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10 common myths about smartphones that are not true

Doing these 10 things will not benefit your smartphone.

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Like everything in technology, cell phones are prone to myths and rumors that never seem to die. We'll tackle some of the most prevalent myths about smartphones and see if we can do our part in ending the misinformation surrounding smartphones today.



So, let's start with the ten most common myths and misconceptions about smartphones.



1. Apps running in the background should be closed to save battery power and avoid slowdowns

Both Apple and Android allow apps to run in the background to multitask more efficiently. This myth seems legitimate due to the idea that any additional processes use up system resources, and the more programs you run, the slower the device.



However, both operating systems limit how much these apps can do while running in the background. But the amount of battery drain is minimal, and as far as slowing down your phone is concerned, multitasking is unlikely to be the culprit.



A side effect of this myth has been the myriad of task killer apps that litter both markets. These apps are basically useless, and while they do their job by closing background apps, they don't actually save a lot of resources or battery life.



As you can see, Android will automatically stop the task when more memory is needed, and so does the iPhone. Neither of them will show a noticeable difference without any apps running in the background.



2. You must let your battery drain completely before recharging

Lithium-ion batteries perform best when they remain charged, while older NiCD and NiMH batteries last longer when you let them drain fully before charging them again to 100 percent.



Modern batteries do not have the same problem because they do not have a "cell memory" as the older NiCD and NiMH rechargers. Learn more about how the battery works and common myths to find out how you can take better care of it.



However, there is still some truth to this rumor. While this doesn't make your battery last much longer, some experts agree that you should do a 0-100 cycle — that is, letting it drain completely before fully recharging — every three months or after 40 partial cycles.



It's not about extending battery life, but instead, it helps calibrate the reading on your screen to stay accurate.



3. Bluetooth / Wi-Fi Direct kills the battery
Bluetooth / Wi-Fi Direct kills the battery
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct technology allow you to quickly transfer large files or other data from device to device. While we can discuss which one is better, the truth is that they are both very useful and remarkably similar. But do they kill your battery?



no.



Newer generations of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct drain little or no power when not in use. Once you enable another device and start transferring files, that's when they will start eating your battery. Until then, simply enabling it won't cause any noticeable battery drain.



4. Higher specifications mean better performance

On the surface, this myth carries some weight, but the truth is that it's not a reliable enough indicator of performance. Android has dozens of devices released every year, and some of them have rather impressive specs. However, having great specs doesn't always make a phone great.



Cell phone cameras are the most egregious offenders when it comes to spec wars. The truth is that a 64MP camera can be far inferior to an 8MP camera in every important category regardless of image size. The same can be said for multi-core processors.



Additionally, there are other factors at play. For example, many Android phones have better specifications than the iPhone, but that does not necessarily mean that the phone is faster or better than those with poor specifications. The operating system is important, as is the user's behavior while using it.



Specifications are for marketers to attract consumers: don't be fooled.



5. The only charger you should use is the one that came with your phone

To some extent, this myth exists only to put money in the pockets of phone manufacturers. While smartphones have very slim profit margins, the accessories market makes up a large portion of the company's revenue. As such, they are highly motivated to keep you buying OEM chargers.



The truth is that any charger built to the manufacturer's specifications is safe to use with your phone.



What most consumers don't understand is that there is a difference between a high-quality third-party charger and an inexpensive Chinese charger. High-quality manufacturers, such as Belkin, Amazon and others, are completely safe to use with your smartphone, because they are designed according to the original specifications of the manufacturer's charger.



On the other hand, imitations are known to be rather dangerous.



6. Constantly overcharging the phone will reduce battery life
Constantly overcharging your phone will reduce battery life
This is another myth that was true at one point, but as battery and charging technologies have improved, it is now completely false. Old batteries weren't smart enough to realize they were full, and constantly overcharging them has reduced battery life over time.



Today's charging mechanisms are smarter. Once your phone is fully charged, it stops drawing electricity. It is perfectly acceptable to charge your smartphone while you sleep.



7. Apps downloaded from Google Play or Apple App Store are completely safe
Many of us are usually afraid to download APK installation files for Android because we don't trust the source. However, of course, you feel safe downloading an app from Google Play or App

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