The anatomy of the phone is changing. Modern society's favorite technological pocket pals have been evolving rapidly over the last decade, losing weight, gaining smarts, and picking up all sorts of new tricks and tools. It's been a long time now since the decision to buy a phone rested most heavily on its ability to make a call. Instead, smartphone commercials highlight the add-ons, special features and super powers of the latest and greatest as motivation to buy.
Among the most desirable traits to be found in a smart phone is a good camera. Apps like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Hipstamatic along with all their counterparts and cousins have established a network and a means for anyone with the desire for it to spread their fame as an amateur photographer. The only other element left to be decided is which picture popper leads most directly to fame, and the possibility of fortune besides.
Here are two phones worth looking at to help a burgeoning photographer on their way to making that tough call:
The NOKIA Lumia 1020
The 1020 stands out in the world of cell phone cameras, largely thanks to it's massive sensor. Weighing in at 1 by 1.5 inches, and packing 41 megapixels, it's actually larger than some of the point and shoot cameras that are still on the market.
The impressive size of the 1020's sensor demands a little more phone real estate than most, and makes the device slightly heftier than your average smart phone. It's by no means unmanageable, however, and the ability to take pictures that are clear even after zooming in is a trade off that makes the size worth the price.
The phone's built in camera apps add convenience and power to its impressive hardware by allowing users to choose between light and heavy weight apps to take their pictures. The standard camera app on the 1020 is simple, straightforward, and intuitive, like most camera apps on the market. The Pro Cam app, however, allows the user to adjust the camera's ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance; features that are generally only available on high end point-and-shoots.
Overall, the NOKIA Lumia 1020 is an impressive piece of technology, blurring the lines between cell phone and camera in ways that perhaps only Samsung's Galaxy S4 Zoom has begun to brave before.
Apple's 2013 release boasts an 8 megapixel sensor (15% larger than the 5), a lower f/2.2 aperture, and a dual LED light flash (one amber, one white).
Although the hardware on the 5S isn't the most impressive on the market, the phone still delivers very high quality results. The new additions that offers over its predecessors can really be quite powerful in creating great images. It's dual flash helps to warm photos away from the chill of a single white LED. Panoramic photos can now be taken with auto exposure adjustments working all along the way. Continuous burst mode takes a series of photos (10 per second) then processes them to decide which looks best. Video can be taken in slow motion, and can be pinch-zoomed while filming is in progress.
What more, the available hardware has been optimized as much as possible to improve user experience: The camera's sensor is made up of larger pixels that allow more light to enter as the picture is being taken, delivering richer images, and allowing for much better photos to come from low-light situations. The upgraded processor in the phone takes pictures faster and more efficiently than ever past models.
The 5S remains a solid choice for a smartphone, delivering a competitive camera along with the clean and simple user interface that's one the heart of millions.
The choice of which cell phone camera to pick is a tough one, and the options are many. These two examples are only a drop in the water of the kinds of hardware, software, and other special features that are available on the market. This means that good research is required for an up-and-coming phone photographer to make the right decision, but it also means that the options are as unique and flexible as the person behind the camera.
A constant stream of music is available to anyone with a smart phone, and there are several apps that will offer a great listening experience whether you're sitting at a desk at work or are taking a walk around the block. Some apps are free, others require payment for premium services, and some apps must be purchased.
There are some big players in music apps today, but just because an app is well known, that doesn't mean a listener should forget about newer options. Download one of the following for the best listening experience:
This app is terrific for anyone who has an extensive personal music collection and can't always access the internet for streaming. Groove takes the iTunes "Genius" concept for recommending music, and plays selections based upon the collection's playlists and statistics. Any user with an iPhone will likely want to install this app to create instant playlists with a personal music collection.
As one of the well-known music streaming options, this app is a great choice for anyone who has a large network of friends on Facebook since the app allows a user to get recommendations and playlist suggestions from friends. Like the Spotify program that runs on a user's computer, the mobile phone app does just about everything that the computer program can do, and makes music portable.
There is a premium option that allows users to pay about 10 dollars a month for enhanced features like playback when the phone isn't connected to the internet. Spotify is also available for iPhone and Android-based devices.
This app offers exactly what it promises, with radio station feeds delivered over the internet, and also allows users to create personalized stations. The app also makes it easy to listen to talk and news radio as well as listen to a local station from "back home" or another geographical area. The only real drawback is that listening to radio stations through the app is just as commercial-filled as listening to a radio station through a standard radio.
One of the elements of satellite radio that users love is that the programming is commercial-free. Additionally, SiriusXM also has tons of channels with a very narrow focus, which means that a listener can find a radio station packed with a genre of music from just a single decade. The app also provides access to an "on demand" option for streaming as well as the capability to pause, fast-forward, or rewind content. Most streaming services only offer an "on" and "off" button for listening.
As one of the first music streaming companies (Pandora began with desktop-based streaming before smart phones arrived), Pandora is one of the best, basic streaming options that don't require a lot of input. Simply enter in the name of a band, performer, genre, or any other music characteristic and Pandora will choose selections based upon that identifier. Over time, users can refine channels by giving tracks a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" rating.
This popular app began as a simple internet streaming service, just like Pandora, and eventually migrated to a smart phone app. The app is also like Spotify in that it allows a user to tap into the playlists and recommendations of friends for new music listening experiences. The app is terrific for creating playlists, and there's a premium (paid) option that allows for offline music retrieval.
The easiest way to listen to podcasts and radio stations all over the world is through TuneIn Radio. The app boasts access to a hefty 70,000 radio stations as well as shows and concerts. This app is great for finding music in different languages from everywhere on the planet. The app is advertisement-supported; however, subscribers can pay a monthly fee to remove the ads.
This app is a great choice for anyone who wants to spend time setting up playlists and who knows exactly what he or she wants in a streaming experience. Instead of "discovering" music, as with Pandora or Spotify, MOG allows a user to create a list of favorites to create a personalized station. Another terrific feature of MOG is that streaming comes through in 320kbps, which is CD quality sound.
Music app choice will usually come down to whether a user wishes to listen to music offline or whether a user can accommodate a monthly fee. Whether you need background music while sitting at your computer or whether you want to listen to your favorite radio station, there's an app for that.
If you've lost or had your cell phone stolen in the past, the first thing you think about is personal data. From private phone numbers to stored passwords, cell phones house several ways to access personal information, including checking account numbers. With mobile users more conscious of lost and stolen devices, several cell phone manufacturers have created ingenious features that deter theft.
Although passcodes have been part of many cell phone models for years, users are now understanding their power when it comes to a missing device. When your phone enters sleep mode, for example, the passcode locks the screen. As you activate the device, it asks for the passcode each time. If your device disappears, thieves cannot access any apps or personal information unless they know the passcode. The moment you purchase a new cell phone, activate the passcode feature. Do not use a simplistic code that anyone can figure out, including 1234. Use a selection of numbers and letters. If symbols are allowed, use them to keep the phone locked to intruders.
Similar to passcodes, a remote erase requires preparation before the device goes missing. When you buy a new phone, install an app, or application, that allows you to wipe the device of all data if lost or missing. For example, your phone is gone. After searching everywhere, you realize it is not going to resurface. Log in to your app account through a laptop or other cell phone. You identify the missing phone you registered on the app and send a signal to it. This signal resets the entire phone to factory settings, erasing any information you saved on the phone. If the phone is turned off, the signal reaches the phone when the thief turns it on.
Triggers And Location Services
Other apps allow you to track the phone through GPS. Requiring registration before losing the phone, you activate the app on a laptop or other cell phone. The GPS chip within the phone pings its location back to the app and tells you its exact location. Unless you simply lost the phone, do not track the location by yourself. A thief can be dangerous if approached. Look for other theft prevention apps, including alarms and automatic photos. You can activate an alarm on the phone by remotely accessing your app account. The moment a person powers the phone on, it continually sounds an alarm that cannot be muted. Photograph apps can be extremely helpful for police investigations. When a thief turns on the phone, the camera facing the person snaps a picture and sends it to your app account. You are able to give police a real snapshot of the criminal.
Fingerprint Identity Sensor
Some cell phones use more than a passcode to operate the device. Look for phones that use fingerprint identity sensors. A button or sensor residing on the phone's front housing requires a fingerprint each time the phone is used. If the fingerprint does not match, the phone will not operate. This feature is simple to set up when you buy your phone. Unlike a passcode, most phones require a fingerprint to even use the device.
Some thieves don't necessarily care about your personal information. They want to clear your information and sell the device for quick cash. Kill switch programs are slowly being adopted in the cell phone industry. When your phone is stolen, for example, you use a friend's phone to call your mobile provider. With the phone number and missing device serial number, the provider sends a signal to the phone that disables the software and hardware. Similar to cancelling a credit card, the device does not work anymore. Thieves cannot sell an inoperable phone and they promptly trash it. Your personal information is safe.
Cell phone features that deter theft are helpful, but you should be practical and avoid situations where your phone could be stolen. Do not immerse yourself in your phone as you sit in a public place, such as a bus station. Keep your phone hidden away to deter any thieves. If you are not aware of your surroundings, thieves quickly take advantage of that fact and steal your device. Be selective about your phone use in public to stay safe at all times.
If you’re wondering how to maximize the battery life of your iPhone, you’re not alone. All around the world, iPhone users are sighing in despair due to the short-lived battery life of their precious mobile devices. Since Apple has made it impossible to replace a drained battery with a fully-charged one, you need to examine the phone’s activities and your usage in order to maximize its battery life.
The battery life of your iPhone can be increased simply by becoming familiar with the Privacy and Settings menu. So, open up the Settings menu, pay attention, and get ready to make your iPhone the smartphone equivalent of a Nissan Leaf by turning off some of its power-draining features.
Although some popular and useful apps, such as Maps, require location services, other seldom used apps also use location services, draining your battery. Open up the Location Services menu, which is under Privacy in iPhones with iOS 6, and turn it off for apps that you rarely use. For instance, Ocarina, IMDB, and other apps don’t need to know where you are.
While still in the Privacy menu, scroll down to the System Services tab. Here, you’ll find an array of options, including the option of switching automatic time zone changes to off. This one trivial feature was a serious battery drainer in iOS 5 operating systems, so turn it off if you don’t absolutely need it. While there, turn off Diagnostics and iAds as well.
If you use 3G or 4G, turn the Wi-Fi off. While it may be convenient not to have to turn it on and off, it doesn’t compensate for the power it swallows up while it searches for networks.
Regardless of whether it is Push notifications or Push emails, your iPhone regularly communicates with the network and drains precious power when both are turned on. Switch off email accounts that don’t need to be checked regularly, and if you’re really serious about maximizing your iPhone’s battery, switch all of your email accounts to manual. The option to do this can be found under Settings, where you will press the Mail tab, then the Contacts tab, Calendars tab, and Fetch New Data tab.
To turn off notifications, you will find an entire menu for them in iOS 6. Every app that features Push notifications can be activated or deactivated. Similar to Push emails, other than the essentials, Push notifications should be turned off for every app.
Believe it or not, the brightness level of your iPhone plays a significant role in its power usage as well. If you have Auto-Brightness turned on, leave it, but drag the slider for the brightness as low as you can comfortably go and still be able to see the screen.
Your iPhone should lock itself, which turns the screen off after 60 seconds of inactivity. The less time the screen is on while the phone is sitting idle, the better. So, if the Screen Lock is turned off, go to Settings, press the General tab, and choose the Auto-Lock option.
If Siri never answers a question for you, go to the Settings menu and turn her off. Unless you regularly ask her questions, she doesn’t do a whole lot. However, deactivating her can only do good things for your battery.
Manually Close Apps
Although Apple has stated that every app in the app tray is in stasis and doesn’t drain your battery, many iPhone users have found that certain apps still use power when in stasis. So, to solve this problem, tap the Home button twice and press on an icon to get into jiggle mode. While in this mode, use the small “x” to close everything.
External Battery Packs
You may not be able to change the battery, but you can purchase a long-life battery pack. Although it will add weight and size to your iPhone, you will gain a heavy duty battery that will be able to plug directly into your iPhone for added battery life.
While taking these measures will greatly help in maximizing your iPhone’s battery life, the best way to get the most from your battery is to take care of it through regular charges. Letting the battery fall to 10 percent or below or not fully charging it will lead to poor performance and reduce its life span.
The cell phone has become the most popular electronic device the world has seen. Starting from a huge, bag-shaped “mobile phone” device, they became smaller and smaller until they reached a size no greater than a candy bar. The trend reversed with smartphones, in which the screen became an important feature in searching the Internet. Today, cell phones continue to get increase in size as more features are added.
Advantages of Larger Screens
Once cell phones companies competed on packing as many features as they could in an ever-diminishing plastic case. The tiny size became a point of pride with consumers, amazing each other with the cell phones manufacturers ability to pack so much into so small a space. The dawn of the iPhone changed all that. The iPhone was much larger size, but it opened up a whole new world of Internet usage to the consumer. The iPhone also featured the touchscreen. Touchscreens require the larger screens for managing applications, swiping and high visibility. These factors favor the trend toward larger screens for some time to come. Of course, technology always provides new surprises. If a method present itself that allows a different and more effective way to use your cell phone, people will flock to it, leaving the current sized phone behind. Tablet-phone crossovers are already available, but these run in the 5-inch range. It’s hard to imagine that consumers will be able to handle screens larger than this conveniently.
Keeping the Weight Light
Designing a cell phone has always required using the right type of materials that allow it to feel substantial and resist breakage but still be lightweight for easy carrying. The need for a larger screen size often requires adding more weight. Consumers also look for the ability to handle more applications. Trying to balance this need these competing requirements often means a mix of materials that can cause variable results for durability and longevity. Often, consumers go through a process of trial and error to find the right phone that fulfills all their requirements in a package that fits their lifestyle.
The Issue of Thickness
As the screen gets bigger, the device is able to hold more power on the inside, yet remain thin and easy to handle. Consumers seem to dislike the feel of a thick cell phone. Also, thick phones do not fit well in the back pockets of jeans where many young people tend to carry them. Keeping the styling slim and attractive is a major concern in cell phone design.
The Future of Cell Phones
Recently, a smartphone that fits on your wrist like a wristwatch was introduced to the public. However, the market for such a small screen capability is expected to be limited. Technology designers continue to work on new ideas for cell phones, some of which may be able to fold up to provide bigger screen viewing when needed. Exterior designs will become sleeker and more trend-conscious. On the inside, phones are expected to have many more features and improved technology.
Running a small business is tough because you have so many things to worry about. While there is more competition now than there ever was, the good news is that there are a number of apps that can make managing your business infinitely easier. These five apps help you run your business whether you’re at the office, or somewhere else trying to meet a client or relax. These apps are available for both iOS and Android, so you should have no problems finding and downloading them.
How many times have employees frantically called you because an important report or file needed approval? Another common problem is that you get ready for a presentation, meet with the client and then find that you forgot a file. These problems plague business owners of all sizes, but Box can fix that.
You can easily sync your computer and smartphone so that you can retrieve any documents that you need. Employees can also transfer those documents through secure, encrypted connections to ensure that hackers don’t see the files.
If you always want to be close to critical files regardless of your location, then Box is definitely an app that you need.
Appointments are essential for small business owners because they allow you to meet new clients and make big deals that benefit both parties. The problem is that some clients may forget about the appointment, which is very costly to you. Not only do you have to worry about the preparation, but the hour or two that you had scheduled for the appointment keeps you away from the business.
Appointment Plus promises to reduce no-shows by using automated email and SMS reminders. The app also functions as a scheduling solution so that you can easily make or change your schedule. You can also take notes and schedule basic email marketing through this app.
After meeting with a client, or if most of your business is done on a one-to-one basis, you should get him or her to pay as soon as possible. Most clients will promise to pay, but they might then find another company to work with in the meantime. Using GoPayment allows you to collect payment on the spot without going through an external payment gateway.
You just need to slide the card through the supplied card reader, set the payment and the client signs to approve. This ensures that you get the money that you were promised, and this will increase your overall profit because you can accept credit cards anywhere regardless of where you sell.
There are a massive number of online conferencing apps and file-sharing solutions that you can use, but none are as powerful as Join.me. The paid version is somewhat expensive at $149 a year, but there’s a reason for the price. The premium version allows 250 participants to talk at once, but the free version only allows 10 participants.
Not only can you easily hold large business conferences or talk with clients, but you can also mark the screen, share files and collaborate with your smartphone. If you have an Internet connection, then you can hold a conference.
It can be difficult to know exactly how much money is in your account because you are constantly buying supplies and making sales. Mint is a free app that collects all of your financial information and centralizes it. This allows you to see how much money you have, but Mint can do so much more.
This app allows you to set a budget, and it will track your finances to ensure that you are sticking to the budget. You can also make goals to push yourself to make more sales. If there is any suspicious activity, then Mint will often notice it before your bank does.
Business owners constantly manage a lot of money, and Mint will make this job much easier.
Running your business has now become much easier because there are dozens of powerful apps that can help you manage your finances, appointments and files right from your smartphone. Be sure to download these apps as soon as possible so that you can manage your business and finances with ease.
Almost every Apple device owner has at least heard of jailbreaking. Many love the concept of jailbreaking because releases the restrictiveness of iOS security. There are several advantages to jailbreaking Apple's mobile OS. Yet, there are a number of problems that can arise from an unlocking your Apple device. Let's take a look at a few reasons why you may want to reconsidering jailbreaking your device.
Jailbreaking your device allows you to use it more efficiently. However, jailbreaking causes errors the device's functionality. Some extensions and add-ons are known causes certain applications to freeze, slow down or even crash from occasionally. When this happens, you must resolve the errors yourself or pay an expert to fix the problem. After you jailbreak your phone, most cell phone providers will void any maintenance warranties. In instances where you have bricked your device, don't expect the Apple store to come to your rescue. Due to programming complexities, jailbreaking malfunctions will require intricate knowledge about the problem area. So, if you are a person who just wants things to work just how they are, then you may want to keep your device as it is and forego a jailbreak.
Many experts will agree that jailbreaking your device also affects its safety in terms of the device's security. The more advantages you get from jailbreaking, the greater the potential you have for vulnerabilities in your security. The effort required to keep your device safe after jailbreaking is not something that everyone is willing invest time in.
Problems with Updates
If you jailbreak your device, then you may find that updating it to be a meticulous ordeal. When there is an update and you accept it, you will often lose your jailbreak. You will then have to go through the whole procedure again of jailbreaking your device again and then installing all the apps you had after your first jailbreak. There may be some tools that will help you to restore your phone, but it still doesn't make the task of getting an update much easier. Consequently, some may opt to forgo updating their device, but such individuals are left out of critical updates that Apple furnishes to device owners.
Restore Your Device Too Often
Jailbreaks are normally pretty easy, but whenever they fail for no reason you will have to restore your device. In these cases, you will have two options. You will have to either keep redoing to procedure until you get through which may take some time and get you frustrated along the line or you can restore your device regularly. Restoring an iOS device doesn't normally take a long period but restoring all your files, photos, music and videos will take some time. Plan to give a couple hours for this when you are jailbreaking. This may not happen to you or it may not happen often, but it does for some and you can never tell who will be stuck in this position. If you aren't prepared to use up hours regularly to restore, then you may not want to not jailbreak your device anymore.
Expensive Jailbreak Apps
The fact that you are jailbreaking will mean that you aren't a fan of paying for apps from the app store. The same goes for the Cydia store. If you want to get premium jailbroken apps, then you will be amazed at the prices they go for. To be sure, there are a lot of advantages to jailbreaking. Many of the options that they present are groundbreaking and fun to use. Yet, they do come with a host of potential issues.
Jailbreaking is clearly not for everybody. It's always good to know the benefits of it, but you should also consider the disadvantages before you go ahead with it.