Two years and a thousand falls later (no kidding), mum finally let me get a new phone. My trusty old Nokia was probably one of the brand’s very first “smart phones.” This just means it was utterly horrific with the most basic of smart phone functions and a sluggish touch screen. During those two years, I did play relentlessly on iPhones and iPods of my friends and family.

So anyway, boring sob story aside, I got a Samsung phone with some outstanding Android functions. It’s very obvious that with its dominance of the market, Apple is undoubtedly the more popular supplier to Applications, these thingos on your phone that can be games or services. My phone even came with some Apps already installed; mainly ones that related to the phone provider. For me, it was ones like ‘My Optus’ and ‘Optus Zoo.’ These actually came in handy, but aside from these, almost, mandatory Apps, once I figured out how to connect to WiFi, I went on a downloading spree! And that was when I realised how important Apps have become in everyday life.

From timetable and planning Apps, to games, to GPS, to social networking Apps and reference Apps, there is no end to what Apps can help you with. BUT THEN, you have Apps like the one from Hungry Jack’s. Now, to my understanding, this is only for Apple users, but what you do is, you access the App, check-in to that specific restaurant on Facebook, shake the phone, and you get free food! This is crazy! The marketing opportunities you can get from just having a useful App with perks is freaking fantastic. And so all these companies are now releasing Apps; some celebrities even have one. From Pizza Hut to Britney Spears, there’s no end to how people are choosing to market themselves and give updates to their fans/followers/customers.

Pros Cons
  • Marketing options
  • Super convenient
  • Boredom buster
  • Extreme time consumption
  • Over-reliance on technology
  • Lack of actual human interaction

There is so much importance held in the use of smart phones. If you walked onto a train carriage, I can guarantee you that 90% of people in that carriage who are either staring directly into the brightly lit screens of their smart phones or hooked with their iPod earphones. But you know what? I love ’em and for now, I’m super obsessed with Apps called ‘Timetable’ and ‘Bubble Shoot.’ If you have a smart phone, regardless of phone type, you can use ‘What’s App’ or ‘Viber’ to call or text for free! As long as you have WiFi. Awesome.

-insert clever signoff- Christine

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