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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Listen to Music Spotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes, YouTube... the options are endless!
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 ...
Learn Something New Google it, yo!
Check the Weather Whether you're team Droid or team Apple, you automatically have a weather app on your phone.
Talk to Distant Friends/Relatives Using apps like Skype, Facebook, text, or FaceTime to connect.
Light the Way Use the Flashlight app to illuminate all your darkest hours.
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.
solomege added Take Pictures
Online Banking Wherever do you bank? Download their mobile app!
Exercise Your Brain Using fun brain game apps like Lumosity.
Track Traffic Reports SigAlert is the Old Faithful of the bunch, but Waze and Beat the Traffic are efficient and reliable runners up.
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.
Read a Book The Kindle and iBook apps are many bookworms' personal faves.
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.
Map Your Public Transportation Route Use Transitapp to quickly navigate your city's public transit lines.
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.
Learn a New Language Duolingo is a great app for brushing up on all those Spanish vocab words you forgot from high school.
Pay for Things Google Wallet!
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.
Manage Your Diet My Fitness Pal and Lose It! allow you to track your food and exercise to manage food intake throughout the day.
Request Transportation Pick your poison: Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Carma Carpooling...
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.
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.
solomege added It's a Phone Right?
Monitor Your Heart Rate Keep your heart healthy by using Instant Heart Rate or Runtastic Heart Rate PRO.
Tune an Instrument Cleartune is the winning chromatic tuner app out there right now.
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.