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Get more from your smartphone

Updated on February 13, 2014

You've been using your smartphone in various ways, but here are some ways you can get it to do even more.


You already use your smartphone in various ways: as a voice communicator (i.e. a phone), as a text communicator (one way as in SMS/text/email messaging, or two ways as in whatsapp), web-browser, GPS (e.g., waze), camera, or flashlight.


Here are some uses for your smartphone you may have not thought about:

Universal Remote Control

Several free apps (e.g., peel, VooMote Zapper, Dijit, or RedEye) allow you to transform your smartphone into a universal remote for your TV (and also your DVRs and set-tops like cable and satellite boxes).


Baby Monitor or Security Camera

There are schems that allow you to watch and control your smartphone screen from another device like your laptop computer. One such is Cydia which can connect to a Veency viewer (a VNC implementation for iPhone). Others are webofcam, Wifi Camera, AtHome Video Streamer, or Skype,
There are other options for the more savvy audience: just follow these instructions.


Instrument Tuner

There numerouse apps for smartphones that will allow you to tune your instrument, be it a guitar, violin, mandolin, drums, piano, or whatever. Just modify this search to include your instrument.


Make Money

Your smartphone may even help you make some extra money. there are various apps (e.g., Field Agent, TaskRabbit, Gigwalk) that will connect you to people willing to pay for your time, doing tasks they are unwilling or unable to do themselves.


Image Scanner

Instead of using a standalone scanner, you can have use smartphone apps like CamScanner or Genius Scan to scan documents into PDF or JPEG.


Personal Trainer

You can get motivated yourself without the need for a personal trainer or a pedometer: all you need is your smartphone and apps like runkeeper.


Light Meter

If you're into serious photography, you can save yourself carrying a light meter by using apps like Pocket Light Meter or Luxi.

When you upgrade, resell your old model

When you decide it's time to move to a newer model, don't just leave your older smartphone lying in a cupboard. There's a lively market in second-hand smartphones. Head to sites like USell or Gazelle, and you may recoup a portion of your new model's price-tag.


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