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The Technology Behind Waterproof Smartphones

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The concept of a waterproof smartphone is still a relatively new idea for some users, however it was only a matter of time before this technology made its way into the smartphone industry. After thousands of phones have been dropped into the sink, toilet, or pool, used as a bath toy, or suffered a spill at the dinner table, this highly desirable feature is now coming of age. It seems that these days, more users opt for a device that is waterproof or at least water resistant out of fear of an accident. Smartphone manufacturers such as Sony and Samsung have been listening to the needs of these users and attempting to appeal to consumers by providing this highly desirable feature. However, for those who are not technology savvy, it is probably a mystery as to how to get these devices so resistant to water. There is a special technology that goes into making waterproof smartphones that is really quite fascinating. Read on to learn about the technology behind waterproof smartphones and what you should know before investing in one.

IP67 Certified

A good example of waterproof smartphones is the latest flagship Android device from Samsung, the Galaxy S5. It is IP67 certified, which means that the phone has one of the higher levels of protection against both water and dust. This means that in virtually any situation, the smartphone is secure and will continue to work. It can withstand sweat, a dip into a sink and even a trip to the beach.

IP55 and IP58 Certified

The Sony Xperia Z1 and Z2 smartphones are also manufactured with similar technology but carry ratings of IP55 and IP58 respectively. The numeral 5 in these certifications means that the devices are dust proof. The second 5 in IP55 means that the phone is waterproof by approximately 10 feet. In other words, it is possible for the smartphone to withstand mostly minimal contact with water, so it is acceptable if you are using it next to a sink and accidentally splash a few water droplets on it. IP58 certification, on the other hand, means that the smartphone can be completely immersed in water and can still function afterward.

Protecting the Ports

One of the biggest aspects of the technology of waterproof and water resistant smartphones is that they include fully closed covers over all ports. The fact that they are waterproof means nothing if liquid still manages to seep into the SIM, micro SD card or micro USB ports. This is appealing since some phone cases claim to be “water-resistant,” but won’t protect your ports from being damaged by water—especially if the phone is completely submersed.

Waterproof Coating

There are other smartphone manufacturers that make devices that can withstand water. These include the Huawei Ascend D2, the Kyocera Hydro and several options by Motorola. Some of these manufacturers use a special splash guard coating on their smartphones. This is described as a hydrophobic nano coating that can actually go a bit farther and protect the internal components of the phone as well.

In spite of this technology, smartphone makers advise users not to fully submerge their devices. Users of Sony Xperia phones, for instance, have complained of their devices’ speakers losing sound after submersion. Users also run the risk of voiding their warranty should water get inside their phone. Remember—just because your phone can get wet, it doesn’t mean you should dip it in your morning coffee or take it for a swim just for the fun of it. Information for this article was provided by the smartphone experts of Apple Shark, who provide a place for consumers to sell an iPhone 4s and other models, even if they’ve been broken or damaged.

The Next Stage In Smartphone Technology

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One of the biggest bugbears that consumers have with smartphones is the screen size. What is the point of being able to download content off the Internet if you need a magnifying glass to read it, or have to spend the entire time scrolling, resizing and scrolling again?

Even the largest smartphone screens struggle to give consumers the flexibility they want when mobile browsing, and the compromise between the user experience and the size of the screen is the one weak spot in the smartphone’s armour.

Things could be about to change, however, thanks to the advent of advanced e-paper technology designed and brought to market by innovators PlasticLogic. The company has a formidable reputation for its research and development, and they have been known to solve the odd problem or two with some very nifty thinking. Their solution to the smartphone screen issue is as ingenious as it is (supposedly) simple – a flexible companion device that gives you a 10.7” superlight touchscreen; more than twice the size of the Galaxy Note screen, for example.

Not another app?

This time we’re talking hardware that pairs up with a smartphone using wireless technology, a battery and…well, okay yes, there’s an app, but that’s only to make sure the screen is compatible with the device! The app exchanges data between the screen and the smartphone, enabling you to view web pages in their entirety without endless scrolling, or to read an entire email in one go.

And don’t worry about battery life for this smart bolt on, either. Because the display only needs the battery on power-up or when it changes the on-screen image, there is very little impact on the lifespan of each charge (and you’ll probably find that your smartphone battery dies long before the flexiscreen does).

Is it actually flexible?

Plastic Logic have built their reputation developing truly flexible organic electronics, but in this instance the term ‘flexible’ may be a little bit of a misnomer. You won’t be able to bend it or twist it, and in fact market research has shown that customers do actually want something that is a little bit more ‘rugged’ and designed to cope with the knocks and bumps of a busy urban workscape. Final probabilities will be that the e-paper screen will be ultra-slim (as most plastic transistor displays are) and ultra-light, but set in a frame that can be dropped into a bag and carried around as part of your mobile office set-up.

Just a gimmick, or is there a purpose behind it?

Smartphones were, when they originally burst onto the scene, dismissed as ‘gimmicky’. After all, a mobile phone is just that – a phone that’s mobile. Nobody would need to browse the ‘net on the go, would they? But in the space of a couple of years smartphones have come to dominate our digital lives, and it was inevitable that add-ons (and not just apps) would start to appear.

However, the Plastic Logic concept isn’t just another gimmick, and it has real practical applications, particularly for the visually impaired user or for those who rely on their smartphone as part of their business hardware. Although currently only available as a monochrome add-on, it won’t be long before we’re looking at full colour, ultra-lightweight screens that can turn our smartphones into even smarter phones!

Best Apps for iPhone 5

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You get endless choice with the iPhone 5. At first, you may want to grab Shazam, Find My iPhone, Facebook, Kindle, Twitter, and Apple’s Remote app. But then you will start to think of the apps that are very essential for you. So let’s find out which are the best apps for your new iPhone.

Google Maps

The new Maps app of the Google for the iOS is perfect. The design of the Google Maps is much similar to that of Gmail. Most of the smartphone users prefer to check subway times and get direction by using Google Maps. You must have this app if you wish to reach your destination without wasting much of your time.

Gmail

The official Gmail app from Google lets you handle your Gmail on your phone perfectly. Finally the app includes support for multiple accounts, muting and labeling. Recently Google has updated the app and it looks great than before.

Instagram

Instagram is a social networking app designed to share the images of your present activities among friends and families. The filters of the app allow you to have a perfect picture, and it also lets you post the images quite easily on different social networking sites at once.

Flipboard

Flipboard is a magazine with a mixture of viral videos, links, and articles from Twitter, Facebook, and some Flipboard’s channels like Tech and Science. The app lets to have the news from around the world.

Fantastical

You can create the events very quickly with the Fantastical app. It is far better than the Siri. It saves you from countless fields, dials, and sliders. And the DayTicker allows you to have a quick glance on your day’s activities.

Dark Sky

The Dark Sky is the best means to visualize storm radar. It allows you to have weather updates quite easily. It is pretty handy to check present and near-future weather conditions.

Simplenote

The Evernote app is great, but it can be little sluggish while holding all your links, articles, and photos. The Simplenote simply allows you to store text notes, and works with different clients on both mobile and PCs. Simplenote is the most dependable and quickest way to take the note of anything, and all the notes are stored in cloud.

Instapaper

Using the Instapaper you can save the things on a browser that you would like to read later on. You will have a pleasant reading experience once you load up the app. It is even possible to send the unread articles to the Kindle by using the Instapaper.

Today

Today is a good-looking and fully-featured weather app. It lets you have essential weather views. You can even get severe weather alerts by simply pushing notifications.

Clear

The touch interfaces was revolutionized by the Clear app when it was introduced on iPhone, having no on or off switches, menus, or buttons. It is a to-do list where you can complete your tasks through just drags and swipes. It is intuitive and easily accessible