Long gone are the days when all a mobile phone was used for was calling and texting. Of course, there are still people who have basic model phones that just do that. They are in the minority though, now that smart phones have taken over. Phones are not just a means of communicating any longer; they are an integral part of everyday life.

As smart homes become more of a reality we will begin to use smartphones even more, to operate features in our home, such as air conditioning, heating and alarm systems. Even though this is only just starting to happen, we are already interacting with our smartphones in a lot more ways than just making a call or sending a text.

We are going to take a look at how you might interact with your smartphone on a daily basis. You will be able to see that smartphones provide us with so much more than just a means of communicating with other people.

Listening to music

We have been able to listen to music on the move for a long time using devices such as portable stereos. Smartphones have taken the listening experience to a whole new level. All you have to do is swipe and tap to download music from iTunes and set play lists. Then you are all set for some musical entertainment while you are travelling on public transport or out for a walk.

Watching videos

Most smartphones are taken up mostly by a screen. This makes them ideal devices for viewing videos while you are out and about. More and more people are cutting the cord when it comes to watching video content, meaning they are not watching content on traditional cable TV. They are turning more towards digital content for their video fix, using streaming services such as Netflix. Of course, you can watch Netflix as you travel just by logging into Netflix on your mobile device. You do not have to be sat at your computer to watch your favourite video content.

Reading online

People have always read books, newspapers and magazines while on the move. These days reading material is turning digital. Innovative solutions such as flipbooks help to make online publications a more interesting and enticing read. You can read more about how flipbook publishers use software to convert pdf files into the glossier, and more appealing, flipbooks.

The experience of reading a flipbook is very similar to that of reading a hard copy magazine, except that it has been enhanced for the digital age. You just need to swipe to turn pages and you can view video and listen to audio as part of the reading experience.

You can see how much things have changed since we originally used mobile phones to simply call and text other people. Now we use our smartphones to access various forms of media just as much as we use them to get in touch with people.

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