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Things my Smartphone has replaced...

In the column appearing tomorrow [link to column], I start to list all the devices my Smartphone  has replaced.  I realized that list alone could fill the entire column.

I've seen lists like this before but bear with me.  I think I'll have a few other lists do not.

  • Alarm clock
  • Clock
  • eBook Reader
  • Flashlight
  • Remote terminal for my Desktop PC
  • Barcode Scanner
  • Web access
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Camcorder
  • Camera
  • Address book
  • Document Scanner
  • File Cabinet
  • Email device
  • Movie Guide
  • Cassette Tape player
  • Maps
  • GPS Navigation Device
  • MP3 Player
  • Portable Video Player
  • Weather Radio
  • TV Guide
  • Kitchen Timer
  • Voice Mail
  • TV Station
  • Photo Album
  • Study Guides
  • Two way pager

and of course....

  • Phone

Looking over the list, most are natural.  Even if someone hasn't  owned a Smartphone, most know it can play videos, music, has an alarm, can show photos, take pictures and shoot video.  A couple are probably a bit of a surprise.

File Cabinet?  Yes, using Evernote and a scanner, I can put all the documents in my life into Evernote, and make them accessible from my PC, and my phone.

TV Station?  I was just playing with this this morning. allows you to send video from the video camera on your phone across the internet.  I can live stream video from wherever I am.  A family baptism, stream it to those out of town.  A wedding, a kids soccer game, whatever.

When a tsunamis was predicted for Hawaii a year ago, people used UStream to show what was happening on the beach.


  1. nice list. mine would be pretty much the same as this except add guitar tuner and audio recorder!
    oh and its replaced paper... and pencils/pens too (drawing app)


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