Tech What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?  

Samantha Dillinger
761 votes 37 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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27 2
Surfing The Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Surfing The Web

2
26 2
Checking The Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Time

3
20 4
Making Phone Calls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Making Phone Calls

4
22 6
Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather

5
17 3
Taking Everyday Photos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Everyday Photos

6
19 5
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

7
18 5
Texting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting

8
18 7
The Flashlight App is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Flashlight App

9
14 6
Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email

10
13 7
The Calculator App is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Calculator App

11
14 9
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

12
11 6
Streaming Video is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Video

Examples: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

13
10 5
Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions

14
10 5
Playing Mobile Games is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Mobile Games

Examples: Fortnite Mobile, Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga

15
13 9
Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online

16
13 11
Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music

Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

17
11 9
The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App

18
10 8
Translating Foreign Languages is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages

19
10 9
Scheduling Appointments is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments

20
9 8
Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest

21
8 7
Following Cooking Recipes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Following Cooking Recipes

22
7 8
Accessing Rewards Programs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Accessing Rewards Programs

Examples: CVS Mobile ExtraCare Rewards, Punchcard

23
7 8
Tracking Fitness is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Tracking Fitness

Examples: Fitbit, Runkeeper

24
7 8
Ordering Food is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Ordering Food

25
8 10
Banking is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Banking