Iphone 6S Phone Review
Cell phones are one of the most popular inventions of the last 50 years. The move to smartphones is especially notable for the increased ease by which users can access the internet. As a millennial, I recognize that my generation is unique in that we grew up without much of the technology we now take for granted.
I still remember not being able to use the desktop computer to access the internet at the same time as my mother was using the landline. Now, I am able to be on my phone with someone while also looking up the information they are requesting on another app. Times truly have changed.
I did not acquire a cell phone until I was 21 years old. My parents did not make enough money to allow them to pay for cell phone plans for the family. They reluctantly purchased a cheap TracFone from Walmart when I was in high school that was only for emergency purposes. Since they were unable to pay for a phone for me and I did not work until after graduating high school, I went without a cell phone. I did save up my money to purchase an iPod touch, which I used with Wi-Fi as a proxy phone. Following my high school graduation, I moved to Virginia to enroll in university. Since my university’s campus had long-reaching Wi-Fi, I did not worry about purchasing a cell phone. I continued to use my iPod when I had Wi-Fi. I did not have a car so there were no situations where I would be somewhere alone without a way to contact others. However, the summer before my senior year, my fiancé and I purchased a phone plan together. I was about to begin two internships and would need to leave campus frequently in order to do so. The time had come where I needed a way to check directions, call my supervisor, and text my fiancé if necessary. It was convenient in that his phone plan had ended that summer and we were able to open a new plan together.
The phone I purchased then is the one I still have now, two years later. It is an iPhone 6S. I use the phone for a variety of reasons. I regularly use it to text and check social media. I previously used Snapchat, but now only use Facebook. I enjoy using Facebook because I am able to keep up with friends from previous places I have lived that I do not see anymore. I also make use of the group function in order to sell items I no longer want. This was particularly helpful while in college since I needed textbooks consistently but could not afford the bookstore prices. I enjoy watching recipe videos and reading posts about social issues. Facebook is definitely my most used app and I imagine it will be for some time.
The original reason for a cell phone was to make calls, and I frequently make phone calls to set up appointments or call customer service. Video calling is another possibility with smart phones that have a camera built in. I used to video chat with my mother and brother but have not done so in years. We occasionally video chat with my sister-in-law, especially since she just gave birth and wanted to show us her bump and later, her baby.
With the introduction of the smart phone, games become a popular source of entertainment. I have played a variety of games since purchasing my phone and the one that I current play a significant amount is Angry Birds 2. It is an older game geared toward younger users but I find it fun as it is relatively mindless and moderately challenging. I tend to use this app when I am bored at work or am half-watching a video on the television with my husband. I like the opportunity to advance and upgrade all my birds through playing consistently.
Truthfully, there are not many features on the phone that I do not use. Of the apps that come preinstalled, those that I rarely use are music, FaceTime, app store, and contacts. I occasionally use the camera and photo apps, check reminders, notes, and calendar infrequently, and only use the clock app as an alarm in the mornings. However, I do appreciate these applications for when I do need to use them. The camera is great for vacations or when I want a picture of myself and my husband. The reminders and notes features are helpful for making grocery lists or setting alerts for myself to cancel subscriptions or call a company. Since I do occasionally use them, I have kept them installed as they are not entirely useless.
One feature I greatly appreciate with a smart phone is the ability to use data. I have downloaded a few apps to help with finances that rely on data. I use ShopKick which gives you points for walking into stores and scanning barcodes to redeem for gift cards. I also use the Kroger app to check coupons when doing grocery shopping. I previously used Ibotta but had some technical issues that caused me to remove the app. All of these apps are incredibly convenient as they are free to download and use and require little effort. It is very rewarding to be able to purchase a small item from Walmart for free with gift cards I have earned simply from scanning a few boxes of pasta.
Overall having a phone has definitely made my life easier. I am horrible at understanding directions and maps and get very anxious when driving to a new place. With a phone that has a GPS, I am able to comfortably navigate to new places by myself. There is also a high level of convenience present with having a phone. I am able to call my husband if I am in the store and need to ask for his opinion on a specific product to pick up. I can also use Safari to check the price of an item online to see if I should wait to purchase it elsewhere. It has introduced a level of convenience and security to my life that I deeply appreciate. It also offers sources of entertainment and education as the internet is only a click away. I am intrigued to see where the future of cell phones takes us as a society.