This article attempts to look at some of the key changes that mobile or cell phones have brought to the way people use their phones. Mobiles or smartphones have enabled people to access a range of applications on their phone and offer new ways of working and staying in touch with family and friends. No longer used for just making calls they now allow people to perform a wide range of tasks that would have once only been possible on a work or home computer.
The latest mobiles or smartphones allow people to stay in touch and share information with their work colleagues whilst out of the office environment. Files and databases can be emailed and shared from different locations. For many employees this has promoted greater flexibility in the workplace and enabled those seeking opportunities such as working from home to show that they can successfully fulfill their tasks from any location.
Smartphones are often used to listen to and download music tracks onto. There are a range of music websites that allow the downloading of purchased music tracks directly onto smartphones. Many people value the opportunity to build up their own music collection and the chance to listen to their favorite songs whilst they are out carrying out their daily tasks or travelling.
The social media functions that smartphones offer are often particularly welcomed by those keen to keep in touch with family and friends. A busy lifestyle can sometimes mean that people do not have as much time as they would like to meet up with friends. Smartphones provide easy contact with social media sites through an internet link or application. These websites make it easy for people to provide updates on what they are up to and share photos. Some programs provided by smartphones allow people to see the location of friends who are in the immediate area giving the user the opportunity to see if they want to meet up at a nearby location.
Films and television clips can often be downloaded from a website and watched on a smartphone. This provides the opportunity to catch up with missed programs and build up a collection of personal favourite clips. This function is often valued by those who want something to watch whilst passing time on a long journey.
The built in camera on smartphones is often of such a high quality that it may no longer be necessary to have a separate camera. It gives people the opportunity to take pictures and share them with friends and family so that they do not miss out on special moments. This can be achieved either through emailing them or by downloading them onto a social media website. Photos can also be sent to a home computer and printed off to allow a hard copy to be kept.
The new technology offered by cell phones/mobiles have brought new freedoms and opportunities for people. It has meant that employees are no longer confined to the office when they want to read work email or documents. For many people it has allowed them to easily stay in contact with long distance friends and family and update them with their latest news.