Turns out, yes, I actually do need my smart phone.
While I knew it was useful, I didn’t think I needed it so much. So far today I’ve used it numerous times over the last few hours!
What Did I Need My Phone For, Today?
For the sake of the experiment, I noted when I used my phone:
Edited a post on Google Docs while on a bus trip. I tried using my laptop but couldn’t see the screen properly with the space constraints.
Played a few games while bored on the bus. When the space constraints stopped my enjoying Minecraft on my laptop, I fired it open on my phone. Browsing online helped kill a few hours too.
The Internet on my laptop came through my tethered trusty Android.
Used Do it (Tomorrow) to keep track of my notes.
Checked my bank balance with AIB Mobile.
Used Wolfram|Alpha for helping check some answers to math problems I was working on.
Worked on some files and used Dropbox to sync them with my laptop for when I got home.
With the list there in front of me, it’s surprising how many uses I have for my phone! It may sound silly from someone who enjoys messing about on his Android phone all day, but to be honest I thought most of that was for fun. My phone is actually a pretty well used tool for my everyday life. While I didn’t need my phone for everything on the list, it minimised a lot of effort need on my part – what more could I want from my phone?!
Although some of its uses could be replaced or done away with, I’d be making some compromises. Instead of carrying about 2 university timetables I’m able to quickly access them on my phone. And with the dawn of Google Music my phone has become even more powerful and can now access my whole collection of music at a moment’s notice – I previously wasnt able to access this whole collection thanks to having only a 4GB memory card.
While I couldn’t stop using my phone’s features, I found it easier, and more interesting to take note of when I used my phone. If you found this post intriguing it could be well worth carrying out this experiment yourself – even just for a few hours or days! Even just listing what you actually use your phone for can be revealing.
After this small experiment, I like knowing that my Android isn’t just a toy; it’s a pretty damn useful tool that I need. (Admittedly, it is a fun tool.) I might just be acting a little silly, though I think my experiment has some merit, and is a thought provoking activity; well worth a try. It’s made me look forward to my upgrade in the new year, and not feel guilty about the costly bills I get in the post – my phone is worth it!