How do smartphones enhance your life?

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If you are anything like me then you&#39;ll be wondering how you ever managed without a smart phone.... However some people, my dad included still only <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>use</strong> basic feature phones. So if you aren&#39;t a <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>smartphone</strong> user what are you missing out on?</p>

In my case I use my smartphone to know what I am doing when and with whom. It is my camera, my mp3 player and video player all at the same time. When I get lost it becomes my satnav and when I have something I really want to share it becomes my main comms device of choice. I edit documents, I create content and I share some of those key moments that you could only ever capture if you had a device with you that could do all those things.

Recently Carphone Warehouse launched a campaign to showcase how other people use their smartphones for much less trivial uses than me. In fact they have shared the amazing story of Simon Wheatcraft which you can watch in the video below. They are inviting people like you and I to share our stories on their website to inspire and learn from one another.

Here's a little more information Simon Wheatcroft who features in the video above:

Simon Wheatcroft is an ultra-marathon runner who uses the latest smartphone technology and apps in order to overcome his diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative eye condition. Simon began losing his sight to this disease at the age of 13, and was classified blind when he turned 17.

Simon is working with Carphone Warehouse on their Smarter World initiative, celebrating the great and interesting things that people do with their smartphones, encouraging others to share their stories online.

Shortly before joining University, Simon decided that he wouldn’t allow his disability to get in the way of his love of running, and started training near his house, in an area that he memorised in his head.

Using a normal iPhone and existing fitness apps, such as RunKeeper, Simon was able to utilise audio to keep track of how far he was running, his heart rate, and his average pace, alongside his location using GPS, allowing him to keep track of his route without the need for a guide dog or running companion.

Constantly looking for new challenges, Simon is taking part in ultra-marathons including the Grim Reaper (a 40 mile race), and has ambitions for the New York Marathon in 2014. But his biggest aim is to race the fabled Ocean Floor race – 160 miles through one of the harshest environments in the world, the Sahara Desert.

Simon is passionate about his ultra-marathon running, and wants to raise awareness of the opportunities that smartphones can give to those who suffer from his condition.

,p>To find out more about the wonderful things we can do with our smartphones or share your own story visit


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About Sarah Lamb

Sarah is a freelance writer with a masters degree in Computer Science. Sarah writes about innovation, technology and social media. She has a keen interest in gender diversity with the IT sector and founded Girl Geek Dinners in 2005