This Is What I Think About Smartphones

Last updated on December 2nd, 2019

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Smartphones have been around since the nineties and according to the article, The History of Smartphones by Brad McCarty, the phrase “Smartphone” was coined by Ericsson.

We are in the twenty-first century and smartphones are everywhere (Almost everyone owns one).

Today, smartphones are more advanced than their nineties counterpart; this is due to the quantum leap in the technological advancements over the years.

Smartphones are here to stay and there is no way that we can put that proverbial genie back into the bottle.

Some of us cannot fathom what our lives would be like without our smartphone.

And, then there are those who view the usage of the smartphone as a necessary evil, while there are those people that think that the smartphone is a Godsent device that was created for us to make our lives easier.

Hey, we all have our unique point of view on smartphones and I would be adding my perspective on the smartphone to the global collective of opinions.

Smartphones Are Like Mini Computers

Smartphones are very powerful handheld devices; they can be used to do the following:

  • To surf the internet.
  • To make online payments.
  • To turn on the lights in the house.
  • To unlock car doors.
  • To start a vehicle’s engine.

That is merely a short list of what you can actually do with your smartphone.

Do you ever use your smartphone in a similar manner?

Smartphones Can Be Used For Blogging

A lot of bloggers use their smartphones to update their blogs.

In my early days of blogging, I posted ninety percent of my blog posts via my smartphone.

Today, I use a laptop computer solely for blogging (But, if something were to go wrong with my laptop, I would have no choice but to use my smartphone for the purpose of blogging).

Currently, there are mobile apps available for the following blogging platforms:

  • WordPress
  • Blogger
  • Weebly
  • Tumblr

Those mobile apps are ideal for bloggers who love to blog on the go.

Do you use your smartphone to update your blog?

Smartphones Can Be Costly

If you want the latest smartphone, you will have to make up your mind to depart with a lot of your hard-earned cash (Your wallet will look as though an elephant sat on it).

A part of me believes that the latest smartphones are expensive because the manufacturers of those smartphones know that there are people who will pay whatever price that those handheld devices are sold for.

Come on! Do we need to buy the latest smartphone whenever it is released on the market?

Of course not!

If there is nothing wrong with last year’s model (or the model for the year before that), it is not mandatory to purchase the latest model of smartphone.

But, we are so indoctrinated into buying the latest of everything.

If everyone protested and said, “Hell no! I am not buying that. It is too expensive,” the smartphone manufacturers will have no choice but to drop their exorbitant prices.

By the way, I would like to take the opportunity to say to you, “You can save a lot of money by purchasing a refurbished smartphone!”

Also, have a look at Bree Fowler’s article, Should You Buy A Refurbished Phone? (It would give you a general idea on some of the important things to look for when purchasing a refurbished smartphone).

Do you ever go out of your way to buy the latest smartphone?

Smartphones Can Be Potentially Dangerous

For years, people stated that smartphones can be hazardous to our health.

Is there truth to that statement?

Oh, there is probably some truth to it.

Smartphones can be potentially dangerous for the following reasons:

  • They emit electromagnetic radiation.
  • They disrupt sleep due to the direct exposure of blue light.
  • They can be a potential security risk.
  • They tempt people into doing stupid things like texting while driving.
  • They can affect the brain development in young children.

Those are some of the potentially dangerous aspects of the smartphone.

In spite of the potential dangers of using a smartphone, many of us continue to use them.

Smartphones Can Help Keep Us Safe

Smartphones can help keep us safe via the bSafe — Personal Safety App; this app allows its users to do the following:

  • To live stream with when the SOS button is activated; this feature allows parents, guardians and loved ones to get your location in addition to seeing and hearing everything that is happening to you in real time.
  • To allow a friend to follow you home via the Follow Me feature; this is done via bSafe’s GPS tracking functionality. Your friend will see all of your movements via a map on their smartphone and they will be notified as soon as you have reached your home safely.
  • To allow users to utilise the Fake Call feature to get their self out of unpleasant or threatening situations.
  • To share your location with selected people, so they can know exactly where you are and come and pick you up.

Those are just some of the cool features of the bSafe — Personal Safety App; it is available on Google Play and the App Store.

Smartphones Can Be A Nuisance

Have you every been at a cinema watching your favourite movie only to be interrupted by smartphones?

I know that I have!

Smartphones rang throughout the night in the cinema; that made it impossible for me to enjoy the movie that I was watching.

Apparently, etiquette is dead.

In the past, people would turn their smartphones off when they entered the cinema or they would place it on the Vibrate function.

Do you think that smartphones are a nuisance?

Smartphones Can Invade Our Privacy

I remembered that I was interested in downloading a certain app on my smartphone. When I checked it out on Google Play, the app wanted the following:

  • Access to my phone contacts.
  • Access to my microphone.
  • Access to my camera.

The sad part was, that if I did not agree to those permissions, I would be disallowed from downloading the app (I did not agree to the terms and conditions and I wiped the thought of downloading that app from my mind).

A lot of apps tend to want too much access to the our personal information and access to the features of our smartphones.

Final Thoughts

Smartphones have their negative and their positive aspects.

It is quite evident, that some people use their smartphones in a haphazard manner; such as in texting while driving or checking their WhatsApp messages while they are crossing the road.

There is also the controversial health risk factors involved; such as the risk of getting cancer, straining one’s eyes, developing posture-related problems and being kept awake throughout the night due to the blue light from the screen.

We also cannot deny the fact, that smartphones are capable of keeping us safe via apps.

Smartphones can be a privacy risk; especially when we have given some of those apps permission to access certain types of information and features on our smartphone.

But, I have to admit, that smartphones do come in very handy in the area of browsing the internet when we are on the go.

One of the biggest ironies is that we would quicker forget to take other items from our home with us; but we would always remember to carry our smartphone with us (And, that is because we are heavily addicted to our smartphone).

Society has turned the smartphone into one of those must-have items.

44 thoughts on “This Is What I Think About Smartphones

  1. My phone is ancient but it does what I need it to do, and more probably.

    My husband had an iPhone before me, and now he prefers Android. I was a big Android fan and now I prefer iPhone. Don’t ask me why we changed allegiance, because I have no idea.

    I’ve not tried Weebly. I’ve tried everything else 🙄 so maybe I should.

    Smartphones/social media have increased the popularity of emojis and also taking photographs of absolutely everything as well, do you think?

    I read books on my phone, listen to music, and watch YouTube. It’s my entertainment centre without a doubt.

    Interesting topic I think Renard!

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    1. 🙂 Yes, I also agree that smartphones and social media did their part in making emojis popular.

      And, there are smartphones like the Samsung S9 and the iPhone X that produces fantastic photos!

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  2. I use it to blog, listen to music, watch movies, listen to the radio, read books. But I am thinking of getting a laptop computer, to do some of the things like blogging and reading books.
    Nice post!

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  3. Blogging and surfing and writing on notepad. It is handy and easier. Social media is hip and hype. 🙂 Thank you for stating the negatives. I guess there would be more attached to it. Thank you for the great informative post 🙂

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  4. There is also the danger of rogue apps and old operating systems. They are still extremely useful. I notice your posting more recently. I always enjoy reading your articles Renard.

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    1. 🙂 There are lots of rogue apps in the wild — the kind that is highly malicious.

      Neil, I missed posting as frequently as this in the old days.

      Thank you for sharing your point of view!

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  5. I use my iPhone for my blog (and for just about everything else). I can go for days without turning on my laptop, but I can’t imagine being without my iPhone for more than a few minutes!

    By the way, is it just my imagination or have you increased the frequency with which you post? You were posting once weekly for a while, but recently you seem to be posting almost daily.

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    1. 🙂 Fandango, is it the same iPhone that you are using from the year before?

      Or are you using a more up-to-date iPhone to create your blog posts?

      Yes, my friend, I have increased the frequency of my publishing; weekly seems to be a bit too restrictive for me.

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          1. My wife and kids, who use the Google Pixel smartphones, all just upgraded their phones to the latest Pixel 4 XL models. I’m waiting until the iPhone 12 comes out next year because that is going to support 5G technology.

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            1. 🙂 That sounds interesting, Fandango. The iPhone 12 will be 5G compatible.

              When you get it, you can probably teach your viewers how to use it to blog; especially on the new WordPress Gutenberg Editor.

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              1. Oh no. I studiously avoid using the Gutenberg (aka Block) editor. I stick with the classic editor. I tried the Gutenberg editor about a month ago, and the iOS version, anyway, is unusable.

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                1. 🙂 Well, that was a month ago. There could have been various improvements and bug fixes made since then.

                  Instead of using the iOS app for WordPress, you could go directly to the web browser on your iPhone.

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  6. I blog most of my time from my phone and have done for some years with my phone the only place I have my internet, whether using my own data, or wifi when out and about.

    I blog and email using the browser only. I don’t do apps for that. I hardly use apps and if I do try anything new, yes, I look out for permissions it would like and like you, if they need to know more than they should, I won’t download.

    My phone I rely on as a deaf person as I text or email to communicate important things. I struggle to hear on the phone.

    I don’t look out for the latest phone and my last phone I bought second hand.

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  7. I think you have covered just about every aspect of smart phones.
    I am quite a technophobe and got my first mobile phone long after most people. Similarly I took a long time switching to a smart phone. But once I began using it I was hooked. It is such a user friendly and useful device that I can no longer imagine life without it.
    We should not forget , however, that a smart phone is just a xevive or tool. Whether we use it or abuse it is upto us humans.

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  8. I think we need smartphones for our day to day business. One can buy stuff from amazon. Orders groceries, buy makeup, clothes, and medicines even. We can pay all our bills and blog from them too. And you’re right we neither need to have the latest nor the most expensive model on the market. If your phone is working, why replace it.

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  9. I like to think I’m not a huge smartphone user but I do like the convenience of reading my email and checking things on the go with the phone. (I’m also a huge fan of mobile games)
    Luckily, I gave up my biggest smartphone addiction – social media – and now I use it a lot less. I don’t use it for blogging either, as I like the feel of the real keyboard.
    All in all, it’s a love-hate kind of relationship – for me and most people I know. 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Kristina, I was never hooked on mobile games (They never appealed to me).

      Yes, smartphones are quite convenient for checking one’s email on the go.

      Social Media apps like Twitter and Facebook tend to deplete one’s smartphone battery because those apps are always working in the background (Which is the reason why I never liked them on my smartphone).

      And, even though I can easily compose a blog post on my smartphone, I prefer to do the content creation process on my laptop computer.

      Thank you for your participation!

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  10. Smart phones are addictive! We check this glowing rectangle first thing after waking up, sometimes when we’re still in bed! Then we check it 200 more times in a day. We mindlessly scroll to kill boredom waiting in lines at the checkout. We check our phones while walking to campus or crossing the busy intersections. We check our phones in the shower, while cooking dinner, and while we’re watching TV. And we even check our phones right before going to bed!

    My biggest pet peeve about smart phones is its addictive nature. Social media is addictive, but I don’t blame social media as the primary contributor to the problem.

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  11. I’m such a dinosaur when it comes to smartphones. First, I don’t think they are smart and second, for me – they are very intrusive. I usually keep my phone on silent or always in my purse. My smartphone is also from the age of the dinosaurs so when I get a new one, I’ll be able to take pictures 🙂 . That seems fun to me.
    I blog on my laptop when it’s blogging time 🙂 And use my laptop for mail, bills etc.
    I liked your remark about the information that you agree to share when downloading certain apps. I’m not sure to what extent they ‘need’ to know all of that but a lot of apps ask permission to a lot of personal information (your contacts etc) What is up with that?
    Although I know a phone on the go is needed nowadays and can be truly useful. I try to keep its use for ‘useful’ things. I think we need to live smart around our phones.

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