I think it’s safe to say that smartphones are the most successful gadgets ever created. In just a decade, they have spread like a virus to a huge mass of people – over 3 billion according to recent statistics – contributing to the development of everything from sensors to screens, batteries, even mobile broadband, and WiFi. Smartphones are, in turn, seen by most as primarily entertainment devices, replacements for pocket cameras, music players, and portable multimedia devices, when in fact they can be so much more. Of course, they’re perfect when you want a quick spin on a slot machine at Euro Palace. You can simply navigate to europalace.com, load your favorite game, and play. But beyond the quick, casual entertainment Euro Palace has for its players and the numerous entertainment options they put in your pockets, smartphones can be invaluable tools to take with you wherever you go.
Information at hand
When you go shopping for electronics, home appliances, and other similar products, having a smartphone can help you take the right purchase decision. Let’s face it: the personnel in major store chains is usually ill-equipped (and often not even willing) to answer your questions about a certain device – and they are especially not giving you opinions that are based on personal experience.
But if you have your smartphone at hand, you can look up online reviews about the product quickly and easily. Quite often, it’s enough if you scan the product’s barcode (there are apps that do that) and do a Google search with it. The internet is filled with outlets where actual users share their opinions about products and services, making it easier for others to decide whether to buy them or not.
All the world’s languages
How many times did you stumble upon a product that only had inscriptions in languages you don’t speak or read? Or were in a foreign country, with no translators nearby, and had to ask for directions or read a street sign? A smartphone can help you with that, too. You can simply run a translation app, point your camera at the sign or inscription you want to translate and let it do the job for you. Most apps can handle written text pretty well, and some of them can even handle spoken words.
Never be lost
Another major benefit of smartphones is that their vast majority have GPS built into them. This, along with the “maps” or “navigation” apps available free in app marketplaces (or even built into their operating system) can tell you where you are and how to get to your destination. This is especially useful when you travel to a place you’ve never been before (and don’t speak the local language). Some (community-driven) apps will be especially helpful when you drive, alerting you about accidents, police filters, speed traps, even potholes on the road. Others will even help you find your way through the inside of buildings.