3 ways smartphones are helping us with more than ever before
It’s only a decade since the iPhone came into our lives and, at the time, most of us couldn’t have imagined that in just a few years we’d be organizing our lives through these pocket-sized devices or their Android counterparts. Today, though, even the most non-tech-savvy amongst us can now do pretty much everything they need with their phone. Let’s take a look at just a few of the apps that have drastically changed the way we do things.
The apps that provide endless entertainment
Since the smartphone has become almost a staple device for most people, there’s been an even bigger shift to gaming on the go. Smartphone gamers range from grannies through to three-year-olds, and everyone else in between.
The choice of gaming apps we have is bigger than ever ranging from games such as Final Fantasy and Iron Man II, through to Jewel Quest III and More Brain Exercise. Whatever you’re into, you can find a mobile gaming app to suit. For a while now, many casino websites have offered real money mobile games. For instance, Mobile casinos offer a huge variety of slots for players to choose from. Slots is one of the best types of game to play on the move, as there’s no concentration required, yet they are always entertaining. Plus, of course, there’s the extra frisson of excitement each time you play as you might boost your balance with a win at any time. At Mr Spin, players receive a welcome bonus when they sign up and can even make a slot deposit by phone bill, which means there’s no need to share payment card details or wait until you get home to deposit funds. With this method, any deposits made are simply added to a player’s monthly phone bill.
The ones that keep us fit
At this time of year, everyone starts to think about how they’re going to get fit in the New Year and makes resolutions along those lines. It used to be too easy to ditch those resolutions only a few weeks in, but now that you can monitor your progress using a plethora of fitness and exercise apps combined with their smartwatch counterparts, you’ll have to come up with better excuses for giving up on fitness.
There are apps that update you on calories burned, steps taken, etc. and others that provide you with exercise routines and workouts. For example, Sworkit (Simply Work It) is an app that you can custom-build your own workout on, picking and choosing from the 170 exercises stored in the app’s library. If you go for the Pro edition, you can save your favourite workouts, access your workout history and do away with ads.
For an absolute beginner, a “get off the couch” app might be the best choice. For example, C25K – an app that aims to change the user from a couch potato to a 5K runner in eight weeks. It offers an eight-week program for non-runners to develop endurance and muscular strength through walking and running sessions.
The apps that improve your sleep
Many people struggle with getting a decent night’s sleep. In order to promote optimal well-being, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend at least seven hours a night for adults aged between 18 and 60. According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a third of American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis.
It’s a little ironic that while smartphones and other electronic devices get so much negative media coverage for supposedly impairing our ability to sleep well, there are also sleep monitor apps that purport to help us track and improve our sleep. While the value of using a sleep app has yet to be proven, for some people, it’s beneficial to have an idea of how you’re sleeping.
One sleep monitor app is Sleepbot, which uses a sound recorder, a motion tracker and a smart alarm to keep track of you how you sleep. You can use any or all of these features in combination to get a picture of your sleep patterns. The app produces interactive graphs which allow the user to compare their nights’ sleep over a period of six months. They indicate sleep times, wake times, sleep length and sleep patterns. The app’s smart alarm will wake with you in a 30-minute window (of your choice) at a moment when your sleep is at its lightest.
There’s no question that for millions of us, the smartphone has been a life-changing piece of technology, as have many of the apps that have been developed. It’s happened in a way that few of us could have foreseen; the big question is how things will change again over the next ten years.