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How Much/Many of your Mobile Functions do you Use?

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Good Afternoon,

As I sat here today and admired the picturesque and photogenic winter scene outside my house (and took pictures with my mobile) I asked myself the following question:- how many of the functions of this magnificent device do you use? 

Including the default apps. I reckon that I use my phone extensively but the comms side much less than the calendar, calculator, camera and music. Toting that lot up I would say I use 75% of the phone functions.

I would really like other thoughts on the Subject.



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Hi There Contributors,

This is really good advice re use of mobiles and an adjunct of batteries and charging.

Thank You,




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@viridis wrote:
I always charge o ernight, the battery care and qnovo features means it won't cycle charge and cause long term damage (looks at apple and laughs) but I also tend to never allow it to go below 5% as others, due to the damage that can be caused to lithium on low voltage.

Interesting @viridis. I read (it was a while ago though) that I should let my phone "die" periodically to keep it fit. tongue 

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Yes, @Marjo I've read the same but don't believe it. My phone gives me a warning when the battery is down to 15% and I charge it then though I have let it go as low as 12% if I was in the middle of something at the time the low battery warning came through.

I normally charge my phone once a day but have charged it twice a day on a few occasions; usually when gaming for very long periods.

I never charge overnight, only during the day and charge it fully to 100%.
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Lithium at really low levels can crystallise and cause irreparable damage. Same with constant fully charged cells.
Your phone likely arrives with 50% charge to 70% as cells stored at full or near empty can lead to issues. Ideally long term storage should be 50%

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That slider on the 3T is a wonderful invention, @welshsteve76!👍
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@pgn wrote:
That slider on the 3T is a wonderful invention, @welshsteve76!👍

Yes it is. Great idea.  And customisable too.


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So the website I linked to up there has gone bye-byes snce sometime on March. Oh well. No reason not to post the full thing here now then! This was written in 2014.


Crystal balls Let's get the navel-gazing out of the way first: I've picked some stats from a Jan-2014 article for this introduction (referenced below). The article indicated that by the end of 2014, 1 in every 2 people would have used a mobile phone at least once a month. With 7.2 billion people on the planet in 2013 against a global mobile phone penetration figure of 4.3 billion for the same period, it looks like we've surpassed the 50% mark already!


Stick with me here: In 2013, 1 in 3 of those mobile phones, 1.4 billion devices, was a smartphone. This figure was set to rise, as mobile users switch to smartphones, driven by hardware price drops and the rise in prevalence of 3G and 4G networks. How many of those reading this have already been offered "free" 4G access by their provider, even though the carrier's network in 2014 only supported 4G in a handful of locations across the UK?


Smartphone dependence How often is the smartphone used for making a phone-call? One where one person places a voice call to another person, and a two-way voice conversation actually takes place? Do you find yourself talking to your smartphone, rather than to someone on the other end of it? And worse yet, expecting the thing to talk back to you?


Reasons for owning a smartphone:

  • keeping in touch - the killer definition, this one, given we can SMS, Tweet, e-mail or Facebook each other from any smartphone you care to choose
  • alarm-clock - gone is the fire-engine bell calling us from our slumber every morning, with apps like Timely claiming to bring us gently into the day by gently playing hypnotic melodies to us 30minutes before we asked to be awoken
  • calculator - mental arithmetic's gone completely out the window, it seems
  • radio - oh yes, and not just good old FM, but digital or "Internet" radio as well
  • calendar - never forget an appointment again, should that be what keeps your candle burning
  • organiser - and so the lines between personal and work life blur yet again
  • word-processor - read and write, the office in your pocket or purse
  • camera - snap that elusive moment for posterity, be it a scene of carnage on a motorway, a picture of your dinner on a date or a snap of your kids at the beach
  • music player - remember the first time you got to play a cd in your car? Now the in-car entertainment system revolves around the smartphone, hooking in via cable or wirelessly using bluetooth, giving you unfettered access to every track you've ever liked...
  • e-mail - probably less and less as our lives are driven by 140-character injections of information from other messaging services like Twitter or Facebook
  • messaging - not just SMS, and e-mail's so yesterday!
  • browser - we are living with our heads in the clouds, nothing stumps us and pub quizzes have become contests more akin to "fastest finger first"
  • compass - gone are the days of being lost, with satellite navigation in our pocket, and it works at the top of Muckish mountain, Ben Nevis or mount Snowdon, and with the built-in...
  • weather-station - you can tell what the weather up there is like (although a glance upwards should tell all...)
  • portable office - sack the secretary, fire the personal assistant, use a smartphone
  • tracking device - how bad is the traffic on my route home? This cuts both ways, we know where to avoid, and our device tells the world exactly where we are, with surprisingly pin-point accuracy. Geo-caching is another use here!
  • television - those old episodes of M*A*S*H can be streamed to the telly in the living room, along with Breaking Bad or House of Cards, series that were never broadcast on the traditional television networks (yet are BAFTA nominees this year, oh yes!)
  • navigator-******-cartographer - where am I and how do I get to where I need to go? Remember the arguments with the map-reader on the journey up to Inverness for your second-cousin's wedding? Gone in a puff of smartphone logic!
  • games console - you can even get a device that lets you add an external keyboard or game console controller to your smartphone!
  • shopping - time was you'd be escorted out of the supermarket if you got caught writing down details and prices of products on the shelves... now your smartphone can snap the barcode and instantly tell you what store has said item on sale for the cheapest price. Not to mention using the smartphone to build and dispatch the list for your weekly shop to the supermarket for home-delivery!
  • ignition-key - and the need to cross the carpark in the sub-zero temperatures in those parts of the world where winter lasts months and fails to rise above -15degC has been banished as your phone starts your car before you reach it, gets the cabin warm and has you on your way as soon as you sit your backside on the nicely-warmed driver's seat!

To complete this post: "It's just too damned hard... switch off!".

Where's the proof that smartphone owners are loathe to ever switch off their devices? Only the threat of criminal action by an airline is enough to make most smartphone junkies power-off their mobile phone! The phone manufacturer even gets around this by providing an "Airplane Mode" on these insidious, near-ubiquitous devices. Sometimes the threat of legal action still does not prevent inappropriate use of these devices, as evidenced by rubberneckers who blatantly take snaps of road traffic accidents as they drive by:


Do we depend too much on the smartphone? I leave the answer to that question as an exercise for the reader.



(c)pgn 18-May-2014, re-posted to O2 Community Forum on 06-May-2018


ps: To see the extremes of smartphone dependency, read

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Interesting read above @pgn


I switch my smartphone off in 2 situations:- (1) in the doctors consulting room ... (2) very occasionally when I am ill (in bed, curtains closed) & really don't want to be bothered by a call or text notification noise

I choose not to have voicemail enabled


Recently, with the train timetable being disrupted, I use my smartphone to check beforehand when there are limited services on the railway


I'm assuming a Lumia 650 lte is a smartphone


I use most my calendar / weather / Facebook / text / call 



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Yes, @Anonymous, the Lumia 650 model you have is a smartphone.  I must admit to never having tried a Windows or an Apple/IOS smartphone, having started on my smartphone journey with a Symbian-based Sony Ericsson P1i and then progressing to an HTC WildFire and finding I liked the Android way of working. 


My very first mobile was a Motorola L7089 Timeport, a tri-band phone that I could use here, in Europe and in the USA.  I hung onto it for several years!Who's there?

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Thank you@pgn for letting me know my Lumia 650 lte is a smartphone

I always will be a tech novice ... & ... I've always had Nokia phones simply because it was a name I knew

I went 1st with Orange = can't remember why ... later, opted for O2 as there is a store in town


I use my laptop a lot ... it's my window on the world when I'm poorly & can't get out of the house ... I do use email = seems I'm getting old fashioned there then ... I don't do twitter

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