Name all the ways in which you use your iPhone beyond texting and phone calls. How is it useful to y

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  1. applefanboy4 macrumors regular

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    In what was do you use it beyond the obvious of texting and phone calls? In what ways do you find it useful? How does it impact your daily life and routines?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Facebook, email, Cydia. Web browsing when not near a computer.

    It keeps me connected.
     
  3. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    I ride around town on the bus. I use Google maps in Transit mode to check schedules.
     
  4. Devyn89 macrumors regular

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    Web browsing, email, several social media apps, games, music, moves/tv-shows, I write to do lists, taking pictures, calander to keep my life in order, other things as well.
     
  5. Dreads macrumors member

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    Web browsing, photoes, I use the sat nav a lot as a driver also use podcasts a fair bit when I go cycling plus keep up to date with f/book Twitter etc....!
     
  6. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Browsing, e-mailing, navigating, translating, keeping personal data, banking.
     
  7. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Camera
    Sat Nav
    Email
    FaceTime
    Internet
    Games
    Music
    Notes
    Calendar
    I couldn't live without it. I'm in the house now and it's my go to device for MR.
     
  8. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

    Shanghaichica

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    Web browsing
    Email
    Listening to music
    Online shopping
    Listening to podcasts
    Online banking
    Watching YouTube videos/TV shows
    Alarm clock
    Reminders
    Social media
    Reading (occasionally)
    Camera
    Navigation
    Memo/notes/lists
    Calculator
    Calendar
    Playing games
     
  9. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    I forgot calculator. I'm always using that.
     
  10. firedept, Dec 25, 2015
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    firedept macrumors 603

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    Web searches
    Maps
    Remote for ATV 4
    Accept Payments (Square Register)
     
  11. greensalad macrumors regular

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    I ask myself this question every so often, just to be sure a smartphone is something that's worth me spending money on.

    What it usually comes down is having one device that can be:

    - an alarm clock
    - a calendar of my work hours
    - a calculator
    - a groceries list

    Everything else is a luxury.
     
  12. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    Facebook, clocking in and out for my job, alarm clock, Twitter, email, camera, web browsing, shopping, music, occasional gaming, Google Maps, I could go on.
     
  13. HEK, Dec 25, 2015
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    HEK macrumors 68030

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    Web browsing
    You tube watching
    TV watching
    Movies
    Mobile Banking
    Emails
    Game play
    FaceTime audio over wifi when cell reception is nonexistent.
    Navigation online
    Navigation offline with maps.me (load maps into phone)
    Weather radars
    Apple News
    Hey Siri timers, temp, what time, alarms
    Wifi calling
    Podcasts
    Apple Music and entire DVDs library loaded
    Keeping personal data
    Photos
    Notes, reminders
    Calendar and appointments
    Flashlight
    Find Friend, Use to locate son and him to locate me
    Videos family special events
    Forums
    Calculators, trig, equation solver
    Getting answers to questions Wolfram and Internet
    Interface to world no matter where I am.
     
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    Rufuss Sewell macrumors 6502

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    Take Payments: PayPal here

    Music player: iTunes, radio, Apple Music

    Communications: phone, email, social

    Tools: guitar tuner, calculator, alarm, flashlight

    Camera: photos, videos

    Maps: driving, restaurants, POI

    Music Recording: Quick melody ideas

    Web Browsing: News, forums

    Games: Scrabble, Solitaire

    Find lost items: Find iPhone, Tile

    Record Keeping: Numbers, Notes

    Banking: Check balances, deposit checks, transfer money, make payments

    Home automation: lights, security, pool, stereo

    Remotes: TV, iTunes, Logic

    Instruments: Synths, drums, midi controllers

    Shopping: Craigslist, Ebay, Amazon
     
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    lyceumHQ macrumors 6502a

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    Web browsing.

    Social media (let's me easily keep in touch with family who don't like in the same country).

    Shopping (95% of my shopping, including food is done on my phone).

    Sat nav

    Banking.

    A remote for my HTPC.

    Alarm clock

    Flashlight (which I use far more than I ever thought I would).

    Emails (I don't have my laptop or PC set up for emails anymore as the phone is easier)

    To do lists.

    Reminders (when I forget to look at the to do list).

    Photos.

    Gaming.

    Watching videoes

    Making/keeping check of appointments.

    Finding information.

    Reeding books (not often as I still prefer real books, but it's great for when you're stuck in say the doctors waiting to be seen etc).

    I genuinely don't know what I'd do without my phone. I'd need about 10 gadgets to do everything my phone does and everything it has gradually replaced over the years.
     
  18. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Aside from all of the above:

    - SSH client to remotely log in to servers at work when I need to.
    - Use Slack to communicate with co-workers easily.
    - Use FaceTime (hey it's not a phone call) to communicate with friends and family. Even without video, a FaceTime audio call sounds way better and clearer than a regular phone call.
    - As a remote for Cable TV as well as Apple TV
    - To locate my car, and find out how my car is doing
    - As a barcode scanner to check prices at the grocery store, and also to pay for groceries with Apple Pay.
    - To track packages
     
  19. Anand953 macrumors regular

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    Good question !! Especially for people who want to know if its worth to own a smartphone thats one of the expensive ones.. Our usage of iPhone can be classified into categories - 1) Utility use and 2) Luxurious use. Of the luxurious use, some can be justified by saying that we have earned it for ourselves but there are some which i feel are just plain lazy to have it on a smartphone.

    I find the iPhone (or any smartphone) useful on the following counts -
    Phone calls
    Texts and Social messaging
    Keeping track of To Do lists and Reminders
    News Notifications (I find it quite useful)
    Browsing on the go when you don't have a Laptop or Ipad
    Keeping track of your calendar
    Checking currency updates (am an expat so this app comes very handy)
    Playing Games - passing time when I don't feel like indulging on anything serious (including reading) and seek some me time.
    Above all - stability, consistency that only an iPhone can offer

    Apart from the above, I find all other uses of iPhone to be luxurious.
     
  20. bushido Suspended

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    Spotify - music obviously
    Maps - so i dont get lost in my own city lol
    Train schedule - should be obvious
    Safari - so i can look busy when i wait on people by myself

    worst obsession: twitter, facebook, instagram, snapchat, imessage, whatsapp aaaaand repeat

    i never really use it as a phone :D
     
  21. Kiimora macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Pay
    Mobile Banking
    Apple News
    Apple Music
    Kindle
    M-Commerce
    Organiser/Planner aka Siri
    Main camera
    Social Media
    Web browsing
    Travel assistant
    & of course my gawwwwwwd chatting!!!!!:D
     
  22. Shikaka macrumors regular

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    I travelled internationally for the first time last year. My iPhone did everything that I expected (camera, GPS, translator, etc.).

    A week into my trip I began to feel overwhelmed by the language barrier and general disorientation of being in a foreign world.

    What suprised me was how the iPhone served as a real security blanket. Being able to iMessage a friend, listen to some familiar music, and interact with a UI in my native language had an unexpected grounding effect.

    A little slab of technology in my pocket fended off the anxiety of feeling, "lost" and allowed me to focus on living in the moment and appreciating the culture around me.
     

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