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Published on April 22nd, 2017 | by Technable

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More than a Smart Phone – An Entertainment Hub

More than a Smart Phone – An Entertainment Hub

Remember when cell phones were new and having a flip phone was the height of technology? It seems so quaint now. We watch movies from the 70s and 80s where the high-profile and rich characters had cell phones and they looked like bricks. Now, cell phones are smaller, sleeker, and more sophisticated. They can do a lot more than make phone calls and send text messages.

In fact, if you have the right smartphone, you can turn it into your very own entertainment hub. Sure, you might still want to do some things at home, but if you live a mostly mobile lifestyle, you can watch TV, listen to music, and much more on your phone.

Here’s a look at just some of the things your smart phone can do as your entertainment hub:

Stream Videos

Yes, you can download an app for Netflix or Hulu to stream some movies and TV shows. But you will be limited to what titles the service has the rights to show. The catalog changes month to month, leaving you guessing what you’ll actually be able to watch and whether your favorites will be lost forever.

Instead, you should sign up for a satellite TV package and then stream whatever you want from your phone at any time. There are all kinds of satellite TV packages to suit your tastes, whether you are a sports lover or an old movie buff. You can also add premium channels that you want that are not included in the package. That way, you can always watch exactly what you want to watch.

Listen to Music

You don’t always have time to watch videos on YouTube, and you might get sick of hearing the same 10 songs in rotation on the radio. You can sign up for a subscription service like XM Radio to get hundreds of channels sorted by genre. You can listen to everything from jam band music to big swing. (And, of course, you’ll get the latest hits, also). There are also internet services like Pandora and I Heart Radio that offer a similar array of music.

If you don’t want to pay for a service, you can sign up for free apps like Spotify. You’ll have to put up with some ads every now and then for the privilege of getting it free, but you may not mind.

Play Games

We’ve come a long way since Microsoft solitaire. You can play every kind of game you can think of on your smart phone. You can play classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble, or you can play modern favorites like Angry Birds or Crossy Road. You can play puzzle games, classic arcade games, word games, kids’ games, and much more.

You have the option to play games by yourself on your phone, or you can connect to others who are also playing. They can be your friends, or they can be strangers. A lot of these games connect through Facebook, so you can easily find which of your friends are also playing games. You can find free games, as well as more intensive paid games.

Social Media

Of course, you can’t talk about technology or even smart phones without talking about social media. So many of us get our news and our entertainment from social media these days. People share funny articles on our feeds, hilarious videos, and pithy status updates. We love checking in on what our friends are doing, and we love stalking our old high-school friends and co-workers even more to see who didn’t turn out the way we thought.

Social media has definitely become a source of entertainment, and it continues to be a staple of our lives. The way social media continues to evolve, we will probably get a lot more from it before it’s all done.

Your phone is much more than a simple communication device. You can use it to improve your life, from getting better with time management to simplifying your source of entertainment. You don’t need a TV, a radio, and multiple other devices. You just need the right smart phone and the right subscription services. You’ll have everything you need right at the touch of your hand.

 


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