What Do You Find Easier Now that You Have a Smartphone?

Writers Opinion Easier Smartphones Featured

At this point, smartphones are like appendages to us. It’s hard to even remember life without them. How did we possibly get along without being able to call people whenever the mood strikes or without having a camera in our pocket at all times?

Undoubtedly they have made our lives much easier. What do you find easier now that you have a smartphone?

Our Opinion

Alex knows that communicating is obviously easier. “The idea of being inaccessible is quaint today, almost adorable.” He finds the idea of being inaccessible now to be a “matter of conscious disconnection,” rather than simply not having a telephone nearby.

Elsie finds it a lot easier to take photos instantly. Before we had smartphones, you would have to either find a photographer or carry your own camera with you, and she notes some of them “were heavy or burdensome for that matter.” Now she can snap photos of whatever she likes on her phone. Communication is also better for her, and “so is keeping myself productive what with the many apps available with smartphone.”

Sayak says there are so many features that have changed his life. He always found maps cumbersome before, but “now you can drop me in the middle of nowhere, and I can use GPS to walk a trail all day long until I reach my destination.” He also appreciates the invention of ride-sharing apps.

Call-screening apps have made things easier for him as well so that he can avoid unwanted calls. He also reads on his phone and enjoys YouTube and music apps. Like Elsie, he appreciates the constant camera in his pocket. With IoT, he uses his smartphone as a universal remote to control everything. Yet, he also still feels the world was a better place before smartphones.

Writers Opinion Easier Smartphones Communication

Andrew finds pretty much everything easier: “maps, communication, finding information, translating, learning, working.” The only thing that’s harder for him is that there’s always an app trying to grab his attention. “But the magnitude and variety of advantages that smartphones bring is just not even comparable to whatever negative impacts they may have.”

Miguel calls out navigation in foreign countries and communication as being easier. He recalls, “I saved my skin more often than I’d like to admit in conferences I went to.” His phone also provides him with a strong line of communication with people he’d otherwise have to pay long distance rates to speak with. He even mounts his phone on his bike to show him interesting trails. He tries not to over-rely on his phone, however, as he prefers face-to-face communication.

Phil notes his smartphone got him back into photography. He was a professional at one time, which caused him to stop snapping personal photos. Lomography and digital cameras kept him a little more interested, but once the iPhone came out, he took more photos the first year than he had in the prior ten to fifteen years. He “loved the opportunity to take low-fi film-like photos on a device that was smaller than a laser printer.”

Smartphones also revitalized his interest in audio, radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. Streaming everything rather than having to store it physically is much easier. Yet he still “craves metal and leather cameras and big wooden radios,” which he sees as the “curse of the old guy in the 21st century.”

Peace of mind is easier for me. As a mom, I want to know where my kids are, even though they’re adults. I don’t want to go back to the old way of calling, leaving a message, and waiting for a reply (though I still have to do that sometimes). But when they were teenagers, it was much easier to call or text and ask when they’d be home and where they were rather than have to track them down somewhere. Truth be told, I still sometimes do that. You never stop being a mom or needing a mom.

Your Opinion

Communication, camera, and navigation seem to be big draws for our writers. Do you agree? What do you find easier now that you have a smartphone? Chime in to our conversation in the comments below.

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 went from using an old ‘flip phone’ to an iPhone.

    the iPhone is neither intuitive or easy to use. While it may be easier to TEXT with an iPhone (I rarely test…if it is important enough to contact someone, it is important enough to call them), I use it rarely.

    I get MANY MORE robo calls on the smart phone – I did not change carriers. Not sure why.

    The reception is still lousy (AT&T is a crappy carrier)

    I’m likely to go back to the flip phone – smaller, easier to carry and the audible quality is better

    1. I’m not in the States, half a world away actually, but I hear you on Apple iOS software. Totally counterintuitive. Don’t know why people rave about it. Imagine you make a spelling mistake… can’t just delete a letter and replace, you need to delete the whole word!!!! How do I know? My wife, a technological f**kwit, is always going what do I do now, how do I fix it. My response, I don’t know, its Apple, rotten to the core.

      I do use TEXT a lot, but then I have a hearing disability and reception of a cellphone can be hit or miss. But then today I used my landline and was still having issues… and it is an amplified phone to boot.

      I get NO robocalls. My wife on the other hand gets multiple robocalls. She freaks about it. I tell her if it doesn’t come up with a name then it isn’t in your phonebook. Just don’t answer and delete them. We have been blacklisting them on her OPPO phone (android that looks and works very similar to apple iPhone) but I’m tired of the agro. Told her just delete them. Because they use automated callers so the numbers are going to constantly change.

      There’s an old saying… life was better before sliced bread… certainly, overall, better before cellphones. Don’t want to be disturbed, take the phone off the hook. In the case of the cellphone you can either turn it off or put it on silent.

      Flip phones also have battery life that is orders of magnitude better than (so called) smartphones.

  2. Can’t say that I am very much thrilled about smartphones. Every time I see teens flashing their latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy I feel somewhat sad observing the cultural collapse that these minuscule gadgets have been able to produce. The teenagers have the attention span of a goldfish and a sense of world wariness which boggles the mind. If creating zombies through addiction of a pocket gizmo is the highlight of our civilization then let me be damned. Well as they say to each their own. I don’t use a smartphone nor will plan to using one anytime soon.

    1. “a sense of world wariness”
      Do you mean “world weariness”? I find most smartphone users are not very wary.

      “If creating zombies through addiction of a pocket gizmo ”
      Maybe that is the “zombie apocalypse” everyone is talking about.

      1. Hah hah it should be wariness. I believe the teens are getting smarter than old fogeys. It’s the lowering attention span that will really cause them problems in the long run. And what’s with the irritating usage of “like”, “sort”, “kinda” in like… every sentence. Are they never sure of themselves or what?

        I run a small business and wouldn’t hire the Instagram generation unless they’re making an effort to improve themselves.

        1. “And what’s with the irritating usage of “like”, “sort”, “kinda” in like… every sentence.”
          Those have replaced “ahh”, “duh” and “uh” as pauses to allow time to think of the next phrase.
          Engage brain before putting mouth in gear!

    2. Have to laugh at the younger generation’s stupidity in paying astronomical sums for a device which will last, if they are lucky, 3 years. We have a term for that… Phuq dat.

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