Should I Upgrade My Smartphone – Sept 2019

Should I upgrade?

Some reasons why you might consider it:

BATTERY LIFE
But you could also just get the battery replaced.

CAMERA QUALITY
Some minor differences between phones which are 2-3 generations apart.

COST OF A NEW PHONE
Is it worth what you gain for how much money you pay?

SCREEN RESOLUTION
You might notice a great improvement in some of the newer models. But if you’re satisfied with what you have and want to save some money, is it that big of a deal?

COMPATIBILITY
Does your phone take the latest iOS? Are there apps you are no longer able to use?

PEER PRESSURE
Do you want to look cool having the latest iPhone? Or do you want to look frugal still limping around with an iPhone 4S?

Consider that, like a vehicle, many parts on an iPhone can be repaired and keep your device useful for longer into the future. The following are among parts that your average quality iPhone repair shop can pretty easily replace: broken screens, charger ports, cameras and dying batteries.

The Truth About Water Resistance

(most of the following information comes this page on Apple’s support website)

Many of the latest Apple and Samsung phones released in the last few years are rated either IP67 or IP68. The first digit in the rating is the rating of resistance to dust. The second applies to liquids.

iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus have a rating of IP67 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 1 meter up to 30 minutes).

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes)

These ratings are not a guarantee. Apple says liquid damage is not covered under warranty.

Don’t do the following:
Swimming or bathing with your iPhone
Exposing your iPhone to pressurized water or high velocity water, such as when showering, water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, and so on
Using your iPhone in a sauna or steam room
Intentionally submerging your iPhone in water
Operating your iPhone outside the suggested temperature ranges or in extremely humid conditions
Dropping your iPhone or subjecting it to other impacts
Disassembling your iPhone, including removing screws

Minimize exposing your iPhone to soap, detergent, acids or acidic foods, and any liquids—for example, perfume, insect repellent, lotions, sunscreen, oil, adhesive remover, hair dye, and solvents. If your iPhone comes into contact with any of these substances, follow the instructions to clean your iPhone.

If it gets wet, do the following:
To dry your iPhone, tap it gently against your hand with the Lightning connector facing down to remove excess liquid. Leave your iPhone in a dry area with some airflow. Placing your iPhone in front of a fan blowing cool air directly into the Lightning connector might help the drying process.

Top 5 Smartphone Appreciations

Top 5 Smartphone Appreciations

1. Connecting with distant family and friends.
2. Organizing life with reminders and calendars.
3. Readily available info on almost anything.
4. Instant entertainment through games and movies.
5. Ability to get work done when not in office.

Top 5 Smartphone Annoyances

1. How much we and people around us use them.
Suggestions on how to change that make making your screen black-and-white or using functions make screen time. Also thinking about other ways you can build boundaries by keeping your phone in another overnight and being mindful in general.
2. Too hard to remember all of the passwords.
Try to find a system that works well for you. BB one bass password that has a capital letter and him and letters and numbers and then change it a little bit at the end according to what it’s for.
3. Updates that mess around with our understanding of how they work or decrease performance.
Sometimes updates are our phones. But sometimes we don’t realize good performance because we haven’t updated. Pick your poison.
4. How expensive many of them they are.
If you find a trusted seller you can buy refurbished phones much more affordably and if you don’t need the newest model you can save money on new devices.
5. How available I am to others even when I don’t want to be.
I am always accessible but I am not always available.

Email Best Practices

Don’t open emails from people that you don’t know.
If you have a business and regularly receive such emails, try to assess their validity from the body copy.
Don’t open attachments unless you know you are expecting a file from the person who sent the email.
Viruses often come in the form of attachments.
Don’t click on links contained in emails. Go directly to the site using your browser.
For example, if you have an urgent email from Paypal, get out of your email and go to Paypal.com yourself rather than clicking their link.
Use a spam filter, email scanner and Anti-virus program.
Some email servers like Gmail provide satisfactory services that vet your received emails.
Use a good password for your email account.
Many email services will immediately indicate the strength of your password.

What is the Cloud?

Technology is evolving at a breakneck pace and many people feel left behind, not even understanding proper terminologies and concepts. One such subject of confusion is the cloud.

Many people, whether or not they are aware of it, have data they store on the cloud or that they stream from the cloud. It’s important to note that your data is not actually up in the clouds.

In simpler terms, the cloud is basically a group of high-storage computers elsewhere onto which you can store copies of such things as your phone contacts, documents and photos or from which you can enjoy movies through Netflix or music through Spotify.

Being able to use the cloud allows you to not have to store all of this information on your devices.

We see a increase in cloud-based services largely due to the improving technologies of high-speed internet, which allow us to send and receive this information at more convenient speeds.
Your iPhone uses the cloud for such things as off-site backups and photo storage. You can also use the cloud to manage your data on much of the Google suite including Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Drive.

Some consumers are uneasy about having their sensitive data stored somewhere else, fearing a loss of control. Those are legitimate concerns, although many of the rest of us are simply resigned to the reality that in the age we live in the genie is already out of the bottle and it often seems a lost cause to spend too much energy worrying about things we either do not fully understand nor cannot easily control.