An iPhone can be a PC reduced into pocket size, but it sometimes does certain things more effectively than a PC. Here are a few functions or apps that I think can help in making daily routines easier.
- You can tap on a time/date to create an event directly on your iPhone.
- Similarly, you can easily tap on an address to add to your contact, or create a new contact by doing that. I find phone numbers a little tricky. When I tap on a phone number trying to add it to my contact info, the Smart phone gets too smart by dialing the person for me.
- When you receive a USPS tracking number, tap on that tracking number and you will be able to see all the tracking information for your parcel. You do not have to go to the postal services web site and then find the place to search for such information.
- Certain applications, such as Evernote, allow you to take notes in text, picture or audio format. You can also use the Camera Roll to do that. That’s basically how I replaced my entire kitchen faucet units, with only a few minor bruises. For lack of knowledge about plumbing jargon, I just took pictures of the valves, faucets, etc and bring to Home Depot to show the sales consultant and get the right materials and units I need.
- One particularly helpful tool for a reader is the Kindle app on the iPhone. By using the tool, I can check a new word any time I come across one. Why didn’t anybody think of this years ago when I had to read, say, the Heart of Darkness, for an assignment?
- As an iPhone comes with a GPS system, you can use its navigation tool (Google maps) if you are lost somewhere. I used it extensively when I was trying not to get lost in New York City last month. It’s pretty awesome to see where you are and where you are heading using such tools. That kind of certainty can relieve travel stress to no small extent.
- If you are traveling, you can bring a few traveling games on your iPhone too, such as Sudoku. I guess Angry birds will do too. If you are not interested in this kind of things, you can also bring shelves of books using Apples’ ebook reader such as classics, or Kindle, as I mentioned earlier.
- Your iPhone can be turned into a radio station if you install “Tunein Radio“, which is an extremely useful application I found (thanks to Jimmy Young). It has radio stations from all over the world.
If you would like to find out about local events and activities, such as movie times, visit Wimgo.com using Safari on your phone, which can come in really handy when you are outside trying to look for a restaurant, or movie theater.
- In darkness, use a Flashlight app to help you find things.
If you have a favorite app that you think can make it easier to manage your day-to-day routines, we’d appreciate it if you let us know so that we can share them too.