Tech What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?  

Louis Patterson
190 votes 12 voters 44 items

List Rules Vote up the apps, functions, and abilities you use your smartphone for.

Gone are the days of monochrome screens and punching out texts on numeric keypads, as devices like the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 can record 4k video, run augmented reality games, and even recognize people's faces. 

But do we manage to make the most of these technological advancements? While somebody out there is probably filming a cinematic masterpiece on their mobile device, many others seem content to check social media, get directions, and make the occasional phone call.  

Where do you fall on this spectrum? Are you pushing your smartphone to its absolute limit, or just keeping up with the same apps you've been using for decades? Vote up the functions you couldn't live without. 

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Surfing The Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Surfing The Web

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Checking The Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Time

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Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather

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The Flashlight App is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Flashlight App

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Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

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GPS/Navigation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
GPS/Navigation Examples: Google Maps, Apple Maps

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Making Phone Calls is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Making Phone Calls

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Taking Everyday Photos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Everyday Photos

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Texting is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting

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Facebook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

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The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App

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The Calculator App is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Calculator App

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Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email

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Translating Foreign Languages is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages

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Playing Mobile Games is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Mobile Games Examples: Fortnite Mobile, Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga

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Streaming Video is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Video Examples: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

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Instagram is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

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Listening To White Noise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Listening To White Noise

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Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online

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Initiating Ride-Share Services is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Initiating Ride-Share Services Examples: Uber, Lyft, Bird

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Ordering Food is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Ordering Food

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Hobby-Specific Apps is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Hobby-Specific Apps Examples: Fender Tune, Ravelry, Untappd

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Checking Horoscopes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Horoscopes

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Accessing Rewards Programs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Accessing Rewards Programs Examples: CVS Mobile ExtraCare Rewards, Punchcard

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Watching Adult Videos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Watching Adult Videos

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Following Cooking Recipes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Following Cooking Recipes

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Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest

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Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions

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Paying For Things is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Paying For Things Examples: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

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Listening To Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Listening To Podcasts

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Online Dating is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Online Dating Examples: Tinder, eharmony

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Controlling The TV is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Controlling The TV

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Banking is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Banking

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Scheduling Appointments is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments

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Playing Augmented Reality Game... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Augmented Reality Games Examples: Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

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Scanning Documents is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scanning Documents

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Twitter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

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Shooting High-Quality Artistic... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shooting High-Quality Artistic Videos

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Reading Books is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Reading Books

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Taking Selfies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Selfies

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Videochatting is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Videochatting Examples: Facetime, Skype

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Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

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Tracking Fitness is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Tracking Fitness Examples: Fitbit, Runkeeper