I never wanted a smart phone. I figured why do i need internet when I wouldn't have time during the day to look at it anyway. Well 2 or 3 years ago I got tired of my flip phone. It seemed if someone would send me a picture of a nice buck or something, alot of times it wouldn't load on my phone so I figured it was time to upgrade. I wanted a tough phone that I wouldn't need a case for. Checked around online and decided to try a Cat phone as its drop proof, water proof, dust proof, and just tough. It might not have the latest and greatest features, camera isn't as good as newer more expensive phones, but it works just fine for me. Its tough, I've dropped it in cow shit, rinsed it off with water and still works, I've lost it on a gravel road twice by setting it on the edge of my pickup box, telling myself not to forget it, then forgetting it and driving away. First time it happened I drove down the road till I found it, second time a neighbor found it after he drove over it, then called my Dads phone to find out whose it was. He couldn't believe and neither could I that he run over it and it still works with hardly a scratch on it. I joke you could drive a staple with it, its that tough. Cat also has another model that has an infared camera on it, I was to cheap to buy that one but now I wish I had. I figure that infared camera might be handy to check bearings.
I never thought I'd need much more on a phone than a calculator, notepad, and sometimes a camera. Well since getting a smart phone I use the internet quite a bit throughout the day to check weather, markets, and love youtube to trouble shoot things if I'm stumped, look up parts and lots of other information. One of the first apps I downloaded was a bubble level. I was installing a solar powered well and needed to mount the panels at a certain degree angle. I was in the middle of nowhere and didn't have anything with so got to checking and found a level app to download. downloaded it out in the middle of a pasture and used that to set my angle. My Dad gives me crap all the time how often I look things up or use my smart phone as I always said I didn't need one. I tell him he needs one because he is always asking me to look things up for him.