Since the launch of the first smartphone, people have become more and more dependent on this device. Thanks to the endless race between mobile producers, modern mobile devices now come with many useful features which considerably benefit the users in their life. Undoubtedly, cell phones allow us to handle different tasks in one single gadget, and due to this ability, our demand for other items has been reduced and even killed. Here are seven things that our smartphones have already replaced:
1. Alarm Clock
Gone are the days of setting time for your alarm clock before going to bed and walking up in the early morning, unwillingly turning off the bells ringing on your beside table. Today, the humble alarm clocks tend to be less popular at households. The first thing we usually touch in the morning seems to be our cell phone. Almost handsets are able to wake us up and show the time. The light from screen allows us to handle alarm clock and watch the time in the dark.
The tech revolution has stopped our fear of wallet being stolen because we no longer need a wallet full of cash when our smartphone can completely replace it. Mobile banking, internet banking apps and services let the users make payment everywhere at any time. Those apps and services are available on many smartphones. Apple Pay and Android Pay are among of the most popular examples.
3. Remove & Switch
Nowadays, more and more mobile phones are equipped with IR blasters, which enable the users to use their smartphones to control not only TV, but also any devices that receives an IR signal such as DVD, air – conditioners, garage doors and stereo equipments. Thanks to this function of smartphone, we do not have to worry when our remove is nowhere to be found.
It is undeniable that the digital camera can offer qualified pictures. However, because this device is too heavy and bulky to carry, it is not an ideal choice for us in many cases. That’s one of the reason explaining why people would rather taking photos by phones rather than digital cameras. The appearance of flagship smartphones from Samsung, Apple and other makers narrows the gap between the quality of snaps taken by smartphones and those produced by digital cameras. Several handsets come with high megapixel sensor camera and optical image stabilization, which enable the photographers to take sharp and beautiful pictures.
Although physical books maintain several advantages, the number of people reading books on their phones keep increasing for years. With the availability of interesting reading apps, online news and magazines websites, the phone users can read any book they like and search for any information they need. Because of convenience and low cost, the habit of reading on cell phone is expected to become more and more preferable.
6. Map & GPS Device
Your journey seems to be quicker and more comfortable with the guidance of Google Map and other useful smartphone map apps. It is unnecessary for a tourist to look for a store where they can purchase a map paper because a mobile device connected to Internet can totally help him. Besides, the traffic attendants can avoid traffic jams with the alert of map apps when there are road constructions or heavy traffic.
Being equipped with Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking, accelerometers, gyroscopes and other sensors, your phone can work as a perfect electronics drawer. Particularly, several Android, iOS and Nokia new handsets feature satellite navigation.
7. Music Player
Look back to the history of music player devices in the world. In the 80’s, A Walkman might satisfy those who were keen on listening music. This kind of device had been replaced by portable CD players in 90s before the domination of iPod in 2001. Things have changed a lot since the launch of the first smartphone. Thousands of songs can be stored on your handset and if you want to listen to other new songs, you can download from online music websites.