It took me a while to switch to a smart phone. I dug in my heels and insisted I didn’t need one. My dumb phone was doing a fine job. But finally I took the plunge. I ditched my dumb phone for an iPhone 4S. For the first time, I had a phone newer than my kids’ phones. And let me tell you, it didn’t make them happy! It was kind of fun for me, though.
But gloating aside, one of the biggest advantages I discovered with my smart phone was the camera. I find new uses for that camera every single day! I can’t imagine how I lived without it.
So if you’ve been thinking inside the box with your phone and just using it for pretty pictures, let me suggest some other ways you can use your phone.
1. We recently replaced our ancient router/modem. Not being incredibly computer savvy, we weren’t exactly sure what we had or what we needed. So I took pictures of our existing equipment, including model numbers, and showed it to the salesman. Once I showed him the photos, he knew exactly what we needed.
2. Have you ever noticed a recipe on a box or bag and thought, “I’m going to come back later and either cut that out or copy it.” But you forgot and the box disappeared? I’ve done that SO many times. I started to do it the other day but instead grabbed my phone and took a picture of the recipe.
3. A while back I was sitting on the highway exit ramp when the person behind me rear-ended my car. It wasn’t bad. But I used my phone to take pictures of the cars and the license plate numbers. A picture’s worth a thousand words, you know!
4. I’m always misplacing my menu for the week. It’s on the backside of my grocery list and somehow it ends up in multiple locations in my house. I get tired of looking for it so this week I took a picture. When I started my hunt for the menu, I remembered the picture.
5. I’m always finding little bits of information or tips I want to remember but it’s not convenient to write them down. So I’ve started taking pictures instead.
6. When my husband and I went bedspread shopping a couple of months ago, I took photos of the bedroom wall color and the curtains. When we found a bedspread we liked, we compared it to the photos. The photos weren’t perfect but they helped us stay in the ballpark. We did the same thing when we went shopping for curtains for the upstairs bedroom. We took a photo of the bedspread we were trying to match. We found some curtains we liked, held up the photo, and saw immediately that they weren’t a good match. If we hadn’t had the photo, we would have bought the wrong curtains, and I HATE taking things back.
7. I was shopping at Target last week and saw a quilt with really beautiful colors. I wasn’t interested in the quilt but I loved the color combination. I took a photo so I could duplicate those colors in my next quilt.
9. Some bad people dumped trash in our neighborhood at the beginning of the summer. I took a photo and e-mailed it to the city so they could see what had been dumped and send out a clean-up crew.
10. We received a package that was damaged. I took a picture of the damaged box in case the product was damaged, too.
11. When I return something, I usually scan the shipping label but this time I just took a picture. I saved the photo until the product was received by the company and then I deleted it. It was so much easier than scanning or writing down the information.
12. And, oh yeah – my bank lets me deposit checks by taking pictures of them instead of taking them to the bank. This is one of my favorites!
These are just a few examples of the many ways you can use your smart phone’s camera. I can’t imagine how I survived so long without this camera. It has made a lot of things much easier!
So how do you use your smart phone’s camera?