A beginner's guide to smartphones
|This is not how you use a smartphone. |
Image: Business Insider
The strongest advantage of smartphones over dumbphones is the ability to run apps. Without apps, our smartphones would just be a phone with a large screen. Apps are what make smartphones functional, convenient to use and worth the money we spend on it. Basically, apps are what transform our phones into mobile computers. Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store have a huge selection of apps, and as Apple's old saying goes, no matter what you want to do, there's an app for that. There are a few tips I can share with first time smartphone users when it comes to apps. First would be to just explore the app store. Like Apple said, there's an app for literally everything, especially now when both the App Store and Play Store are at 1 million apps each. Browse the store, search based on categories you are interested in, ask your friends what apps they use, make your phone an app powerhouse. If you find an app you like however, don't be too quick to install it. Read reviews and see if it is really what you are looking for. Look at the screenshots provided, and some developers even embed a video showing what the app does. The most important thing to be careful of when installing apps, is security, which leads to my next point.
|Not including games, there are a total of 26 |
different app categories in the Play Store
|Most malware are granted access by |
unsuspecting users. Image: Digital Trends
Now that you have a smartphone, you will be using it for all sorts of things. Taking photos, recording videos, taking notes, editing work-related documents etc. Eventually, the content of your phone will be more valuable to you than the actual device. A phone can be replaced, but your memories, your documents and your contacts can be a bit more difficult to replace, if at all. I've written about cloud storage before and the pros and cons of using such a service, and while there are of course risks to using cloud storage, the benefits far outweigh them. Use services like Google Drive or Dropbox to store files remotely on a server, backup your contacts using iCloud or your Google account, backup your pictures and videos to the cloud as well. You may think that your data is safe on your device, but you never know when your device's memory might suddenly decide to stop working.
|It doesn't matter which cloud storage service you use, |
as long as you have at least one. Image: Tech to Web
|A common sight on smartphones. Image: Gizmodo|
Using a smartphone for the first time can be a little overwhelming; going through all the settings, looking for apps to install, being worried about security threats and so on. But smartphones really are becoming more and more commonplace in our society, and less a luxury item. You can find hundreds of articles and videos online to help you get used to using that powerful mini-computer you keep in your pocket. I actually have more tips to share, but I feel like this is long enough for now. If you have any tips you would like to share with the newcomers to the smartphone world, or if you have any questions to ask, please feel free to do so in the comments.