Ten years ago, a cell phone was just a cell phone. Then the Personal Data Assistant (PDA) materialized. These devices integrated cellular communication with additional programs that allowed the user to keep records, mainly contact information.
The PDA became a hit for business associates who found it a convenience over searching their paper notebook for information. It was all on this little device. Such companies such as Samsung and Blackberry started building millions of PDAs for the public.
In 2010 and later, Apple developed the iPhone. A cellular phone that contained all of the features of a PDA, but much more, including programs, more known as applications (apps) that could be downloaded to the phone for the individual’s use.
Then other cell phone manufacturers came on board and the smartphone not only became an overnight hit, but a household word. Even more, these little devices became so popular that many people never leave them out of their site. Needless to say, smartphones also causes issues, as spouses routinely complain that their other half is paying more attention to their phone than to them. On a more serious note, smartphones can be become dangerous, people, usually teenagers get distracted from reading texts while driving. In view of this, many laws have been created to circumvent these dangers from occurring.
So what can you do with a smartphone?
- Surf the Web
- Google anything to your heart’s desire
- Go to any website that you could on a desktop
- View and respond to emails (multiple if necessary)
- Set up and use the same emails that you are using at work or at home or work.
- This includes Gmail, Yahoo mail, MSN, etc. as well as your work email.
- Get the latest news
- Download apps for CNN, Fox, MSNBC or any of your favorite news organizations.
- Get on the spot texts of the latest news that is fitted to your desires.
- Check the weather
- Get instant up to date forecasts of the weather in your area or anywhere in the world.
- Track your stocks
- Download any number of apps designed to give you an amazing view of our stock portfolio
- Purchase and trade stocks.
- Watch movies
- Go to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon or any other website that offers movies.
- Watch TV shows
- Download the app from your cable provider and watch TV.
- You can also view TV shows on Google’s YouTube.
- Take photos
- All smartphones have built in cameras. Enjoy!
- You can also get 3rd party wide angle and telephoto lenses that attach to the lens of your camera.
- Take videos
- All smartphones have built in videos.
- Some have additional features; such as, slow motion and time-lapse.
- Send and receive texts
- Texting used to be just for kids, but is also a very convenient method for quick communication to anyone when you don’t need to call or send an email.
- People usually see texts right away and respond.
- Post on social networks
- Have phone using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and all the others by just downloading their apps.
- Access your bank accounts
- No need to go to the bank anymore. Now you can instantly view your checking and savings accounts.
- You can also transfer money between accounts or to another account that is not yours.
- You can deposit checks from your living room, by using the bank’s deposit check feature and your camera.
- Take and save notes, create reminders
- There are built in note apps or you can download better ones.
- Tell your smartphone to remind you about something at a specific date and time.
- Use Microsoft Office
- Yes, you can download MS Office and use Word and Excel.
- Use GPS navigation
- Get navigation same as the one in your car’s dashboard. There are free ones and some with more features that might cost a few dollars.
- You can also download GPS tracking apps; such as, Find iPhone or Find Friends and track your wife.
- Play games
- Any game that you can think of you can get on your phone.
- All smartphones come equipped with a clock, stopwatch, calculator, flashlight and other handy features.
Apple iPhones also come Siri, the handy voice that answers any question you may have, or at least tries to.
More advanced apps allow you to start your car remotely and control the lights in your house. You can also watch live video of your home or office via apps connected with a security company.