More than anything else, I use my smartphone to...

More than anything else, I use my smartphone to...
Think about how this whole industry started — with mammoth devices that could barely make calls. It's incredible that in the span of three decades, the old, clunky phones of old transformed into a category of sleek computing devices that overshadow even the once (and still) great personal computer industry. We don't just talk on our phones anymore. We use them to chat, browse the web, watch movies, play ever more sophisticated and complex 3D games, take photos, and even do our reading.

As smartphone geeks, however, we can't help but notice that the various people that are always asking us for advice when buying a new device usually want a smartphone to mostly do this or that with it. Heck, we even know people that, more than anything, use their otherwise very expensive, flagship-level smartphones to just... you know, call people. Others are just happy to have a device that combines a point-and-shoot camera with a phone. A third group yet does almost nothing else but game on them.

What about you? More than anything else, what do you use your smartphone for?

More than anything else, I use my smartphone to...

... surf the web
... read (books, magazines, comics, etc)
... watch movies
... listen to music
... take photos
... play games
... call/text/IM



1. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Take notes... Evernote/Keep!

26. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

This poll should have CHECK-BOXES rather than RADIO-BUTTONS. We use our smartphones for lots of different tasks...

28. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Although i run 80% of my business through my smartphone...

30. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

... and personal stuff like banking, paying bills, emailing, staying updated with friends and family, checking my accounts (like phone carrier), listen music, watching movies on the go, consulting my personal agenda, alarm clock, notes etc. All my life is now driven by phone.

32. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

It says "more then anything else" so radio buttons make sense.

29. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

Should have the "All of the above" choice for that poll because I use my phone for surfing the web, music, taking pictures etc.

2. diehardnokian

Posts: 147; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Play Clash of Clans!

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Coc, surf the web, and text... That's all I need my phone for lol why 2k display you asked? That's why I'm sticking with 1080p for now.

27. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

lol that's why I chose play games. It's not by far what I use my phone most for, but it's probably the biggest time consumer.

3. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

All of them.

4. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Where is the option 'scrolling on phonearena page' ?

21. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

And don't forget 'avoiding touch the ads' while doing it

24. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Root+AdAway powwwaaa

5. sadiqahmed

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

YouTube and surf the net.

6. gaming64 unregistered

I surf the web most of all, especially its deepest corners :P

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

For science stuff

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And art films!

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Factoring in my commute to/from work, its really a toss up between listen to music and playing games. And they can seperate call/text. I makes call with my phone more than some ppl, some ppl I know text more than call.

8. IgorEfremenko

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

There should be checkboxes dammit!

9. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Playing games should be 2 different options. One for casual games that are easy on the hardware and another one for "real games". There is a big diference betwene the 2 categories. I assume you include IM in call/text but you should have IM as different option since many readers might not have unlimited call/text and for them IM is a very different thing. Call/text are on the decline and iM is on the rise, budling them together is a mistake. Not having a "social media apps" option is also curious, those things are supposed to be popular.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Web, call/text, pics/vids (cause there's a fight on the bus at least twice a week), Facebook, and music.

11. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Monitor my income and expenses.

13. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Believe it or not, listen to music.

38. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Me too.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Funny, PA talkes about smartphones and we see a picture of an iphone. Iphone is not that smart!

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I notice you constantly nag on Apple. Do you do it to piss off Apple users, or to hurt Apple in any way you can?

15. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

$900 for a flagship and all you do is surf the web.

16. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Text, pictures, browsing, and mostly calls. Can't get into playing games, or watching videos on a small, five and a half screen. Perhaps if I had to commute to work, would be a little differnt.

18. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

My iPad for reading! My LG G3 for text/Call/IM! Game? I hate it.

19. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

use it for my youtube channel filming

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