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Have you been reluctant to upgrade from your basic phone into a smartphone? Do you think a smartphone would have too many bells and whistles that you don’t need? Are you afraid you won’t understand how to run it? A smartphone can be a scary thing to think about, but in all reality they make your life easier.

According to nuvera.net, here are reasons why smartphone are a necessity this day in age, and why switching to one will be the best decision you could make. If you are on the fence about getting one, give it a try as there are millions of people who have done so already, and could never go back to a basic phone.

Information at your fingertips

Have you ever been in an argument with a friend about something and you are certain that you are correct, but they do not believe you? With a smartphone, you can easily find that information in no time. Not only does a smartphone come in handy for solving arguments, but it is also a great way to search anything quickly and easily. Want to know what movies are playing? Search it wherever you are with your phone. Want to know who won the football match? Google it on your phone. Want to know how long you should bake a cake? It is all simply found right from your phone. You have all the information you need at your fingertips every day.

Camera

The best camera is the one you have with you. Most people would never leave the house without their phone, so the next time you forget to bring your camera to a wedding, or the next time you see the most beautiful sunset, you are in luck because of the camera on your smartphone. Most phones have shortcuts to quickly and easily bring up the camera, and then with one click you are done. Never miss out on special moments again.

Navigation

Ever been lost while driving in a big city, or have you ever just wanted to find the nearest restaurant or shopping mall? Save money on buying those old paper maps or a separate GPS device. Now all smartphone’s have free voice guided, turn-by-turn navigation. Your phone’s location services automatically pick up your location, so all you have to do is type in the address of your destination and your smartphone will tell you which roads you will need to turn on.

News/weather

Do you love keeping up with what is going on in the world? You can download any news app you prefer on a smartphone. Choose between CNN, Fox News, Yahoo!, or whichever ones you like the best and stay updated on current events. You can even set your phone to alert you of breaking news.

Also, if it looks like a storm might be coming your way, but you are nowhere near your computer, just check the radar right from your smartphone and find shelter. Know what the weather will be like at all times.

Utilities

Do you carry a flashlight in your car in case of emergency? Now you don’t need to because you can use your phone’s camera light as a flashlight!

Have you tried hanging a shelf, only to forget the level in the garage? Save yourself the time and energy and use your phone.

Need to figure out how much a 10 per cent tip is on a N5,000 bill at your favourite restaurant? Use the calculator on your phone.

Need to set an alarm? Use your phone as your morning alarm clock, cooking timer, stopwatch, and more.

We have all been in a situation where we could have used any of these utilities, and now you can have them on you at all times.

Social media

You can easily stay connected with your friends, family, and even your favourite celebrities with a smartphone. Chances are you have a Facebook account because you like to see what everybody is up to, or you maybe love waiting for new pictures of your niece/nephew. With a smartphone, you can engage with friends and family, post new photos, update your status, and defeat boredom.

Email

This is especially useful if you are a workaholic because you can always stay up-to-date with your work emails. No more wasting productivity when you are travelling because you can get important things done right on your phone.

Reminders

Reminders can be the most useful app on your phone. Need to remember to bring milk home after work? Have your phone vibrate and remind you at five o’clock. Do you have trouble remembering your anniversary? You will never miss one again with a reminder app, and you can even remind yourself to pick up the flowers. We have so much to remember already in our busy world, let your phone help you.

Note

Are you one of those people that carries a notebook around with you wherever you go so you can jot down all of your brilliant ideas? Ditch the notebook and start using a note app on your phone. This can be useful for any great idea that you come up with, or even as a grocery list.

Entertainment (books, magazines, music, games)

Smartphone’s are now your complete entertainment system. You can download full length movies, or if you have an account, watch Netflix. Listen to your favourite songs by downloading them and using your phone as an MP3 player, or use free apps like YouTube for example. Download your favourite books or magazines to be read at any time and even use your phone as a kindle or nook reader. You also have thousands of games you can download, most of them for free, to play and pass time. The possibilities are endless.

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What makes a smartphone smart

You probably hear the term smartphone tossed around a lot. But if you have ever wondered exactly what a smartphone is, well, you are not alone. How is a smartphone different than a cell phone, and what makes it so smart?

According to www.lifewire.com, a smartphone is a device that lets you make telephone calls, but also adds in features that, in the past, you would have found only on a personal digital assistant or a computer such as the ability to send and receive email and edit documents. So, it is essentially connected to the Internet and offers personalised services as a result.

But to really understand what a smartphone is and is not, and whether you should own one, we will start with a history lesson. In the beginning, there were cell phones and personal digital assistants. Cell phones were used for making calls and not much else while PDAs, were used as personal, portable organisers. A PDA could store your contact info and to-do lists and could sync with your computer.

Eventually, PDAs gained wireless connectivity and were able to send and receive email. Cell phones, meanwhile, also gained messaging capabilities. PDAs then added cellular phone features, while cell phones added more PDA-like and even computer-like features. The result was the smartphone.

Key smartphone features

While there is no standard definition of the term “smartphone” across the industry, we thought it would be helpful to point out what we, here at Lifewire.com, define as a smartphone, and what we consider a cell phone. Here are the features we look at:

Operating system

In general, a smartphone will be based on an operating system that allows it to run applications. Apple’s iPhone runs iOS, and BlackBerry smartphone run BlackBerry OS. Other devices run Google’s Android OS, HP’s WebOS, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.

Apps

While almost all cell phones include some sort of software, even the most basic models these days include an address book or some sort of contact manager, for example, a smartphone will have the ability to do more. It may allow you to create and edit Microsoft Office documents or at least, view the files. It will usually allow you to download apps, such as personal and business finance managers, handy personal assistants, or almost anything. It will probably allow you to take and edit photos, get driving directions via GPS, and create a playlist of digital tunes.

Web access

More smartphones can access the web at higher speeds, thanks to the growth of 4G and 3G data networks, as well as the addition of Wi-Fi support to many handsets. While not all smartphone offer high-speed web access, they all offer some sort of access. Long story short, you can use your smartphone to browse your favourite websites.

Qwerty keyboard

By our definition, a smartphone includes a QWERTY keyboard. This means that the keys are laid out in the same manner as they would be on your computer keyboard not in alphabetical order on top of a numeric keypad, where you have to tap the number 1 to enter an A, B, or C. The keyboard can be hardware (physical keys that you type on) or software (on a touch screen, like you will find on the iPhone).

Messaging

All cell phones can send and receive text messages, but what sets a smartphone apart is its handling of email. A smartphone can sync with your personal and, most likely, your professional email account. Most smartphone’s can support multiple email accounts. Others include access to the popular instant messaging apps.

The rapidly changing phone

These are just some of the features that make a smartphone smart. The technology surrounding smartphone and cell phones is constantly changing, though. What constitutes a smartphone today may change by next week, next month, or next year.

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