No Longer Needed

What device or devices do you no longer need or use now that you have an iPhone (or Smart phone)?

Kris and I use our iPhones when we travel as an alarm clock, a computer, GPS, etc…

The coolest device not needed — for me at least — is that on a golf course I don’t have to use the satellite yardage calculator in the golf cart but can use my iPhone. A creative re-use of GPS technology.

Here’s a cool article that shows 15 devices we no longer need.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • RJS

    These vary rather dramatically.

    I use my iPhone as a GPS, alarm clock, and e-mail reader as well as for short replies (and, of course, to text and call). It can function in an emergency for some of the others. A “real” camera is substantially better than the iPhone (although I do use the iPhone camera). Reading, games, movies, replacement computer, flashlight … only in a pinch. The iPad is better at this last set … although neither phone nor pad really replaces the computer.

  • Rick

    An iPhone does not work real well for excercising (running, jogging, etc…). The ipods, such as the Nano, work much better.

  • Larry Barber

    Use my Android for tuning my guitar and as a metronome. It’s also eliminated the land line into my house.

    It is, however, definitely not a replacement for a full size computer with a full size screen and keyboard. A tree took out my internet cable and did some other minor damage to my house, I had to use my Android and it just about drove me crazy.

  • http://thekingsfellowship.com Steve, Winnipeg, Canada

    Wouldn’t it be sad if someone said they no longer need a Bible.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    I share the same as RJS with these additions.

    Also, ipod or pod caster, music listening thingy, heart rate monitor while I jog, notepad (with Evernote), wrist watch, ..and phone…

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Steve, Winnipeg, Canada, I do use it to play bible audio while I jog…. and have not opened my paper bible in a long time, though I tend to use the computer for bible and not the mobile device.

  • Anna

    Steve, you can also use this:

    http://cadrebible.com/

    Multiple translations, including original languages.

  • jay dusold

    one of-the-beaten-path usage of my iphone is for taking a picture of quotes in books and then using an OCR app to have it return as text which I can then insert into messages. beats typing, especially the pathetic hunt and peck i do!

  • http://azspot.net Naum

    [1] watch, [2] camera, [3] stopwatch/timer, [4] GPS, [5] calendar/day planner, [6] address book, [7] radio/iPod/portable music player, [8] video projector (via AirPlay), [9] dictionary/encyclopedia (wikipedia, IMDB, Google searches, translations), [10] handheld gaming, [11] maps, [12] alarm clock, [13] newspaper/magazine (Flipboard/Instapaper/Twitter lists), [14] calculator

  • Phil Miller

    A lot of those things on that list I still use the original.

    Alarm clock – We don’t use the actual alarm, but we still have a clock beside our bed.

    iPod – I’m kind of slowly transitioning here. I have a 5th Gen 80gb iPod Classic that’s still running, and it’s about full. I’ve subscribed to Apple’s iCloud service, but I still use my Classic quite a bit. For use in the car and flying, I actually prefer it, because I can use it without being connected to the internet.

    Kindle – I can’t imagine preferring reading on the iPhone compared to my Kindle. I have the 3rd Gen 3G version. It still works fine for what I need it to do. It can go for weeks without having to be charged.

    Calculator – I occasionally use a calculator app on the iPhone, but for real engineering calculations, I’ll use the real deal with actual buttons.

    Guitar Tuner – I use a tuner on my pedalboard that mutes the signal from my guitar while on stage. The iPhone can’t really do this yet.


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