Smartphones are slowly becoming a crucial part of our lives; it is getting tougher to imagine life without them. As is with every major technological product, smartphones, or phones in general, are susceptible to absurd rumors and myths.
While some of these may in fact be accurate, a lot of them are just made up. Here are the top 10 myths about smartphones that we usually think are true.
Killing apps is the best way to save battery
Call it OCD or just a simple urge; all of us love killing apps that run in the background, by swiping all of them out or using third-party task killers. This is based on the notion that doing so helps clean up the memory space and thus increases battery. This is not true and killing apps repeatedly actually increases load on battery and RAM management.
Let your battery drain before charging it
Another common myth among a lot of smartphone users is that we should always drain out the battery to reserve and then put it on for charging. In recent times, Li-ion batteries have taken over the market, and these units usually perform better when they are charged. Therefore, discharging the entire battery might not be such a great idea after all.
Higher specs translate to better performance
With the market flooded with smartphone options that have 4, even 6GB of RAM, there's not much option for the customer but to go with the higher-specced variant, hoping to have much better performance on it. The truth is that it is not a reliable enough indicator for performance. It varies from device to device, from OEM to OEM, so go with a smartphone only if you have read all reviews or had a real-time experience with it.
The bundled charger is your best bet for charging
Created mostly by manufacturers, this myth is not generally true with a lot of smartphones these days using common charging ports like Micro-USB and Type-C. The truth of the matter is that any compatible charge, built to the OEM's requirements, are safe to use with your phone. This is generally true with original branded products; skip the knock offs.
Charging the phone overnight destroys the battery
A lot of have charged our phone at night, because it is the most convenient thing, isn't it? You end up using your phone all day and overnight is the only time you get to fully charge it. Keep doing what you do and don't be perturbed by the issues regarding battery life when charged overnight. Today's charging systems are much smarter. Once your phone is fully charged, it stops drawing electricity.
Everyone wants a compact smartphone
What's the last thing you did on your smartphone? Checked out your friend's Instagram post? Saw a hilarious YouTube/Facebook video? Whatever it was, chances are it was something related to media consumption because that is what is on the rise in today's age. So, it is not a unusual trend that we are seeing more and more of large screen smartphones. They are in demand, baby.
Automatic brightness helps conserve battery
Every Android and iOS smartphone has a toggle to set the brightness level to automatic, allowing the smartphone to detect the level of light and adjust the screen's brightness accordingly. This, most believe, saves battery because it can judge the minimum amount of brightness level required. This isn't the case though; it uses up a lot of processing power in the background and ends up eating into your battery life.
Android is vulnerable because it is open source
This myth is based on the fundamental reasoning that anything open source is open to tweaking by a lot of developers, and thus a lot of unethical developers. What's true though is that Android, as an operating system is completely secure. What are not safe are the apps. The open nature of the Play Store doesn't allow for 100% security of third-party applications.
Turning off your phone stops you from being tracked
A phone generally has two operating systems - one that manages cellular systems and the other one handling all the processing and software. So, if you do turn off one of them, the other one (cellular) remains turned on and can easily be used to track you down.
Bluetooth and NFC kill your battery
It's all about the battery, isn't it? While Bluetooth and NFC help you transfer large files, they are not huge battery killers when in dormant state. Once you enable another device and begin transferring files, that's when the drain starts. Just having them enabled is not even substantial to battery life.