Tech What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?  

Samantha Dillinger
813 votes 39 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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29 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
28 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
21 5
Making Phone Calls is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Making Phone Calls
4
21 5
GPS/Navigation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
GPS/Navigation

Examples: Google Maps, Apple Maps

5
18 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
22 7
Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather
7
19 6
Texting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting
8
20 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
15 7
Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email
10
15 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
12 5
Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions
12
13 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
11 6
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
15 10
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
15
14 9
Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online
16
12 9
The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App
17
11 8
Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest
18
11 9
Scheduling Appointments is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments
19
10 8
Translating Foreign Languages is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages
20
13 12
Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music

Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

21
8 8
Reading Books is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Reading Books
22
8 8
Following Cooking Recipes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Following Cooking Recipes
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