Other How much do you rely on your phone?

dragon4ever

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My iPhone has pretty much replaced almost all my basic needs for a pc. I do everything on the iPhone ranging from texting, making calls, email, browsing the web, playing games, listening to music, watching videos, paying bills, buying products, scheduling, calculations, news and much more. Come to think of it, I don’t think I can function without a smart phone.
 

BeeGood

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Outside of my work laptop, I effectively never use a PC for anything. My Max meets all of my routine computing needs and many of my entertainment needs. It’s expensive, but I can justify it on that fact alone.
 

eyoungren

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Apparently I don't rely on it in the same way you do.

My phone gets used for calls, texts, some email and light web browsing. I may watch a video on occasion when I happen to be somewhere that is not near a computer but that's about it.

But mainly I am either home or at work. I have more computers, laptops and large screen TVs for the kinds of things you mention than you can shake a stick at. I use those.

I am not playing games or watching movies on a rinky dink little screen attached to a phone when I can do that on a PowerMac G5 driving six displays or a 55" 4K television. Small screens are not in any way a thing for me.

So yeah, I don't depend on my phone for pretty much everything else you depend on it for.
 

adamgbiggs

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I use mine for calls, texts, email, browsing web, social media, a bit of music, taking photos, note taking, calendar, banking, shopping and the odd video on YouTube.

I watch movies on my TV and I still use a laptop every now and again.

My iPhone is used every day heavily, by the time bedtime comes (10 - 11pm) my phone will need charging and it usually gets a top up during the day too.

Adam.
 

Shanghaichica

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My phone is my main computer. I use it for listening to music, watching YouTube videos, internet banking, paying bills, online shopping, web browsing, taking photos, gaming, making calls and sending messages, reading the news, emails, my calendar. I have a MacBook and 2 iPads but I use my phone for most things.
 

John webstar44

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lol, I use my phone like 5-7 hours eachday 2 hours netflix before bed 1 hour travel to work listening to Apple music/Tuneinradio web browsing back from work exercise Apple music 1 hour cycling.
I use more mobile data (150gb) than my virgin media fibre connection now I'm thinking about cancelling my virgin fibre and use my unlimited hotspot on 3 for £12 a month save me another £24 each month.
 

joeblow7777

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When I consider what my phone does that my other devices don’t, the main things that come to mind are:

- Communication, including phone calls (obviously), sms based texts, and WhatsApp. The other messaging platforms I use are iMessage and Facebook Messenger, but those I can use through my iPad.
- Camera. (My phone is my primary camera)
- music player.
- maps/navigation.

Those are basically what I depend on my phone for. There are other things I do use my phone for, such as web browsing, viewing documents, email, YouTube, etc. But those tasks can be done at least as well on my iPad or laptop.
 

Jordan921

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I use my phone for almost everything. The iPad gets used for Netflix/movies and gaming. Only time I open up my macbook is to do a backup once awhile other then that MacBook just sits there.
 

puma1552

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Apparently I don't rely on it in the same way you do.

My phone gets used for calls, texts, some email and light web browsing. I may watch a video on occasion when I happen to be somewhere that is not near a computer but that's about it.

But mainly I am either home or at work. I have more computers, laptops and large screen TVs for the kinds of things you mention than you can shake a stick at. I use those.

I am not playing games or watching movies on a rinky dink little screen attached to a phone when I can do that on a PowerMac G5 driving six displays or a 55" 4K television. Small screens are not in any way a thing for me.

So yeah, I don't depend on my phone for pretty much everything else you depend on it for.
Same. My battery is typically around 80% after a 16-18 hour day.

If I'm at home, I'm using something better for the task, and if I'm out, I'm out doing something and not out and glued to my phone, which would defeat the purpose of being out to begin with.
 

eyoungren

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Same. My battery is typically around 80% after a 16-18 hour day.

If I'm at home, I'm using something better for the task, and if I'm out, I'm out doing something and not out and glued to my phone, which would defeat the purpose of being out to begin with.
Yeah, exactly.

The iPhone is a great jack of all trades, but why use that when you've got the real thing (hooked up to a bigger display) right in front of you?
 
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Relentless Power

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When I am mobile, My iPhone is my connection to know what’s going on the outside world in terms of news, media, notifications and emails, and of course phone calls. But that’s really about it, I usually resort to my laptop or iPad when at home.
 
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pika2000

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For banking, transportation, maps, taking pictures, document scanning, online shopping, music, news/podcasts, e-books, doing business, and that's not counting the usual basics like email and anything you can do on a browser, on the go.

A smartphone is no longer just a phone. After all these years, we finally have that one gadget that can do almost anything, in our pocket and wireless. It's quite amazing how not too long ago, we cannot even do many of those things without an actual computer or a much clunkier device, let alone wireless and connected to the internet all the time.
 

gimmmick

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It’s a great gadget and all around device when on the go. I do majority of my stream ing on Apple TV, reading at home with my ipad and everyday usage with my iPhone. My 2010 MacBook Pro is pretty much useless since it always restarts every time I use it so I have grown accustomed to iOS the past year. I have lately been using my Xs more often since I got it, the screen is really nice compared to my air 2.

My iPhone 5s is my main iPod / Spotify / podcast since it is the only with a headphone jack and is small enough for perfect one handed usage.
 

BeeGood

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Yeah, exactly.

The iPhone is a great jack of all trades, but why use that when you've got the real thing (hooked up to a bigger display) right in front of you?
Convenience and mobility.

Yes, obviously a bigger screen is a better viewing experience, but being able to watch whatever I want wherever I want trumps that for me and probably for others.

Having a highly capable, large phone means I don’t have to invest in a large TV, tablet or laptop/PC. I just don’t value large screens that much to make my phone’s screen “unwatchable” as it seems you feel it is. Personal preference.
 

SHirsch999

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I just wanted to add something to the discussion that most people wouldn’t think of. My wife and I use our iPhones to monitor our daughter’s blood sugar. She has Type 1 Diabetes and uses a continuous glucose monitor to check her blood sugar. Thanks to modern technology we are also able to monitor her blood sugar via an app over the internet.
 

eyoungren

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Convenience and mobility.

Yes, obviously a bigger screen is a better viewing experience, but being able to watch whatever I want wherever I want trumps that for me and probably for others.

Having a highly capable, large phone means I don’t have to invest in a large TV, tablet or laptop/PC. I just don’t value large screens that much to make my phone’s screen “unwatchable” as it seems you feel it is. Personal preference.
Oh, don't get me wrong. I've already stated that if I'm out somewhere and having to wait I might use my phone to watch something (I have about 50GB in Honeymooner's episodes).

But if I'm at home I'm not using my phone to watch a movie. I'm using my TV. And at work, I'm not watching TV.

5.whatever inches compared to 55 inches in 4K resolution. And, I don't have to hold my TV up like I do my phone.

So, yeah, I get convenience. It's nice when I'm out, but it's not convenient at home where I spend a majority of my time.
 

Hater

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I had serious reliance issues hmm, 2 or 3 years ago. My phone usage was easily 8+ hours a day, with meetings and such, so I pulled away, sold the 6S+ and went with a Nokia dumbphone for a few months. Once I could trust myself again, I bought an SE, as I do take quite a bit of video when i'm out and about for various reasons.

Nowadays I will leave it at home and forget about it sometimes. So I don't rely on it at all, which, for me, is the way I want it to be.
 

ARizz44

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My phone is primary for everything. I do most of my media consumption on it. I have many large televisions in my home but find I prefer to watch on my phone and leave others to the TVs. Its my primary camera, music source, alarm clock, texts, emails, social media, photo album, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Live, News, Internet, calendar, reminders, weather, etc. The one thing I don't use it as is an actual phone. I don't like to talk on the phone. Never have. Calls can go to voicemail and if it is important they can leave a message. Text and in person are by far my two preferred methods of communication.
 
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