Every upgrade endorses that smartphones are getting smarter every year, but people using them are not necessarily being so. A modern smartphone take photos faster than an eye blink, surf the web at a cruising speed, and do everything that our old PCs could not do. However, there are times when we look dumb while trying to do something that we perceive to be a ‘wise stuff.’ Here are some of those common things that we usually do with our smartphones but they (in reality) are stupid ones.
Shutting Down Background Apps:
If you are an avid smartphone user, you may get involved in multi-tasking. When you are done with your tasks, what do you do? Stop the music, shut down the game, close web browser, and more importantly, go to the app manager and shut down background apps. Right? So you do this just to help save battery and speed up your phone. True?
The reality is, this does not save battery. Modern smartphones are not like old Pentium PCs’ that were left slow given a resource-heavy page or application running in the background. An app in the background of your smartphone is more like a screenshot of what the app was doing the last time you used it. It snaps back to life when you select it, but unless it is something like SoundCloud or Spotify that is still running in the background, these background apps do not impact the battery.
In fact, closing down background apps leads to more draining of battery power, because your smartphone will have to restart the app fresh and may be using a little more power to start the app from beginning.
Getting Screen Protectors:
Our primary intention of buying a screen protector is to save our smartphone screens from scratches. This was somewhat logical since the earlier versions of smartphones were quite prone to scratches. However, this is no more relevant after 2013, as the third version of “Corning’s Gorilla Glass” (smartphone screens) got improved and harder.
What happens today is that if you keep your phone with your house/office keys in the pocket, the protector might get ragged but not the actual screen. The point being, if the purpose of the protector is to save your phone from scratches, it can be achieved even without having a protector.
Not using a Third-Party Charger:
While there is no disagreement that original charger that comes with your phone is the best one to charge your device, sticking to it alone for charging is simply stupidity. If you do not have original or have lost it, you do not need to spend extra money to purchase a new one of the same brand (expensive one). If you have a third party charger, available at home, use it. Moreover, there are third party chargers (mostly China-made) that can also work good and save your money since they are cheap as compared to original one.
Being on the Constant “Upgrade Mode”
Many folks are constantly on the ‘upgrade plan’. Whatever new device of their favourite series – iPhone or Galaxy or Note – comes out, they rush to get it. The usual perception behind is that it can handle the latest processes in a much smarter ways as compared to the previous version. While this may be true, it can add an additional burden of thousands of rupees on your pocket.
This has a lot to do with our social class and brand loyalty; where we tend to prefer a premium device of an expensive brand as compared to a cheaper version with same or better specs. While not every low-cost device is endorsed here, the new entrants usually try their best to provide the best mix of affordability and quality. This enables you to save your money by purchasing a less costly device (of a new brand) and invest the saving in something else.
Bigger mAh Means Longer Battery Life:
Here’s a big myth that larger battery means longer battery life. While there is no doubt that it impacts the performance, there is no evidence that bigger battery will last longer than a smaller one. Samsung’s Note 7 is being shipped with 3,500 mAh battery, and some phones got 4,000 mHA batteries; however, does this mean that they will perform better than the ones with 2,800 mAh battery? The answer is “No”. The iPhone 6S Plus has 2750 mAh and the real improvement in battery life comes from software optimisation and balanced usage – for example turning off screen soon after you are done with call or work. However, getting a massive battery from a manufacturer with ‘NO’ optimisation will hardly have any impact on the performance. Latest phones are being shipped with larger batteries because their processors are large and require more power to run.
More Megapixels Mean Better Picture Quality:
If we go back five years, smartphone manufacturers were literally in a race of adding more megapixels into their cameras. This made sense at that time because the resolution of the then phones was quite poor, as compared to the ones of today. However, there is literally no evidence to support that more megapixels mean better quality picture. In fact, Samsung has reduced megapixels in its latest flagship Note 7. Note 5 came with 16MP camera while Note 7 is being shipped with 12 megapixels camera.
What determines the picture quality depends on phone’s lens, sensor size, DSLR capabilities, HDR, and settings. Unless we discover any bigger technological leap forward, a 12 MP camera should be enough.
An android smartphone is Less Secure:
One of the reasons people prefer iPhone over Android is its perceived security. Many folks tend to believe that Android phones come with bloatware. While there is no denying the fact that Apple devices offer quite a good user-experience but this does not mean that Android is less secure.
If a tech giant backs iOS, so is the case with Android, and there is virtually no risk in buying an android device. Developers (of every platform) try to ensure the safety of users and fix any identified security bug in the systems – and then there are phone manufacturers who have their own safety layers and apps.
Yes, if you download any application from outside Google Play Store, you are putting your Android in danger. It may risk your security or endanger your device. Otherwise, Google is quite good at releasing regular security and OS updates to ensure the safety.
Having a Dark Background Saves Your Battery:
If you look at what’s using the majority of your battery on your phone, the chances are that most of your power is being eaten up by just having the screen on, and surely, if you had a black background, it would use less battery power, right?
This means not much. LCD screens, used in all iPhones and many Android phones, all use a backlight to illuminate their screens. Even if your pixels are black, they are getting the same amount of light shot through them (and using the same amount of battery power) as something pure white or any other colour.
However, if you have a phone with an AMOLED screen, since they have a unique feature, they do not use a backlight and only light up individual pixels. In these cases, a dark background can save you some battery power, and that is why phones with AMOLED screens often have a power-saving (grayscale) mode that can radically extend battery life.
Turning off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Saves Battery:’
Think for a moment. You have got just 10 percent battery left and miles to go before you sleep. What will you do with your phone instantly? We tend to switch off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Location Services before turning off the music. The general mindset is that these services while turned-on can drain your cell phone’s battery pretty early; which is wrong.
As long as you are not using any app/device that uses these services – like Google Maps or Bluetooth headphones – they will not affect device’s battery.
Your phone doesn’t have a fast battery charging feature, and you fear that charging overnight will lead the device to overcharge or they might explode? This is also an interesting myth that forces people not to recharge their device overnight.
Your phone (or laptop, or tablet) is smart enough to know when its battery has reached 100 percent and stop taking in the current, so charge away while you sleep without worries of an exploding phone. However, it is never recommended to put your smartphones under your pillow while you sleep. Yes, Lithium-ion batteries can heat up, and if your case does not allow for proper airflow, there’s a chance you could heat up your battery, shortening its effective life.
However, this heating up is normal, and your device will get normal simply when you allow it a good airflow.