Smartphones are a great way to stay productive but they are also expensive. Make the cost worth it by using your smartphone for these uses below.


Most smartphones come with a built-in calendar that you can use to keep track of your schedule. This is a great use if you are a business person and have a lot of deadlines. If you are a student, use the calendar to set exam dates as well as paper deadlines. It will be a lot harder to miss your deadline if you get notified by your phone before the assignment is due.

To Do List

There are lots of great "to-do list" applications that will help you track what needs to get done and what you've already finished. Every single person can benefit from using a to do application to get things done faster and more efficiently.

Weather Checking

Making sure you wear the right clothes before you go outside is an important part of your day. Make sure you know the weather situation before you head out and regret doing so.

Breaking News

There are lots of news applications that will keep you up to date on all the breaking news worldwide and nationally. Even if you don't usually watch the news you may like being able to flip through the articles to get a sense of the happenings around the world.


Some smartphones will let you use them as reminders by letting you store a short message on the screen. If you do not use an application that does that you can switch your background every time you have something to remember. Once you remember you can switch your background back to its regular state. It's like the modern day tying a rope around your finger.

Social Media

It is easy to keep track of different social networking sites with different apps. Check popular sites like Facebook and Twitter to stay updated with your friends latest adventures. This is good for killing time but is not very productive.

Tethering Hotspot

Many phones can become mobile hotspots for internet connectivity for other devices now. If there is no Wi-Fi, use your phone's 3g or 4g connection to connect to the internet. Then you can set it up to become a private network. Just make sure you don't go over your data usage limit!

Playing Games

If you didn't know that your smartphone can play lots of games you are way far behind. You can play board games or newer, flashier games for hours. My personal favorite is playing Solitaire and Minesweeper. This is great for passing the time when you have to wait 5 to 10 minutes.

Checking Email

It's important that most people check their email, whether they are an important business person. I mainly use my email application to read and scan all my emails, I rarely send an email straight from my phone. However, you may like sending emails from your smartphone, and that's ok.


Your smartphone should have a built-in calculator that lets you do basic math. This is pretty important for day-to-day tasks and shouldn't be overlooked as a function of a smartphone.