The Smart Ways We Use Smart Phones

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With nearly 372 million mobile phones shipped in the first quarter of 2011, the chances are excellent that you own one and carry it with you everywhere you go. While smartphones are gaining in popularity, there are still significant sales of so-called feature phones. So if you are one of those women who hasn’t made the move to a smartphone, you may be wondering what all of the fuss is about. While I do have a smartphone and use it regularly, I decided to ask a slightly younger woman what she appreciates about her smartphone. So I arranged to talk with Tiffany Wahl, a 33 year old mother of two and media consultant who told me she is rarely in the same place for more than 30 minutes. Tiffany responded to a message I sent on Twitter looking for a woman who would talk to me about technology they can’t live without. Her response said she would love to chat with me about her “tech obsessions.” As it turned out, the morning we spoke didn’t start out well, as her Android phone was refusing to turn on. She felt like she was missing a limb and hoped that her phone problems would be quickly resolved when she made a trip to the phone store later that day. Tiffany told me that her phone contains just about all of the information that is important to her in her day-to-day life. Not only does it contain pictures, contacts and calendar information, she also uses it for online banking and to access various websites, particularly for checking sport scores and schedules so she can keep track of her favorite teams. She listens to Pandora (an online music service) while she is driving because she is able to plug her phone into the car’s speaker system. That allows her to listen to her favorite music wherever she happens to be headed. But the thing that she was most worried about the morning we spoke were her lists. She estimates that she has 50 different lists, all organized on her phone using an application called Safe Notes. Her phone holds her grocery list and list of passwords, as well as lists of movies she wants to watch on Netflix and books she wants to read. As someone who has gotten to the grocery store only to discover that I left my list at home, I can certainly see that having the list on my phone would completely eliminate that problem! In spite of the fact that Tiffany is an avid reader, one thing she does not ever do on her smartphone is read a book. Since I am a big reader as well, that started a conversation about reading electronic books versus reading books where you can touch the pages. I understand that perspective, but love being able to take a whole “stack of books” with me on a trip to read on my iPad or my Nook. While that’s a topic for a future article, it pretty well sums up the power of technology. It’s all about finding those pieces that make your life work better than it would without technology and jumping in with both feet. However, if you’re happy with your feature phone and can’t see how a smartphone would work for you, then by all means, stick with it.
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