Thanks to the amazing functionality of smartphones, we can do things that once would have been thought impossible. As long as you can maintain wireless coverage and use an iPhone 6 screen protector, you can do anything a desktop or laptop computer can do.
In our rapid-response world, where time means money and success, the smartphone is more of a necessity than a luxury.
There is a good reason why more than half the population of America uses smartphones. Although a recent innovation, they have upgraded the quality of our lives in many ways. You can do a lot more with your day when you have a pocket-sized computer helping you out.
Here are just seven reasons why smartphones are only going to get smarter and more indispensable:
- Instant Communication
As a business person, your network is your net worth. And even if you’re not a business person, it makes a huge difference to the quality of your life to have a large group of friends.
With the smartphone, you can do much more than call your friends. You can text them to communicate a quick message instead of spending time chatting. You can connect with them on Facebook and Snap Chat. You can even call internationally without an extra charge using Skype.
Before the advent of the smartphone, telecommunication was limited to voice. You can now communicate via photographs.
Traveling to a new country and want to share your experience with your friends? A quick picture will communicate a thousand words.
In a hurry, with no time to talk, but want to stay in touch with a few words? Use instant message.
Miss someone and want to have a face-to-face conversation? Use video chat.
Never before in the history of the world was it this easy to stay in touch with so many people with so little effort. Today, instant communication is at your fingertips.
You don’t need a notebook, a calendar, an appointment book, a to-do list or many of the other planners people used for most of the past century to capture information. Now all you have to do is use an app on your smartphone. Remember the good old days when people would carry bulky leather binders packed with an assortment of planners and a calculator.
What about waking up on time? Just use the alarm on your smartphone.
What if you need to take a picture of a memorable moment, and you only have a few seconds to capture the image? Just use your smartphone.
What if you need to call someone in another country but don’t want to wake them up? Your smartphone will tell you about the difference in time zones.
Perhaps, one of the greatest benefits is that you won’t get lost again. Whether you are going on a road trip or trying to find an address in a city, you don’t need a paper map (like you did in the last half of the 20th Century). In fact, you don’t even need to mount a GPS in your car either (like you did in the first decade of the 21st Century). All you need is to use the GPS app on your smartphone.
There are many times when you are stuck with nothing to do. It could be a traffic jam or waiting outside a dentist’s office. With the smartphone, you can stay entertained. Check out what’s happening on your social media platforms and jump into a conversation with a friend or hook up some earphones and listen to your favorite music.
What do you do if you need to stay in shape and go for a run, jog, or walk but also find it tedious and boring? Why not take the time to educate yourself by using your smartphone. Listen to a podcast or audio book. Find an educational app. Instant access to educational resources will further your career or teach you something to improve the quality of your life.
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Imagine that your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, and you need help. Before the smartphone, you would have to look for a pay phone or for a house or store where you could use a phone. If you weren’t near any phones at all, you might have to stand by the roadside and flag passing cars, hoping someone would help you out. Today, if your car gets stuck on a remote country road, all you would have to do is pull out your smartphone and call emergency roadside assistance.
- Money Management.
In an increasingly cashless society, it’s important to know the balance in your checking account if you are using a debit card. With your banking app, it’s easy to look it up before you go on a spending spree. What if you need to make some quick calculations on how much you will save based on a discount tag? The calculator app will do it for you.
A Thought Experiment
If you were to wake up in the 1940s, the first thing you would do is reach for your smartphone. Since it hadn’t been invented, your day would be pretty disorganized; you would get lost a lot; and you would lose touch with almost everyone through the course of the day. Your day would be unproductive and inefficient. Smartphones are more than just a passing fad—they are a new way of life.