Smartphones have come a long way since the days of playing Snake on a Nokia phone. Thanks to the roll out of 4G and soon to be 5G technology across many parts of the globe, the rate at which we can connect to services has greatly improved. This has meant the possibilities of what we can do with a smartphone have become almost endless.
In fact, today's smartphones aren't really like phones at all. With advanced camera lenses for taking high quality pictures, smart assistants for organising our lives and even built-in flashlights, the modern smartphone can do just about anything.
Whether you have a long travel journey ahead, are in a waiting room or a period of isolation at home, below, we'll take a look at the top 5 ways to pass the time on your mobile device.
Today's smartphones offer some of the best mobile gaming experiences. Playing a game can be an excellent way to pass a little extra time, in which there's a huge variety of games to choose from online or from an app.
One of the most popular types of mobile games are online casinos. Online casinos enable you to play some of your favourite classic casino games, whether that be roulette, slots or poker. If you haven't got much time, why not play a snap poker game?
Snap poker is a fast-fold format of poker. It's designed to reduce waiting time as you're dealt new cards the second you fold. Snap poker can be played in both cash and tournament formats, making it the ideal option for when you fancy a game of poker but don't have a lot of time.
Other popular gamesthat were downloaded the most last month include Subway Surfers, Garena free fire, Genshin Impact and Among Us.
If you have a little time on your hands, one of the most productive ways to spend it is by learning a new skill. With thousands of apps available on Android and IOS app stores, there's a variety of things you could choose from. Some of the best skills apps include:
Duolingo: Learn a new language on the go, in bitesize chunks. Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps available, combining reading, writing and speaking skills.
LinkedIn Learning: If you'd like to progress your career, LinkedIn learning offer free deep training videos, covering topics like management, advanced leadership and other essential business skills that could help advance your career.
Kitchen Stories Recipes: Kitchen stories Recipes in an app that allows you to follow step-by-step videos to learn new cooking skills. It's a community where people share not only their recipes but also their culinary knowledge and the cultural information behind the recipe, enabling you to get the full culinary experience.
Blinkist: If you'd like to learn something new in a short period of time, Blinkist offers 15-minute videos and audio files from non-fiction books that condense the topic, allowing you to quickly digest a lot of information in a snapshot of time. Imagine how much you could learn if you tried a few a day!
The pace of modern life can be a lot, and sometimes it's important that we slow it down and practice some healthy habits. There are a range of health apps on smartphones that can be utilised on a daily basis. Why not take 5 minutes to try some of the below?
Meditating: Meditating apps like Calm can help restore peace in your busy day, helping you to become more mindful and focused. Calm provides a number of guided meditation videos, helping you to achieve mental clarity and a lower heart rate at times when you just need to slow down a little.
Tracking Exercise: Workout apps can be a great way to introduce small healthy habits. Apps like MapMyWalk, FitBit or Fitness Buddy are great options and offer both free and paid versions.
Writing a diary or journal entry: Writing a diary or journal entry is a good way to practice mindfulness, reflect on your emotions and process the events of the day. Some of the best journal apps include Day One, Diarium, Five Minute Journal and Dabble.
We can end up acquiring a lot of apps over time, making our screens messy and cluttered, using up a lot of space on our phones, and making it difficult to find anything quickly. If you've got some time to kill then why not organize your apps into different folders. Some of the ways you can organise them include by alphabetical order, by category, by colour code, in emoji folders or in themed rows. It can be a tedious job but you'll be glad once you've done it as it will make your phone so much easier to use.
Been putting off sorting out your inbox? We've all done it. And now you probably have a stack of either unread or opened emails that you need to face. Now's the time to get it done. If you're using the mail apps on your smartphone device, this will make it easier to navigate through the mailbox.
There should be a function where you can mass select emails you don't need and delete them all. Another tedious task, but you'll be grateful when it's done.
Overall, there's so much you can do on today's smartphones. From playing the latest games, to organising your life, practicing a healthy habit or learning a new skill. Many of us would be lost without them.