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5 Great Reasons to Have a Smartphone

Posted on the 20 January 2015 by Devender Singh @DevenderSingh93

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If you are above a certain age these days it is likely that you will have a smartphone. Smartphones play a massive role in day-to-day life. In fact, there may soon come a time when the only cell phones available on the market will be smartphones. Spearheaded by the emergence of the iPhone, smartphones have taken the world by storm. There seems to be no let up to the growth in popularity.

Smartphones have revolutionised the way that mobile phones are used. They have turned the portable phone from a communication tool into a portable lifestyle device. There is so much more involved in the process of owning a phone nowadays. People treat their smartphones like computers, books or even games. So many people rely on their smartphones to help them with work as well.

There is a good chance that you will have a smartphone. And if you do have one it is unlikely that you will use it purely for phone calls. There is so much that you can do with smartphones these days that improve your life. It’s hard to imagine that you would go through your regular daily routine without help from your smartphone.

You can get the latest games and music downloaded straight to your smartphone. You can even access the internet instantaneously to find out all manner of information. Visit sites like to find out who’s called you. Or sites like Google for a search engine.

These phones are becoming more simplified and accessible in recent years. They’ve adapted to the point where older people, who were once averse to new technology, have embraced them. New models arrive each year. And new technology allowing even more features it seems the sky’s the limit for smartphone features. If you have a smartphone already then you will know how great they are. If you don’t have one, then you need to consider the prospect of getting one. There are so many advantages to having a smartphone and these days you can pick them up at affordable prices.

If you want to improve the productivity and efficiency in your life, then you will want to get yourself a smartphone. Here is a list of reasons why having a smartphone is a great choice and one that you need to make.

  1. Connectivity

One of the best things about having a smartphone is the different methods of connectivity that are available. This doesn’t just mean phone calls and text messages. These are functions available with all mobile phones. But smartphones offer other options too and even more options to connect with your contacts.

As well as the option of phone calls and text messages there are other options like Face Time on the iPhone. This allows you to make face calls to other iPhone users in the style of Skype. There are also applications for smartphones in general. Apps like Viber that allows users to make free calls and messages abroad. There is also Facebook Messenger apps allowing for quick and simple messaging of your contacts.

One of the biggest and most popular connectivity options available on smartphones is social messaging apps. Chief among these is powerhouse Whatsapp. This is an international instant messaging service available on all smartphones. The appeal of Whatsapp seems to stem from the fact that it is free and works over Wi-Fi. As a result, it doesn’t use up text message allowances and can avoid wasting your data plan.

As well as messages you can also use Whatsapp to send videos, pictures and audio messages. The appeal and impact of Whatsapp is so great that in 2014 Facebook acquired it for around $19 billion.

  1. Apps

The single biggest appeal of smartphones is their ability to use apps. Apps dominate the technology sector these days, and there is almost an app for everything these days. Whether you want games, maps or information you can find it all in the app store. Some apps will cost a small amount of money, but many apps are free of charge.

Most companies and businesses these days have apps that you can download to your smartphone. Some of these, like Starbucks, allow you to use the app to pay for goods when you visit. You can look for travel and transport apps to help you plan your journey to the office each day. Or you can even get apps that allow you to do online banking on the go.

Apps are fast, efficient and user-friendly. They allow you to do things on your phone that would often only be possible to do on your computer. This lets you do important things in your life whilst you’re on the move. As a result, it saves you time and reduces the stress and busy nature of your life.

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  1. GPS

You can use your smartphone as a portable GPS device. Almost all smartphones come with Google Maps already installed. And there are other GPS style apps that you can get ahold of from the app store.

Many of these you can use in your car as regular GPS devices. Hook up your phone in a holder on the dashboard, and you can use it as a sat-nav system. This saves you having to shell out on buying an individual sat-nav for your car.

You can also use the GPS system as a locator if you are walking somewhere on foot. Something like Google maps can act as a mapping system to track your movements and show you how to reach certain locations.

  1. Portable email

From a business perspective, smartphones are invaluable. They allow you to use your phone as a miniaturised computer. This means that you have the option of doing certain areas of your job whilst on the move.

The biggest example of this is the fact that smartphones allow you to send and receive email using your phone. You can sync any email account of your choice to your phone when setting the phone up. This will allow you to answer and receive work-related or personal emails whilst you’re on the move.

  1. Information

Smartphones also offer you exclusive and unlimited access to information whenever you want it. You can access the internet on your smartphone at any time (as long as your data plan allows it). This means that you can find information about any topic you desire at the click of a button.

With the world’s information at your fingertips, you will have a portable device for research and knowledge. Once you start to use it you will discover that a smartphone is invaluable. You’ll begin to wonder how you ever coped without one.

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