Basic First Aid For Your Smartphone

“It’s all my fault,” Colin stated sadly as he lowered his head into his hands. “I shouldn’t have been in such a rush.”

“It was a freak accident,” his girlfriend said sympathetically.

As Colin sat there, reliving the nightmare over and over in his head, he saw the door open. He quickly stood up to ask from across the waiting area, “Is everything OK?”

The doctor laid his hand on Colin’s shoulder, saying, “We did all we could… “

“You mean… ?”

“Yep,” said the doctor. “We got all the water out and your phone is good as new!”

Scenes like this play out every day, where hundreds of people imagine the absolute worst when their device has been damaged. I don’t blame them. When you see your phone smashed up, you think the chances of it ever working again are equal to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell winning a popularity contest in Louisiana.

Although pessimism is normal, today’s smart devices can often be repaired, even after suffering severe damage.

While not all devices can be saved (Remember that time your baby niece heated up your phone in the toaster after slathering it with butter?), there are things you can do to increase the odds of your device surviving a traumatic event until you are able to bring it to a professional repair technician.


Problem: Liquid damage

Note: A wet device has high potential for short-circuiting if not quickly addressed.

Common Causes: Toilets, sinks, puddles, pools, soft drinks, alcohol.

First Aid: Surprisingly, about 8 out of 10 of all moisture-damaged phones can be saved if the device is powered down and brought in for immediate repair.

Try removing any liquid as soon as possible. If you have access to a vacuum cleaner, you can use it to help suck the liquid out. Avoid using a blow-dryer, as it can push the liquid farther into the crevices of your device. If possible, immediately remove the battery and do not plug the device in. Put your device in a zip-locked bag filled with dry rice or silica packets; the more, the better. These items draw in and absorb moisture and are a good way to save your device.

Leave the device in the bag for a minimum of 24 hours; however, if the device “sank beneath the waves,” as in it was completely submerged, then keep it in for 48-72 hours. Also, place it in a warm area to increase the evaporation speed. But, remember, do not put the battery back in or hook it up to any power source. Even if the device starts working, it’s best to bring it to a repair tech to have someone look it over. Previously wet devices have a high chance of future failure due to what’s left behind after the liquid has evaporated, which can corrode the device’s interior. Be safe-bring it in.

Problem: Software failure

Note: If the phone’s software isn’t working, all you have is an expensive paperweight.

Common Causes: App glitches/bugs, carrier updates, malware, dropped device

First Aid: If you are certain there is no moisture in the device, simply plug it into a charger and perform a “power on” or “hard reset.” Hard resets vary from phone to phone. For an iPhone, hold both the circular “home” button and power button for a minimum of 15 seconds. Many Samsung devices have differing hard reset key functions, but the primary process is holding the power and volume keys for a period of about 10 seconds. Generally, following these simple steps after a tough drop will bring your phone back online.

Problem: Battery issues

Note: The phone isn’t powering on or it’s losing power at a rapid pace

Common Causes: Extended usage, long time between charges

First Aid: Turn your device off at the end of your day and put it on the charger. You’ll find that your phone will fall into a regular cycle of maintaining power throughout the day without having to be plugged in again as soon as you finish your morning coffee. Another option is to charge your device when its battery is at 40 percent, not 10 percent. Recharging when it’s almost dead too often will make the battery do more work and lower its life expectancy. Finally, you can save battery life by dimming your device’s screen. By keeping the brightness level as low as possible, you will help your battery gain more time between charges. Also, turn off all background data, Wi-Fi, GPS or any other apps running behind the scenes. If the battery is still dropping fast after trying these tips, it’s probably time for a battery replacement.

Problem: Hardware failure

Note: Devices fall on hard times just like the rest of us

Common Causes: Concrete, other items in your pocket and/or purse, et cetera

First Aid: Many hardware failures involve a broken screen, cracked case, non-functioning speakers or busted connection ports. Short of using a protective case, you can’t really correct hardware issues without replacing the broken pieces.

If the touch sensor on your front screen is damaged, you will be unable to use the primary functions on your phone and will need to bring it to a repair tech for a quick screen replacement. Depending on the make and model, most broken devices can be fixed within an hour. Of course, you could always try using tape because, you know, tape fixes everything. Kidding.

Smartphones – Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry, iPhone, Samsung?

The new breed of mobile phones, the smartphones are taking over the mobile market and there are several variants flooded in the market. Which one to choose is the question that needs to be solved. Giants of mobile phones, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry or iPhone, all of them trying to make their niche in the clutter of smartphones, each of them master in their own right!

iPhone has managed to get maximum market share in the Americas while in European countries, Blackberry and Nokia still have presence at large. India and China and other Asian countries are dominated primarily by Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Each company trying to get into the markets of the others by adding new features every now and then. If we look at the strengths of each of the manufacturers, Nokia is known for its amazing variants, their latest offering E7 smartphone seems promising and they have, if i have to speak from an Indian context, launched the phone at a premium price before Sony Ericsson is launching a similar phone in their XPERIA series ie. Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pro. What could be the primary reason behind it?

The reason being simple, symbian operating system, after enjoying popularity over the past decade, has been overshadowed by the android operating system. Although, Symbian is the proprietary operating system of Nokia, they must try and come up with phones that are android driven, primarily because they might be able to fight more effectively against other competing phones. Blackberry is known for its amazing operating system Blackberry OS, but they are more known for their secure form of email sending communication.

iPhone is also at a very high position when it comes to features in smartphones. Steve jobs has done a tremendous job in making iOS a success. Also, all one has to do is browse “App Store” and download whatever application one wants. Nokia also has its own “Ovi Store” on similar lines. iPhone are also known for its stylish and sleek designs. Android driven phones have, again on the similar lines of “App Store” and “Ovi Store”, a on phone “Android Market”. But the number of free applications available on Android Market is far more than their counterparts. Sony Ericsson one of the leading manufacturers of android based phones has made an entire series of XPERIA phones based on Android technology.

Sony Ericsson is known for its amazing quality of phones be it aesthetic sense, battery life, operating system, the processor speed and design. Another giant in the smartphone market Samsung is also competing heavily with its counterparts, primarily in the Asian market. They have come up a combination of phone series, some of which run on Android, while some others run on their proprietary Operating System “BADA OS”. If one has to talk about the camera and picture quality, it is generally noticed that given a particular megapixel, Sony Ericsson phone cameras are far superior than any of their competitors’ cameras.

Pricing for all the phones shall vary based on the geographical area, the competition amongst the companies in the area and hence no insight can be given on this aspect with certainty, but since Sony Ericsson, iPhone are famous example of companies using market skimming strategy, you can safely assume that they shall try to sell their products at a premium price basing the hike in the price on their “quality” of product. Nokia and Samsung on the other hand, if i have to speak from an Indian market aspect, would try to have two sets of phones, one would be highly prices but generally not higher than competing Sony Ericsson or Apple phones, and another set of phones which would be affordable and would be if not very low, moderately priced thus trying to use market penetration strategy and try to reach the middle class income bracket. Thus one must choose their phone after doing thorough research in and around their neighborhood, you never know your phone of your dreams might just be cheaper there!

Scientists Hint at Smartphone-Sized Quantum Computers

Researchers say smartphone-sized quantum computers could be developed with the help of microwaves and ions, hinting at the possibility of smaller quantum computing devices in the future.

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time linked the quantum properties of two separated ions by manipulating them with microwaves rather than the usual laser beams.

They suggest it may be possible to replace an exotic room-sized quantum computing “laser park” with miniaturized, commercial microwave technology similar to that used in smart phones.

“It’s conceivable a modest-sized quantum computer could eventually look like a smart phone combined with a laser pointer-like device, while sophisticated machines might have an overall footprint comparable to a regular desktop PC,” says NIST physicist Dietrich Leibfried.

Scientists say microwave components could be expanded and upgraded more easily to build practical systems of thousands of ions for quantum computing and simulations, compared to complex, expensive laser sources.

Though microwaves, the carrier of wireless communications, have been used earlier to manipulate single ions, NIST researchers are the first to position microwaves sources close enough to the ions-just 30 micrometers away-and create the conditions enabling entanglement.

Entanglement is a quantum phenomenon expected to be crucial for transporting information and correcting errors in quantum computers.

Scientists integrated wiring for microwave sources directly on a chip-sized ion trap and used a desktop-scale table of lasers, mirrors and lenses that is only about one-tenth of the size previously required. Though low-power ultraviolet lasers are still needed to cool the ions and observe experimental results, it might eventually be made as small as those in portable DVD players.

“Although quantum computers are not thought of as convenience devices that everybody wants to carry around, they could use microwave electronics similar to what is used in smart phones. These components are well developed for a mass market to support innovation and reduce costs. The prospect excites us,” Leibfried added.

Ions are a leading candidate for use as quantum bits, or qubits, to hold information in a quantum computer. Although other promising candidates for qubits-notably superconducting circuits, or “artificial atoms”-are manipulated on chips with microwaves, ion qubits are at a more advanced stage experimentally in that more ions can be controlled with better accuracy and less loss of information.

In the latest experiments, the NIST team used microwaves to rotate the “spins” of individual magnesium ions and entangle the spins of a pair of ions. This is a “universal” set of quantum logic operations because rotations and entanglement can be combined in sequence to perform any calculation allowed by quantum mechanics, Leibfried says.

In the experiments, the two ions were held by electromagnetic fields, hovering above an ion trap chip consisting of gold electrodes electroplated onto an aluminum nitride backing. Some of the electrodes were activated to create pulses of oscillating microwave radiation around the ions. Radiation frequencies are in the 1 to 2 gigahertz range.

The microwaves produce magnetic fields used to rotate the ions’ spins, which can be thought of as tiny bar magnets pointing in different directions. The orientation of these tiny bar magnets is one of the quantum properties used to represent information.

Scientists entangled the ions by adapting a technique they first developed with lasers. If the microwaves’ magnetic fields gradually increase across the ions in just the right way, the ions’ motion can be excited depending on the spin orientations, and the spins can become entangled in the process.

Scientists had to find the right combination of settings in the three electrodes that provided the optimal change in the oscillating magnetic fields across the extent of the ions’ motion while minimizing other, unwanted effects. The properties of the entangled ions are linked, such that a measurement of one ion would reveal the state of the other.

A quantum computer is a device for computation making direct use of quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. The basic principle behind quantum computation is that quantum properties can be used to represent data and perform operations on these data.

Quantum computers would harness the unusual rules of quantum physics to solve certain problems-such as breaking today’s most widely used data encryption codes, which are currently intractable even with supercomputers.

A nearer-term goal is to design quantum simulations of important scientific problems, to explore quantum mysteries such as high-temperature superconductivity, the disappearance of electrical resistance in certain materials when sufficiently chilled.

Scientists say the use of microwaves reduces errors introduced by instabilities in laser beam pointing and power as well as laser-induced spontaneous emissions by the ions. However, microwave operations need to be improved to enable practical quantum computations or simulations.

There is still a long way to go. The NIST researchers achieved only entanglement 76 percent of the time, compared with the best laser-controlled operations at 99.3 percent.

Sizzling Summer Apps For Your Smartphone

It’s almost summertime, and for most people that means sunny afternoons by the pool, vacations and lighting up the grill. Okay, so not most of us. The majority of people will be zoning out at work while dreaming of doing those things or scrambling around trying to take time-off that ends up being more stressful than helpful. But hey, at least your ol’ trusty smartphone can help make the most of it!

We present iPhone and Android apps to get you in the mood-For summer traveling, at least.

Syncing with Summer

iPhone & Android Apps to help you enjoy your summer more fully! Most available on both iPhone & Android

TripIt – Turn your iPhone or Android phone into a travel planner. This free app allows you to keep track of your travel plans all in one place. It also helps you keep track of hotel information, restaurant reservations and more. [FREE]

Triple A Discounts – If you have Triple A Card, you’ll want this app. You’ll find all the nearest Triple A discounts on your next vacation. You’ll also get savings on hotels, rental cars, restaurants and more. Available for Android and iPhone. [FREE]

Carrr Matey (Android) – Never lose your car in a parking lot or a busy street again! CM guides you back using a compass or walking directions via Google Maps. Perfect for airports, stadiums, shopping malls, etc. Plus, use the timer to park at meters worry-free. [FREE]

Concierge Car Locator (iPhone) – A car finder build with you in mind! Simply click on SAVE when you park, close the app and forget about it. Simple to use, with super accurate code to get you back to any saved location. [FREE]

Expedia Hotels – Moving around a bit while you’re away? Expedia Hotels is a handy app for finding hotel deals worldwide. There’s no need to find an internet cafe or foreign travel agent to find accommodation when you’re abroad: with 130,000 hotels listed on the app and the ability to book your accommodation straight from your iPhone, it saves a lot of traipsing around, and means more time relaxing! Expedia Hotels also uses GPS to locate the nearest accommodation in a pinch. This app really is indispensable if you travel without too many pre-made plans. [FREE]

HoliWallet (iPhone) – Storing sensitive information you might need when you’re away is much easier with HoliWallet. It’ll securely store your credit card details and personal ID numbers in a PIN protected area as well as keeping your travel itinerary and tracking your spending. You can also set up one central account and share the information easily across your family’s menagerie of devices, including the iPod touch and iPad. [$2.99]

Wikitude World – Wikitude is an augmented reality travel guide that overlays Wikipedia entries and user contributed information onto a map of your location. It’s a neat little trick and turns your Android phone into a know-it-all guide to any country in the world. Using your phone’s GPS, compass and other sensors, Wikitude is able to tell exactly where you are, and dish up virtually any local information you could need. [FREE]

Google Translate – In some parts of the world, Google Translate could probably get you accused of witchcraft. The app lets you type in a phrase and almost instantly translate it and, in a new experimental mode, translate audio from English to Spanish (and vice versa). The app can translate between 53 different languages and is totally free, that’s absolutely brilliant in our book. [FREE]

FestiGoGo – A pocket full of music festivals. This app is a comprehensive U.S. music festival app that provides current and up-to-date information about all different types of music festivals across the nation. Lists music festival descriptions, dates and times, locations, and performer lineups; Search for music festivals by location, date, genre, or performer; Create your own Favorite Music Festival list; A map that displays music festival location and more! [FREE]

Gas Buddy – With gas prices increasing every day, this app can save you a pretty penny. It gives you a list of the gas stations near you, the price per gallon and directions to the station. [FREE]

WiFi Finder (iPhone) – With more than 500,000 locations in 144 countries, this app makes it easy to search for free- and pay-access Wi-Fi hotspots wherever you are or plan to be. JiWire’s Wi-Fi Finder taps into the world’s largest verified registry of hotspot locations and makes them all available on your smartphone. You can even submit free-access hotspots yourself. [FREE]

A Guide to Buying a First Smartphone

A smart phone is one which offers the user advance functions which exceed that of a standard mobile phone.

A smart phone may sometimes be named a PDA or double up as a PDA and have PC like features such as applications which would otherwise only be found on a PC or laptop.

In 1992 the first  smartphone  was pioneered by IBM named SIMON a concept at the time which over the last 18 years has led the innovation towards a hand held mobile phone integrated with a powerful CPU, vast quantities of memory and large clear displays. Current phones such as the HTC Desire or Samsung Galaxy S have more processing power and memory than recent net books such as the Asus eee PC 701.

IBM’s first smart handset contained basic applications we might not consider to be ‘smart’ today including: Calender, word clock and an address book. All of which are now very standard and expected mobile phone features.

Standard features include: being able to ring other users, being able to text other users, storing contact telephone numbers

There is no predefined standard for a smart phone and manufacturers name there phones accordingly.

Examples of Smart phones: – Apple iPhone (all versions), All RIM Blackberry devices, All phones with the Google Android mobile operating system (handset manufacturers include: HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung amongst others), Nokia models.

An example of smart phone functionality: Send and revive e-mails, Browse the Internet, GPS, WiFi, Wireless connectivity for high speed data transfer, Office applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, Mp3 / Media players amongst many more..

Moving from a standard handset can be a daunting experience, having all of these additional features may not seem like a benefit and doesn’t suit every phone user. The market trend for clever compact computing in mobile devices like the iPhone is growing and already there are few handsets offering only the essential services these ones however are very reasonably priced when compared ranging from £10 – £50, a basic smart phone would set you back between £50 – £100 with the more advance phones being £100+

15 Tips to Buy Used Smartphone Without Spending Big

If you are planning to buy a smartphone but have a small budget in your tight pocket, then you may want to pick up a used smartphone instead of a new one. However, buying a used smartphone can be a bit tricky if you don’t have any experience whatsoever about this “field”. You cannot just go up there to the smartphone store and make a random purchase without even checking the whole condition of that phone thoroughly. And if you got the wrong device, it might turn out to be a curse for you.

You might get a good looking used smartphone with a perfect case cover without any scratches on it, but you got no clue that maybe its internal hardware or its screen interface might not work anytime soon because there have been some critical damages inside of the phone caused by the previous owners. That’s why, it’s really important for you to avoid this kind of smartphone for your own good.

Talking about used smartphones, most people think that used smartphones mostly suck just for the sake that they are second hand smartphones. Well, the truth is, not all used smartphones that you find around the market are some damaged phones that don’t work anymore. In fact, some of this type of smartphone still works just as great as new one. So it’s irrelevant anymore to say that the quality of second hand smartphones will be that horrible.

Well, if you have made the final decision and are perfectly sure that this is the right time for you to buy your first ever used smartphone, then these are 15 useful tips that hopefully can be your first guidance every time you’re planning to buy used smartphones in the future.

1. Run a Quick Scan on the Case Cover

The first thing to notice from a smartphone is definitely its case cover. Therefore, every time you meet some used smartphones on any store, make sure that you always run a thorough scan of the device. Try to see if the device has any physical defect or scratch around the body of that device. This must be done in order to know more about what that device has been through in the past when it was still used by the previous owners.

2. Make Sure that the Case Cover is Original

Used smartphones are usually plagued with the perception that their case covers will tell you the whole thing about their condition. Well, that is so wrong. You cannot judge the overall quality of used smartphones just by looking at how glossy its chassis or how flawless its screen. There is a huge possibility that the seller already covers them up with some new 3rd party case covers that obviously will make them look like new phones, right?

Therefore, as a smart customer, always equip yourself with the mindset that the sellers could always replace the original but damaged case cover with some new 3rd party chassis in order to make sales.

3. Make Sure that All the Physical Buttons Work Perfectly

Physical buttons always become the fragile element on any smartphone that tends to be damaged easily if they have been pressed so many times by the owners. That’s why, when checking out any used smartphone on the store, always make sure that all the physical buttons, remember, all of them, can work perfectly, without any hiccup. The best thing to do that is by pressing each physical button over and over again. If you see that there is any button that gives a weak or delay response (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t) or even doesn’t work at all when you press it, then the best

4. Always Check the Screen Sensitivity with the User Interface

The next thing to check from a used smartphone is the screen surface and the sensitivity of its User Interface. In this process, always run a thorough scan if there is any scratch around the screen and make sure that the touch screen still works perfectly. Test the touch response from each corner of the screen until the middle area. Do some mixed and random gestures on the screen over and over again, from:

  • sliding the UI to the left/right/up/bottom,
  • doing multi-touch,
  • zooming in/out on the photos or web browser,
  • deleting widgets/apps/elements
  • typing on the virtual on-screen QWERTY keyboard
  • etc

And if you have a plenty of time, try to play some apps that are already installed on the phone, even high performance games and test the sensitivity of the screen interface. Remember, this is really crucial because most of the previous owners might already drop it on the ground for several times in the past, so it will directly impact to the sensitivity of the screen.

5. Check if There is Any Glitch or Weird Colors Reproduction on the Screen

Besides its sensitivity, the other important thing to check on the screen is the display. Usually, used smartphones have been dropped for several times by the previous owners. Therefore, it’s really important for you to see the whole area on the screen to check if there is any glitch or weird line on color reproduction around the screen. If you see any of these, then the screen is not fine.

6. Make Sure that the Battery is still Pretty Good

There is no doubt that battery is one of the most important elements in smartphones. Most of touch screen phones, even the new iPhone, have weak battery life (with the exception of Samsung or Motorola flagships of course). Therefore, it’s really crucial to always run a test on this sector every time you want to buy used smartphones. To name of few, you can do things like playing high performance 3D games or watching movies/videos to make sure that the battery is still in pretty good condition, if not great. If the battery drains pretty quickly even when you just open the photos or listen some songs (which are not really energy consuming activities), then there is something wrong with the battery.

7. Check if the Camera’s Shutter Key (if There is Any) Still Works

Some of smartphones usually have the physical shutter key for shooting photos/videos, even though it can be replaced with the on-screen virtual button. However, on some phones, there is a feature that lets you capture photos with shutter key even when the screen is still locked (e.g., Sony Xperia S, etc). That’s why, although you may not use it very often, always do a quick test on this shutter key by pressing it over and over again just to make sure that this button still works perfectly.

8. Ensure that the Cellular and Wi-Fi Connectivity Still Work Great

Connectivity is the other important element on smartphone. Without this sector, your used phone will be pretty much useless for you. You cannot surf the web, download stuff or connect the apps to internet. Therefore, always run the test of this connectivity feature by browsing the web with the pre-installed browser or any other apps that require 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity on that used smartphone.

9. Check the Bluetooth, NFC or Any Other Off-line Connectivity

These connectivity features can be really important in the future because you like it or not, you will need Bluetooth and will use it very often to share contents like photos/music/videos/files with the other devices, while NFC is also really important for the future’s mobile payment. Therefore, never forget to always run the quick test on Bluetooth, NFC or other several offline connectivity features on the phone.

10. Test the Sound Quality of the Speaker

Making a phone call is the reason why cell phone is invented in the first place. Without it, your phone shouldn’t be called as a phone. That’s why, if this feature doesn’t work properly, then your used phone will be useless in the future. So it’s also really important to always run the test of this feature by making a random call on other devices and hear if there is something wrong with its sound quality, signal or its loudspeaker.

11. Try to Send Text Message

Usually, if the cellular connectivity still works great, then there is a huge chance that you can also send text messages with that phone. However, don’t get carried away and sending one text message wouldn’t hurt, right? This is for your own good.

12. Check the Sound Quality of the Phone, With and Without a Headset

Most of phone users usually don’t open wide the loudspeaker when listening to music or watching videos. They usually use a headset for most of activities that have sounds in it, like games, movies, music or anything. However, in order to make sure that everything is fine, just spend some seconds or minutes to check if the loudspeaker still sounds great or not.

13. Make Sure that the Charging Port Can Still Charge the Phone

Charging port is also the other most important thing on smartphone. If the charging port doesn’t work and cannot charge the device properly, this can be really dangerous for you in the future. These days, most smartphones’ charging ports are not just assembled with glue, but on some smartphones, this part is integrated deeply with solder. So be sure to always check the charging port of the device by plugging in/out the phone with the charger and see if there is slightly delay response on battery bar on the screen when being charged. Your phone is pretty much useless if it cannot be charged.

14. Check the microSD card slot (if there is any) to see if it still works

Despite the increasing popularity of huge internal storage smartphones, most phone users still think that microSD card slot as a really vital element on smartphones. This type of users tends to choose of having a smartphone with a small internal storage but can be expanded further with external microSD card. Therefore, if you’re planning to buy a microSD-card-enabled smartphone, it’s recommended for you to check if the card slot still works great or not. You don’t want to buy a phone with little storage that can’t read external microSD card, do you?

15. Ask the Seller if the Phone is already Jail-broken or Rooted

Jailbroken iPhone or rooted Android phones might be a good thing or bad thing. If you are a tech savvy user, then it’s a good thing because you can still do heck a lot of technical stuff with your phone even without the assistance of retailer. However, if you are non-tech-savvy buyer, you really need to ask the seller regarding this information. Especially for iPhone, which you may want to ask the seller to revert back your used iPhone to a non-jailbroken version, so you can still bring it safely to the official Apple store if there is anything wrong with your iPhone.

Well, those are 15 tips that you need to know before making a purchase of any used smartphone. Buying used smartphone might be a lot cheaper than getting the new one, but you as a customer still deserve to get the good quality product, even used one. So hopefully, these tips can be really useful for you every time you’re planning to buy used smartphones in the future.

Handspring Treo 650: Best Smartphone

The Handspring Treo 650 Smartphone is both a mobile phone and a full featured Palm OS PDA. It is the best combination of PDA and phone available today. You may find the Treo 650 looks just like its predecessor but when you look closer, you’ll see some differences. The Treo 650 simplifies your life by combining a mobile phone with an organizer, messaging, and web access and email.

Bluetooth technology lets you connect wirelessly to other Bluetooth devices. An MP3 player, a digital camera that captures video, and a vibrant color screen brings everything to life. This incredibly powerful Palm OS organizer gives you all the built-in productivity tools like calendar, contact list, memo pad, advanced calculator and more. With the 23MB memory, you can customize your Treo to do just about anything you need it to do. The phone synchronizes with Microsoft Outlook and the Palm Desktop so all of your contacts can be transferred with a touch of a button.

The pros of Treo650 are high resolution screen, improved camera, Bluetooth, non-volatile memory that saves your PDA data even if the battery runs out. The phone also supports EDGE that is three times faster than GPRS. Interactive online gaming, messaging and content download have never been faster. This new Smartphone model delivers improvements that will enhance the experience for most users. The Handspring Treo 650 has a changeable battery and uses flash memory.

The VGA camera is far better in low light and much more crisp overall, than the Treo 600. If your business currently supports the Treo 600 or other palm One PDAs for your mobile workforce, you need a compelling upgrade to Treo 650. You would be more than satisfied with the 650 as a combination phone, PDA, and text-messaging device. Overall, the Treo 650 is the best offering from all mobile phone manufacturers.

Smartphone Tips for Winter Survival

Smartphones are essential in today’s world as they add up to the digital lifestyle of a consumer. For this very reason, it is essential to keep it up and running. However often due to weather extremities and sudden drop in temperature, your Smartphone might give you troubles. No matter which Smartphone you are using iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, Sony or any other these are sensitive to weather changes and surrounding environment. Now that the winters have set in with its chill and the snowfall, it is more likely to cause damage to your device.

Given here are a few tips that will help you protect your precious Smartphone during this cold season:

Why is chilly weather harmful for your Smartphone?

You might still not be aware about the most technical aspects of your Smartphone. Often manufacturers specify the optimum temperature range for a given gadget in technical specs. For example, if you are using an iPhone 5S then the ideal temperature range for this phone would be-4° to 113° Fahrenheit. This temperature would be at the time when it is not in use and powered down. When your iPhone is powered on then the range of temperature is narrow, Apple gives a suggestion of maintaining 32° Fahrenheit. If you are using some other brand then the temperature range can be -4° Fahrenheit.

Another thing that you ought to remember is that when batteries that are lithium-ion based are affected by sudden temperature changes. This often has an adverse effect upon the battery performance. During the cold seasons the battery drains faster.

Surviving Cold Weather

We all carry touch sensitive phones that require proper care during the winter season. Even though you try hard still when you are out in the cold weather you cannot access your touch screen. Even opting for special gloves is not going to prevent your device from damage. For those who are still using woolen gloves will not be able to access their device. Think about protecting your device as why your device should be left out in cold to bear that temperature drop, it is a device with delicate components that are sensitive to environmental changes.

The best option here seems to be the Stylus. This comes handy for performing better functions as well as typing when you are out in the cold if you so need to do it.

Quick Tips

After knowing exactly why your Smartphone is behaving erratically during this chilly season you need to check upon some quick tips that will help you pull through the winters:

• Avoid leaving your phone out in the cold or in a chill zone. For example, leaving your phone out in the parked car during winter season is not a good idea. It is advisable to carry your phone in your jacket pocket and close to your body so that your body heat can keep your Smartphone warm.

• If you need to leave your phone behind then it is better to switch it off rather than leaving it on sleep mode. This way not only will you save on battery power but also the performance of your phone will be multiplied.

• Always purchase cases for your Smartphone that are manufactured by the equipment maker. For example if you are purchasing an iPhone then it is better to purchase cases from Apple instead of going in for some local company. Good cases help in regulating the temperature of your phone and this is why it is advised to purchase from OEMs only.

• Carrying extra battery for your phone is yet another good option especially when you are travelling in cold environment or places where it snows a lot.

All the above given tips are simple and easy but worth keeping in mind when you next travel to a cold country or face winters. Your Smartphone will perform better and the battery will last longer if you keep it protected from weather extremities.

MDA SmartPhone – Smarter Than All

The MDA is a Quad-Band GSM SmartPhone. With a full keyboard that slides away, the T-Mobile MDA is a messaging powerhouse. It gives the conversing power by yoking instant access to call, text messages, HTML Web Browser, IM, and you can connect it to the Web wirelessly with the super-fast EDGE, GPRS, and Wi-Fi across the T-Mobile Total Internet Network. Now, it is all upon you, how you keep in touch.

The MDA SmartPhone works on the Windows Mobile 5.0 OS. Its dimensions are 4.29×2.28×0.93 inches and it merely weighs 5.6 ounces approx. This handset comes with 64 MB SDRAM and 128 MB Flash ROM. It has a built-in 65,000 colours 2.8 inch TFT active matrix display that supports the maximum resolution of 320×240 pixels. This smartphone includes the input devices like a stylus, Keyboard, Touch-Screen, and Navigation Button etc. This hand-held super device is packed with the Pocket version of Popular Office Programs and the Windows Media Player that lets you play audio and video files from the PC, Internet or receive over email. Keeping your handset in your hands while talking is not necessary at all, since the MDA comes with a convenient speakerphone. With its 1.3 MegaPixel, Digital 8x Zoom Camera, you can take high-quality pictures, which you can enlarge or print. You can also shoot good videos with your MDA.

You can swiftly convey your feelings with others using the Instant Messaging services like Yahoo, MSN and AOL. The phone has an expandable miniSD Memory Slot. Its Media Player is capable of playing various musical formats like AAC, AMR, MP3, WAV, WMA, MIDI and many more. This smartphone supports Microphone to record your voice with no trouble. You can connect your SmartPhone through Bluetooth, WI-FI, and USB. Its Organiser comes with the PC Synchronisation feature that allows you to synchronise your Calendar, Contacts and more to your desktop. The MDA SmartPhone gets its life from a Li-Ion Standard Battery that supplies the Talk Time of upto 5 hours and the Stand-By of upto 10 days. The MDA SmartPhone definitely conjures the aura that no one can escape from its shine.

Smartphone Face Off – Droid Vs iPhone

If there is an application or software in the smart phone announcing that It can do everything, a smart phone will say that it can do anything which is impossible to phone. Now the faceoff of the smart phones is becoming hotter and hotter, what is your final choice?

It is seemed that the iPhone is an artwork only to be collected, but the camera which is only with 2MP is a little useless. Android platform is supported by the strong Google, but it does not have the App Store and thousands of absorbing applications. The RIM BlackBerry is always hot, however, it looks a little ugly. Do you like to use the Windows Mobile Phone when you have seen the Microsoft windows mark for many years?

So the first problem is not without smart phone, but you don’t know which one should be purchased.

The battle between Droid and iPhone is very interesting. Based on the Android platform, Droid is very strong. But it will never defeat iPhone in a short time because the latter has become the super star in the area of smart phone. If the Droid wants to defeat the iPhone, it has to take a long-term strategy, but not a fancy commercial. The market share of electronic products is decided by the use habit of users. For example, the Mac is so beautiful that it is seemed as the Venus goddess, and the spending on ads is about ten times than Microsoft Windows. But it is known that there is never a flood of people rushing towards Mac.

Now is about one week away from the release of the Verizon Droid, we do know that the commercials promise a real keyboard, night shots, open development platform, widgets(I don’t think that it’s better than App Store),customization and interchangeable batteries. Here are some specs from other IT websites:

1. The slideout QWERTY keyboard doesn’t mean a big phone, the Droid is only slightly thicker than the iPhone 3Gs.

2. A very big display, though no dimensions were given.

3. Runs Android 2.0 and will probably be the fastest Android smart phone yet.

4. Comes with a desktop charger.

It is said that the Droid will have a pretty 5MP camera.

Besides, Droid will have the better Internet experience. In order to catch up to the advance of its competitors, iPhone will plan to add the AJAX and Flash technology into it.

Droid vs iPhone: without App!

Droid can’t provide so much applications and a huge App Store just like Apple. But now more and more new applications and games based on the Android platform have become popular.

Droid vs iPhone: choose your favorite!

Choose your favorite smart phone, although Droid has the better performance, it will still need more software and application to support it. iPhone is so strong, but maybe you will need an additional Mac.

Droid vs iPhone: users have the option!

No doubt, the iPhone is pushing the market towards more high-featured devices like the Verizon Droid. The originality and strength make the iPhone become the absolutely winner of this battle. If others want to defeat it, they have to have the better software and hardware than iPhone.