What is your phone really used for?

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Oct 2, 2013 9:11:01 AM via Website

I know we call them smartphones, but in all honesty I hardly ever make calls from my phone anymore (the same reason I no longer have a fixed landline). For me my phone is really just a portable internet device: instant messaging, social media + browser. It's also a navigation tool and game device. Oh and app launcher. But a phone? Not really. How about you? What is your phone's primary function? Camera? GPS? Music player? Photo Album?

Oct 2, 2013 2:47:26 PM via Website

Never have I spent such silly money,as on my Galaxy S3.(like 4 month's pension). I dont Game,Twitter,Facebook,Google + etc.I'm somewhat reclusive,so have no friends. The S3 was going to change my life.Yah,Yah- nothing changed,in fact it probably got worse as I am not the flavour of the month with my kids,so we hardly chat/sms etc.
Looking at it now, I charge the S3,read a bit of BBC news,check the weather,make the odd phone call and send the odd sms.
Lord how I miss my old Nokia that did sweet F/A,but cost buggerall. Being 70 and trying to be Hip2B2 at great expense is a sign of mental breakdown.
Here am I waiting for 4.3 or thinking I should Root and Flash a Rom or two. Total bloody madness.In my next life I refuse to get old cos in my case it really is a pile or crap and I feel a lot stupid!!

Oct 2, 2013 11:48:26 PM via Website

A really low tech/low grade LG. Cost me only a penny with my prepaid plan. Calls, text, photos, bluetooth, Serves my needs. I can't imagine how obsessed I'd be having all that other stuff in one device!

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"You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here & So Am I" - FZ

Oct 3, 2013 1:37:45 AM via App

My phone is primarily used for my calendar. I am between jobs and watch a lot of tv (sad, but true) and my whole schedule is in there. I also could not function in my daily life without Out of Milk and Evernote.

Oct 4, 2013 3:16:26 PM via Website

I actually use my phone for calling, hard to believe, I know!

My phone is a mix of calling family/friends, using my various messengers, most commonly WhatsApp, Facebook and usual text messaging. I also check our new AndroidPIT App to see if there are any new comments on articles or threads in the forum to be answered. I've started to play more games now, currently have Dumb Ways to Die, Terraria, Subway Surfer and Governor of Poker 2. I like to flip through Feedly on a daily basis too to keep up with the latest tech trends.

However, I would say I'm a boarderline obsessive user like that thing is glued to my hand. I'm in the need of a good old smartphone exorcism!

@Dave Jarrat, I don't think a phone will change lives by any means, if anything, it's another addicion to tack on to the many other ones that exist. Dave, I think you are way ahead of the game compared to other gents out there who don't even know how to use a computer mouse and refuse to use computers and even learn how!

Oct 4, 2013 3:17:16 PM via Website

Calendar, that's seriously not even on my radar (or should I say: phone?)! I never use it, except to perhaps check the day of the week for a date in the future for booking holidays etc. But my work schedule is uber flexible so I don't need to keep track of meetings/appointments etc.

And Dave, the good news is you found your way to our forums, so we'll keep you company! My father took an iPad users class and now he's a ninja, he knows more about iPads than I do! I heartily applaud your plan to root and ROM, that'll open up a whole new world of possibilities to get your S3 doing exactly what you want. Welcome to the freedom of Android!

Nov 11, 2013 6:06:42 PM via Website

Bah! I'm seriously the Facebook Grinch - as I get more and more tired, bored, grumpy, disillusioned (and more of my friends keep posting baby/pet pictures) I drift further and further away from Facebook. I seriously only use it now for...email! I should probably just ditch the app and get messenger instead?

Nov 12, 2013 9:32:43 AM via Website

Kris Carlon
Bah! I'm seriously the Facebook Grinch - as I get more and more tired, bored, grumpy, disillusioned (and more of my friends keep posting baby/pet pictures) I drift further and further away from Facebook. I seriously only use it now for...email! I should probably just ditch the app and get messenger instead?

FaceWhat????? +Who????? I don't get involved with that stuff.........GO FOR THE MESSENGER INSTEAD KRIS!!!!! :vader:

— modified on Nov 12, 2013 9:33:28 AM

"You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here & So Am I" - FZ

Nov 12, 2013 9:37:38 AM via Website

Haha, the funny thing is I don't use the official FB anything. So I'd have to install yet another messenger that isn't FB (I don't have a FB messenger app, I just use a web page launcher - Fastbook Pro (which is admittedly very buggy and unreliable) to send msgs, but I also don't mind Atrium which is also a bit buggy). Can anyone recommend a good Facebook Messenger alternative that isn't Facebook?

Nov 14, 2013 8:44:00 AM via Website


I use my phone mostly for.....calling (strange ? but true) I dont use FB, Twitter, etc. Sometimes I text to my wife. Ah! Most important thing I use it for Battlenet authentification :) Sometimes for debugging my games also :) Primary function is my camera and this feature I really use.

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Nov 25, 2013 2:52:45 PM via Website

Interesting question...

I don't make many calls any-more a lot is per E-Mail, IM or Social Network.

My main uses:-
  • Internet
  • Looking things up (I.e. while in the supermarket)
  • Maps/GPS
  • Calendar
  • Transport timetables
  • Work and Personal Email PDA
  • Update and notifications about most social networks (FB, G+, Instagram etc etc)
  • Guitar Tuner
  • Portable music recorder
  • Camera for those parties!
  • Reading Music notation while learning song's
  • Some Games
  • As a media player with Spotify on the way to work
  • News reader via flip board on the train.
  • Oh and when at home my phone is a remote for Projector/Music System/LED Lights

I use more Smart than Phone these day's, in fact it's at the point where the calling function seem's useless, unless it's an emergency.

Jan 5, 2014 11:38:31 PM via Website

Now that I have my Nexus 5 set up just how I like it (for now): CM 11, Apex Launcher, full screen widgets, I have to change some of my previous comments. I'd now add ROM switcher and backup manager, music player (I dropped a buck on Poweramp so now I'm actually making an effort to listen to music on my phone again), language learner and gaming device (because now I can play graphics heavy games and not just timewasters).