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10 unusual ways people use their smartphone

Updated on September 17, 2012

1) Notifying the house from door step

Some people use their phones to notify the house right from the door step. They do not want to bother ringing the doorbell. Ease of finding name in the contact list and dialing is so convenient. Ringing the bell habit must have evolved overtime to this strange use of smartphone habit. Although it is a kind of unconventional use of the phone, I am happy that this is leading to people honk less.

2) Using camera as mirror

Do you need to carry mirror in addition to carry your smartphone? You do not need anymore, if your smartphone has high resolution camera. You can use it as mirror to do make up or brush your hair. If this is what I see on the street. I am sure someone is using the webcam as mirror at home to shave his beard.

Friend of mine told me that she uses her phone's camera to check if someone is coming behind her.

3) Flashlight

Have you ever wondered why smartphone has flashlight on it? You probably have never wondered. It is obviously for taking picture in the dark. You are right but it is not the only way that it is being used.

Look at the unconventional uses. Flashlight on smartphone is being used when you wake up in the middle of the night to find the way to bathroom or kitchen. Smartphone is always accessible. So you prefer using the flashlight to find your way to bathroom or kitchen in the dark.

In an other case, you feel a little bit toothache, you asked your mom to check your teeth. She uses the flashlight of her phone to see better.


4) Taking picture to remember things

Another creative yet unusual way to utilize your phone is to taking picture for anything and everything. I see people takes panoramic picture of shelf so that they can remember and match the price of goods at checkout. When you ask cashier that she entered incorrect price, she goes to shelf and takes the picture to prove you the price is correct.

Some women snap the hair color product's picture with their phone and brinng home to have her husband decide the color.

5) Using as pacifier

Necessity is the mother of invention. What happens when mother necessitates to stop her infant crying. She will invent the new use of smartphone. She will start playing all available ringtone and gave the phone to child as if it is a toy.

6) Using weird applications

There are totally useless amusing applications available in smartphone. Such as ruler app that turns your phone to ruler. Or you use your phone as template to draw rounded corner. Check the 15 Most Completely Useless iPhone Apps link to see application in that kind.

7) GPS Tracking and Face Time talk

Many people has now started to track their spouse where they are and call them for face time talk to make sure the spouse is not cheating.


8) Unsafe use of smartphone

Texting while driving is the worst weird use of the smartphone. The risk is so great, it is truly not worthed. I am wondering how this can be enforced and prevented altogether.

9) Performing Arts in subway

It is not too difficult to put together small band with the combination of guitar, piano and harmonica apps in your smartphone. It is quite interesting approach.

10) Using smartphone in weird places

Do you carry your smartphone with you everywhere? If your answer is yes, then you are probably including to bathroom. Many people check their email, read news or surf the net when they are busy in the bathroom. I guess we should name this as nature call.

if you feel, some of the uses are normal . How about throwing the birds and make them angry. Isn't it strange?


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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile image

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Like this!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      There are definitely some weird uses for smartphones these days...I have done many of these!