Busting Smartphones Myths

People always tend to mystify things that are important to them or that are complicated. A smartphone today is a human’s best friend, helper and in some way, an extension of hands. No matter that they may have negative effect on people’s health, still everyone uses one and cannot live without it for long. So no wonder that users surround it with a veil of mystery and false knowledge. Today, we, like Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, are going to bust the most popular myths about our admired handheld devices.

1. Background apps drain battery and lead to slowdowns

To improve the level of multitasking, many apps for Android and iOS can run in the background. It is widely stated that such apps use additional resources of the device. So no wonder that App Store and Play Market are overcrowded with task killer apps that are said to be battery savers as they switch off unnecessary processes. In reality, operational system stops background apps automatically when it requires additional resources. Hence, the influence on the performance of the gadget is minimal, and the help of much-acclaimed task killers is elusive.

2. It is necessary to run down the battery to zero before recharging

This statement is true and a compulsory option for NiCAd and NiMH batteries. However, today all smartphones use Lithium-ion batteries that require such depletion of energy just once in three months. The durability of the old batteries was prolonged by this approach; newer batteries use complete draining for calibration. With time, an indicator of battery power may show incorrect information and reducing the charge to zero helps to restore accuracy of the reading.

3. Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth drain battery

People believe that these means of transferring files use too much battery resource. However, when they are not used, they use almost nothing — technologies forge ahead and stop battery waste. So do not be afraid of keeping Bluetooth switched on all the time you use your gadget.

4. Performance of the device depends on the specifications

Not in all cases. Impressive specs are not the guarantee that the device will have paramount productivity — proper combination of hardware, operating system and suitable software makes all the difference. It is not infrequent when the 10-megapixel camera makes worse photos than 5-megapixel one. Take it as one of the marketing tricks.

5. It is possible to use original charger only

Chargers often go out of order because of well-broken profit margins, so manufacturers offer them separately and benefit from that as chargers can cost up to $50. In the real world, it is possible to use high-quality third-party charger without any harm to the device. However, the crucial point here is high-quality. Use of the cheap low-brow charger can lead to bad repercussions.

6. It is harmful to charge the phone for a long time

Many people put the battery on charge before they go to sleep and a phone charges all night long. There is a belief that it spoils the battery. Modern batteries stop charging automatically once they are full so no damage can be done to them.

7. Everyone is annoyed with a huge size of new devices

Judging from the statistics on Galaxy Note sales, this statement is far from the truth. Many users get the most of the big screen size using their gadgets for working and gaming. So today the mobile market is expecting devices that are part phones and part tablets.

8. You can outride spies by turning off the phone or switching to Airplane mode

It is not always the case. First, in the Airplane mode, the phone will still get connected to the cellular networks.

If you want to get rid of tracking by removing SIM — nah, won’t work. Apart from the SIM, the phone has built-in identifiers that respond to NSA technologies and tools. Thus, upon request, you can be found even without connection to cell towers.

Simple switching off can work in case your phone is not infected with malware that imitates shutdown animation and continues to gather information about you (yes, there are many spy apps with such feature; and no, you won’t find them on your favorite marketplace).

The only guaranteed option — removing the battery (eat it, iPhone 6 owners!).

9. Low brightness saves battery

Surprisingly enough, automatic brightness settings consume more power than save — the sensor that indicates the necessary level of brightness constantly pings CPU to determine correct settings, and that calls for a lot of energy.

10. Android OS is vulnerable because it is open-source

To bust the myth, it is necessary to know the nature of the term. In short, it is not the software that makes phones vulnerable — the main reason is a possibility to install third-party apps that are not approved by Google Play.