Smartphones will replace other forms of mobile phones in the near future, one expert has predicted.

Editor of Mobile Business Heather Mclean said the handsets will eventually become the dominant force on the mobile phone market.

“You will get a few little feature phones, but, frankly, once you’ve used one of these, you don’t want to go back,” she remarked, adding smartphones “will be ubiquitous” one day.

And their increasing use will also have a knock-on effect on other devices, such as Apple‘s new iPad, Ms Mclean predicted.

She said that while the uses for the tablet currently seem limited, its purpose will become clearer over the next 18 months to two years.

This is a trend that will begin in the consumer sector of the market and then expand to businesses, she added.

The growth of smartphones within the mobile phone market was recently highlighted in research by Gartner.

Sales of smartphones were up 48.7 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2010, with total sales reaching 54.3 million units.

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