Once upon a time, all phones could do was let you talk to someone else over a long distance. Voice only. Truly, it was a dark time.

The future is here, thank goodness, and it's a bright, animated, selfie-friendly future!

As if smartphones weren't already incredible devices, putting email, texts, the web, a camera, and countless other applications in the palm of your hand, there's actually more to them than you realize. You just wouldn't know about so many of the things they can do. And they're gaining more and more functions all the time. So here's an attempt to catch you up!

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Apple dominates the smartphone market for a reason.

The iPhone is so much more than just a phone. It's a handful of potential, with more getting unleashed with every update.

Check out all the amazing things your iPhone can do!

1. See every photo you've been texted, and that you have texted others.

In fact, you can see all the attachments by tapping Details on the conversation you're in.


2. Reply to texts without unlocking your phone.

When a text comes in, just pull down on the notification drawer and swipe left on the text. Tap on the "Reply" option to type your response without unlocking your phone.

3. Send audio and video messages that delete themselves.

Just like Mission: Impossible, you can send a message that self-destructs. Go to Settings > Messages and tap Expire under Audio or Video Messages and select After 2 Minutes.

4. See which apps drain the battery most.

Go to the Settings menu and go to General > Usage > Battery Usage to see which apps you need to shut down to save power, and to see how much each app has drained the battery over the past week. And you can even see which apps drain power more when the screen is off than when it's on.

And yes, there's a way to make your battery last longer...