Long gone are the days of picking a plan for the minutes. Now, camera specs are as important to people as any other feature.
You're not alone. After the release of the iPhone 12 Pro, I am beginning to think that cell phones should now be called "cell cameras."This is not unique to Apple. In fact, the camera specs on most phones are as important to people as any other feature. Screen resolution is included in this too; besides taking photos, people also want to view their pictures as clearly as possible.The term "phone" is almost used by default. Other than business people and grandparents, does anyone talk on the phone anymore? If I ask my kids to call someone, they will text them. If I insist they call, the person on the other end asks why they are calling.Long gone are the days of picking the amount of minutes on your plan. The question now is, "How much data can I have?"
The iPhone 12 Pro has a capable camera with 12MB, 4 lenses, and a 5x Optical Zoom. A leading retailer sells a comparable point-and-shoot camera for $400.00. Granted, that is less than half the cost of an entry level iPhone 12 Pro, but there are other more affordable phones with similar specs. The point is: we have digitized our life. The more our phones can do, the more we're going to rely on it for that function.We're increasingly mobile. We want to carry less things, have access to our photos, capture more moments on the fly. We can take instant, camera-quality photos just by pulling out the little rectangle in our pocket. There are things that cameras can do that phones can't, but for most of us, we just need quick snapshots and videos.Social media rules our day too. When on vacation (in the time before smart phones), it was common to see people carrying around one or two small bags: one with a camera and one with a camcorder. That was just to take photos and videos. That doesn't include printing the pictures and putting them in an album for your friends and family to huddle around.Now, almost everyone who isn’t a professional photographer or videographer relies on their phone. You can take a photo, edit it, and post it to all your friends within a matter of minutes using your phone. What a change!With all that being said, I do not own a camera or a camcorder anymore and I have more images in my iCloud than I care to admit. Nowadays, my phone is a camera, a pager, a photo album collection, a PDA, and a very portable, lite laptop more than a "telephone."Although accurate, "cell multi-function device" doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it?(Image Source: iCLIPART)