As expected there are a number of myths related to smartphones which many a people blindly believe upon. These myths arise all of sudden, and once one of them gets viral in the market, people start believing them as thumb rules.
Apparently most myths that are widely prevalent in the market are not only fallible but also baseless to some extent. Nevertheless here is a list of 10 smartphone myths which you be aware off!
Black Wallpaper = Long Battery Life?
This isn't exactly a just statement to make, as ‘Black Wallpaper = Longer Battery Life' isn't applicable in all cases. Rather LCD IPS display will dissipate the battery of your smartphone irrespective of the colour of your wallpaper. Add to that the fact that most phones of present day, come with LCD panels.
On the other hand the aforementioned principle is applicable for LED panels, as unlike the LCD Panels LED displays aren't backlit. You can have a look at a detailed working principle of LCD and LED display for a better understanding of the exact reason stating "Black Wallpaper = Longer Better Battery Life" principle a myth.
You are slow poisoning your Smartphone by using a 3rd party charger
This is a myth that has spread like hot cake in the recent past, with most people actually believing in it. However this isn't true these days.
Extreme Tech recently pointed out, ""you can plug any USB device into any USB cable and into any USB port, and nothing will blow up - and in fact, using a more powerful charger should speed up battery charging."
Yes it's true that Ampere and Watts really does matter while charging, but that doesn't justify the aforementioned claim stating that your device will get damaged if your plug in a 2A charger in place of the 0.5A one supplied in the box.
Rather it will help your device to receive charge at a faster rate.
Charging from 0-100% is best for a long battery life
Unlike popular belief discharging your smartphone battery completely and then recharging it to 100% isn't such a great practice. Rather it takes a toll on the battery's usable life, with a degradation in battery performance in the long run.
As Digital Trends rightly pointed, every battery come with an average no of charging cycles and with completion of each cycle, the battery starts degrading albeit by a small margin. Average charging cycles basically stands for the no of times a battery can be completely discharged followed by a full recharge (0-100%).
Charging Frequently in Short Spurts is harmful for the Battery
Surprisingly this isn't true at all. Instead a Lithium ion battery performs best when charged between 50-80%. Rather keeping your device charged in between these optimum points help to keep the charged ion works and thereby protect your battery life. Hence charging your smartphone in short spurts throughout the day is supposed to keep the electrons running around in the cell, with the net result being a longer life span for the battery.
Higher Clock speed = Better Performance
This is a stereotypical myth that is widely prevent in the market. Choosing a phone with a right processor isn't just about having a look at the clock speed. In fact there's lot beyond that like the architecture of the processor (measure in nano meters), the type of Cortex core used etc.
A general thumb rule applicable in most cases - Lower the nano meter architecture, better the efficiency with less energy consumption.
Further there are also a few occasion where a SoC which appear to be way powerful on paper has performed inferior than its predecessor which comes with lesser cores and clock speeds. For example Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip in spite of being a 2.0GHz octacore SoC performs at par (if not inferior) than the cheaper Snapdragon 808 which is a 1.86GHz hexacore unit.
Morale of the story, don't take cores, clock speeds for granted!
More Megapixels = Better the quality
"Megapixels"! How often do we see individual bragging about their smartphone camera by simply quoting "My phone has more megapixels than you're any average DSLR!"
This isn't something to brag about to be honest as megapixels alone can't justify a camera. Rather the major driving factors behind the quality and price of the camera are the Image Processing Sensor, Aperture and Lens.
More megapixels simply translates to the sharper images (not always true though). Apparently a smartphone camera boasting of a large no of megapixels can get a low light images horribly wrong - more megapixels translates to more grains in the images.
Further a few smartphone manufacturers in the recent past was seen marketing 8MP Sensor enabled cameras as 13MP units. The OEMs had simply interpolates the 8MP shots to 13MP via software tweaks. So beware of "Megapixel".
Force Stopping an App will make it behave abnormally
If you have ever tried "Force Stopping" an app via the Settings panel, then in all probabilities you have encountered this system generated warning message stating that the app may behave abnormally if you force stop it.
No, this isn't true in most of the cases. Rather Force Stopping an app manually is a habit that will keep your smartphone fast and zippy.
Closing an App and Clearing Cache doesn’t actually “CLOSE” it!
This is a popular myth among first time Android uses. Far so, this myth is popular among those who have used a PC before and is buying or bought a new Android device.
In Windows OS you can manually close apps by simply clicking the "x" (Close) button on the top right side of the screen. However there no such close option in Android. The most popular way of closing an app is simply by returning to the home screen and clearing cache.
But most aren't even aware that despite their effort Android is running the apps in the background. To close the apps, one has to go the Settings > System Apps > Individual Apps > Force Stop.
Overcharging your phone will make it go “BOOM!”
‘Once upon a time' this indeed was true! However nowadays smartphone have become smart and come with a feature to detect whether the battery has been fully charged on not.
Apparently the smartphone cuts the circuit when the battery gets fully charged, thereby preventing your smartphone batteries to get overcharged and burst. Hence, if you are into a habit of charging your smartphones throughout the night, then rest assured - you aren't at all harming the battery!
In case you plan to delve deep inside the topic then you may consider having a look at a detailed explanation compiled by LifeHacker.
All Chinese phones are “cheap” pieces of shit
Nah! Not at all. Those days of "cheap" tags for Chinese phones are passé. In fact three of the world's top 10 mobile companies hail from China - Xiaomi, ZTE and HTC.