With the smartphone, we can do away with things that used to be essential in our everyday lives. Things like a phone book, a newspaper, a road map, and yes, even your check book, are just a few of the simpler things that have gone by the wayside.
Nowadays, from the convenience of your phone, you can call anyone, let your friends know where you are, take pictures, get directions, listen to music, send and receive email, and pay for goods and services.
Say you are looking for green-living luxury apartment rentals in NYC. Open the apartment finder app on your smartphone, type in your desired area, size of unit, and any other amenities you want, and instantly, you have a list of apartments to go see. You can even use your phone’s GPS app to get driving directions.
There is at least one company in New York that offers a smartphone app to their residents in order to pay rent. Rose Associates is trying to make life easier and more convenient for residents of its luxury high-rise Manhattan apartments at 7 West 21st Street. The new app allows the resident to communicate with the building superintendent about maintenance needs, schedule a fitness class, get notified of package arrivals, pay the rent, and more.
The downside to having a smartphone is that you are never really able to get disconnected. Short of leaving your phone at home when you go out or go on vacation, you will always be on the grid. It takes a very disciplined individual to get away from work and not check their email as it comes in on their phone. That comes from personal experience.