Whenever I show my iPhone to someone who has very limited care or information regarding mobile technology, it never gets old hearing them gasp at the reality that the device they are looking at is indeed a phone. And why should it? The gadgets and basic household items that have since been replaced (or thrown away) by the hand of my iPhone is an ever expending list:

  • Digital Camera – The iPhone 4’s ability will more than suffice for any photos I will take
  • Video Camera – Same as the camera
  • GPS – Thanks to the App Store (and even the native app) my travels are routed without incident
  • iPod – While I still own a “new” Nano, I don’t see the need to buy another
  • Alarm Clock – Self Explanatory
  • Compass – Okay kind of a joke but its basic capabilities are more than adequate for my needs
  • Newspaper – Having the ability to see only news I care about beats the old school print
  • Journal/Planner – There are many apps for that
  • PSP – Don’t lynch me for I know it isn’t the same, but for the (lack of) gaming I desire, the iPhone is plenty

That’s a lot of cash saved. It is important to mention that the iPhone abilities would be half of what they are without the App Store. In my opinion it is the single most important piece to the puzzle and what keeps the competitors so far behind. Having a phone continually able to morph into another device is what it’s all about for me.

Have you replaced as many gadgets as I have with your iPhone? Do you use the device as a complete all-in-one or just as a fancy telephone? Let us know how many uses you get from yours in our irreplaceable comment box.

  • Alan

    Since getting my iPhone 4 I very rarely use my laptop apart from using it to sync/backup the iPhone. Email, web browsing, Photo editing / upload, newspaper article writing and many others are more than catered for on the iPhone. Break that link with iTunes and I may never turn on the laptop again!

  • Digital Camera, MP3 player, GPS, Paper Maps, Calculator, home phone and many more.

  • VnABC

    Replace nothing for me! You know why? Because I don’t have any gadgets that you listed! Lol j/k

  • Okay, I admit I didn’t own all these things, but then again, I don’t have to now, do I?

    The stuff you listed but also:

    ebook reader
    knitting stitch counter
    spinner’s control card (a very small niche, admittedly but I used it just the other day)
    wireless mouse
    remote for laptop video viewing

    I find new things all the time!

  • Carl Smith

    It’s a phone too ? Wow

    • akag

      It replaced a lot of things for me except the phone 🙁 absolutely horrendous in dropping calls and not connecting. Much worse then previous 3G. But great as Internet device on wifi. Nice camera/camcorder. Great for my work (medicine) etc… But not as a phone.

      • Z

        Have you tried turning it in? They might replace it, you never know. If not, demand a free case lol

  • Dave g

    My iPhone has replaced, nikon coolpix camera, sold my 80 gig iPod, no need for a Tom Tom or such, external headphone amp, which I needed for better sound w iPod. Don’t need the amp w 3gs32 gig phone. Radar detector, trapster does a good job, remote controls for home electronics as redeye does this. No need for remotes to turn on household lights as INSTEON products with iPhone browser do this.

  • Dave g

    Also don’t need calculator as HP41CV app does this

  • Chris

    Pretty much everything listed including the built in calendar camera and iPod it is a payments terminal so I can take cards from my customers and a dictating machine when quoting jobs I could not live without it

  • Fred Riley

    Watch…I own no watches…except those laying in the drawer with dead batteries…
    One drawback to GPS is when there are no cell towers (northern CA coast) map does not work. Then it’s handy to have Tom-Tom. But if you’re strictly urban…no problem.