- Payphones – How often do you see a payphone these days? And does it work? I can remember seeing booths with a payphone and payphones on the street. Hardly today though. I have seen old hotels that have the payphone booths but it goes in line with the decor of these historic hotels.
- Landline Phones – well not entirely. My son moved out of town and the only phone he has is his smartphone. According to the Center for Disease Control, as of December of last year 47% of households are cell only, 41% have both a cellphone and landline and 8% only use a landline. Nothing was said about the remaining 4%. That is just under 50% of homes have a landline. Expect this percentage to shrink in the years ahead as landlines will probably go the way of the iceman. With this year being a presidential election, most polltakers only call landline phones. Interesting.
- Calculators – While I still have a calculator on my desk, I rarely use it these days. I do use the calculator on my phone. More and more people are also using the calculator on their phone as well.
- Alarm Clocks – On the clock function of my Android phone, I can set several alarms. Travel alarm clock? Not when I have my smartphone.
- Calendar – the calendar on your smartphone is not only more versatile but has eliminated the need for buying a personal sized or kitchen calendar at your local card or another store.
- Phone Book – my phone book is on my smartphone which syncs to my Gmail account. Remember the little black book that single (we think) men used to carry?
- Cameras – the quality of smartphone cameras has improved greatly over the past few years. Will they replace the digital SLR(DSLR) cameras? I doubt it but one can never be so certain.
- Watches – While I still wear a watch, the clock on my phone can not only tell time but tell me the time in other cities as well as being a timer, alarm or stopwatch.
- Remote Control – I use my phone as a remote for the televisions in the house. I may misplace the dedicated remote for them and cable but I won’t misplace my smartphone.
- Flashlight – If I need to find something in a dark area, I get my phone and use the flashlight app. It is portable and can work better than a regular flashlight.
- Small Mirror – Not sure if that chocolate is still on your face? Use the camera on your phone as if you’re going to take a selfie and find out.
- Parking Meter – Coming soon to New York City. No more running from a restaurant during a romantic meal to feed the meter. You will be able to pay for street parking with an app. I have done this in Texas and California and it works great! The parking spot is referenced with a section and parking spot number. You don’t have to run out with a minute left to feed the meter. You do it from your phone and you get an alert when your time is almost up.
- Photo Album – On my phone are various pictures that I have put into various albums. And a lot lighter than those albums we still have of older pictures.
- Weather band radios and radios in general – Pandora, Spotify and the Weather Channel App have replaced these.
- Travel Maps – Well probably Mapquest could take some credit for this but instead of stopping at a gas station for maps, buying a street map of your local area, and buying a travel atlas you can use the map app on your smartphone. How many people buy those local street maps or Rand McNally atlasses today?
These are just a few things that your smartphone has replaced. What has it replaced for you?
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