A lot of my friends have fancy smartphones with a bunch of different apps that help them do just about anything you can imagine. I don’t have a great phone because I don’t really need one. I stay home most of the day, so I’m content to use my computer or tablet for most things. But the one time I miss having a smartphone is when I’m out shopping. Many of today’s phones have a barcode scanner that allows you to instantly compare prices on a particular item at a bunch of different online stores. Having that ability would be very useful because then I would know if I’m getting a good deal or not. I’ve made a lot of in-store purchases, only to come home and find the same item for much less at a web store. Is this a good enough reason to buy a smartphone? I’ll have to think about that!