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10 Popular Myths Around Smartphones That Need To Be Busted

There are many myths around smartphones floating in the world. You might have heard people from non-technical background giving you bullshit advice about your smartphones. Well, sometimes this bullshit advice becomes so popular that people started believing them as facts.

But when we inquired to geeks with sound technical background about these advice, we came to know that most of these so-called 'facts' are complete bullshit and are just myths which need to be busted.

So here we are, to bust these myths and educate your ignorant a$$. We just don't want you to be a part of "smart phones, dumb people" generation.


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10 Popular Myths Around Smartphones That Need To Be Busted

10 Popular Myths Around Smartphones That Need To Be Busted

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1. More megapixels means a better camera.

1. More megapixels means a better camera.

Generally, people think a camera with more megapixels is a better camera or camera quality solely depends on the megapixels which is total bullshit. A camera quality depends on many factors such as a sensor, lense, focal length, optical image stabilization, etc. There's a lot more to a smartphone camera than just the amount of megapixels on the spec sheet. 

Remember Nokia once launched a phone with 40 megapixels camera which was no good than an iPhone with 8 megapixels camera.

2. You should only use the charger that came with your device.

2. You should only use the charger that came with your device.

This myth exists solely to put your hard-earned money in the pockets of phone manufacturer's. Because these companies earn their main profit by selling these accessories, not by smartphones. As of today, most of the smartphones have standardized charging ports, and you can use any other charger to charge the battery. Just be wary of cheap Chinese knock-off.

3. You should by a screen protector to protect against scratches.

3. You should by a screen protector to protect against scratches.

The screen protector is a thin sheet of plastic which is used to put on your smartphone screen to resist scratches and thus preserving the screen. After all, it's easier to replace a plastic screen than your smartphone's screen.

Well, this was true at a time but not anymore. Nowadays, every smartphone have scratch-resist Gorilla Glass or similar technology screens. So, practically there is no use of screen protector. 

Peel it off right now, if you've one on your smartphone's screen and don't be fooled by these myths around smartphones.

4. Your phone could get infected with viruses.

4. Your phone could get infected with viruses.

Literally, this is the total crap I hear everyday. Technically speaking, no phones could get "viruses" - which are self-replicating pieces of software. Android operating system is based on the Linux kernel, and you know what? Viruses don't work in Linux kernel. 

Of course, your phone could get infected with some malicious software, but even they won't replicate themselves and infect other people's phones.Android malware does exist, but they come from suspicious apps outside of Google Play. So, if you download your apps from Google Play, you're totally safe. Same is for iPhones too.

And for God's sake, your phone won't get infected with viruses or malware by connecting it to your laptop or USB.

5. You should use 3rd party apps to save battery juice.

5. You should use 3rd party apps to save battery juice.

One of the best myth from which many app developers are making money. And these apps does nothing at all. These apps just show you an elegant user interface with remaining battery back up time, and that's all. Your phone already have these features built-in with them.

Every smartphone have different battery modes - Performance Mode, Balanced Mode, Power Saving Mode. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Mode. Just use these different modes as per the situations and you won't ever have to download these 3rd party apps.

6. Higher specs means better performance 

6. Higher specs means better performance 

Does your phone have an octa-core processor, it must be good, right? Well, you've been fooled by the marketing team of your smartphone. Your phone with higher specs doesn't necessarily mean have better performance, and these specs are not a reliable enough indicator of performance.

There are dozens of smartphones released every month which have great specs but are no good in front of few phones with lesser specs. The harsh reality is that most of the apps available on the Google Play Store can't even use eight cores of an octa-core processor. This is one of the major myths around smartphones

7. Automatic brightness setting saves battery.

7. Automatic brightness setting saves battery.

This is completely false. By enabling auto brightness, you may save some battery by calibrating the ideal brightness of your screen, but the light sensor which will work in the background to make it work will draw more energy from the battery by constantly pinging your CPU to process the data.

So, you end up with less battery juice than you would have, if you haven't enabled this feature. This feature was added in your smartphone to relieve your eyes in the night by dimming the screen brightness automatically, not to save battery.

8. Bluetooth/WiFi direct kills your battery.

8. Bluetooth/WiFi direct kills your battery.

WiFi-direct enables you to transfer huge files to other devices with better speed. All those apps like Xender, SHAREit works on the WiFi direct protocol. Do they kill the battery if remained switched on?

Nope. New generations of Bluetooth and WiFi technology drain little-to-no power while they're not in use. They will eat your battery only when they're in use, and you're transferring data to some other device.

9. Closing apps will speed up your phone.

9. Closing apps will speed up your phone.

You don't have to close your phone apps by removing them from recently closed apps. Apps in your recently closed app aren't actually running and taking any resources; they are just stored in your phone's RAM. And even if your phone needs more RAM, it will automatically remove apps you aren't using.

Also, the myth helps a lot of task-killer apps to sustain. So, they propagate this myth even more, to keep making money from ignorant people.

10. Overnight charging of phone damages the battery.

10. Overnight charging of phone damages the battery.

I don't understand why even people believe this bullshit myth. Of course, the circuit designers designed a circuit which automatically cuts off the connection between charger and battery once the battery gets fully charged. 

I think, I made your aware of these myths around smartphones and I hope you won't be fooled by these myths anymore.

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