10 Things Smartphones Have Made Completely Useless

Smartphones are the Swiss army knives of technology

Maybe it’s because we were born after 1985, but we can’t imagine a world without mobile phones. (We also can’t imagine a world without laptops, Google, or self-checkout machines).

Yes, we use our iPhone for everything from telling the time to filming holiday videos. But what else would we use? This is the 21st century, after all.

Here are 10 things smartphones have made obsolete:

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1. Alarm clocks

Literally no one uses these anymore. Why wake up to shrill, obnoxious beeping when you could wake up to Three Little Birds?

2. Watches

Unless you’re the Apple Watch type of person, or just very fashionable, there’s no reason for you to ever wear a watch.

3. Landlines

Okay, this one’s obvious, but be honest: when was the last time you used a landline phone to make a personal call?

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4. Maps

Not that we’ve ever used a paper map…

5. Cameras

Smartphone cameras are getting increasingly more impressive. With such good quality at your fingertips, why carry a real camera anymore?

6. Flashlights

Finding your way in the dark has never been easier. No need to carry a bulky torch, just swipe up and tap that button.

7. iPods

Apple really ruined it for themselves: with 128GB of storage available on some iPhones, as well as apps like Spotify and Pandora, there’s just no use for other portable music players.

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8. Notebooks

Pens? What are pens? The Notes app is the only thing we need to write our grocery list.

9. Calculators

We wish we’d been allowed to use our phones during maths exams. Google can even draw graphs for you!

10. Debit and credit cards

With Apple, and now Android Pay both available, you won’t even need to carry a wallet everywhere you go.

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