Sometimes it can be hard to believe how far the mobile phone has come in terms of integrating itself into our daily lives.
When they first started to come onto the market, the ability to make a phone call from almost any location seemed like enough of a convenience.
However, since the popularisation of the smartphone, the range of things we use them for has expanded seemingly exponentially.
Everything from text messages and accessing the internet to sending emails and taking photos can all be done from one convenient rectangle of glass, metal and plastic.
One of the most popular features of the smartphone is the ability to listen to music – and we have come up with a quick guide to getting the most from your smartphones speakers.
Streaming services such as Spotify are arguably the most convenient means of getting your favourite tracks on your handset and sharing them with your friends or keeping yourself entertained on the daily commute.
With tariffs offering unlimited 4G mobile broadband, this has become more convenient than ever, as buffering is much less likely to be the issue it may have been with 3G.
If you want to get a clip up quickly to show a friend and don't subscribe to a service like Spotify, then you could always search for your tune of choice on YouTube.
Your favourite radio shows
With a smartphone you are effectively taking a radio with you wherever you go. If you have a favourite DJ whose show you don't want to miss out on, you don't have to.
With streaming services offered by most stations, you do not need to worry about being free at whatever time the show is transmitted, as you should be able to access it after broadcast as a podcast.
The rise of podcasts means you can also listen to any talk shows you may be following whenever you want- and this is a great way to pass the time in the gym or while out jogging.
With services like iTunes and Google Play featuring their own dedicated app, it is easier than ever to access music you've already purchased on your smartphone.
The cloud has made it possible for these apps to recognise your account from a variety of devices, so any tracks you buy and download on your desktop computer will be accessible from your mobile immediately.
Copying your music library to your smartphone
With all these options to hand, copying music from your computer onto your smartphone with a cable is fast becoming the old-fashioned way.
But if it is your preferred method, then it is often a simple case of hooking the device up to the computer, selecting which tracks you want to transfer on a program like iTunes and synching it up.
If you are seriously committed to having the best possible sound system with you wherever you are, you could always have a look at a specialised device such as the Marshall London.
Launched in the latter half of last year, the handset was created by the manufacturers behind the iconic Marshall amplifiers and headphones.
The firm hyperbolically claimed the device is the loudest on the earth – but the boast was not bass-less. Built with the true audiophile in mind, it offers crystal-clear playback of lossless FLAC files and dual speakers that use a dedicated hi-fi-grade sound card and enhanced bass technology.
An option for those who are happy with the smartphone they already have is to invest in a high quality pair of headphones – and there are plenty of those on offer too.