Back in the good old days of 2007, you might describe a smartphone as a type of handheld computer. But since then, these devices have enabled a shift in the way people access everything from the Web to their bank accounts. Mobile computing is the new platform, and in many ways, the smartphone has started to pull ahead of traditional computers.
Consider that most smartphones contain sensors that traditional computers lack. Gyroscopes, accelerometers, proximity sensors and cameras are stock features on a typical smartphone. The gadget gives us opportunities to experience the world around us in a new way. For example, users can take advantage of augmented reality applications that let them use the cameras in their phones to see graphical information about the world around them, much as a pilot would with a heads-up display.
Future smartphones will have even more sensors in them. For example, they could detect ambient temperature and other environmental conditions, giving us the chance to have a personalized weather forecast for our immediate area. Apps for such phones might be able to offer up information to us before we've even realized we need it.
The evolution of the smartphone to the super smartphone will likely be gradual. It's the sort of thing you recognize once it has already happened. Unless, of course, you already have a super smartphone -- it might tell you when we can expect the transition.