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How many of the features of your phone do you use?

  • 100%

    Votes: 6 13.0%
  • 75%

    Votes: 22 47.8%
  • 50%

    Votes: 14 30.4%
  • Just the phone

    Votes: 4 8.7%

  • Total voters
    46

Russiaone

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 7, 2010
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Do you use a great majority of the features on your phone?

I ask, because I'm watching a video review of the iPhone 6s Plus, and it was brought to my attention that I rarely, if ever, use Spotlight search.

And it seems, to me, to be very intuitive and useful.

I guess, if anything, it's always great to find useful features months into owning the phone.

Of course I knew I about the function, but just for whatever reason, decided not to use it.

Anyway, how about you folks?
 

ivantwilliams

Cancelled
Nov 30, 2014
2,060
1,390
I certainly don't. For example, I don't use a Spotlight Search, Siri the health options. To name a few things...
 

Shirasaki

macrumors G5
May 16, 2015
13,860
8,326
I don't use Siri. And I don't use stock video app at all. I also don't use Apple Music. Uh, I think I have used many of iPhone features after all.
 

ardchoille50

macrumors 68020
Feb 6, 2014
2,142
1,224
I probably use everything, except the phone feature itself. I'm deaf and cannot use such a feature but the phone is extremely valuable beyond that.
 
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eyoungren

macrumors Penryn
Aug 31, 2011
26,035
21,796
I certainly use more than just the phone but probably less than 50% of it's full 'features.'

My opinion of what is actually a feature tends to be different than Apple's.
 
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bandofbrothers

macrumors 601
Oct 14, 2007
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Uk
I use the 'features' that fit in currently with my usage wants and needs. :)

It's quite often that I flick through my iPhone and come across something that's redundant to me personally and think I forgot that was an option. ;)
 

Mr.Pooya

macrumors member
Jul 30, 2014
50
16
I almost use none of its features except for 3D touch. I dont use siri, Apple music, Spotlight and health options.
 

maflynn

Moderator emeritus
May 3, 2009
69,969
38,303
I don't use Siri, or most of the health options, nor is continuity something I ever used.
 

Retired Cat

macrumors 65816
Jun 12, 2013
1,210
380
I use Weather and Maps iOS apps, but for most of the other "smart phone" stuff, 3rd party apps dominate.
 

bingeciren

macrumors 65816
Sep 6, 2011
1,044
959
Things I don't use: Siri, Apple Maps, Apple Music, Some of the Health options, Continuity, stock video, Reminders, stock calculator, Wallet, Game Center, iMovie, iTunes Store.
 

Paddle1

macrumors 601
May 1, 2013
4,144
2,109
I doubt most people use all the features, and what is classified as a feature? Assistive Touch? Game Center?
 

bufffilm

Suspended
May 3, 2011
4,227
2,536
OP: Be better to come up with a list and ask which features you don't use; asking 100%, 75%, etc is rather unrevealing.
 

now i see it

macrumors G3
Jan 2, 2002
9,676
19,421
Stock iOS features or apps or app integration I never use:

* Siri
* Watch
* Podcasts
* Game Center
* FaceTime
* Find Friends
* Wallet
* Health (pedometer is too inaccurate)
* Music
* Voice Memos
* Stocks
* Find iPhone (not yet but good to have)
* Personal Hotspot
* Twitter
* Facebook
* Flicker
* Vimeo
* Fitness Tracking
* Home Kit
* Bluetooth Sharing
* Hand Off
* Car Play
* Share My Location
* Continuity
* Reachability (& I have a +)
* Screen Transparency
* Screen Animations/motion
* Speak features
* iTunes WiFi Sync
* VPN

* & recently added to the list: Software Update.

I occasionally use spotlight to search the notes I make. All other search features turned off. & occasionally use Reminders to jot down a quick note.
 
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itsray

macrumors 6502
Jun 5, 2016
474
326
Stock iOS features or apps or app integration I never use:

* Siri
* Watch
* Podcasts
* Game Center
* FaceTime
* Find Friends
* Wallet
* Health (pedometer is too inaccurate)
* Music
* Voice Memos
* Stocks
* Find iPhone (not yet but good to have)
* Personal Hotspot
* Twitter
* Facebook
* Flicker
* Vimeo
* Fitness Tracking
* Home Kit
* Bluetooth Sharing
* Hand Off
* Car Play
* Share My Location
* Continuity
* Reachability (& I have a +)
* Screen Transparency
* Screen Animations/motion
* Speak features
* iTunes WiFi Sync
* VPN

* & recently added to the list: Software Update.

I occasionally use spotlight to search the notes I make. All other search features turned off. & occasionally use Reminders to jot down a quick note

you should probably just get a flip phone then.
 

insomniac86

macrumors 6502a
Oct 13, 2015
546
809
Perth, Western Australia
I guess i'm heavily invested into the Apple ecosystem. I use, Apple Pay, Apple Music, iTunes Match, iCloud Drive, Photos iCloud library, iTunes for Movies, Apple Maps, HomeKit (Hue Lights), FaceTime, iMessage, Apple Health, Siri heavily etc. Spotlight search is how i launch all my apps if not spoken with Siri. I use handoff now and then, mainly as an easy way to continue editing a note or for browsing to desktop version of a website.

My question for those that don't use a lot of Apples features. Why buy an iPhone? They're not cheap, if you want a phone that can run the odd app, why not go Android?

EDIT: I use Apple Pay, all the time love it.
 
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oneshotpro

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Aug 13, 2014
192
92
I use spotlight often, stopped using siri as it doesn't seem to work quite right yet. Do not use nearby or apples apps as they are not that great, do use FaceTime and Passbook though.
 

HEK

macrumors 68040
Sep 24, 2013
3,547
6,079
US Eastern time zone
Do you use a great majority of the features on your phone?

I ask, because I'm watching a video review of the iPhone 6s Plus, and it was brought to my attention that I rarely, if ever, use Spotlight search.

And it seems, to me, to be very intuitive and useful.

I guess, if anything, it's always great to find useful features months into owning the phone.

Of course I knew I about the function, but just for whatever reason, decided not to use it.

Anyway, how about you folks?

I think that calling this a phone is no longer valid. Is has evolved into a full fledged computer. Mobile with things like phone, GPS, camera, that combine elements from previously seperate devices all into one.

As such, I use what I am used to, discovering new features or uses as the need arises. So far payment, health, and home features are of used by me. I have or found a need yet. This in no way denegrate those features.

I would think we would be hard pressed to find. Any individual that uses every feature and utility available. Hell, I would be hard pressed too even name all the features, given the millions of ape available. Who else has used the seismometer feature, or the decibel meter. Those used to be seperate devices.
 
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