The Smartphone “Radiator” — Yes, We Could Be Exposed To Radiation

We use our smartphones everyday, being useful to many of us in so many ways

But there are stories that could lead to concern

There is one thing about them that’s not out there enough

The fear of radiation being harmful to humans someday

You may have heard it before and it’s easy to ignore

Articles saying different things,

Yes, it appears to be confusing because you feel nothing, nothing is supposed to be there 

It’s a silent wave, it’s not meant to be seen or heard 

You are left to believe what you want to believe 

Is it true? Who really knows, but if you put two and two together 

The story goes

RF waves come from the phone’s antenna 

Are you always talking on your phone? 

You be careful, the closer the antenna is to your head, leaves you more exposed 

How often do you pick your phone up? Do you sleep with it?

Wait, let’s be honest here…do you even take a break from it?

When was the last time it left your side?

If this is you, limit your talk time or talk on speakerphone and get that thing as far away as possible 

If it’s true, even the slightest amount of possible 

Why can’t electronic devices come with a readable document with a reasonable font to say

*Small amounts of radiation alert* 

Maybe some know, some of us may not 

But if it’s included in the box

We may be more wise and limit our use and what could be not 

If you are concerned consider checking out the radiation amount before purchasing your device

Putting it away for a few is better than what it could be doing to you, especially for long periods of time 

I’m not telling you this to bug you, it’s only because I care 

Smartphone radiation has been silenced for way too long but the problem is 

When it comes to business, money talks

When money talks, bullshit walks, but will they ever take the time to show they care  

We’re not trained how to use them properly until it’s too late

It’s better to be cautious with a little concern rather than being left to our fate

What Can You Do With Your Old Smartphone?

Have you ever really thought about what you can do with your old smartphone(s) when it’s time you’ve decided you no longer want it? You’ve pulled it out of that dusty drawer and now you don’t know what to do with it. Who knows, maybe you have a few smartphones stashed away somewhere? It’s not your fault, technology moves quickly or maybe your phone is at the stage of burnout. Well, I have a few ideas of what you can do with your old smartphone besides giving it away to large corporations that already make tons of money anyways. 

Did you know – just because there is no cell service on your old smartphone(s) that doesn’t make it completely nonfunctional? 

Don’t forget your smartphone is basically a mini computer. If it’s still working, it may still have some uses. Sure, it might be a little slow, but there are quite a few things you can do with it. And don’t you dare think of throwing it in the garbage can because at this point in time,  we damn well know that’s just messed up and it’s definitely not the answer. Here are some ideas of what you can do with it instead: 

Think of it like spring cleaning. Before you decide on whatever you want to do with your old device, perform a backup of your precious data and head over to settings and complete a reset by erasing ALL content and settings. This is final so make sure you have EVERYTHING that’s important off there and on somewhere that’s safe and easily accessible so you can live with no regrets. If you end up giving it away or do keep it after all, a reset will refresh everything and make that device feel good again – like spring, a nice feeling of renewal.

  1. Giving it away/donating. If you are thinking about giving it away, either to family or friends, or even donating it, you should see how the phone’s overall performance is. Old devices are usually stored in that old drawer for a reason after all 🙂 Even though you’re giving it away for free, if it can be helped, you should never give away a phone to anyone who is going to be completely clueless to what they are getting, because that just wouldn’t be fair. Do a little testing first.

Give the phone a complete charge, and once it’s reached 100% charge it for another two hours to ensure you’re giving it a really good charge. Once the battery is fully charged, unplug it. If you haven’t already, connect to wifi. Play around with the phone a little bit to see how it’s functioning. Check the battery percentage – does it seem to be holding a decent charge? Or is it draining too quickly? Make a test phone call to make sure the speaker and microphone are working correctly. Since there will most likely be no cell service you can download an app like Google Hangouts or Skype to do a check phone test. If all seems to be good with the device, you’re ready to give it away, partially tested for the new user. Since you already deleted your data, you are being responsible and won’t have to worry about any of your data being leaked. 

If the device seems to be functioning poorly, you can still give it away but you should let the next user or company know some of the known issues that you found out while testing. 

  1. Selling. If you still don’t know what to do with your device at this point, consider selling it. You will want to do a little more in-depth testing with the device to make sure everyone is happy on both ends. But don’t let that discourage you –  knowing the health of the phone will help you a lot when it comes time to sell your old device. Since you already backed up your data and reset all settings to factory default, by now you should already know the status of the battery sound and speaker. You might want to make note of the body. Are there dents, scratches? Check the charging port, is there any corrosion, or is the port loose or wobbly when plugged in? Things like this are very important in an ad and are very important to a buyer, so you want to provide as much detail as possible. Testing your device’s software and hardware has never been simpler than just downloading an app. Kinda weird right? I recommend downloading a helpful app diagnostics tool that will diagnose any issues with your device. For iPhone I use “Phone Diagnostics” (created by Test & find Repair Shop) and for Android I use “Phone Check and Test” (created by inPocket Software). These apps have helped me a lot and almost always provide accurate information. Once the tests are done, this app will help you know more about your phone and will help with your decision on the price your phone is worth. 

Occasionally I come across good deals on smartphones. Sometimes they are fixable, while others are just not worth my time. When I do come across the ones that are not worth my time, lately I’ve been thinking of things I can do with them so they don’t turn out to be completely worthless. When I say not worth my time, I mean cracked screen and battery issues to the point where the only way the phone is slightly usable is by having it plugged in all of the time or at least most of the time. Once you get connected to wi-fi, here are some ideas you can try to get the most out of that expensive smartphone when you don’t know what to do with it or it feels like there’s nothing left:

  1. iPhone/Android smartphone media entertainment centre. Stream video or audio from your phone to TV, speakers or headphones – and there are a few ways to do this by turning your old smartphone into a media centre!

For TV – HDMI or Airplay. Once connected you can mirror your screen to the TV. This is good for many reasons. You can stream horizontally for the full widescreen size effect. There are so many apps to choose from in the App Store, not just iTunes – Netflix, Amazon, sports and even more to stream your favorite TV apps. 

Music player: Speakers. Turn your smartphone into a music player. Your old device will probably support Bluetooth. Connect your favorite Bluetooth speaker to your old smartphone and turn it into nothing but a MP3 player to listen to your favourite tunes out loud! The App Store has so many music apps to choose from – Apple Music, Spotify and your favorite Radio apps. Who knows what else you can find when you search music!

Music Player: Headphones. Same idea as the speakers, but with the sound in. Have a great experience with just your old smartphone and a pair of headphones. Don’t limit yourself to music – you can enjoy some peace and quiet while meditating with your favorite meditation apps. Nothing else to disturb you when it’s just a music player instead of a fully functioning smartphone.

  1. A real dedicated gaming device. How many of you currently have games on your smartphone? Probably most. Turning your old smartphone into a gaming centre is the perfect solution for your mobile gaming needs, especially if you want to save some space on your current device. Mobile games take up a lot of space, so why not transfer them to your old device and organize your mobile gaming library?
  2. E-book reader. If you don’t mind reading on a small screen, this could be a cheap solution for e-book lovers. Turn your old smartphone into an e-reader by using the Kindle or Kobo app or downloading PDFs into your files. This option also gives you more storage space for all those books. 
  3. A universal remote. Most digital media players offer remote apps – Apple, Roku and Amazon Fire TV to name a few. Download these apps on your old device and you have yourself a handy universal remote! 
  4. Security camera. If you don’t already know, home security cameras can be expensive. If someone (or something)  is lurking around your home at night, be it on two feet or four, you should be able to have the luxury of a camera to detect any intruders. Well, if you have an old smartphone laying around, you can turn it into a home security camera for basically 0 dollars! Try to make it as discreet as possible. 
  5. Kids camera. Let’s be honest here. Kids take terrible pictures – their arms aren’t fully developed, their pictures are blurry and out of focus and just generally bad, and it’s not their fault. Get them familiar with your old smartphone – that way when they are older they will be ready to whip that smartphone camera out like a pro. 
  6. GPS. It should be connected anyways, so if you need a GPS this could be a great solution for a road trip in the car or just biking around the city. Make sure to test it before leaving home.
  7. Money making device. If you like to make some money on the side, your old device could bring you in a small amount of dough. There are apps you can download that will allow you to watch videos, play games and more in exchange for points you can redeem for rewards such as gift cards or PayPal payments. To save wear and tear on your primary device, you can run these apps on your old smartphone instead. Cha-ching!! 😉

And if you really don’t know what to do with it – please, recycle it the proper way. A certified company will know exactly what to do with it. Be kind to our planet, let’s not pollute it with more e-waste.

Dollarama Tech Finds: Tech1 Tablet-Smartphone Holder

Price – $3.50

Another day, another Dollarama deal! This one does exactly what it says – it’s a holder for your devices, at a nice low price. 

It holds your iPhone perfectly fine, but you can’t trust your tablet on it as it doesn’t seem very secure and it will tip over if you’re not careful. 

When your iPhone is placed on this holder, it fits snug – I feel like it wouldn’t tip over very easily. The base is very solid and there are four gripper pads on the bottom which help everything keep in place. It seems to be the perfect height and I think it’s just right for your smartphone. 

There are a lot of colour choices to choose from, and for $3.50 it’s a fantastic deal for this sort of thing. Seriously, why pay more if you don’t have to? This thing is basically the same as a higher priced one, maybe even better because the base is very solid. 

If you’re looking for a smartphone holder/stand, I believe you’re safe with this one and you really are getting a bang for your buck!

PopSockets: Getting A Grip

A PopSocket is a weird looking plastic circular gadget that you attach to your phone and devices, and they are VERY popular around the world. These gadgets have many uses like helping you out by getting a better grip on your phone to make it easier for you to take pictures and text, and you can prop it up on any surface while you kick back and relax. When pulled out, the socket opens up like a spring. Once your fingers are placed between the PopSocket and your device, you should instantly notice a tighter grip.

I got the PopSocket because I find my phone is a bit heavy and if I’m using it for too long my wrist and fingers start to hurt because of the positioning of my hand on my phone. Also, if I’m laying down and use my phone it tends to slip through my fingers and land on my head or chest. I know, kinda silly right? 🙂 So, if you find either of these things annoying like I do you might want to get yourself one of these babies.

In the past I’ve used fake pop sockets and they WEREN’T VERY GOOD. After just a few months of usage, the adhesive came off and the design started to fade, making it look like some crap. This is my first real PopSocket and I noticed there were some instructions, but not in-depth instructions. Like, should you clean the back of the device before applying? Where should you apply the socket, and little things like that. Apparently, you are just supposed to know how to place it on, but with a little common sense you should be good to go. To help you out, I put together some tips to think about before applying your PopSocket.

Questions, questions, questions!

So, you’ve got the PopSocket – now some important questions you might be wondering after reading instructions.

With or without a case? It can be applied to either, but I strongly recommend a case. Without a case you might have a difficult time removing the PopSocket, which could lead to damage and markings especially if you try to sell your device.

Positioning: Decide where to place before applying. In the middle, high or low? Before you mount the gripper on to your phone, try placing the socket in different spots to see if it’s more comfortable between your fingers and hand when it’s placed in the middle, higher or lower.  Getting comfortable with it before placement will protect your fingers and wrist so you want to make sure it’s not uncomfortable for you. 

Should you clean your device before applying? Yes, for sure. Wipe the back of your device with some rubbing alcohol and let it dry before applying.

What you need to know before applying? According to the website, once the PopSocket is applied, firmly press down and leave it for at least 8 hours. Doing this will make sure the adhesive is securely attached to the surface, ensuring it will work even better. My advice is to apply it before going to bed so the phone won’t be touched.

What devices will the socket stick to? It’s compatible with most smartphones, cases and tablets. Keep in mind PopSockets may not stick very securely to waterproof cases, silicone or leather.

How to apply? Easy – just peel off the protective seal without touching the adhesive, then apply very carefully and make sure it looks even.

Can the PopSocket be reused? No, so you might want to carefully choose where you put it.

Why you should get a PopSocket:

  1. Have you ever been lying in bed and boom, all of a sudden your phone smashes into your face? Get a PopSocket and get a grip!
  2. No more holding your phone when watching a quick video or playing a game, just place it on the table.
  3. If you own a business, they are perfect to give out!
  4. Wireless charging compatible.
  5. Surface feels smooth when holding.
  6. Browsing experience and overall experience is much better when holding.
  7. Snap the perfect selfies.
  8. Control earbud cord by just wrapping it around the PopSocket.
  9. Lots of customization options – you can use your own image, or choose from the range of options and looks. You can even add another PopSocket for even more grip.

POPSOCKETS!!!!!!

The Debate Between Smartphone Batteries

Some say iPhone is better, some say it’s Android. Which one is better and how do you really know? 

I have used iPhone, Samsung and Blackberry devices, and from my experience I would say that your battery really depends on how you are using your device. And I do believe that battery (mAh) capacity is also important. 

If you are looking to get a phone with a really good battery, I would go for the highest mAh battery capacity when choosing a Smartphone. 

Smartphone brands mAh 

Here are a few examples

iPhone 8 –  1,821mAh

iPhone 8 Plus – 2,675mAh

iPhone XR – 2,942mAh

iPhone 11 – 3,110mAh 

iPhone 11 Pro – 3,046mAh 

Samsung Galaxy S10 – 3,400mAh

Samsung Galaxy S9 – 3,000mAh

Google Pixel 3 – 2,915mAh

Google Pixel 4 – 2,800mAh

Google Pixel 4 XL – 3,700mAh 

BlackBerry Key 2 – 3,500mAh 

But do you really think your smartphone with a higher mAh makes a difference? A higher mAh doesn’t mean you are going to get the best battery, it just means it will be slightly better. Just because you have a higher mAh doesn’t mean you will get the best battery at all times. It really depends on how you are using your device. 

If you’re good to your phone, it will be good to you. I hate having to run to an outlet when I see that my battery is low. It’s annoying especially if you had already charged it that same day. Who wants to keep charging their smartphone ALL THE TIME? I need my battery to last longer. Here’s what I do to get the most out of my battery life, and you can too no matter what device you are using. 

  1. Make sure you are running the latest software. This makes a big difference especially if the new update has battery performance improvements. 
  2. Be careful where you are using your smartphone. Too hot or too cold temperatures can affect your battery. By this I mean don’t use your smartphone in the direct sunlight, or in extreme cold weather conditions. If you need to use your phone outside on hot or cold days, use it with headphones of some sort and keep your device in your pocket to fully protect it from damage. 
  3. I don’t use my smartphone for video like YouTube or watching movies. The screen is way too small and it takes up so much of your battery. Why bother straining your eyes while you’re losing power at the same time? 
  4. Close your apps every time you put your phone down – I always close my apps when I’m done using them. 
  5. Keep the brightness down. Or make sure auto brightness is enabled. 
  6. Disable the apps you are not using all the time. (Bluetooth, GPS) If you are in an area with poor reception turn your device off until you get better reception and if you need to keep your device on, try using it with Wi-fi instead of cellular data. 
  7. When your device starts to slowly die, put it in energy saving/battery mode to keep as much battery as possible.  
  8. Don’t let the device die completely – when your device drops down to about 30% you should charge it. If you plan on storing your phone for backup, don’t store it under 50%; you should make sure the phone is 100% before tucking it away. 

If you find you are still losing too much battery power or are not satisfied, get a portable battery or case.

Reserve battery juice – don’t let it drain!