Nowadays, mobile phones and the stratospheric range of apps they provide us with influence just about every part of our life.
It is hardly surprising that some general misconceptions and myths about smartphones have developed over the years, but what may be more unexpected is how many of the myths are actually not true. My team and I actually spend a lot of time with app development clients educating them about what smartphones can and can’t do. People are surprised that information and facts they thought were true about mobile phones are in fact a load of rubbish.
To help people, I have put together a list of myths many people accept as true and he has debunked them.
- Apps on the Google Playstore and App Store are safe to use
Absolutely not. Never ever assume that just because an app is on these platforms that it is safe. You have to assume it is not. Although the Google Play Store and the App Store have stringent requirements for the upload of apps and they continually scour their platforms for unsafe apps, things get through. So, it is still generally good practice to check if the app you’re thinking of downloading is trustworthy. Malware can still be a problem, so keep a keen eye out.
- Rice is the best way to dry your wet smartphone
Dropping your smartphone in water is pretty common these days. Sadly the toilet is near top of the list. The popular trick of drying out a wet smartphone by placing it overnight in a bowl of uncooked rice has already been debunked as ineffective – or even worse, damaging. You’ll end up putting particles of dust and starch in the phone. The ideal way to safely dry your phone is to boil off the water inside at low temperature with a vacuum.
- Removing your SIM card stops you from being tracked
While removing your SIM card may make you uncontactable, if your phone still has power in the battery, it can still be tracked by authorities. The phone will continue to ping the nearest tower.
- Cheap phone chargers are just as good
Definitely not. The notion that cheaper third-party phone chargers are just as effective as chargers manufactured by Apple, Samsung or even other trusted brands is popular for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, poorly made phone chargers can cause a lot of damage and impact the life of your smartphone battery. They can even cause fires if their materials are substandard. We’ve seen enough videos on YouTube to prove this.
- You are untrackable in stealth or incognito mode
Unfortunately, incognito mode does not shield or disguise you completely. Your internet provider and the websites you visit can still see your activity. Incognito mode mostly just prevents cookies from being stored on your device and your browser history from updating.
- Overcharging your phone can damage it
Maybe in the olden days when televisions were as wide as cars ourphones were powered by lithium-ion batteries and these had a tendency to overheat if they were left on charge for too long. Luckily modern devices automatically stop charging when they are full, so they cannot actually be ‘overcharged.’ The capacity cannot be exceeded.
- Don’t use your mobile phone in a storm.
The lightning myth is related to technophobic fears of dangerous radiation coming off of smartphones. The myth that the energy, or the metal composition – or both – of smartphones attract lightning strikes is, we are happy to report, unequivocally and decidedly untrue.
- Mobile phones can interfere with airplane signals
This is an oldie but a goodie. Ever heard that not putting your device on airplane mode when you’re flying can disrupt the signals of the aircraft, or even make it fall from the sky? The latter is clearly false, but the former does have a basis in reality – phone signals may, hypothetically, interfere with network communications from the cockpit – which is why airplane mode even exists on phones. However, this issue is extremely unlikely to occur. If your phone, the phone of the person sitting next to you, and the phones of everyone on the plane are not on airplane mode, the most probable outcome is that nothing will happen! It is merely a precautionary step, so no need to fret if you forget!
- More megapixels means a better camera
Nope, this is definitely a load of rubbish. The amount of megapixels a camera has only related to the size of the photo you can take with it. If you are looking for a good quality phone camera, ignore the megapixels and consider important things such as the image processor, lens and quality of the sensor.
- Apps sit idle on your phone if you don’t use them
Now that data is more valuable than oil, apps are responsible for collecting the largest amount of data about us on the planet. Even if your apps are not in use, they are highly active, collecting information about our movements, activities, purchasing behaviours, location and even search history. Every few seconds they send information back to their base – which is then quickly on-sold or used for advertising placement purposes. Apps should be used regularly if they are on your phone. When downloading apps, disable features that are not relevant or necessary.