New Year, New Uses for the Smartphone

Foursquare BadgeHappy New Year!  I hope you all survived the new year’s festivities unscathed.  I rang in the new year at the Dallas Tap & Grill with my husband and three of our closest friends (and four strangers who decided to join our group).  We had a great time but I learned that I am way too old to be sitting up all night waiting for a ball to drop.  Kid you not, about 10 seconds after the Times Square crowd yelled “Happy New Year!” I started nodding off.  Still I’m happy that I lived to see another year…

Yesterday I wrote about my hopes, dreams and plans for this year, and one of my biggest plans is to become more tech savvy.  By “tech savvy”, I mean more aware of how current and emerging technologies can be used to offer services to library patrons (overcoming the digital divide, offering econtent, using smartphones, etc).  One of the things that I’ve noticed since working at the library is the number of students with smart phones, not plain old cell phones, but full on mini computers in their hands and I wonder how many of them are using them to their fullest potential?

For example, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Droid when I saw them being advertised.  I’m not sure what I thought I’d accomplish with it but I just knew that I wanted it.  For the last few months, I’ve mostly been using it for social networking and texting (hefty price tag for keeping track of friends).  So, in an effort to make better use of my Droid, I’ve decided to learn something new and useful about my phone each week.

So I’m asking you, if you have a smartphone, what feature of your phone do you find to be most useful?

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  • I can admit to barely using my smartphone and many of it’s capabilities. I do love my blackberry, but all I do is make calls, texts, use blackberry messenger to chat, use the google app and the gmail app. That’s it. I should really work on that.
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    • When I had my BlackBerry I only used it for a telephone. And a camera. Now I’m always trying to get my husband to use his for more than calling and texting. I’m not having much luck. :-/

  • I definitely have been using my iPhone for all the social networking tools, but also for the Google feed reader, which is great when I’m on the go and want to see what everyone has blogged about. The other main item I now use is the iBooks feature and reading on the phone.

    I also use it to track flight status since I travel for work frequently, not to mention weather.

    Also, there’s a really nifty app called Red Laser and you can scan a product and it will then let you know if you’re getting the best deal for it. Shazam is wonderful when you hear a song on the radio and you don’t know who sings it – you can hold your phone up and it will do about 10 seconds or so of listening to that song and then it will tell you what the name of the song is. Then, you can buy it on iTunes right then and there if you want. And since I’m a Netflix fan, I downloaded their app so I can see what’s next in my queue and search for another movie, etc. Oh! And also Gift List – great way to document an item throughout the year as to what might be a good gift for someone and then it also includes a budget tracker, too. I love all the financial apps, too.

    You might want to go to iTunes and then see what’s the most popular – it’s also addicting, too, to do it that way.

    Oh, by the way — guess what I got for Christmas? A Nook Color!!!!! YAY!!!! 🙂
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    • Ooooooh a Nook Color! How fun. Have you downloaded any books yet? I want to play with one so badly.

      I just started using the Google Reader app and I love it. I didn’t know it had one until last week. But one day I was like I know this phone has more than just social networking capabilities, I’d really like to discover them.

      I’m gonna have to take a look at the Netflix app ~ my hubs and I are big Netflix fans and it’d be nice to see what’s up next in the queue.

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