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5 Tips for Making Your Cell Phone Last Longer

5 Tips for Making Your Cell Phone Last Longer

Cell phones can be a pretty hefty investment, which is why it’s important to keep them in the best condition possible to ensure they last long. Not many people have the means to go out and buy a new phone to replace a broken phone, especially if the phone isn’t insured.

Cell phones are lifelines, there for emergencies and to provide a way to stay connected with family and friends. It’s a good idea to handle them with proper care so they’ll be there when you need them the most.

1. Get a Good Case

One of the best ways to keep your phone in excellent condition is to buy a good case for it. A good case will have the impact-absorbing technology to provide ample protection.

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It’s important to make sure the case is designed specifically for your type of phone to ensure it fits snugly. A case with a screen protector is a must because screens are fragile and often shatter with impact. Other features to look for in a good phone case is a comfortable grip design and a slim and sleek profile, such as BodyGuardz iPhone 6 cases.

2. Protect the Battery

Batteries on smartphones are typically the first to go. Constantly charging your phone is bad for the battery, so a good tip is to let your battery get to 1% before charging it.

Charging it too long is also a way to make the battery begin to degrade, so make sure you take it off the charger when it hits 100% or even before then. Letting your battery drop to 0% is also not a good idea because it causes the battery to become unstable.

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3. Keep Your Phone Clean

A cell phone can become extremely gross over time, especially if they’re never cleaned. There are many ports and surfaces that can easily become clogged with dirt and debris, which may lead your phone to malfunction.

The best way to get it cleaned is to buy an air pressure canister and get the debris out of the nooks and crannies. Once you do that, you can wipe down your phone with a cloth. Keeping it clean will also increase the resell value when you want to get rid of your phone for a new one.

4. Keep Your Phone at the Right Temperature

Your phone can’t function properly if it gets too hot or too cold. Avoid leaving it out in direct sunlight because it can easily become overheated. Extreme heat can damage the battery and cause the processor to fry.

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Keeping your phone in extreme winter conditions can also damage the phone, eventually causing the LCD screen to malfunction, lose battery health and you may end up with a device that no longer works properly. Avoid leaving your phone in your vehicle when it’s hot out or when it’s very cold.

5. Recycle Your Old Phone

A great way to recycle your old phone is to sell it and earn some extra cash. There are websites you can go to that allow you to check how much your phone is worth and you can then send it in and get money for it.

There are also many organizations available that take old phones for good causes. Improperly disposing of your phone is harmful to the environment because it causes environmental pollution.

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Conclusion

Treat your phone with care to ensure it lasts as long as you want it to. Avoid keeping it around water or sticky surfaces and always handle it with care.

Phones are incredibly expensive but they are absolutely necessary, so get a good case for them and keep the battery in good condition as far as you can.

Featured photo credit: Public Domain Pictures via publicdomainpictures.net

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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