What Other Devices Would You Like Tethered to Your Smart Phone?

When smart phones first came on the market, perhaps Steve Jobs anticipated it, but not many others did. Who would have thought we’d be able to connect all our devices together?

Regardless, here we are with our smart phones attached to many things via Bluetooth: speakers, keyboards, cars, and now even smart home appliances. A tool company is even linking to smart phones for security and data tracking. What’s next? We asked our writers what other devices they would like tethered to their smart phones.

Our Opinion

For the most part it seems our writers try to limit what they tether to their phones. Trevor doesn’t want his car or home items partnered up with his phone. He thinks the tool tethering is “not really more than a trinket for the average Joe” like himself. He would like better compatibility between his Android and PC but can’t see his car and phone needing to know each about each other. “I’d rather have them be cousins than close family.

Derrik doesn’t have any desire to tether anything to his phone. He’s heard arguments for doing so, such as getting a smartwatch to “reduce the need to take out your phone,” but to him it just seems lazy. He also sees no use in tethering his car as he’d just rather make calls after he finishes driving. Phil also doesn’t see a point in tethering other devices and jokes “I have enough bad dreams about them whispering behind my back as it is.

Mahesh doesn’t have anything tethered to his smart phone other than a small remote that lets him control the volume and take pictures on his phone. But he believes he’d like to have a smart home system in the future.


Charnita has a 2015 Ford with her phone connected to it which she says really comes in handy. She would also like to have a smart home system and specifically a Nest because she finds it to be a pain to be in bed upstairs and have to go all the way downstairs to change the thermostat.

I’m in line with Mahesh and Charnita. I have a Ford as well, but mine is a few years older, so it doesn’t have as many capabilities as I’d like. However, I like being able to make and answer calls through the steering column and also enjoy listening to my music through the car’s stereo. I’d enjoy a smart home as well, but what I would really like to see would be a greater ability to record TV programs on your television and watch them on your computer or mobile device. On Demand comes close to this, but it’s not available until the day after a program airs.

Your Opinion

Do you agree with our writers? Do you already have your car tethered? Are you looking forward to having a smart home tethered to your smart phone? Or are you against all of it? What other devices would you like tethered to your smart phone? Let us know below in the comments section.

Laura Tucker Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. I enjoy several devices tethered to my iPhone – car, hearing aids, home phone (wireless). It is much safer in the car because you can keep both hands on the wheel when on a call.

  2. While I can understand the convenience brought about by tethering devices together, I for one am perfectly happy to live a tether-free life. It seems that humanity is moving towards a more lackadaisical lifestyle, and that their dependence on machinery and technology is reaching “Critical Mass” levels. I mean granted it was a benefit to mankind when the remote control was invented as it really was a PITA to have to get up to change channels on a television. And the day cellphones finally became a mass produced item for the masses truly did enable us to connect to places beyond our own borders, the same could be said for the internet and various technologies that give us the ability to see places we’re not close to…via a web page or an online photo album. but it seems that this incessant reliance upon technology to perform the most mundane and simplest of tasks?….is a sure sign that mankind has ceased to innovate. For all the advances in science and medicine, the BEST we can do is to come up with ways of automating our washing machines?…or having our refrigerators telling US when its time to restock it? I don’t doubt that having your phone connect to your car is a great feature, especially for those who are constantly on the go and need to remain in contact with their offices or clients. But things like a fully automated home? Nah….no thanks. I don’t subscribe to the tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy-theorists who claim the gov’t is out to get them….BUT…I work in the IT industry, and if you saw some of the things I’ve seen, in regards to having information siphoned off through standard communication and technological channels?, you’d toss your phone in a lake and would trade in your hi-tech vehicle for a ’80 Ford Thunderbird! I don’t want anything tethered to anything else that doesn’t need to be,….granted having the smartwatch look after my cholesterol is one thing…but giving someone the ability to hack my vehicle?…because it’s so hi-tech and connected to everything? No Thanks! I’m fine with having to use the remote to change my channel and having to get up off my behind to go to the store and buy my groceries. Not everyone wants a machine to do things for them….I’m a human and I’m fine using the body I have to do the things I want.


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