I bought my Android Smartphone a month ago, and as no great surprise, I’ve used a whopping 16 minute of voice time. I spend maybe a 30 minutes a week on my landline phone talking to my mother, but other than that, I just don’t use the phone. Voice is not my thing. This is one of the main reasons I waited so long to upgrade to a Smartphone. It is tough to justify the cost of a device when you don’t use it for its primary purpose.
The things I do use the phone for are:
- Text messaging my husband to remind him to come home from work.
- Reading Kindle books on the bus (I use my Kindle at home).
- Using the GPS to track my cycling and running workouts.
- Playing MP3s while exercising and driving long distances.
- Catching up on Facebook & Twitter and posting updates on the go.
- Testing mobile website applications that I’m developing.
I can also say, that at least once, my Smartphone has helped the environment. I went to purchase a CD (it has been many years since I last bought a physical CD) and the store was not where it used to be. Once I got there, I was happy that I could just park, pull out my Smartphone, and search for the closest store location. Without the phone, I would have driven back home to look it up on the Internet. So, the Smartphone did save me some gas and time, and the environment some CO2 emissions.
I do expect that the longer I have the phone, the more purposes I’ll find for it.
Other than phone calls, how do you use your phone?