40 Things the iPhone Has Replaced
My Smartphone Might Be Smarter Than Me
Owning an iPhone is like having a genius on hand, at all times. This small, yet powerful bit of technology packs a punch. Even though there is no app that could actually punch some one, even though owners might want one.
Having a iPhone is like having a personal assistant, who works free of charge. Even though you do have to pay monthly fees, which in comparison to a personal assistant is still a lot cheaper.
The iPhone has replaced countless things that at one time or another we all used. We no longer need to have so many items that required storage and took up space. Now all we have to do is click on our trusty friend and touch an app.
Mind you, an iPhone is fragile. If you are not careful, the phone could crack or break. Be gentle with yours and it will treat you right. Be sure you have a protective case and give it plenty of Apple Juice, so it never runs out of energy.
On the list you might be sad about some things that were replaced by the iPhone. You might not be ready to part with certain things since they have become a way of life for you. You might be lost without them. Change isn't always easy, but like every thing else in life - we get use to it and learn to adapt.
Chances are you might not have an iPhone, but your smart-phone also replaced many similar things...
Out With The Old, In With The New
- The land-line phone. Seriously, who still owns a land-line? It's just an additional monthly expense. You could use that wasted money towards your smart-phone wireless bill.
- The payphone. With each generation of children being born the payphone is becoming more obsolete. There are people who will never know what it's like to stand inside a phone booth and chat on a phone. That has a cord.
- A calculator. No need to ever have to seek and try to find your calculator. It even has a scientific calculator, but no cheating allowed for the students.
- DVD's and DVD players. You could now watch movies via an iPhone. You won't get the big screen cinema, but it'll be a lot cheaper than paying movie theater prices.
- Flashlight and those expensive batteries. You lose power and with your trusty sidekick nearby you will have a flashlight. No need to have extra batteries on hand.
- A camera and video camera. The iPhone has a camera which even includes a panoramic option. With the additional apps you could edit your own photos. You could even send your photos to CVS or Walgreens to print, directly from your iPhone. For real! I kid you not. No need to lug around a video camera, just pull your phone out of your pocket and the video is ready to get 'er done.
- CD's and Boom-boxes. We now live in the world of iTunes and digital music. No more CD's to run out and buy on their release date...just download them. We no longer need boom-boxes since iPhones could be attached to a port and you could blast your personal tunes when ever you want.
- Rolodex and address books. With the Contact list installed and automatically alphabetized you no longer have to keep your Rolodex updated.
- A calendar. The iPhone has a calender and date reminder. Just enter the occasions and events you need to be reminded of and you will be alerted. No longer will you need an excuse because you forgot a birthday, anniversary or sales meeting.
- Alarm clocks and timers. Set your alarm clock to the music of your choice. No more beep, beep, beep - when instead you could wake up to Keith Urban singing to you. No more throwing your alarm clock across the room, because, well...that would be an expensive repair.
- Books, magazines and newspapers. Many of us still prefer to read an actual book, magazine and newspaper...at one time, I was one of the many - I've now flipped sides and enjoy not having the clutter of reading material in my space. I prefer online reading. I won't officially flip on books until I finish reading the stacks of books that surround me in my space.
- Phone calls. With texting being faster and more convenient, who needs to make a phone call. That's actually sad. I use to be a phone person. For hours on end. I now place phone calls only when I NEED to. The ironic thing is the iPhone is built around a "phone" that's rarely used.
- A compass. For some one who has NO sense of direction a compass will become very handy - once I learn how to use one.
- A GPS and fold out maps. Again, same as above. Once I learn how to use a GPS. I can read a fold out map. Yay, me!
- Watches and wall clocks. No longer do you have to replace batteries or change the time due to daylight savings time - the time is always available on your iPhone.
- Greeting cards. You could simply send greeting cards that you create via an app. No more stamps to buy or cards to purchase.
- Baby's crib mobile. There are apps that play soothing music for your tiny tot to fall asleep to.
- Photo Albums. You could store thousands of photos in your iPhone with iCloud and then transfer them to your computer.
- Business Cards. Instead of buying business cards in bulk, purchase less and instead of handing out cards, you could text a photo of it with a little help from your iPhone camera.
- Trips to the bank - mobile deposit. No need to have to run to the bank to deposit a check any more. Just get 'er done with the banking app.
More Things the iPhone Has Replaced
- Coupons. Instead of clipping coupons for certain specials, bar codes are now scanned instead. So much easier. Saves time. Less hassle. IBotta is an app to try.
- Social Interaction. With all the various social media sites, socializing in person is becoming more scarce. I also find this sad, but we continue to make an effort to hook up with our friends and family as often as possible.
- Dictionaries and Encyclopedias are not needed anymore due to the many apps and Google's assistance. Those bulky books did serve a purpose for many years.
- Asking some one to take your photo...Selfies are the way to go now.
- Phone Books. Just search for the number you need and the iPhone will even dial it for you. You'll feel so pampered.
- Pagers/Beepers. It's all about texting now.
- Board games, Video games. Download an app and the game is ready to play when you are. You could even play along with family and friends. Sadly, this practice takes away from social interaction.
- Weather Channel. No longer do you have to wait and wait for the weather channel or local news to announce the weather in your neck of the woods...just search the weather app.
- Post-its. Now, you could just use the memo app and write reminders. Or even send yourself an email, which is what I do. For the record, I still use post-its. My desk is a rainbow of colors.
- Having to print a boarding pass while traveling.
- Bulky headphones. With the modern compact style of earbuds, those large headphones that compressed on our heads are no longer needed.
- Pedometer. Measure your steps with the pedometer app. Challenge yourself to walk so many steps each day. Go on now, get to stepping.
- Pens. Your finger is now your pen. You no longer will be accusing others of stealing your pen.
- Order Pizza. On those evenings that you don't feel like cooking just have your iPhone call and order for you. OK, the phone isn't that smart YET, you will have to help it out a bit. The point is you can order pizza while stuck in rush hour traffic.
- Schedule Appointments via Zoc Doc. Sounds like a good idea to me!
- Check the stock market.
- Watching the news. Most major news stations have livestreaming news. You could watch while laying by the pool.
- Computers. The iPhone is a mini computer that you could carry around in your back pocket. I rarely need to turn on my laptop any more, unless I really need to.
- Video Chat with Facetime. When you are missing a family member or a friend, you could just have a Facetime chat. Granted, they must also have an iPhone. When they begin to annoy you, just hang up and blame it on a weak internet connection. Not that I have ever done that!
- Purchase movie tickets. Avoid long lines at the theater and buy your tickets in advance. How is that for convenience?
This concludes my list of things an iPhone has replaced. I'm sure I missed a few. If so, please let us know in the comment section.
Reminder: Be as smart as your smartphone and never use it to "Text and Drive."
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© 2014 Linda Bilyeu