Household Items Replaced by the Smartphone

It’s amazing where technology has taken us.  One of the more pivotal advancements in recent years is the smartphone.  I recently attempted to enumerate the many ways that owning a smartphone has changed my day-to-day, and this list is my attempt to do so.

I’m not claiming that the below-listed devices have been obsoleted by the smartphone, I’m merely claiming that some people use smartphones in their place.

Enough fluff, here’s the list:


  • Home phone
  • Answering machine


  • GPS
  • Maps, atlas, globe
  • Gazetteer
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Sextant


  • Alarm clock
  • Wall clock
  • Wrist watch
  • Stopwatch
  • Timer


  • Camera
  • Camcorder
  • Photo albums


  • iPod, Discman, Walkman, boombox
  • FM radio
  • Personal video playback device


  • Calendar
  • Address book, Rolodex
  • Task list
  • Notepad
  • Shopping list

Reading, Information

  • Weather forecast
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Encyclopedia
  • Newspaper
  • Bible
  • Cookbook, recipe collection
  • Field guide

Common Items

  • Flashlight
  • Personal mirror
  • Universal remote control
  • Basic calculator
  • Graphing calculator
  • Voice/audio recorder
  • Baby monitor
  • Night light
  • White noise generator

Computer Peripherals

  • Scanner
  • Mouse
  • Presentation remote


  • Police scanner
  • Weather alert radio

For Musicians

  • Metronome
  • Microphone
  • 4-track recorder
  • Instrument tuner
  • Click track


  • Barcode reader
  • Point-of-sale terminal

Personal Tracking

  • Sleep monitor
  • Fitness monitor, pedometer


  • GameBoy, gaming device
  • Board, card games

Finances, Wallet

  • ATM (for deposits)
  • Credit cards
  • Loyalty cards, library cards
  • Identification cards


  • Travel itineraries
  • Translation guides


  • Level
  • Ambient thermometer
  • Outdoor thermometer
  • Barometer
  • Ruler, measuring tape


  • RSA authorization token (two-factor authentication)


  • OBD reader

This list is by no means comprehensive.  Please suggest more in the comments.


One thought on “Household Items Replaced by the Smartphone

  1. I added “thermostat controller” via Nest this Christmas.

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