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Smarter Lives With The Smartphones

2013-02-27


Smartphones make for smart lives
Computers have changed people’s lives by simplifying tasks. If it were not for computers, everyday tasks would not be easily conducted. Just like computers help businesses succeed, cellphones, especially smartphones, are computers for individuals that give them the power to succeed. In the last ten years cell phones have become more technologically advanced to allow for more than just calls. Currently, cell phones enable users to go on the internet, check emails, and watch movies. Smartphones are the combination of PDAs and cell phones. By integrating mobile phone capabilities with the more common features of a handheld computer or PDA smartphones allow users to do things in one device (Beal). Smartphones, such as the iPhone, allow users to do multiple tasks with one handheld device. Smartphone are one of the most significant advancements in the information and communications technology industry over the last ten years because they have revolutionized the way we communicate and live.
Smartphones have changed the way people communicate. In the past,cell phones were only used for talking. Smartphones have expanded cell phone capabilities to texting and picture taking, and now they have expanded to video calling. The iPhone, for example, has changed the way users communicate through FaceTime. In June 2010 Apple released FaceTime on the iPhone 4, which combines the convenience of a phone with the advantages of face to face communication. Facetime is one the features of smart phones that have revolutionized the way the world now communicates because it gives two iPhone 4 users the option of calling each other and seeing each other by using the webcam placed on the phone. Video calling makes it easier and more comfortable to talk with family and friends face to face from almost anywhere. Thus, FaceTime has made it possible for those who are in different location to still keep in contact quickly and easily.
Smartphones have also changed the way people receive their news. Instead of sitting in front of a tv set or on the computer to receive daily news, smartphone users can access news instantly from their phones through Really Simple Syndication or RSS Feeds. RSS Feeds are an easy way for people to receive the latest information on websites that are updated regularly. Smartphone users can subscribe to these feeds and receive instant alerts when their favorite website updates. For example, The Wall Street Journal offers SmartMoney, an RSS feed, that updates subscribers on the latest business news. This allows smartphone users to get the latest news and information the minute it happens and is not limited to one’s geography or personal circumstances. FaceTime and RSS Feeds have helped users conquer geographical barriers between them and those they communicate with. Smartphones have become the hub for the majority of people’s everyday conversations and have also become part of their lifestyle.
Smartphones have changed the way users live through applications. Applications, or apps, are software that runs on a smartphones and enable users to do tasks simpler. Applications make smartphone users more powerful because it allows them to use features of a desktop computer comfortably. Apps come in a variety of forms all intended to keep you organized, entertained, and informed. According to Apple, “The App Store is the ultimate source for mobile apps in practically every category. Games, lifestyle, social networking, and education, for starters”(Apple Company). Smartphones and the creation of apps have opened the door for advances in medicine. Essentially, smartphones have revolutionized personal access to healthcare. Apps such as Medcalc and EyeChart quickly and easily give medical formulas or conduct visual acuity tests. Currently, there is an apps, which can measure and monitor blood pressure. The Boston Globe notes that “ BPM automatically launches a free app to record your blood pressure and heart rate. The app also has a sharing feature, so you can pass your results along to your doctor via e-mail, or to your account with Google Health or Microsoft HealthVault”(Baard). By creating less distance between doctors, patients, and even countries, mobile technology has made the world a smaller place.
Furthermore, iPhone apps have changed the way people do tasks. For example, with the touch of an app a car door can open and much more. Christine Ikeda notes that “Jonathan Oxer has written an iPhone application that can interface with his 3G equipped Mazda RX-8. The application allows him to lock/unlock the doors, start the engine and even pull real time dyno stats from the car”(Gadgetloop). Additionally, the iPhone has made tasks, such as cashing or depositing checks, even simpler. Bowie State University freshmen Donzell Johnson chose to get an iPhone because of the data services offered, which help him conduct his finances from his phone. Johnson’s iPhone allows him to simply deposit his check by using the app for his bank. Johnson describes the process by stating, “On my iPhone there's a app for my bank and once I open it and do deposit @ mobile I sign the back of my check and then take a picture of the front and back of it and it gets deposited into my account.” Johnson appreciates Apple company and the work they are doing on improving their device and supporting their customers. Thus, he will remain an iPhone user(Johnson). Many like Johnson have found ways to make tasks easier and more convenient to themselves.
It is evident while walking down a busy street, neighborhood, or mall that cell phone users are more invested and drawn to their smartphones because of the various features and capabilities offered. Smartphones have changed the way users communicate and live. Busy college or graduate school students can use their smartphone to keep in touch with family no matter their location through FaceTime. By offering video calling, smartphones have removed geographical restrictions on communication. Likewise, RSS Feeds keep businessmen and women updated on the news stories they want, whether business or personal. Apps have also drastically affected the way people live by offering unlimited choices to smartphone users. With millions of free apps in every category the busy mother of two children can shop, buy groceries, or keep track of her finances all in one device. In the past ten years smartphones have changed the way the world communicates and lives. Predictably, smartphones will continue to do the same in the next ten years.