Give your iPhone(or any smartphone) a boost!

An iPhone can be any powerful man’s gadget. Posing 1960s style James Bond tech and a huge price tag, it is bound to end up on your favorite celebrity’s lap. But they got cash to spend on an upcoming generation and you probably are stuck with an iPhone 5. Over time it loses its value,lustre and in the end the buttery smooth performance it once used to have. So what can you do to prevent it? Well, scroll down and the Oracle shall explain to you the prophecy of iPhone sluggishness.

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Now,keep in mind. I’m in no way an Apple sheep or an android fanboy. I’m just a lone techie trying to make your iPhone work better. Mind you, most of these steps work for an android or windows phone too. So keep reading.Working or not,ill still be putting up more tech tips like this. So stay tuned!

Update your software!

Apple is probably the only company that keeps releasing OS updates and security patches for its older generation phones. An iPhone 5 and 5c can run iOS 10 as of now! That’s an insane shelf life for a product which was released in Q3 2012!

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Here,lemme tell you a secret formula- OS updates+app updates = silky smooth performance. Get it?

Disabling animations

Animations and parallax effects may look cool AF. But they are nowhere near battery friendly nor processor sipping. They suck up your processor juice like a fat kid drinks cola. So take that small step and be sure its gonna be a giant leap for your iDevice performance.

Restart your phone routinely

Restarting your phone forces it to close all running apps and clears up your cache. I don’t care if you restart once a week or once in 4 days. Just restart it once a while. Mind you, cache is an integral part of your software experience,so make your routine of restarting your phone accordingly. I recommend a once a week trend.

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Reset your phone

I get it. You get hooked up in a lot of stuff on your phone you rarely think how it feels. Is it crying? Tired? Maybe it wouldn’t if you give it a vacation by clearing all data every 6 months! It makes your phone feel fresh and you are gonna get that out of the box experience. Do back up your files somewhere though. You don’t want to lose your cat pictures.

 

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Micromax X1i 2017 is the ‘branded’ Nokia 3310 mock-up in India

You might as well be anticipating the next big smartphone release with unprecedented features and technologies, but some companies like to stay old school. Speaking of which, Nokia is a name that is remembered for its extraordinary feature phones, and one of those phones has made a comeback with a radical makeover.

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Nokia 3310 turned many heads at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona earlier this year. The iconic feature phone later made it to several markets including India – where it is priced at Rs. 3310. Quite the irony!
If you think Nokia is primed to rule the segment with no real competition, you’re sorely mistaken. Besides copious Nokia 3310-clones, such as Darago 3310 for Rs 799, flooding the markets, there’s a new kid in the block; that too from the reputed house of Micromax.

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Meet Micromax X1i 2017, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the iconic Nokia 3310. It’s not entirely fair to call it a Nokia 3310 clone, but the phone’s target audience is same as the Nokia feature phone. The design, specifications and features are identical to the 3310, but the Micromax brand attached to the phone makes it a better choice than any other Nokia 3310 clone in the market.
Micromax X1i 2017 features a 2.4-inch 320×240 pixel screen, alphanumeric physical buttons, 32MB internal storage expandable up to 8GB, and a 1,300mAh battery, which is said to get 11 hours talk time straight.

 

The most interesting aspect of the Micromax X1i 2017 is its price. The handset costs just Rs. 1,199– less than half Nokia is charging for the 3310 feature phone.Nokia 3310 also has a 2.4-inch QVGA display but packs a better camera with 2 megapixels on the back coupled with 16MB onboard storage and microSD card support up to 32GB, dual SIM card support and a battery that can run for up to 22.1 hours on talk time.
However, don’t expect 4G LTE support on both phones. Nokia and Micromax feature phones only support 2G connectivity. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a backup phone with durable battery for making calls and SMS, Nokia 3310 and Micromax X1i 2017 will serve the purpose.

Buying a used smartphone #GrandpaAurus

It’s getting more expensive to buy a top-of-the-line smartphone. Rumors suggest that Apple’s iPhone 8 might cost as much as a MacBook. Your wallet needs some relief from these escalating phone prices, and used smartphones may be just the way to find your true love.

Buying a good used phone is a great way to save some cash while upgrading to a better device. But it’s not just about price; there are other factors to consider when shopping for a used smartphone.

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First, you need to know exactly what you’re buying, as different terms can describe various types of used phones. While different resellers have different standards for what qualifies as a used, certified preowned or refurbished smartphone, there are some general guidelines for what you can expect.

A used phone is likely coming directly from a private seller. At best, the site they are selling it on may offer some guarantees that the device meets the description and photos provided.

Certified preowned devices offer a little more reassurance to the buyer, in that they underwent some testing to verify that they are functioning properly. As a result, the device should come with some kind of limited warranty. Amazon, Best Buy and Target are among the retailers that sell certified preowned phones.
Refurbished devices are held to the highest standard of the three categories, as they undergo software or hardware repair to return them to like-new functionality.
Regardless of what smartphone you’re looking for, these tips can help you avoid potential pitfalls and walk away with a solid deal.
Know when to buy
If you’re looking to get the most recent phone model as possible while maximizing your savings, the best time to buy a used smartphone is just after its successor comes out, which is when all of the early adopters sell the previous generation of their smartphones.

While the dates for specific phone releases shift a little each year, the smartphone calendar is pretty set. Top Android phone makers such as Samsung, HTC and LG announce new flagship devices in early spring, followed by Apple, which rolls out its new iPhones in the fall. Other Android models — such as Google’s Pixel, Samsung’s Galaxy Note and LG’s V series — typically debut later in the year, too.

Research prices

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The next step is to figure out what the going rate is for your chosen smartphone. There’s always some variability in used smartphone pricing, but you should be able to narrow it down by looking at a few sites, like olx,eBay,Quickr,etc.Just make sure that you are comparing apples to apples in terms of the general condition of the phone and what’s included.

 Know the return policy
Try to get your phone from a reseller with a rock-solid return policy.
While most physical damage is easy to detect the moment you receive your phone, it can take a bit longer to spot malfunctioning hardware or software. So consider the return window when you’re shopping for a phone, and once you complete the sale, make a note of the final day when you’re allowed to return it, just in case.

Know your seller

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When you buy your phone through a private seller on sites like eBay , you need to determine if the person you’re about to send thousands of Gandhi paper can be trusted. And unfortunately, you’re usually basing that decision on a fairly limited amount of information.
eBay,olx and quickr provide some guidance, displaying how long the seller has been a member of the site, how many transactions they’ve completed, and how they’ve been rated by other buyers and sellers who’ve dealt with them.
Note the phone’s overall condition

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The phone’s screen should be your primary concern when you’re examining a used phone. Any chips or cracks are an immediate deal breaker, as replacing a screen is costly  and can indicate other problems with the device.
From there, you should look for any dents or significant abrasions that indicate a device has been dropped repeatedly. That could start to cause separation in the body of the phone or damage to the internal components.
If the phone passes these tests, it is really just a question of what kinds of minor scratches or abrasions you are willing to tolerate, and whether you are planning to use a case. It’s worth considering that superficial damage can mean a lower price, and with a case covering the phone, you might not notice any cosmetic flaws in day-to-day use.
Check what you’re getting besides the phone

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The items included with the smartphone are not only a bonus; they can also give you valuable information about the seller. For example, if a seller has the original box, that’s a great indicator that you aren’t looking at a stolen device. If they include a case and/or a screen protector, the phone is probably in good physical shape. Getting the original charger for your device is also more important than it once was, as many Android phones support fast charging that will work only with compatible chargers.

Consider software updates

While the hardware on your smartphone remains the same as the day it was first sold, the software can — and should — continue to advance. For Android phones, the only manufacturer you can depend on for consistent software updates is Google, with its Pixel devices.
It should be pretty easy to keep your OS up-to-date on a used iPhone.
At present, most Android devices run a version of the operating system that is a generation or two removed from Android Nougat. While new features may be optional, the monthly security updates should be priorities, and you should make sure that the manufacturer of the device you’re buying doesn’t fall more than a month or two behind with these updates.
Software updates are less of a concern for iPhones, as Apple typically supports its old hardware. Still, exercise some caution if you’re looking at an iPhone that’s more than a couple of years old. This fall’s iOS 11 update will reportedly work only on 64-bit devices, meaning phones such as the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c won’t be able to run the latest software.
Consider battery life
The lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones lose a little of their capacity every day, so by the time they are 1 to 2 years old, they probably have only 80 percent of the original battery capacity, at best. Unless you’re buying one of the few Android devices that still feature replaceable batteries, this could be a deciding factor if you are a heavy smartphone user or frequently away from a charger for 12 to 14 hours at a time. You can either turn to an external battery for use in emergencies, or you can pay to have the battery on your used phone replaced.
Check your phone immediately upon receipt
So you’ve gone through all the steps above and finally have the smartphone in your hands. If you have a return policy, the clock is ticking, so it’s time to figure out if there are any hidden problems.This would be the time to verify that the device isn’t stolen or carrier-locked. You can check by either contacting your carrier with your phone’s IMEI number (typically found on the nano-SIM slot or in the About This Device section of your phone’s Settings app) or by trying to activate the smartphone on your account.

Once you’ve passed that test, do a basic physical check of the phone to ensure that there aren’t any surprises. Look over the phone, and move your hands around it, applying slight pressure to verify that there isn’t any separation in the case or screen. Check the water indicator. (On most modern smartphones, this will be found in the nano-SIM slot.) If it’s been triggered, you’ll see a solid red or pink color.

If you search online for “service codes” and the manufacturer of your smartphone, you will find a series of numbers and symbols to enter in your dialer to open a diagnostic mode. You can run a series of checks here that will verify that the hardware and software on your phone are in good working order. Pay particular attention to the battery test or status that will display the number of cycles. When a smartphone battery pushes beyond 500 cycles, it is on borrowed time and will have lost fairly significant capacity.