organizer but also provides e-mail and Internet access.

In the recent years the prices of smartphones have dropped year after year and I am not talking about flagship phones here. I am talking about the more streamlined budget line of phones which the smartphones are adapting quite rapidly. For instance, the Nokia Lumia 520 or the Moto E. For the same price as of a feature phone they offer what feature phones cannot and that is a whole array of flagship features and applications embedded in compromised hardware in order to keep the price down and increasing the bang for every buck you pay everytime you pick them off the shelves. They got advanced GPS navigation capabilities, an advanced web browsing mechanism and what not. They made feature phones a thing of technology history. The Nokia Asha lineup did give the feature phone lineup a much needed boost but not to a ‘smartphone elimination’ extent.

Manufacturers like Samsung and LG kept flooding the feature phone territory with such smartphones that nobody wanted to invest in them anymore and why would anyone? In order to keep them alive the OEM’s threw every feature they could on them which made them sacrifice their only war chest which was battery life. So with battery life sacrificed and prices on the same table even the dullest technical persona will pick up a smartphone instead of a feature phone.

So what do you think readers? Does the elimination of the feature phone race bring any good to the smartphone market or it was a necessary evil to be kept alive for the emerging markets? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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