What did we do before Smartphones?

Well, what did we do before iPhones? I think this is a perfectly legitimate question. Because whether we are using them for work purposes, or in our home lives, it seems these days we are never without our iPhones. Once upon a time our mobile phones had a simple use, we used them to contact people when we were out and about, sometimes with a call, sometimes with a text message. They were useful to help us keep in touch, to keep in the car with us in case of breakdowns, or to play a simple game on if we were bored. But that was then.

Today our whole lives seem to revolve around our smartphones, they simply have so many uses beyond just calling someone. For me, as both a blogger and a mother, the iPhone is indispensable. I’ve only recently got my phone from Carphone Warehouse, who were brilliant in showing a true technophobe all the advantages of having a smartphone. Now¬† I note all my important events on the live calendar so that I no longer have to carry a diary around with me (another heavy book in an already heavy bag). Many a disastrous day has been averted by using my Sat Nav app to find the exact location of a press day or meeting when I am lost in London yet again. And of course, I can follow fashion at all times through various glossy magazine apps which help me keep up to date with breaking fashion and beauty news. Marie Claire has some of the best apps, I really love the Beauty Genius app which has all the latest catwalk hair and beauty trends literally at your fingertips.

I love the fact that you can shop many of the key trends from online stores like Boohoo.com from a magazine simply by scanning a code. Reveal magazine has a great weekly feature which allows you to buy items straight from their pages using your phone once you have downloaded a free app. This is great for me because it stops the endless trawls around crowded shopping centres with a grumpy three-year old in tow.

The iPhone is also a mom’s best friend. I can stick a film or cartoon on it when I am taking my little boy on frequent trips to Wales, and that seems to avoid the ‘Are we there yet?’ question that children start saying as they leave their own street. (Film On is brilliant for this), whilst hubby is also kept happy by Sky Sports and ESPN goals apps that mean we keep up to date with all the latest sports news, even when stuck in the heart of Snowdonia.

Joe watching Humf on the iphone 4s

If you haven’t got a smartphone, I can think of far worse things to add to you Christmas list.


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