Smart phone technology has been a disruptive technology, meaning new technology that that rapidly comes into the marketplace and displaces established technology. This technology can be a game changer for hunters, outdoor enthusiasts and landowners. They can be a bit pricy, but when you look at the number of devices they replace and their benefits, they are well worth the investment. Smart phones are mini computers that you wear on your belt. They are easy to use and offer tremendous value to outdoor enthusiasts. There are literally thousands of apps to download, of which many are free and add even more value than what ships with the phone itself. Let’s look at some of the benefits of taking a smart phone in the field:
First Aid apps
Dusk and Dawn times
Access to Bowhunting.net
These capabilities are just the beginning. I am amazed at all the apps available for these devices.
Smart phones can cross the line, taking e-mail and work with you in the field, which is one reason we go afield, to get away from the hustle and bustle of our work lives. This can be a curse or a blessing, depending on how you look at it. One positive way to look at it is you might be able to spend more time afield. Technology allows us to work from anywhere. Rather than making that emergency run to the office, you can handle the situation via e-mail or twitter from your tree stand. You have to love that!
I would say the biggest downside to these devices is that they really are computers and in the world I live in there is a lot of dust, dirt, snow and water. All these can cause major problems or even kill a smart phone. I think it is essential to protect your investment with a case that will not only keep your device free from dirt and grime but also the number one killer of phones, water. I recommend getting a case that will protect your investment from the elements. One such case is the Lifeproof case from Lifeproof. These cases put a water and dust proof wrapper around your smart phone to protect it from the elements. There are other decent cases out there, but none I have found are as effective as Lifeproof.
Enjoy the freedom to go everywhere and do everything with your new smart phone. Water proof, dirt proof, snow proof and shock proof protection lets you make the most of each and every day afield. Every single feature has been designed to work seamlessly with your phone. Touch screen, camera, buttons, microphones and speakers. Every single case is water tested prior to shipping.
If you have a smart phone, make sure you are taking advantage of its capabilities. If you have not yet experienced the power of these devices, I highly recommend considering it. They can provide many benefits in the field and might even save your life.