Best Ways to Utilize SmartPhones

  • As a day planner / calendar

Forget about lugging around a daily planner and pen, and the associated hassle of manually logging annual dates and regular appointments in each new year’s calendar. Most smartphones come with a basic, built-in calendar and scheduling tool, and you can download more sophisticated planning apps free. You can set alarms to remind you of engagements in advance, colour-code different appointments and tasks, and synch it up with your office calendar.

  • As a Portable GPS

Whether you are out on the road or hitting the trails, it’s easy to use your smartphone to get around. With Google Maps integrated in Android devices and free navigation apps available on other smartphones, there is less of a need for traditional GPS, particularly if you’re just looking to get from Point A to Point B.

  • As a Video Camera

Traditional video cameras can be heavy and difficult to lug around and you have to worry about carrying an extra tape or SD card. Sure, your smartphone’s video camera won’t match the high-quality video of a dedicated filming device, but the technology is always improving. Many phones already allow you to record High-Definition video. And with a smartphone, you can instantly upload a video on YouTube or save it to the cloud allowing you to delete it from your phone before it starts.

  • As a Camera

With your phone always in hand, never miss a single Kodak moment. 

Although photos taken by a mobile traditionally have been grainy and out of focus, the latest smartphone cameras should satisfy most casual photographers. With resolutions of up to 8 mega pixelsand wider apertures, smartphones are “cannibalizing the point-and-shoot market to a certain degree” says Zach Honig, a Senior Associate Editor at Engadget.

  • As an Alarm Clock

In many ways, mobile phones are more reliable alarm clocks than their traditional counterparts. Not only can you set multiple alarms on the same device, but you can program the alarms to go off on a regular schedule, for example at 7am Monday through Friday. They are also great for travelling, especially considering the how confusing it can be to set the alarm clocks at most hotels.

Just be sure to charge your phone every night because your smartphone alarm may not sound if your phone is dead.

  • As a Modem

Sharing the wireless internet connection on your smartphone with a laptop or desktop computer, known as tethering, can save you money, but only if you don’t go online at home very often, or only do so for basic activities such as sending email and surfing the web.

While some online activities, such as surfing the web or checking email, won’t eat up too much data, it will be nearly impossible to regularly stream video via your phone without paying an arm and a leg. And unless you have a 4G connection, you will likely have to wait a long time for video to fully load. So, if you regularly stream more than 30 minutes or so of low-quality video each day, you will probably want to stick with your home’s Internet Provider.

If you are tethering, be sure to set up alerts on your phone to let you know if you are approaching your data limit.

  • As a Portable Gaming Device

For the casual gamer on the move, smartphones are quickly becoming the device of choice. Since 2009, Android and iOS went from controlling just 19 percent of the US portable game software market to owning a majority of the market (58 percent) by 2011.

Mobile devices offer countless free games, including popular apps such as Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. According to one recent study, smartphone users dedicate 39 percent of their time to games.