Today’s modern phones come with a wide range of applications and functionalities that make them suitable for a variety of uses.

Regardless of whether you are a tech junkie, or a smartphone addict, there is no end of activities that you can participate in with your mobile.

Below we have listed some of the most unusual and cool things that you can do with today’s modern smartphones.

Send a postcard

The trouble with sending postcards through the mail is that they can sometimes take an incredibly long time to arrive.

In fact, in some cases, the postcard arrives days after you have returned from holiday! A far more updated and efficient way to mail a postcard is to send an email or text, complete with a lovely, personal snap of your vacation from the comfort of your mobile phone.

Apps such as Postcard On The Run allows you to take a picture of your surroundings and transform it into a paper postcard.

Connect it to your bionic arm

Yes, you read that correctly. A Japanese company called Exiii has created a bionic arm that is linked with your smartphone and can perform a wide range of manoeuvres.

You can control the movement of your limbs and your fingers using your mobile.

Control household devices

Regardless of whether you want to play some music, switch the TV on and off or control the room temperature – it is now possible to do all of that and more through the use of your smartphone.

In fact, of you live in a modern day ‘smart home’ all of your devices can be connected with your mobile which can act as a remote control.

You never have to lift a finger again!


You can also use your smartphone to start your car using apps such as Viper’s SmartStart, obtain cheaper petrol or alert you about upcoming traffic delays or speed trap that can make driving a nightmare for many people.

Identify musician

Have you ever heard a song you really like while you are out and about shopping and wondered who the vocalist for it was?

Sometimes you end up going home frustrated, desperately trying to work out who it was that performed the song you really like, so you can go out and buy the album.

Well, thanks to apps such as Shazam Encore, MusicID with Lyrics, and Soundhound, you no longer have to wonder.

Next time you hear a tune you love, you can use one of these apps to give you, not only the name of the artist, but also the lyrics and similar songs.

Operate your computer

Your smartphone can also double-up as a mouse and keyboard. Apps such as Mobile Mouse Pro, SwiftKey, and Swype allow you to either control your computer using your smartphone as a remote mouse and keyboard, or type messages and emails faster and more effectively.


A number of banks and financial institutions have apps that allow you to control your finances online, access your account and transfer money.

Many major banks such as Barclays and NatWest for example offer apps that make it quicker and easier to connect with a customer service assistance or contact them in the event of an emergency.ADNFCR-2155-ID-801786654-ADNFCR

Written by Mazuma

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