They are a constant in our lives, but our smartphones can sometimes be elusive, and no matter how technologically clued-in we are, we all need some phone advice from time to time.
While some frequently asked phone questions can be written off as urban smartphone legends, others have a more definitive answer.
We’ve chosen 10 popular questions about mobiles, and found you the answer you need.
A common mobile phone myth, but one that can be debunked thanks to how clever our smartphones are. Once your phone reaches maximum charge, it knows to block any extra current. So you can sleep peacefully in the knowledge that your phone is definitely safe charging overnight. EFM power products are also Safe Charge certified, to further protect your device.
Yes! Knock-off or non-certified charge products are constantly in the news for catching fire, exploding and even causing death. We actually have a whole blog about the importance of buying certified power products - a must read!
While the jury is seemingly still out on this one, we will revert to the experts for the most up-to-date answer. The Cancer Council NSW definitively states that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that smartphone use causes brain cancer or otherwise.
There have been whispers of this for years, and the renowned New York Times actually dived into this smartphone conspiracy in depth. Their findings, however, mostly sided with the mobile giants. Essentially, the issue of your phone slowing down when a new one is released comes down to downloading constantly upgraded software systems to older phone models.
While we never suggest Googling your symptoms and always condone visiting your GP with health concerns, there is a huge spike in neck, back and shoulder problems linked to constant device use. The condition is aptly named “tech neck” and we have a blog up that goes into device related spinal problems in depth.
Most hot smartphone troubleshooting should begin with the battery, as lithium-ion batteries are powerful and can overheat when malfunctioning. If your phone starts to heat up when charging, it could be the battery, the charger or the port. Keeping your phone out of direct sunlight is also mandatory. If you are experiencing phone overheating problems, it’s best to contact your supplier quick smart.
That’s unfortunately a hard no. Device addiction is so prevalent these days that is has its own medical term - “nomophobia” (fear of being without your phone). Smartphone addiction can present in any number of ways. Having more online relationships than in-person ones, needing to be up to date on social media at all times, a desire to constantly be bombarded with online information and compulsive behaviour such as online shopping are all signs of device addiction. If you think that you have a problematic attachment to your phone, there are places to seek help. Start with your doctor or a good mental health professional. They will put you on the path to smartphone break-up success.
We’ve always been told to switch our phones off upon boarding the plane, and there’s good reason for it. Phones emit radio transmissions that can directly impact a planes instruments as well as air traffic controller radios. Smartphones should always be switched off or to airplane mode when taxiing or in the sky. Don’t worry guys - you’ll be fine without your phone for the duration of your flight! Follow the rules that are there for your safety.
If we are talking about mobile phones on the whole, the fondly remember Nokia 1100 is the highest selling phone of all time, topping 250 million sales! If we are talking about smartphones however, Apple’s innovative iPhone X currently holds the title of most smartphone sales. If you are in the majority, we have a range of impact resistant iPhone X/Xs Case Armour. .
We somewhat touched on this in Question 4, when we discussed the myth of phones becoming slower to force users to upgrade. While new software updates on older smartphone models can indeed cause a slowdown, the reason your phone is operating slower than usual could be down to any number of reasons. Clearing your caches and restarting your phone can sometimes be helpful, as can deleting unused apps, turn off syncing settings and updating your existing apps.
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