One of the great things about mobile phones is that you have endless possibilities when it comes to user experience. You can customise your phone just the way you want it or you can download any app which you feel will be most of use. Your mobile phone is tailored to your needs and wants. That’s why for some people having an iPhone is worthless and pointless. It does too much for those who want to do little. Some people prefer just to make calls and some people like myself use their phone for absolutely everything for things such as entertainment, planning, calling, messaging, social media, banking and much more. My day to day life is basically reliant on my phone. But if you have a smart phone (which lets be honest nearly everyone does now surely!) why not enhance your user experience. Here are 5 accessories which are must haves for your mobile phones.
Choosing a case is super important. Some people just don’t like them because they say it makes their phone bulky. I strongly disagree. I think what’s great about having a good looking protective case is that you can personalise your phone to make it reflect your personality. That’s why phone cases are so popular. You never just need one. People change their phone cases as much as their clothes. Well they do try to match outfits. As for tempered glass our phones all need that extra protection.Your phone in theory is now a part of your body. I mean for some people its never out of their hands. Its become a part of them instead. This may or may not be describing me. Well it is. Or is it? I guess you will never know. But we all do know about ourselves. As the ever entertaining great football manger Jose Mourinho amusingly said… “I prefer not to speak”. I bet he speaks for most of us.
2. A Wireless Charger
Wireless charging is just convenient. Its simple and adds another charging option to your phone. Sometimes people end up breaking their charger ports and their phones don’t charge, having the option to use wireless charging means you could still charge your phone even if your charger port is not in the best of conditions. Also because there is no cable needed to connect from the wireless charging device and your device there are less wireless around your household or office. The less amount of wires the better. Although they tend to charge at a slower rate I think its still a must have because it adds options and makes things easy.
3. A Car Charger
Whether its a 5 minute drive or a 5 hour drive having a car charger means you can always charge your phone on the go at regular speeds unlike wireless chargers. Having one means when ever you are on the go your phone battery should ever be a problem.
4. A Car Holder
When driving you want your phone to be in sight. Not that you should be on the phone whilst driving. Nobody wants them 6 points (in the UK). That’s roughly a quarter of your licence gone! When going on long journeys I tend to turn on google maps and brace myself to hear that annoying voice one more time. Why did google decide to use such a torturous voice. By having a car holder you can see the GPS map and for that reason alone to me having a car holder is a drivers necessity. There are different types of holders from magnetic ones to wind shield mounts its about what you prefer. Just don’t be temped to touch your phone whilst driving like I said 6 points.
5. Some Wireless Earphones
Well… I’ve saved the best for last. What would I do without my air pods. People tend to laugh when you say you’ve splashed out on some Bluetooth earphones. “£160 OMG how could you. You are rich”. There have been countless memes online and albeit I do find them very funny. But when it comes to Bluetooth earphones I believe things are taken to the next level. Calls without even touching your phone. No wires connected. Easy to workout whilst listening to music. Basically they bring ease. Never have I ever been more satisfied with a phone accessory purchase. Its a must have. My phone experience has been changed forever. Never again will I indulge in earphones based around wires.
Is Tempered glass protection important?
Well first of all… what is tempered glass? Tempered glass is a layer of thin glass which goes over your mobile phone screen. It is used as a heavy duty version of the normal gel screen protectors. They are an upgrade on them in fact. But why? Tempered glass is “tempered” because it is manufactured in a different way than normal glass. It doesn’t have any normal shatter properties like normal glass. For example when it breaks it doesn’t shatter everywhere or break into sharp and dangerous pieces. Tempered glass generally has more chance of taking more damage before it cracks than normal glass.
Anti shatter film:
When glass breaks it doesn’t just snap like a piece of plastic. It shatters and splinters. This results in hundreds of sharp pieces of glass exploding everywhere when broken. This can be extremely dangerous as we all know. But the protective film behind the tempered glass is a clever way to combat this. Although it can’t stop the glass from smashing it can stop it from breaking into hundreds of sharp little pieces. It’s the safety feature of tempered glass.
Clear transparent glass:
For some people using a screen protector is a chore. People don’t want to ruin the user experience of their device and a screen protector can be seen like something which changes the way their phone feels and looks. But with the glass being crystal clear the user can’t tell its even on. If applied correctly and there are no air bubbles using the glass can become a seamless experience. Especially because its thin and crystal clear. You will barely be able to tell its on the phone.
The main use of tempered glass is to protect your phone from smashing its valuable LCD/OLED screen. Also it helps protect the phone from getting unnecessary scratches. A counter argument would be that what if it covers my home button or front camera or front speaker grill? Well… tempered glass is made specifically for each type of mobile phone model. This means that each model would have its specific cut-outs to accommodate the use of the phones basic and necessary features. This means that’s the user experience is not impacted.
Overall I believe tempered glass is a life saver. The amount of times I’ve dropped my phone onto the floor only to see it survive another day has convinced me there is no going back. Tempered glass is now a major part of my phone setup and protection. Paired with a good phone case you would have 360 degree protection. With phones these days costing up to and over the £1000 mark it’s very important to protect your investment as repairs can be hundreds of pounds too. The features are all made to be beneficial for the user and although they may take away the original feel of the phone they are worth all the supposed hassle.
Is the iPhone XR Worth the money?
Apple’s cheaper alternative to the iPhone X/XS. The iPhone XR is the 5C of its generation. Still a very good phone though (don’t get it twisted!) When the XR was announced it was a surprise to everyone. We were expecting an upgrade to the iPhone X. Not a downgrade. They gave us the XS too which was a clone of the iPhone X but with minor improvements but we all wanted more. At first it may have seemed like an uninspiring “S” year but little did we know the impact the iPhone XR would have on the Market. Apple had realized from previous years sales that people just don’t want to be buying £1000 phones. Its a lot of money, its not for everyone.
Buying a phone is a massive commitment nowadays and not many people are willing to go through mortgage like procedures all over an expensive high end phone. I’ve seen EE offering 100 pound contracts. The market is crazy right now! In 2017 Apple became the first in the market to charge over 4 digits for a mobile phone. The iPhone XR came one year later and came with Apple knowing about its limitations in the market so they targeted people who want to spend a little less.
Got rid of 3D touch
Lower resolution screen
LCD display instead of a OLED display
One way or another Apple had to cut some features from the X/XS to cut some costs. Whilst they did take away a lot of features they did include some unique selling points. This gave impressions to customers that getting the XR is not just a cheaper dimmed down version of the X phones. Rather its just another option.
Unique selling points (USP)
I don’t mean to make it sound like a business studies essay when I say “Unique selling Points” but there is no better way to put it. To make up for the loss of many features from the iPhone X/XS the iPhone XR has a couple of features only available with the specific product itself. Its Apples way of pulling you towards buying the device hence why I call them “unique selling points”. Features include…
Largest battery ever in an iPhone and best battery life
More colour options than the iPhone X/XS (6 in total!)
a bigger screen than the normal iPhone X/XS models (6.1″ compared to the 5.8″ of the iPhone X/XS)
VERDICT: The specialty features which come with the iPhone XR outweigh the loss of some features from the higher end iPhone’s. The iPhone XR is the best iPhone for anyone who has an iPhone 8 Plus and under. It bridges the gap between the older generation models and the new ones. If you want to have an iPhone which follows current technologies at a cheaper price then this is the one for you. If you have the iPhone X then stick with what you have as the iPhone XR is a downgrade! Overall I’ve really been impressed by the iPhone XR. A great phone for a good price. Lets see what Apple has in store for us in the future. Less than six months. We patiently wait!
Just under two years ago Apple sent shock waves through the mobile phone world. The iPhone 7 was unveiled and with it came a surprise no one was expecting at all. They had removed the sacred 3.5mm Headphone jack. It was a horrific and traumatic experience for the audience. Jaws dropped, tempers flared, frustration could be heard all over the venue and all over the mobile phone world. What have Apple done? Have they shot themselves in the foot? What were they thinking? Everyone in the Android world wore a smirk. The market leader had dug its own grave; or had it? Apples Vice President talked of how the change involved “courage” and how it will “better all of us”.
Cryptic and unclear the audience and Apple fans around the world raged at this lack of an excuse. An inadequate answer but one which two years later has a much better understanding. At the time everyone was bracing themselves for the inconveniences ahead. Oh how we all acted prematurely!
The huge favor
Apple did the industry a huge favor that day. They were the first to take the humongous risk. Now a couple of years later other phone manufacturers followed suit. The Google pixel 2 got rid of their headphone jack. It wasn’t as big of a deal as when Apple did it. Well that’s because it wasn’t the first time the deed had been done. All that was left for Apple to do was to unveil the Air pods. The best thing to ever happen to the iPhone. That’s my opinion anyway. £159, expensive but worth every single penny. Air pods automatically connect to your phone as soon as they are pulled out of their case. The case magnetically closes and its the most satisfying thing ever. They feel premium and they work like true wireless headphones should.
When first released everyone mocked the look. The case apparently looked like some dental floss and the Air pods like toothbrushes hanging out your ears. Now they are a fashion statement. They are worn by celebrities and embraced by all. Such is the marketing of Apple.
A True wireless charging experience
That’s what Apple desires. Following that ideology Apple introduced wireless charging to their next iPhone. They’ve all had the feature since. You don’t necessarily need any kind of cables now. You could use your iPhone without wires. The Samsung Galaxy S10 came with wireless buds. Now Samsung basically made their own version of the Air pods. The Air pods were ahead of its time and only now others are starting to catch up. Its only taken the industry two years. But the stubbornness of leaving the headphone jack is making Samsung look like it’s stuck in the past. Is it that, or are Samsung just scared to take the giant leap of faith?
Recently Apple have released their next generation of Air pods. Updated to include wireless charging for the Air pods charging case itself and a longer battery life. (the talk time and battery was already amazing) As for Apple, there’s no looking back. We now embark on the journey to the future, lets embrace what Apple did that day. They changed the industry forever.
The charger port trick
It happens at the most obscene and unwanted times.Its the most annoying thing ever! Trying cable after cable, plug after plug,mains switch after mains switch.Your phone just wont charge! After fiddling around for a while finally it starts charging, but there’s a catch. You have to sit in the most ridiculous position ever for it to work. Dare to move and you’re back to square one. How irritating! But what if I told you there’s a solution. What if I told you I know a little trick to make life easy.
Well all you will need is something which comes with most, if not all new phones. That little SIM eject key. You know, that small silver “thing” you use once when you’re setting up your phone then never again. Using it I have four easy steps to make your phone charge without any problems. But before we go on let me warn about using too much force. When repairing or even fiddling with any hardware don’t use force. It breaks things and makes problems worse. If you don’t feel confident doing anything with your phone leave it for the professionals. There is always someone qualified and ready to help. If you are confident lets get cracking.
The four steps
1. Get a little torch or light and shine it down the charger port. Can you see a build up of dirt? If yes continue to step two; if not, don’t try anything! Take your phone to a repair shop so you can’t make anything worse. Your phone may have a charging unit problem.
2. Get the SIM key, insert it into the charger port and get it dug into the dirt.
3. pull the dirt out of the charger port by pulling the sim ejector key towards you.(repeat step 2 and 3 until there is no dirt left inside the port)
4. Try charging the phone
When scraping out the dirt be very careful not to damage the charger port. Especially when using this method on a phone which has a USB-C charging unit. If successful your phone will now charge. You wont have to sit at an angle too! If your phone still isn’t charging then unfortunately its most likely that your charger port is damaged. Take the phone to your local repair shop so that it can be professionally looked at.Another thing you can do is just leave the charger port altogether and charge the phone using a wireless charger.That is if your phone has the capabilities.Most phones do wireless charge these days though.
Putting the charger in by force, using low quality cables or even damaged cables can potentially break or loosen the charger port. Without a functioning charger port your phone can’t charge, so how would it sufficiently work? Look after it, keep it clean and use the best quality cables. You will never go through the nightmare of having a dysfunctional charging unit again.
Mobile phones. We don’t need them yet they have become such an important tool for our everyday life. Mobile phones to me are a digital portal to the world. From online shopping to everyday communication your mobile devices are capable of almost everything, but…
Has the mobile phone peaked?
I know this is coming at a strange time especially when Samsung and Huawei have revealed their takes on the next generation of mobile phones which have fold-able displays but can the mobile phone get better or do more than it can now? I’d like to think so.
We will certainly be seeing new features, faster speeds and other futuristic gimmicks but what else can be added to make our life easier? There are a lot of unanswered questions. The industry seems to be running out of ideas but there is a glimmer of hope. It takes one genius idea to change it all. One individual with a genius idea and the world will never be the same place.
Think back to the first iPhone. If you watched the press conference when it was unveiled you could see the crowds reaction. They had seen the future. They were amazed, fast forward 10 years later and Samsung unveiled its first fold-able display. I was watching the life stream and although I was personally amazed (I am a mobile phone fanatic to be fair) but the crowds reaction was not as wild as when the first iPhone was unveiled. Its more of a gimmick than a life changing feature. I don’t think a fold-able display will help improve anyone’s life. Having the ability to fold out your phone to make the screen bigger just, makes the screen bigger. I want new futuristic yet convenient innovations.
The smart phone industry has bought itself some time. With the introduction of the fold-able display it has shown at least some sign of progression but its still not enough. I don’t know where we can end up or what we can can achieve. I hope the phone industry is ready to surprise us. I’m looking out for you Mr “Tim Apple”, surprise us all. Donald’s watching.