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.
Listen to MusicSpotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes, YouTube... the options are endless!
Learn Something NewGoogle it, yo!
Never Get Lost
Check the WeatherWhether you're team Droid or team Apple, you automatically have a weather app on your phone.
Talk to Distant Friends/Relatives
There are several options that allow you to stream live television to your phone, here are some of the more popular apps: YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu, and CBS All Access.
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Edit Videos and Photos
Vine lets you loop, edit, and share videos. IMovie is also a great, classic video editing app.
Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Shudder, and YouTube Movies.
Buy Movie Tickets
Conveniently look up showtimes and purchase tickets through a theater's app or other options such as Fandango and Atom Tickets.
It's a Phone Right?
Read a BookThe Kindle and iBook apps are many bookworms' personal faves.
Play mobile games
You can play Fortnite and you can play all cool games on your mobile phone
Online BankingWherever do you bank? Download their mobile app!
Keep Track of Your LifeSimply use the Calendar app on your phone to manage your tasks and plans, or take it up a notch and use Sunrise Calendar.
Exercise Your BrainUsing fun brain game apps like Lumosity.
Stream the NFL
NFL Mobile, RedZone, Yahoo Sports, Amazon Prime Video, Sling, and several other options.
Stream the NHL
NHL.TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and Direct TV Now.
Track Traffic Reports
Calculate the Right TipTip 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.
Learn a New LanguageDuolingo is a great app for brushing up on all those Spanish vocab words you forgot from high school.
Pay for Things
Check in for a FlightYou 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.
Map Your Public Transportation RouteUse Transitapp to quickly navigate your city's public transit lines.