My favorite tool.

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We all use tools. Tools for building, tools for gardening, tools for cooking, tools for cleaning. Some tools have become essential to our modern lifestyle. Scouring pads, shovels, screwdrivers, flashlights are all examples of tools that we use every day without consideration.

But what about the smartphone? Is it a tool? Can you use it in place of many of the tools that we have traditionally carried? The answer is a resounding YES!

Let’s just look at some of the wonderful tools that my smartphone has replaced.

It is a calculator. Now I can add subtract and multiply easily no need to own or buy a separate calculator. Lost? My smartphone has a compass to tell me what direction to go. Even better, if I know where I want to go it can tell me how to get there, I never have to try and fold a paper map again.

Building something? My smartphone has a measuring tool. Once I determine how high I want my picture hung I can see if it is straight because my phone has a built-in level.

I saw a sign for something that interested me. I wanted to write down the information number and details, but I didn’t have a pencil. No problem, I just took a picture. All of the details were right there where I needed them.

Can’t remember something? Leave a voice memo. Want to know how high is the mountain you just climbed? Use the free altitude app.

As a real estate agent, I have several tools that help me on a daily basis. I can schedule a home showing, find my way through the winding streets of the Phoenix metro. I can open a lockbox, measure the size of a room, or calculate a mortgage payment.

When it gets dark or I need to look in a closet or cabinet, my built-in flashlight is invaluable.

Why I can even realign the angle of my satellite dish with the help of my friendly Dish Align app.

I am sure that there are many more uses for my smartphone. It seems there is no end to all the tools I have replaced with my smartphone. Now if someone would just develop a phone I could use as a hammer my toolbox would be complete.


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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 absolutely correct.  The camera on my iPhone 11 so good, I no longer use my DSLR for photos or videos.  Plus, I also can enjoy my favorite tunes, FaceTime with my friends and family, and the list goes on. 

Sep 05, 2020 03:25 PM #1
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Joseph you are spot on with this post I have three tools I can not live without, my phone, my car and my laptop, Endre

Sep 05, 2020 04:34 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- I am with you on this and I would never leave home without my smartphone. I don't even walk down to the mailbox without it. 

Sep 05, 2020 05:52 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joseph. Must say it is a wonder what we did before the smartphone. Enoy your day!

Sep 06, 2020 04:49 AM #4
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Joseph,  Where would be without our smart phones now.  Think back to 30 years, that would be the dark ages now.


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