I still recall the day I got my first cellphone – a Motorola. It was huge. And heavy. And ugly. And honestly, it didn’t do much other than allow me to make and take calls and get messages.
But it did free up my life.
Fast forward to present day and today, my husband and I rely on our smartphones for relaxation and recreation, thanks to something simple called Mobile Internet. He’s already shared how the Internet helps us live a frugal life, so I had to chip in as well. **smiling**
Here are 5 ways to use mobile internet to free up your time and have more fun as a family this summer season:
1. Read Books on the Go
Downloading the FREE Kindle app for my Android is probably the best thing I’ve ever done. Thanks to this, I can read eBooks while waiting in the car, at the clinic or just about anywhere else. Yes, your smart phone can make you smarter!
2. Listen to Music Whenever, Wherever
For those of us who are music buffs, mobile Internet makes it possible for you to download and listen to your favorite tracks wherever you may be. You can create your special playlists depending upon genre or mood and tune in whenever the fancy strikes. Bliss!
3. Cook Healthier Meals
Ooh, yes, did you know using your smartphone and obviously, the mobile Internet can help you eat and cook healthier and better meals for your family? Download the free Allrecipes app – Dinner Spinner and you’re all set. You can put in the ingredients you want or simply search for a particular dish, create your grocery list as well and get ready for adventures in the kitchen!
4. Boost Productivity Instantly
Yes, as much as we’d like to have more hours in the day, it’s not happening. So, what we can do is boost our productivity by using tools and applications that help you stay organized and on track. Astrid, a fun to-do list application, helps me jot down things I need to do during the day and ‘check’ them off as I move through the list. Fun! Here are some more productivity boosting applications that you can use as well.
5. Make Socializing Online Super Fun
Finally, let’s face it. We love our Facebook and Twitter-time, right? But it isn’t possible to stay glued to the laptop or comp all day, tweeting and posting. Instead, you stay social but also sane by using Facebook or Twitter on your smartphone. I “use” otherwise wasted bits of time to catch up with what’s happening with folks in my online social circles. Think, standing in a long queue at the post office. Instead of staring at the bald patch in front of me, I can whip out my phone and check out activity in my Twitter stream or Facebook groups or upload the latest photo of my daughter.
Yes, life with mobile internet does not mean staying glued to your phone. It means using the Internet to create a better, more fun life for everyone. This summer, make sure you’re using your mobile Internet to have fun, enjoy the small things and do more with your time.
Are you a fan of using smartphones smartly?
Photo Credit: Phil Roeder
Disclaimer: This post is a submission to a contest organized by Vodafone India and Indiblogger.