gadgets All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone  

Lauren Slocum
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This just in! Smartphones weren't solely invented for selfies, food photos, and Snapchat. We can all agree that smartphones have become quite the 21st century nuisance; everywhere you go, faces look downward and fingers are flying across four square inches of glass screen. But before we all start boycotting public use of smartphones (HA!), let's take a look at some of the coolest, most impressive uses for your smartphone. 

It's true that people get a little carried away with being on their phones. I mean, you're driving to 7-11 to pick up some munchies and next thing you know, you're trolling your ex's Instagram while sitting at a stop light. WHY?! But there are some really intelligent and helpful apps out there. Nowadays, there are entire high school and college courses dedicated to creating apps. Apps are the world wide web of the future, and because they pinpoint specific needs, there's a cool smartphone use out there for everyone. 

Trying to lose weight? My Fitness Pal will count your calories and help create workout plans for you. Been meaning to tune that dusty old banjo for the past two years? Cleartune is a simple and accurate way to do it directly from your phone. So next time you're watching your favorite band at that cool venue and everyone around you is on their phone, don't get annoyed! They're probably doing something really important like checking their blood pressure or reading Moby Dick on their Kindle. 

What are your favorite uses for your smartphone? Vote up your favorites and add any cool things you can do while staring at a screen that you don't see listed here.

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Learn Something New is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Learn Something New Google it, yo!

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Listen to Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Listen to Music Spotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes, YouTube... the options are endless! 

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Never Get Lost is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Never Get Lost The standard Google Maps app will do the job, but it can be a bit of a dud. Waze has gained popularity especially with its attractive and user friendly interface. Not satisfied with either? If Apple's made a believer out of ...

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Check the Weather is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Check the Weather Whether you're team Droid or team Apple, you automatically have a weather app on your phone. 

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Talk to Distant Friends/Relati... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Talk to Distant Friends/Relatives Using apps like Skype, Facebook, text, or FaceTime to connect. 

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Light the Way is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Light the Way Use the Flashlight app to illuminate all your darkest hours. 

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Take Pictures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
solomege added Take Pictures

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Edit Videos and Photos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Edit Videos and Photos Vine lets you loop, edit, and share videos shot and stored on your phone. IMovie is also a great, classic video editing app.

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Online Banking is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Online Banking Wherever do you bank? Download their mobile app!

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Keep Track of Your Life is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Keep Track of Your Life Simply use the Calendar app on your phone to manage your tasks and plans, or take it up a notch and use Sunrise Calendar.

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Exercise Your Brain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Exercise Your Brain Using fun brain game apps like Lumosity. 

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Read a Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Read a Book The Kindle and iBook apps are many bookworms' personal faves.

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Calculate the Right Tip is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Calculate the Right Tip Tip n Split Tip Calculator or plain ol' Tip Calculator apps are super convenient for those awkward moments when you're trying to calculate the tip in front of your date.

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Track Traffic Reports is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Track Traffic Reports SigAlert is the Old Faithful of the bunch, but Waze and Beat the Traffic are efficient and reliable runners up. 

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Map Your Public Transportation... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Map Your Public Transportation Route Use Transitapp to quickly navigate your city's public transit lines. 

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Concert/Event Admission is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Concert/Event Admission If you're purchasing concert tickets online, request digital copies so you don't have to print out hard copies for the show. They'll scan the barcode when you arrive. 

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Learn a New Language is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Learn a New Language Duolingo is a great app for brushing up on all those Spanish vocab words you forgot from high school.

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Pay for Things is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Pay for Things Google Wallet!

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Manage Your Diet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Manage Your Diet My Fitness Pal and Lose It! allow you to track your food and exercise to manage food intake throughout the day. 

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Check in for a Flight is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Check in for a Flight You can do this directly through your email, or if you're a frequent flyer, download your preferred airline's mobile app and check in that way. 

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Deposit Your Paychecks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Deposit Your Paychecks It depends on who you bank with, but they probably have an app that allows you to take photos of your check to deposit directly into your account. 

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Request Transportation is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Request Transportation Pick your poison: Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Carma Carpooling...

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It's a Phone Right? is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
solomege added It's a Phone Right?

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Get Out of a Sticky Situation is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Get Out of a Sticky Situation The Circle of 6 app allows you to have an emergency network and use emergency commands to get in touch with them when things get weird.

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Monitor Your Heart Rate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Monitor Your Heart Rate Keep your heart healthy by using Instant Heart Rate or Runtastic Heart Rate PRO.

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Tune an Instrument is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Tune an Instrument Cleartune is the winning chromatic tuner app out there right now.

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Meet Your Soulmate is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Meet Your Soulmate Tinder, OkCupid, Match.com, Coffee Meets Bagel, the list could go on. Try out one of the latest dating apps, Bumble, coming atcha from former Tinder execs, where the babes run the show. 

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Start Your Car is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Start Your Car Depending on the car you drive, you may be able to take advantage of Viper SmartStart, the app that allows you to use GPS to start your car when you haven't even gotten inside yet. 

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Geocaching is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
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Pay Back Your Friends is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Pay Back Your Friends Square Cash allows you to wire money directly to your friends. 

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Write a Book is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Write a Book Using Notes or any other app created for novelists.

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Manage Your Blog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Manage Your Blog Be it Tumblr, Wordpress, or Wix, download the mobile app and manage your blog posts from anywhere. 

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Stock Market Coverage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone
Stock Market Coverage STOCKS is a great place to start.