The Most Common Uses of Smartphones (Other Than Making Calls)
Smartphones are everywhere, an indispensable tool for modern living. We use them all the time, everywhere, and for myriad different functions. But how many times do you return a missed call, or even answer your phone? Many of us prefer to communicate in different ways, for efficiency, accuracy (no background noise in a text message), and simplicity. It may or may not surprise you to learn that phone calls are not featured in the top ten uses for smartphones, according to most surveys. And texting is by no means the only other use for them – such is the quality and affordability of mobile technology that we use our phones for a whole host of other reasons. Let’s look at the most common uses of smartphones today.
Texting and Messaging
By far the most popular way to communicate in the modern world, texting is favored by people of all ages – although older folks are more likely to dial and chat than young people. A vast array of different platforms offer a range of communicative messages, including audio clips and video messaging. We associate instant messaging with younger people, but actually, all ages use it, especially for photo sharing.
One of the best things about smartphones, and mobile technology in general, is being able to work on the go. Now it’s possible to read your email on the train, prepare a presentation without getting out of bed, or organize a group meeting via Skype, Zoom or any other video conferencing solutions available. Mobile tech has revolutionized the way we work – and due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are working remotely – something that wouldn’t have been possible a few years ago.
There is no shortage of options for gamers on mobiles. Many classic titles have made the migration from console or PC to smartphone or tablet, such as Call of Duty, FIFA, Grand Theft Auto and Fortnite. With technology constantly improving, gamers have reported a much better playing experience, and many of these games seamlessly integrate with the console version. Alongside these are games that have been designed specifically for mobile platforms, and adaptations of arcade classics. Casino games are also popular, so much so that New Jersey sites brought in $87.8 million in August, a record-breaking figure. Check out those popular games and more at CasinoTopsOnline.
Health, Wellbeing and Safety
We are all becoming more health-conscious, and smartphone technology is actually helping us. There are countless apps that monitor heart rate, count your steps and record your blood pressure, amongst many other things. And there is no shortage of apps that encourage you to exercise in new ways, such as yoga and pilates. For those with insomnia or anxiety, plenty of mindfulness and relaxation apps can help, such as Calm, which aid meditation or play soothing sounds to sleep to. As well as helping you find your way when you are lost, without having to ask for directions, location services on smartphones can be used to keep track of elderly or vulnerable relatives, and can help people remember to order and take medication.
There is no disputing that social media has irreversibly altered many aspects of our lives, from the way we communicate to our friends to the ways that we can interact with businesses and services. For sharing photos, promoting products or events, and marketing your business, social media is an invaluable tool for modern living. All platforms have dedicated apps for mobile devices, allowing users to express themselves online in whatever way they choose.
Smartphone technology is always developing and has for many years already superseded the digital camera – great quality, lightweight, and of course, always in your pocket. Whether you just take snaps of friends and family, or try out some more artistic shots, smartphones not only have great lenses and megapixel capability, they also offer a vast range of apps to edit and touch up your photos before you share them.
Music and Audio
Another gadget that has been made all but obsolete by mobile phones is the portable music player. Now you can have your entire library at your fingertips, and you can enjoy your favorite songs without missing a call or message. Smartphones now have vast amounts of memory, as well as a number of streaming options such as Spotify or Apple Music. Most mobile devices also come equipped with a reasonable or high-quality microphone, meaning you can take voice memos, record lectures and enjoy high-quality audio on videos you record. There is also a range of apps for budding music makers, from guitar tuners and music theory trainers to samplers, sequencers and synthesizers.
Mobile devices are so much more than portable telephones. The power, affordability and versatility have changed the way we interact, create, socialize and manage our lives, many would say for the better.