Cell phones are supposed to be available for use anytime and anywhere. Unfortunately, there are only a few models which are designed to be dust-resistant and water-resistant. To keep your phones from getting broken while in use here are a six tips to follow:
1. Don’t Put it Inside Your Pants Pocket
This is an easy tip to follow. Putting your phone in your pants pocket is an invitation to disaster. When you have your phone in your back phone pocket, you might sit on it and it could get broken and damaged. There are phones which have an OLED screen which is curved vertically. Supposedly this would allow the phone to be placed in the back pocket. The curved body helps ensure that the phone does not get bent. However, there is still the danger that you might sit down on it and apply undue pressure.
With regards, placing your phone in your front pockets, you have to consider how large phones are nowadays. Either you would have a tight fit, or it might pop out of the pocket. The best place to keep your phone is in your coat pocket or in your bag. If you are running or otherwise exercising, consider strapping your phone to your arm.
2. Don’t Use Your Phone in the Rain
There is a reason why phones are hard to seal against the elements. The seals are permanent features of the phone, and they are designed to keep sand, dirt and water from getting inside. The problem there is that the phone’s speakers and microphone have to be open in order for them to be usable.
The best dust and water resistant seals can only keep water out for a few seconds. You can drop it in the pool, but you need to make sure that you swim after it immediately to avoid permanent damage.
Using your phone under the rain presents the same problem. When you find yourself in the rain, you would probably stay under the rain for longer than a dip in the pool. In addition, you would be tempted to use the phone in the rain. In contrast, there is no point in using your phone under water.
When using your phone in the rain, remember that the drops of rain break up into droplets and this can more easily get inside your phone. Moisture inside the phone can cause rusting, as well as short-circuiting of the electrical wiring. Using your phone while wet can cause irreparable damage.
3. Keep Your Phone in Your Bag when at the Beach
Sandy beaches can be a problem for phones. If you think that the way sand gets in every crack of your body is inconvenient, you should see the fine sand which gravitates towards the seals of your phone. Sand and dust are not the only concerns when you go to a beach. You would also need to stow your phone away, far from the sand and the water.
Don’t worry about the heat. Your phone can handle the heat. The plastic would not melt immediately. In addition, you can still use your phone even under the noon day sun.
Cleaning your phone after a day in the beach can be a problem. Unless you have access to your phone’s internals, it is better to have a professional dismantle and clean its insides. If it is still under warranty, do not destroy the seals. Effectively, you would have to live with the knowledge that the insides might be dirty and there is nothing you can do about it.
4. Consider using a screen protector
There are two reasons why you need a screen protector. First off, it provides a additional protection for your screen. It serves as a laminar layer of plastic which helps make the screen stronger and better able to resist stress. This prevents the glass from breaking.
The second reason is that touchscreens get dirty very fast. When you clean your touchscreen with any liquid the screen’s coating gets thinner every time you do so. With a screen protector, it is the additional plastic layer which is being cleaned and not the touchscreen surface.
5. Beware of magnets
When you pass a magnet too close to the phone’s screen, it gets demagnetized and creates a color pattern on the screen. This is a permanent damage to the screen. There is nothing you can do about it. The only remedy is to have the screen replaced.
Unlike old large CRT monitors, which have a degaussing feature, LED screens cannot be degaussed. The magnet disrupts the normal magnetic pattern of the screen and it creates a ripple of color wherever the it was affected by the magnetic field.
6. Watch your battery
Batteries have become a hot issue again. All batteries heat up when being charged. This is common behavior of batteries and electrical devices in general. The only way to ensure that a phone battery does not overheat is to monitor it while it is being recharged. Do not charge it overnight and do not leave the phone charging while you go to the supermarket or to the bank. It is better to be safe than sorry.
If your battery consistently gets overcharged, the plastic will start to bulge, expanding with the heat. Once this happens, you might want to consider replacing the battery.
These are common things to watch out for when you have a cell phone. Being aware of these things would make sure that you are not surprised when your phone stops working. Being cognizant of theseGoogle+