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How Many People Even Need TVs Anymore?

I recently posted about the new line of 4K TVs and their advantages. Chances are if you have seen one in stores, you would probably like to have it. They look great and the low prices/increasingly large screen sizes make it more inviting than ever to have movie night at home.

However, then I thought about how so many young people do not own TVs anymore. I guess it makes sense: so many people have dropped cable and rely on streaming for their entertainment. Many of them watch these video files on their computers, laptops, or even their phones. CNN reported last year that the average American spends about ten hours a day looking at screens of various types. Yikes!

Call me old-fashioned (or just call me old), but I like to see things on a big screen. It’s easier to appreciate the detail and craftsmanship on display in movies. Also, as my eyesight will get increasingly worse with age, bigger will also just be better.

However, young people are forward thinking when it comes to technology. They like the convenience and portability of laptops and smartphones, and the ability to watch things on the go. If that means, a six inch screen, then so be it.

Of course, you don’t necessarily have to have cable or a disc player to justify owning a 4K or even 1080p set. More and more companies are offering 4K streams of content. If your internet strength is sufficient, that can mean a very nice looking and sounding presentation.

Will TVs go the way of landlines? Doubtful. People enjoy their large screens and the increasing ability to simulate the movie going experience at home with vivid imagery and great sound.  However, when push comes to shove and people are forced to make decisions on their home equipment, small and portable will likely win out over large and flashy.

Are the Cameras in Smartphones Good Enough for You?

It’s getting more and more difficult to remember the days when you had to load film into a camera, take it out, schlep it over to a place that develops film, wait a few days, and then have to pay for the prints. Hell, for some of us, it’s even getting hard to remember what it was like to own a camera. Thanks to smartphones, we have mini photographic and video studios with us at all times. But is the picture quality from a smartphone good enough for your purposes?

The short answer appears to be, yes, they are good enough for the average person. The convenience of smartphones has caused camera sales to plummet, though there are enough hardy hobbyists out there to make their continued manufacture more than worthwhile.

However, for the average person, the smartphone camera meets their needs and the overall quality of these cameras continues to improve. They also make it incredibly easy to instantly share those pictures.

Another huge plus is image editing features. While not offering you as many options as Photoshop, the image editing features in most phones will more than suffice for basic changes and fixes. Image come out too dark? The brightness and contrast features will likely give you something usable.

Smartphones are also incredibly easy to carry around with you, often even more so than a compact camera. Most people would prefer not to carry around two things when one is good enough.

One drawback with smartphones is the lack of lens selection. You can always “pinch” the image and make it larger, but that usually means a noticeable decrease in quality. A proper camera’s zoom lens will do a much better job of enlarging distant detail without reducing it in quality.

Regular cameras will also give you greater resolution, but cameraphones are getting better and better in that regard, too!