Tech

What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For? 

Samantha Dillinger
Updated July 10, 2019 1.1k votes 58 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
Checking The Time is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Time
2
Surfing The Web is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Surfing The Web
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
Texting is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting
5
Taking Everyday Photos ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Everyday Photos
6
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
Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather
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
Streaming Video is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Video

Examples: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

11
Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions
12
Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email
13
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
14
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
The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App
16
Scheduling Appointments ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments
17
Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music

Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

18
Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online
19
Translating Foreign Lang... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages
20
Initiating Ride-Share Se... 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

21
Ordering Food is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Ordering Food
22
Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest
23
Taking Selfies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Selfies
24
Banking is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Banking
25
Tracking Fitness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Tracking Fitness

Examples: Fitbit, Runkeeper