10 smartphone features that we sometimes take for granted
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
1. Never-ending address book
2. Free turn-by-turn GPS directions
3. Ability to shoot photos & videos
4. Text messaging
5. Free voicemail
6. Email on the go
7. Good web browsing experience
8. Wi-Fi connectivity
9. 4G data speeds
1. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)
I take advantage of 4G and WiFi at the same time by Wireless Tethering my LTE speeds for free. Thanks Root.
2. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
MP3 Playback has got to be the first one :D
3. smartphone (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
I take great voice and loudspeaker quality for granted and I am disapponted most of the times.manufacturers are in useless hardware race and forgetting the most basic requirement.
4. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
I just destroyed my HD2 when I took it apart, so I reverted to my old Nokia 6301. I don't miss having a smartphone as much as I do because it can do #'s 1,4,5,6 just fine, and #3 and 8 to some degree. They should have mentioned music though. My little Nokia can hold enough songs on my micro SD, to keep me entertained.
5. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Bluetooth was another one. The first cell phone I bought was a Motorola V195s, which was remarkable for a) its months long battery life (in usage, not just standby) and the fact that it had Bluetooth.
On a related note, when I worked for Verizon's warranty department it was fun to look at old phones in the system and compare their features (color display!) with what was currently available. Even then (2008) the disparities were hilarious.
7. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
I remember when Wifi first started appearing with any sort of regularity at all. "who the heck actually uses wifi? there are barely any networks!" lol. now its frikkin everywhere and on everything. Its funny just how much has changed in the last 4 or so years.
8. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Yeah.. it's a shame that a certain fruit company has decided to neglect one of BT's primary usage functions: transferring files between devices.
6. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I take advantage of every single one of these lol
9. cybervlad81 (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)
Most of these are not exclusive to smart phones. The smart phone has improved some on these but feature phones do most of this.
10. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
We do take these features for granted. Amazing how technology has evolved while it becomes outdated within a few months. Not calling any OS names.
12. skymitch89 (Posts: 1122; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I don't get how these features are taken for granted:
1. I have 100+ contacts on my Evo Shift, which I need to clean up
2. Don’t really need turn-by-turn GPS navigation because I don't really go anywhere where I need it, and when I need directions I just look them up on Google Maps and look at the map
3. Ever since I got my first smartphone (Samsung Monent 2yrs ago) I’ve been using it as a camera/video recorder, though they cannot take as good of pics/video as professional cameras.
4. Practically every phone/device that comes out has the ability to text, but I rarely ever use it
5. Again practically every phone/device has voicemail in one way or another, but again I rarely ever use it
6. Most people I know with smartphones use the email app to check their email, including myself
7. I know a few people that don’t have a computer because they have a smartphone with internet. I sometimes use my Evo Shift as though it were a computer and even push it to do somethings that only a computer should do.
8. I try to be connected to Wi-Fi as much as possible, mainly because Sprint’s 3G data speeds are slow and their coverage in some areas suck.
9. A person has to be in 4G coverage in order to take advantage of it, and I wish that I had 4G coverage. I know that all 4 big companies have 4G, but Sprint’s is the smallest and suckiest.
10. There are only a few things that I don’t use apps for, such as checking Facebook or checking PhoneArena when on the go.
16. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
do you know how many times ive done contact transfers for customers with 300+ contacts? I had a guy that had 1200+ in there. Just because you dont use them, doesnt mean others dont. These devices werent created just for you. They were created for a large audience with diverse needs.
I couldnt get by on 100 contacts, as well as a lack of.... GPS, text, email, calendar sync, and a good internet connection. What the heck would be the point of the phone??
13. mercorp (Posts: 985; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
Dual sim,capacitive touchscreens,multi core processors,styluses.