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Smartphones: The ultimate all-in-one entertainment devices

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A smartphone is a device that allows you to take care of your handheld computing and communication needs in a single, small package. Sure, we can use the mobile phone to make phone calls and send text messages, but today's phones are so much more. Not only do we use them for voice communication, they can now be used for video calls, connecting to the Internet, as music or video players, gaming consoles and photo and video cameras.

Smartphones provide you with all sorts of personal entertainment options while on-the-go. It's all about the ability to communicate, access information and entertain anytime, anywhere. U.S. Cellular recommends using your smartphone for the following needs.

Your smartphone as a camera: Part of what's made the smartphone such an ideal photography choice is the simple fact that it's the one device people have on them at all times. Smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S Aviator, come equipped with an 8MP auto focus camera with an LED flash. Not only does it capture detailed photos, taking a picture with your smartphone allows you to share a photo as soon as you take it, either by email, text, through apps like Instagram or social media sites, such as Facebook.

Your smartphone for video games: With more than 60 percent of smartphone users regularly playing games on their mobile devices, according to Qualcomm, games have clearly emerged as a core part of the mobile experience. Whether it is for the purpose of competitive gaming or just passing the time on flights and train rides, gaming is a great way to entertain yourself while on the go. Download some of the more popular game apps, including Angry Birds, Words with Friends or Draw Something.

Your smartphone as your MP3 player: Smartphone storage has grown to the point where their internal capacity matches all but the biggest hard-drive based MP3 players, so why carry both? The Samsung Galaxy S II's Music Hub provides an intuitive playback system while you search, discover, preview, purchase, and download tracks on the go. Get recommendations on hot new albums and add to the excitement with the virtual 5.1 channel sound.

Your smartphone for streaming video: The 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S Aviator or 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 let you stream movies with apps like Netflix and watch live TV at speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.

Your smartphone brings your local bookstore to your fingertips: With apps like Kindle, reading is always just a click away. Turn those frustrating times waiting in doctor's offices or airports into enjoyable moments to catch up on your favorite books or magazines.

U.S. Cellular also recommends using your smartphone for simple things like your alarm clock or personal planner.

Smartphone users who want help finding and downloading apps or have other questions about their device can attend a free U.S. Cellular Device Workshop. Associates guide attendees through all of the features and functions of their devices, and help them personalize their phones to help simplify and organize their lives. Attendees do not have to be U.S. Cellular customers. Upcoming workshops include:

U.S. Cellular, 403 Wilson Street, Brewer
April 21, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

U.S. Cellular, 33 Mid Mall Boulevard, Bangor
April 28, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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