Nowadays, we’re seriously spoiled
with the technology that’s stuffed into our modern day smartphones, as our insatiable appetites seek out for the next best thing. Advancements in technology enable our devices to become better, stronger, and faster
, but throughout the course of time, it’s undeniably evident that consistency with some things can change our thoughts and feelings surrounding certain features. Needless to say, there are some people out there that seemingly center their lives around their precious smartphone, seeing that we’re sometime constantly engrossed
by the myriad of features that aid in making things very easy on us.
Call it ennui
or whatever, but we have this tendency to get bored
with certain once-thought to be highly prized features with our smartphones. Luckily, that’s when we all need to step back for a moment and place ourselves to a time when things were a whole lot different – and by that, we’re talking about an era when smartphones consisted of Palm, Windows, and BlackBerry devices. Obviously, things have dramatically changed in the smartphone industry in the last several years, as feature phones have been shoved away to make room for smartphones. Nevertheless, we’re spoiled by many things, and with that, we sometimes take them for granted.
Hence why this time, we’re going to look at 10 smartphone features we sometimes take for granted
, to ensure that we absolutely realize how things were and how they are right now. Of course, there are probably plenty of others not mentioned in the list, so please be sure to share them with us in the comments section!
10 smartphone features that we sometimes take for granted
10 smartphone features that we sometimes take for granted
1. Never-ending address book
Come on people! This is seriously a game changing feature! Remember when
we all used to know phone numbers by memory? To tell you the truth,
there’s no arguing how “smart” our smartphones really are, as we’d
fathom that most people probably don’t know more than a few numbers
nowadays. As we’ve all experienced at one point or another, losing our
address book and its entire catalog of contacts can surely put us into a
funk of some kind.
2. Free turn-by-turn GPS directions
No kidding it was surely rough back in the day when built-in GPS wasn’t a
standard feature amongst smartphones, as most of us resorted to
printing out directions from MapQuest for all of our navigation needs.
Eventually, the Google Maps app became available on a wide-array of
mobile platforms – thus, giving us the power to get directions in the
palm of our hands. However, it wasn’t until 2009 that we were all
presented with free voice guided turn-by-turn directions with Android
3. Ability to shoot photos & videos
In a social network dominated society, nearly anyone and everyone can be
a member of the paparazzi, seeing that our connected smartphones can
snap photos and videos in real-time. But remember when a camera was
regarded as a luxury feature on a smartphone? Fortunately for all of us,
advancements enable our smartphones to produce crisp images and videos
that are worthy enough to be proudly shown off – as opposed to back
then, when they were laughable QVGA sized images.
4. Text messaging
Arguably, text messaging has made a profound impact in the general
mobile space, since it’s the one of the undisputed choices for
communication. For the most part, the process of text messaging hasn’t
changed, as we’re still limited to 160 characters.
However, organization with our devices now makes it easier than ever to
5. Free voicemail
Can you imagine paying for voicemail? We know we can’t, but
interestingly enough, this declining feature wasn’t a standard thing
back in the early days. Even though you might get some blank messages on
your voicemail, today’s advancement include a host of things such as
visual voicemail and transcribing services – both of which added a new
spin to voicemail in general.
6. Email on the go
Call it absurd, but imagine what it’d be like to not have emails coming
to your smartphone. Well, for starters, you’d probably like it when
you’re done with work and off the clock, but for other people, they
totally adore the feeling of still being connected. Naturally, it’s
wonderful being able to reply quickly to an email on the go, which beats
having to waste time later on logging into your account and composing
7. Good web browsing experience
Oh man oh man! Before the original iPhone, the experience of browsing
the web could best be described as archaic and antiquated, as the
BlackBerry web browser was never of any help – albeit, we can say the
same to Pocket Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile. Today, the
experience is exhilarating in so many ways, since every movement and
action is instantaneous – though, some devices are treated with Flash
content to provide users with that desktop-like experience on the go.
8. Wi-Fi connectivity
If you own some kind of voracious 4G LTE smartphone, you’re probably
aware about its less than appealing battery life. Call it being spoiled
like no other, but we sometimes forget that Wi-Fi connectivity can help
ease the burden on our batteries. Wi-Fi with our smartphones has been
around for some time, but consumers tend to get comfy with the peppy
speeds available with today’s various 4G connections. Yet, it’s still
regarded as a good idea to switch over to Wi-Fi whenever the connection is
available – so you can extend that battery as much as possible.
9. 4G data speeds
And with that folks, we stride into 4G speeds, as we’re certain that
some people are already finding speeds to be “slow” – just like what
transpired with the jump from 3G connectivity. With Verizon’s 4G LTE
network being commercially available for more than a year now, there’s
no kidding the kind of blistering speeds consumers are exposed to, but
seeing that people are uploading 1080p videos and 8-megapixel & up photos,
it’s sure to maintain those wait times we’re normally accustomed to
experiencing. Still, we simply need to remind ourselves about those dark
times with EDGE speeds.
“There’s an app for that!” Those words have become synonymous, as our
smartphones are made smarter with the aid of many useful apps. From
pocket dictionaries to photo editing tools, apps have really excelled
with their functionality in the last few years – whereas before, they
were barely complementary things to the stock apps found with most
handsets. Simply, all you need to do is experience a Windows Mobile or
aging BlackBerry app to really appreciate how far we’ve come.