Tech

What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?  

Samantha Dillinger
999 votes 46 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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1
Surfing The Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Surfing The Web
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
Making Phone Calls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Making Phone Calls
4
Taking Everyday Photos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Everyday Photos
5
GPS/Navigation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
GPS/Navigation

Examples: Google Maps, Apple Maps

6
Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather
7
Texting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting
8
The Flashlight App is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Flashlight App
9
The Calculator App is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Calculator App
10
Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions
11
Streaming Video is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Video

Examples: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

12
Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email
13
Playing Mobile Games is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Mobile Games

Examples: Fortnite Mobile, Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga

14
The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App
15
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
16
Scheduling Appointments is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments
17
Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online
18
Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music

Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

19
Translating Foreign Languages is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages
20
Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest
21
Ordering Food is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Ordering Food
22
Tracking Fitness is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Tracking Fitness

Examples: Fitbit, Runkeeper

23
Banking is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Banking
24
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

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