Smartphones have been around now for a while, and there have come to be “rules” that smartphone users live and swear by that are, in fact, myths. Here are a few of the more popular myths surrounding smartphones and why they should be debunked.
Charging- There are a couple of different myths when it comes to charging our devices, maybe even a few you swear by as a smartphone user. Two of the most prominent include overcharging your device and only charging when the battery goes completely dead, both of which no longer hold much weight. Older devices with older generations of lithium-ion batteries could run hot causing them to overheat and, in some cases, explode, but newer phones, chargers, and batteries have been redesigned with this in mind to help prevent overheating. Though it is never a good idea to leave your device on the charger excessively as some degradation does exist, it isn’t sufficient enough to be noticeable.
Only using the provided charger- Though your device’s manual highly recommends you use the charger provided, it is okay to use a different USB charger. Of course, you probably do not want to use a charger that doesn’t exactly fit or seems a little sketchy, but other than that it is okay to use an off-brand charger that fits properly to your device. There can be a discrepancy in charging times between different chargers, but using one that did not come with your phone is okay and should not affect your device.
Anything running in Background- We’ve all read, heard or believed that “anything running in the background is going to kill your battery life!” In actuality, once you leave an app, setting, or window, they freeze and take up very little energy and do not continue to suck the life out of your battery, on the contrary opening all the screens and apps to close them does cost you some power. If you’re a little particular, like me, you will probably continue to do this anyways. Let’s face it; some habits are hard to break. Either way, apps or anything running in the background isn’t sucking up as much power as we’ve been led to believe.
TIP: One of the most significant battery drainers could be your screen, to keep your battery life on point try turning down the brightness on your screen by accessing your display settings in your tools. Also, avoiding large video files or steaming while trying to conserve battery is a good idea.
More Expensive = Better Performance- Buying the most expensive device with all the bells and whistles and the best accessories will not necessarily make your phone perform better. Factors such as build quality, application compatibility, and user knowledge can influence how your device performs overall. Not knowing how to utilize those advanced functions as a user, incompatibility between your device and apps or accessories, infractions within the manufacturing process all affect the overall abilities of our phones. The amount of money spent will not determine the overall usability of your device.
These are just a few of the myths associated with Smartphones, and some truth to debunk these tales. It’s not hard to imagine why many of them came to be in the first place. If you’re like me, you hate and rarely read the many user manuals included with our various purchases. Sometimes it’s easier to make an assumption ourselves or listen to someone else’s regarding how things work and why specific issues arise. It’s always good to question things and conduct a little research instead!