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Five Unexpected Things to do with a Smartphone

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When smartphones first hit the market, most of us wondered what we'd ever us them for. Today, though, the answer to "What can a smartphone do?" is, of course, "just about anything." That said, the vast majority of us probably aren't taking advantage of all that smartphones are really capable of. So – let's take a look at some of the things you can do with a smartphone that may well surprise you.


  • Use the camera to magnify copy if you've forgotten your reading glasses. For those of you who find it difficult to read menus without a pair of specs, but said specs have been left at home or in the car, you can whip out your phone, open your camera app, point it at what you'd like to read, then zoom in.
  • Share your screen with someone else with just a tap. Most smartphones released over the past several years come equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology – and when two NFC-ready phones are simply tapped together, the two can share whatever is on their screens – be it photos, apps, contacts or music.
  • Compensate for colorblindness. Android phone users with devices running Android 6.0 or above can enable screen filters that compensate for color blindness. All you need to do is open your Settings app, go to Accessibility, then tap Color Correction. There are three different types of color blindness and Android has filters for each of them.
  • Figure out why your check engine light is on. With a smartphone and the Automatic Pro accessory you can determine why your check engine light is on, find your car in a crowded parking lot, and more.
  • Level things out properly. If you have an iPhone, you can open your compass app, swipe right, and have access to a level that you can use to ensure that your photos, furniture, etc. are, well, level.


In addition to these fun (and helpful) things you can do with a smartphone, you can also use your go-to device to control your home's functions. For instance, with a Nest thermostat, you can monitor and control the temperature in your home from virtually anywhere, and with a Wemo Wi-Fi light switch, you can turn lights off or on using your phone – whether you're in the next room or thousands of miles away.