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Many residents use their smartphones for more than just basic communication. With customizable displays, hundreds of thousands of apps and constant new features, the possibilities are endless. However, more than two-thirds of smartphone users say they don’t use their phone to full capacity, according to a recent U.S. Cellular customer survey. Of those, 31 percent said they want to use more of their phone’s features but aren’t sure how.
You can use your smartphone to simplify and enhance your life with some lesser-known features as well as easy-to-use apps. The experts at U.S. Cellular recommend these tips and tricks to use your phone to its full potential:
- Start the day right: Waking up early can be hard, but customizing your alarm clock is easy. You can select your favorite song to wake you up and get the day started right. By choosing a briefing alarm setting, your phone can provide a weather report, alert you about scheduled meetings and an update the day’s top headlines.
- Balance your checkbook: According to the U.S. Cellular survey, less than one-fourth of smartphone users manage finances on their phone. Yet, many people check their bank account and pay bills online. With apps like Mint.com, you can set limits for spending within different categories, track your budget and set up alerts for important notifications, all on your phone.
- Find the best price: Of those surveyed that own a smartphone, 39 percent use it for shopping. ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner helps shoppers find the right product at the best price. While at a store, scan the barcode with your smartphone, and it will provide a list of online and local prices for that item to help you find the best price available.
- Stay healthy: Sticking to a diet can be challenging because of busy schedules. However, with apps like MyFitnessPal, you can log your meals on the go to count calories and track exercises. By entering your current and goal weight, the app budgets a daily calorie count and lets you tally food consumption for the day.
- Have fun: Entertainment is one of the most popular uses for smartphones and 37 percent of U.S. Cellular smartphone customers are playing games, taking and sharing photos, listening to music or watching television on their devices. For example, Words With Friends lets you compete in Scrabble-like word games, and Draw Something is similar to Pictionary. Candy Crush Saga, a game to match candies to earn points and advance to new levels, is currently very popular.
One of the devices that really simplified my life is my tablet from US Cellular. It lets me check things when I can't get to the computer, plus it has all of Mary's games on it.
What are some of your favorite apps on your phone? What are some ones you can't live without?