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Did You Know Telstra Launched a Super Fast HD Mobile Download Speed in Late February?

Did You Know Telstra Launched a Super Fast HD Mobile Download Speed in Late February?

As you may or may not be aware, but near the start of 2017, Telstra tested and launched the world’s first mobile network that is able to download HD movies and TV shows in a matter of seconds. Say what? Did anyone else miss the memo on this? It seems many of us did.

Testing Phase

Before we get too ahead of ourselves on the matter and make our readers think this service will be available to everyone, it is important to understand that prior to February, theses network capabilities were only tested and shown to be reliable but not necessarily ready for an extremely high volume of users quite yet. While the news of this release was exciting at the time, it was only made available to part of Telstra’s network in selected cities. The rest of Australia will have to wait for the time being.

Telstra, together with Netgear, Ericsson, Qualcomm, successfully tested their LTE mobile capabilities and speed and announced in late January that the service was going to be released to Australian consumers at the end of February, 2017. The question is, did you know you that could now download your favorite TV show in a matter of seconds?

Like many, you’re probably wondering exactly how fast the mobile download speeds are. To illustrate, a one-hour long TV show can be downloaded in less than seconds. Incredibly fast, right? How about having the ability to download a 3GB HD movie in 3 minutes? Telstra began allowing customers access up to 1Gpbs of download speeds and up to 150Mbps of upload speeds over Telstra’s 4G network.

As a comparison, prior to offering these insanely fast speeds, the network only offered a maximum of 100Mbps, which at the time, was at about 10 percent of the network’s capabilities. One of the major reasons it has taken some time to be able to offer these high speeds was largely due to reliability. The capabilities were there but the network needed further testing in order to ensure it was reliable before making promises the network would not be able to deliver to consumers on a consistent basis.

Naturally, media and other industry members were impressed with what Telstra could do and looked forward to the release into Australia’s telco market.

How to Access Fast Download Speeds

Many people may be wondering if they can access their favorite TV show or movie to their handheld device using these high download speeds on their mobile network, and unfortunately not at the moment as this is basically for home use, for the time being anyway. Sine LTE stands for “Long Term Evolution”, the company and the industry does expect to see these capabilities being offered to mobile devices at a later time, but we are not quite there yet.

So, how and where can consumers take advantage of such fast download speeds? Through the use of a Nighthawk M1 device that used one SIM card that has the ability to connect to more than one 4G band. The device is pocket-sized and can connect up to 20 devices to the internet all at the same time. Basically, from wherever Telstra’s network can be accessed, users will be able to access the internet and enjoy super fast download speeds across multiple devices (up to 20 at the same time).

For $360 in upfront costs or through a range of plans, you and the entire family can connect your devices and enjoy unprecedented download speeds. Each family member can now enjoy their favorite TV shows or movies without having to fight over the remove or argue about what to watch.

The Ultimate Goal

One of the main reasons Telstra developed, improved, tested, and launched this service was largely due to the fact that the telco firm wanted to help prepare consumers for what will come in the near future of telco capabilities.

For example, the Telstra’s device management director released the following statement in reference to this, “It’s going help people further embrace a new breed of mobile applications and experiences including immersive virtual reality, connected cloud computing and rich entertainment, and it brings us one step closer to introducing 5G in Australia.”

The downside to all of this is (and was) the real-world experience was definitely going to operate much slower for a variety of reasons.

The Network Today

Fast forward to today (7-8 months after release), the 4G trend has definitely caught the attention of the industry with all other providers in Australia on board—Vodafone being the last to jump on the bandwagon.

The 4G network has been respectively packaged and sold as the 4GX or 4G Plus network and the latest smartphone releases were created with these capabilities in mind so they are ready and fully compatible for when the 4G network expands into more rural locations since a high percentage of smartphone users will have already made the switch to one of the latest releases.

Not much else has changed in terms of service coverage over the past few months as coverage areas are still quite limited and users must be in a designated 4GX coverage area in order to access the services. However, there is still more progress expected to be made in the coming months and years as the demand for faster download and upload speeds will only continue to increase and those not living within major city limits have been chomping at the the bit in order to have access to this service.

The great news for those in the Queensland is that the service is widely available, however, Telstra cannot guarantee that every single area or building will have anything outside or normal network services. Visiting one of the Telstra shops in Melbourne and the surrounding areas to inquire about the available services in your area will help consumers understand what they have access in their coverage area.

Conclusion

It is clear that the release of the 4GX/Plus network changed the market and has it prepared consumers for what will come next. With this in mind, it is also evident that telco in general still isn’t operating at the level industry leaders have hyped up consumers for. Time will only tell where the future of 4G and 5G networks end up, in which case, those of us who are still operating on 3G networks and capabilities will need to continue to remain patient as the more advanced network services we’re all waiting for eventually reach our areas, which is a telltale sign that companies are not ready for the network expansion just yet, but many hope that will soon change.

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Top 10 Smartphones of 2017

Top 10 Smartphones of 2017

It’s that time of year again, the smartphone market starts to see the latest models and smartphone versions hit the shelves, or at the very least, we will see them advertised in preparation for a new and upcoming launch. With new versions being released all the time coupled with the amount of different manufacturers, deciding on which phone to buy is not always easy.

The question often is; do I even need to buy the latest smartphone version? Not necessarily, but if you want to be able to use your smartphone model’s latest features, an upgrade is essential. We wanted to help you decide on which model and version to buy, which is why we put this guide together for you. Check out which smartphones Australians loved this year in 2017, along with their features below.

  1. iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 was released earlier this year and proved to be the smartphone of all smartphones. Why? It mainly won over Australians (and the world) due to its performance and unprecedented battery life. It also has a dual camera system that kind of outdid the Galaxy Note’s camera because of its low-light camera system. However, in the end, the iPhone 8 plus certainly is a larger phone with even better features compared to other models.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • 2 storage options – 64GB or 256GB
  • Weighs 202 grams
  • Apple A11 Processor
  • Dual 12MP rear camera
  • 7MP front camera
  • Battery – 2,691mAh
  • 1980 X 1080 for screen resolution
  1. Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 was the “it” smartphone right up until iPhone released its eighth generation. In terms of battery life and performance, Samsung’s Galaxy 8 is still up there, but Apple 8 Plus still outdoes Samsung. Samsung has come out with incredible screens, excellent battery life, and powerful performance. Aussies loved this phone, up until Apple’s recent releases. Don’t get us wrong, It’s still a great smartphone, but still lacks where Apple’s iPhone 8 makes up for that lack.

Features and Specs:

  • 8inch screen size
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 152 grams
  • Exynos 8895 Processor
  • 12MP on the rear cam
  • 8MP on the front cam
  • Battery – 3,000mAh
  • 2960 x 1440 for screen revolution
  1. Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium

Many of this year’s smartphones have impressed the market, and Sony is not an exception to this either. It sits in third position and for good reason. It has a few great features not offered on the bigger smartphone name brands, such as their 960 fps slow motion camera, amazing speed, incredible battery life, and its ability to resist water damage. In comparison to Apple and Samsung’s latest releases, it is a bit on the bulky side, but excellent performance can be found in this phone.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 195 grams
  • SnapDragon 835
  • 19MP rear cam
  • 13MP front cam
  • 3,230mAh battery
  • 3840 x 2160 screen resolution
  1. Galaxy Note 8

It’s not surprise to see Samsung on this list again, however, what is surprising is that it’s the Galaxy version. As many faithful Galaxy users know, the Note 7 was a complete disaster but the Galaxy Note 8 has made up for where the Galaxy Note 7 lacked. The Note 8 is a overall great device with some excellent power and excellent battery life, but there’s not much else to report on overall features of this phone, but it’s still a great phone.

Features and Specs:

  • 3 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64 GB
  • 195 grams
  • Octo-Core Exynos 8995
  • Dual 12MP rear cam
  • 8MP Front cam
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 2960 x 1440 screen resolution
  1. The HTC U11

HTC was once quite popular and now it seems to have risen in popularity once again with the U11. The Galaxy S8 may top it, this phone provides users with similar performance, a unique design, and a much cheaper price tag, making it an economical choice for budget conscious Australians.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 169 grams
  • SnapDragon 835 processor
  • 16MP rear cam
  • 12MP front cam
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 2560 x 1440 screen resolution
  1. iPhone 8

Apple’s iPhone 8 may not be the iPhone 8 Plus, but it’s pretty close. It has a lot of the same features, performance power, and functionality, but still doesn’t quite add up. What made this phone make it on our list was the fact that the the engineers managed to create a phone with less of battery capacity while somehow maintaining a powerful performance. No, it doesn’t have a dual cam, but it is still an overall impressive device.

Features and Specs:

  • 7 inch screen
  • Two storage options: 64GB or 256GB
  • 148 grams
  • Apple A11 Bionic
  • 12MP rear cam
  • 7MP front cam
  • 1,821mAh battery
  • 1334 x 750 screen resolution
  1. OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 is a new brand that recently launched its phone in Australia for an impressive price of $599. What makes the price so impressive is that the phone is packed full of power, features, and performance to a budget-conscious Aussies who are looking for comparable performance and features without the big name price tag.

Features and Specs:

  • 5 inch screen
  • Two storage options: 64GB and 128GB
  • 153 grams
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 835 processor
  • 16MP/20MP rear cam
  • 16MP front cam
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
  1. Galaxy S8 Plus 

The plus version of the Samsung S8 is almost identical to the smaller version. The main differences are the screen size and the battery life. The extra longevity in the battery life is pretty amazing but that’s about all the plus variant really offers with a price tag few are willing to pay, which is why it’s near the bottom of our list. The screen size is also much larger making the S8 an overall better choice in terms of size, price, batter life, and performance, unless of course you prefer larger phones.

Features and Specs:

  • 2 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 173 grams
  • Octa-core Exynos 8895 processor
  • 12MP rear cam
  • 8MP front cam
  • 3,500mAh
  • 2960 x 1440 screen resolution
  1. Huawei P10

Huawei isn’t a brand that is going away anytime soon and this version comes with an impressive battery life considering its size with excellent performance and features. Consumers looking for a great phone without spending a fortune one one will love the Huawei P10 smartphone.

Features and Specs:

  • 1 inch screen
  • One storage option: 64GB
  • 145 grams
  • Kirin 960 octa-core processor
  • Dual 20/12MP rear cam
  • 8MP front cam
  • 3,200mAh battery
  • 1920 x 1080 screen resolution
  1. The LG G6

LG’s G6 model has an incredible 18:9 display and still has its dual camera from the G5 version. Both the camera and processor alone are worth investing in this phone model, but don’t forget about its water resistance and excellent battery life features either! All round, this is impressive smartphone.

Features and Specs:

  • 7 inch screen
  • One storage option: 32GB
  • 163 grams
  • Qualcomm SnapDragon 821
  • Dual 13MP rear cam
  • 5MP front cam
  • 3,300mAh battery
  • 1440 x 2880 screen resolution

If you want to take the time to check out the features of some of these smartphone models and versions, we encourage you to come into our Telstra shop in Melbourne to view our range of the latest and most popular smartphone models on the market today.

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Important Smarphone Features: What You Should Look For

Important Smarphone Features: What You Should Look For

When it comes to modern smartphones, we’re spoiled for options. While some features provide clear advantages, knowing what to prioritize can be difficult. Furthermore, some aspects of smartphones are tradeoffs, and users need to find the right balance. Here are a few tips for comparing smartphones and finding the right one for your needs.

Choosing the Right Screen Size

The most obvious factor that differentiates smartphones is their screen sizes, and it’s a factor that requires considerable thought. For people who regularly use their smartphones for browsing the web and watching videos, large screens have an obvious advantage. Large screens are also great for people who enjoy gaming, and they can make it easier to read text and view images. Large screen sizes tend to be more expensive than phones with small screen sizes, but there are large devices at nearly all price points.

Small screens have some advantages as well, the primary one being that they’re easier to grip. Some people prefer phones that are easy to use with one hand, so if portability is important, try to see how much area your thumb can reach while you’re holding the phone. Small phones are easier to stow away as well, and they’re lighter to hold. When it comes to choosing a screen size, it’s worth spending some time trying out devices in a store. If that’s not an option, ask friends to try out their phones to get a feel for varying screen sizes.

Battery Life

Battery technology has improved dramatically over the years, and modern devices can provide more than a day of operation with mild use. For people who use their smartphones more often, especially those who watch videos and play games, battery life can drop significantly over time. Devices with more battery life tend to be more expensive, but a few extra hours of battery life can be a great investment.

Another feature worth considering is devices with replaceable batteries. Many batteries are simple to replace, letting you refresh your phone in a few seconds by swapping out your batteries. Some devices, including many high-end devices, have sealed batteries that aren’t easy to swap out. Replacement batteries are also great for people who spend time away from electrical outlets. If you’re a fan of camping, for example, it might be worth purchasing a device and a few extra batteries you can charge up before heading out.

Screen Resolution

Today’s smartphones have far higher resolutions compared to early models, and even low-resolution devices provide a clear image. Devices with higher resolutions still have some clear advantages. Video looks even smoother with high-resolution screens, and photographers might notice small differences unnoticeable on lower-resolution phones. Furthermore, higher resolutions provide smoother text rendering, and they can be great for games. If you plan on using your phone as a virtual reality device, a high resolution is essential.

The main drawback of higher resolutions is battery life; higher resolutions have more pixels to render, and these pixels consume more battery power. Furthermore, higher resolutions are more demanding in games, and those looking for high frame rates might prefer devices that run at a slightly lower resolution. Fortunately, even devices with relatively low resolutions still provide better clarity than most laptops and televisions, so consider if a premium high-resolution screen is worth the extra expense.

Navigation Features

Smartphones are great devices for navigation, whether you navigate by car, by bike, or on foot. Today’s devices almost always support robust navigation capabilities, letting you take advantage of both included and third-party navigation apps. However, not all devices connect to the same satellites. GPS support almost always included support for the United States constellation of satellites, but support for GLONASS, Russia’s equivalent, can provide better resolution and faster connections. Galileo, a constellation supported by European nations, can provide better connectivity as well.

GPS connectivity is critical for navigation, but there are other tools that help as well. Integrated compass support helps navigation apps respond more promptly, leading to smoother performance. Accelerometers in smartphones also help pick up on turns more quickly for better interaction. If you’re going to use your smartphone for navigating regularly, especially if you navigate on foot often, it’s worth seeing if these hardware features are supported.

Software Updates

Apple devices have relatively reliable update schedules, so find out how long your Apple device will be supported before making a purchase, especially if you’re picking up a used device. Also note that Apple devices sometimes degrade in terms of performance as updates are released, so it may be worth spending a bit extra for a newer device.

Android devices are a bit more complex, as both manufacturers and plan providers offer varying support timelines. Find out how often security updates will be provided to ensure your device stays safe for as long as you plan on using it. If certain features of a new version of Android seem appealing, consider checking out if support will come to your device.

The Right Interface

Smartphone interfaces can vary dramatically. In fact, Apple’s smartphone interface is at the core of why iPhone fans often stick with Apple devices. The iPhone provides an intuitive design that doesn’t change dramatically between versions. If you haven’t yet purchased a smartphone, make sure you give an iPhone a shot when comparing devices.

Google’s Android interface offers a clean look that’s easy to customize, and its familiarity for users makes it a must-have part of any smartphone they buy. Some manufacturers, however, provide their own takes on the Android interface, including Samsung. When comparing Android phones, take some time to explore custom interfaces to find out if there’s one you prefer to Android’s default interface. While hardware elements are important on smartphones, the interface is what you’ll interact with most of the time.

Worldwide Connectivity

Over the years, smartphones have come to support more and more mobile network infrastructure, and it’s now easier to find devices that work across the planet. However, people who travel to specific regions frequently should investigate if devices they’re comparing work well on the latest mobile infrastructure. LTE connectivity offers far greater connection speeds than other connection types, and some countries deprecate older equipment faster than others. Check out if legacy connections will be available in foreign nations you visit.

Another feature worth considering is dual-SIM support. Phones that support two SIM devices are easier to move between countries, and they allow you to keep your familiar phone interface even while crossing borders. Phones with two SIM slots often provide superior connection options to those with a single SIM slot, but it’s still worth investigating before settling on a single device.

Even people who don’t consider themselves tech-savvy regularly use smartphones. They help us stay connected, and they’re great for relieving stress or boredom while waiting. The right device can serve you well for years to come, but choosing one you aren’t happy with might have you wanting to upgrade in a short period of time. Take your time when comparing devices, and try out devices in person if they’re available at a store. By making a list of priorities and narrowing down devices based on the features you value most highly, you can ensure that your chosen phone is one you’ll enjoy for years to come. Visit your local Samsung Melbourne store to shop around and compare smartphones and their features.

 

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Haven’t Upgraded to a Smartphone Yet? Why it’s Time to Make the Switch

Haven’t Upgraded to a Smartphone Yet? Why it’s Time to Make the Switch

Although smartphones are popular, not everyone has made the switch, and many people still use traditional flip phones and other mobile devices. Those who still aren’t using smartphones, however, are missing out, and rapid smartphone development means they stand to miss out even more. Learning how to use a smartphone is becoming increasingly important in many fields, including business and education. By making the upgrade, you can ensure that you stay on top of these important developments. Here are a few of the things smartphones can do besides making calls and a few reasons why it’s time to make the jump.

Navigation

GPS systems are ubiquitous on smartphones, and these tools help you locate where you are with a few simple taps. If you’re a fan of hiking or spending time outdoors, smartphones can serve as valuable safety tools, ensuring you can find your way if you become lost. Drivers can also take advantage of GPS navigation tools to spend less time looking at maps or searching for road signs and more time focusing on the road and staying safe. Bicyclists can similarly use navigational aids to avoid getting lost or distracted while en route.

Mapping programs also help you determine the best way to arrive at your location, and interactive maps help you find out how long it will take to arrive at a destination. Load up a map while on the bus, train, or airplane to find out how close you are to your destination and to look for upcoming landmarks. If you’re traveling in areas where internet connectivity isn’t available, several programs also offer map downloads, letting you take full advantage of your GPS capabilities while in remote locations.

These navigation tools are especially useful for travelers. When you arrive at an unfamiliar destination, you can quickly locate nearby restaurants and other important locations. Find the best way to get to your hotel when you arrive at a transportation terminal, and consider using taxi-like services to book a ride to your destination in seconds. Getting lost in an unfamiliar city can be unnerving, but navigation capabilities ensure you feel safe.

Stay in Touch

Although flip phones and other older phones enable voice calling and text messaging, they provide a more limited interface. Emoji, both included on smartphones and via third-party apps, are ubiquitous in text messaging, and those without smartphones risk missing out. Furthermore, smartphones provide virtual keyboards that make entering messages quick and easy. Smartphones even provide voice-to-text functionality, letting you compose messages without using the on-screen keyboard. For times when your eyes are otherwise occupied, you can have your phone read your messages to you using text-to-voice functions. Hands-free calling and answering also provides convenience by letting you avoid manually navigating through your contacts directory.

Smartphones are also great tools for taking advantage of social media. Log on to Facebook to keep up to date with your friends and family members, and use the platform’s search functionality to meet up with people you’ve lost contact with in the past. To keep up with news and online trends, consider making a Twitter account to browse information when you have a free moment. Tumblr, Pinterest, and other popular platforms also provide robust apps, making them easy to load when you don’t have access to your desktop or laptop.

You can also use internet-based phone programs that save your minutes or let you communicate internationally without looking up country-based phone rates. These systems can provide high-fidelity communication across long distances, and some programs even offer video chatting capabilities. While voice communication is great for keeping in touch, being able to see the face of the person you’re talking with can make you feel even closer.

Better Productivity at Work

Communication is key to nearly all jobs, and smartphones offer an unprecedented way of staying on top of your communication. Voice-to-text voicemail lets you read messages without listening through your inbox, saving you time. Smartphones also provide sophisticated apps for multi-party voice communication, letting you interact with conference calls without having to use a third-party service. You can even disable certain calls during certain hours, letting you turn off incoming business calls when you’re finished for the day.

Email runs many industries, and your smartphone allows you to keep up with email at all times. Search for past messages to locate information, and set up work folders to keep your inbox better organized. Virtual keyboards let you send responses quickly, helping you stay on top of communication even if you’re away from home or the office. For writing longer emails, consider using a Bluetooth keyboard, which offers the convenience of desktops and laptops.

Increasingly, businesses are turning to cloud-based providers. These platforms ease intra-office communication, and they allow for better collaboration. Many of these platforms use browser-based interfaces, making them easy to access using any device with modern browser support. When you have a smartphone, you can use these platforms, letting you access information and get work done regardless of your location. Make sure you’re able to keep up with the modern office by arming yourself with a smartphone.

Stay Entertained

Almost everyone has some down time, and smartphones provide convenient access to virtually limitless entertainment options. If you’re a fan of reading, your smartphone can serve as an e-reader, letting you read through a large library without having to carry around books. Use browsers to access news and entertainment, or load sports apps to keep up with recent scores and to catch some video highlights.

Smartphones are also great for those who love television, movies, and the burgeoning field of online video. Transform your time on public transit into a time for relaxing by using popular video streaming services and headphones, or find channels that cater to your interests on YouTube. You can even sync your smartphone to your television, letting you watch videos on your home monitor or television using an adapter cable or by sending information across your network. Some services even let you save videos for offline playback, making long treks through remote areas a bit more entertaining.

Even if you don’t think of yourself as a gamer, you might find games on your smartphone to be a great way to unwind. If you’re a fan of solitaire, explore the many solitaire apps to play a game when you don’t have space available. Most board games, including chess and other traditional games, have many apps to choose from, letting you play against a virtual opponent. You can even play against human opponents, letting you enjoy a game against a friend or against others from around the world. Don’t be afraid to try out modern smartphone games as well; you might be surprised at what you like.

Photography and Video

Smartphones come with high-quality cameras built in, and these cameras ensure you can always take a photograph when you want. If you come across a particularly beautiful sunset, for example, having a smartphone ensures you’re able to capture it forever. Smartphones also let you capture text-based content with a few taps, ensuring you can make an impromptu copy of important documents if needed. If you’re out shopping and want to ask a contact about a particular product, snap a picture and send it.

Photography is an art, and having a smartphone lets you try out your artistic side. Thanks to their internal memory, smartphones let you take hundreds or thousands of pictures without having to purchase new film. Sync your favorite photos to your computer or to online services to preserve them, and consider trying out online photo-sharing sites to share your photographs with friends or with the world. Even if you own a high-quality camera, having a camera with you at all times is tremendously convenient.

You aren’t limited to static images with smartphones, as modern devices feature robust video capabilities as well. Document important events permanently by loading your video app, and enjoy the small size of smartphones, which makes them easy to point and shoot for extended periods of time. Use the front-facing camera on your smartphone to shoot a video blog, or purchase a simple tripod for steady shots. Specialized apps even provide even more versatility. Use time-lapse photography to capture lengthy weather events and other phenomena.

Smart Homes

Smartphones function as powerful devices on their own, but they can also work in conjunction with other devices to do even more. Home automation is becoming popular, and for good reason: Automation helps you save on electricity, and it gives you the peace of mind of knowing you’re always in contact with your home. Turn off the lights when you’re away from home using your smartphone by installing smart wiring, or control the heating and cooling to ensure you’re not using your system when it’s not needed.

Home security systems often provide smart interfaces as well, giving you instant alerts if your security system sends out a warning. Modern systems often let you access cameras in real time, letting you check on your children when you’re away. You can even lock or unlock your doors remotely; check your camera if someone rings your doorbell and unlock your door if you recognize who it is.

In addition to providing real-time interaction, smart home systems often let you configure them using a smartphone app. Set your heating and cooling schedule using your smartphone, or set your cooling system to kick in at a particular time to keep your home comfortable when you arrive from work. You can even schedule your coffee maker to turn on at a specific time, ensuring you have a fresh pot ready when you wake up.

Continued Learning

While many people focus on the entertainment and communication aspects of smartphones, they’re also great tools for learning. Download tutorial programs to learn new information or skills, or use flashcard-based programs to make memorizing information simple. Download instructional manuals to make your smartphone a valuable reference tool, and use domain-specific applications to search for and retrieve information instantly.

Online educational opportunities are also making it easier to use smartphones to learn than ever before. Video lectures, for example, can replicate the in-class experience and let you view information when it’s most convenient for you. Rewind if you’re having trouble understanding a particular part of the lecture, or set the playback speed to a higher setting to quickly review lectures while studying. Online schools often offer forums and other internet-based tools to help students study, and smartphones give you access to these portals.

Insight doesn’t always strike when you’re on a computer or have access to a pen and paper. When you have a smartphone, you can always jot down a note. Use the microphone to create a voice memo, or even create a quick video if visual information is important. Audio recording also helps you create notes when talking with someone, and many instructors let their students take audio recordings of their lectures, so students don’t have to take thorough notes while listening.

Exploring Virtual Reality

Virtual reality has captured a lot of attention lately, and for good reason: Technology is finally arriving and making the 80s vision of virtual reality possible. However, standalone virtual reality devices are expensive and require powerful computers to function. Because smartphones offer such high resolutions, they can provide an immersive experience by attaching a simple headset with appropriate lenses. These devices are fairly cheap and are easy to set up. The 3D effects these tools provide can give you a compelling sense of movement, and they provide methods of visualization not possible with standard monitors and smartphone screens.

Smartphones can also provide augmented reality. These programs use the phone’s camera to view images and augment them with other information. When touring a new area, augmented reality lets you know the names of buildings and other landmarks as you explore. Furthermore, augmented reality can create new types of games, and they can augment your workout to make it more engaging while tracking how far you’ve traveled.

While virtual reality is still new, it’s found its way into many fields. Filmmakers are exploring ways of making their movies more engrossing, and game developers are using it to provide a unique experience. Educational entities are particularly interested in what virtual reality has to offer, as the interactive nature of virtual reality can make information easier to learn and more exciting. When you have a virtual reality-capable smartphone, you can stay at the forefront of these developments and enjoy finding out how companies are using this new technology.

Enjoy Web Programs

Increasingly, companies are moving their software online. While using a graphical design program or office software used to entail installing a standalone program, users today can use any modern browser to access powerful tools. Although much of the focus on these programs has been on desktops and laptops, smartphones offer the same functionality, letting users run these programs while on the go. By upgrading your flip phone to a smartphone, you can take advantage of these programs.

In addition to offering powerful features, online programs also let you store information on the provider’s servers, so you can retrieve it on all of your devices. Even if you plan to do most of your work on a laptop or desktop, being able to retrieve and modify this information using your smartphone provides unprecedented convenience.

Your smartphone isn’t limited to its screen size and input methods. Using wireless technology, you can connect a keyboard and mouse. Furthermore, there are various methods of attaching your smartphone to a television screen or computer monitor. Because of this, you can take full advantage of web programs. If you travel frequently, web programs might allow you to leave your laptop at home and simply bring along a few portable tools to transform your hotel television set into a powerful workstation.

Smartphones represent a significant change from older mobile phone technologies, and some people are reluctant to move past devices that have served them so well in the past. However, the power and convenience of smartphones make them valuable devices for everyone, and it’s becoming increasingly important to know how to use a smartphone to keep up at work or school. Fortunately, smartphones are designed to be easy to use, and the transition from flip phones to smartphones isn’t as frightening as many imagine. With so many models available, there has never been a better time to make the switch. Visit one of your local Telstra Shops in Melbourne today.

 

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Making the Most of Your Smartphone: Uses You May Have Not Considered

Making the Most of Your Smartphone: Uses You May Have Not Considered

Smartphones are versatile devices. Whether you use an iPhone or are a member of the Android camp, chances are your smartphone plays a role in your life on a daily basis. However, many people don’t realize just how powerful their smartphones are, and many don’t take time to explore all that their devices can do. While they’re great for making phone calls and sending text messages, smartphones provide valuable creative tools and can let you spend your free time more productively. Here are a few of the ways you can do more with your smartphone.

Organizational Tool

Some people are naturals when it comes to staying organized, and others have tried and true systems for ensuring they stay on task and don’t miss important deadlines. Most of us, however, could afford to be a bit better in terms of organization. Instead of trying out a paper-based system or using one that’s tied to a desktop or laptop, take a look at organizational tools available on smartphones. For some, simple checklist tools are sufficient. For others, more comprehensive tools are a better option. Regardless of what you choose, smartphone apps are convenient since most people have their phones with them at all times. Anytime you need to change your schedule, your phone will likely be at hand.

Memorization

Learning something new can be tremendously rewarding, and many people enjoy reading books to learn long after they’re left school. Smartphones are opening new avenues of learning. Whether you’re learning a foreign language, new technology, or nearly any other subject, memorization will probably play a key role. Online flash card programs provide a powerful way to study subjects and learn topics any time you have a few free minutes. Interactive tools can automatically reload cards you’re struggling with and spend less time on cards you’ve already memorized well. Many apps also let you use flashcards other users have uploaded, making it easy to study new subjects. Explore what subjects are available to make your idle time more productive.

Connect Your Home

Because smartphones have become ubiquitous, some devices now use smartphones as control interfaces. Home alarm systems, for example, often provide smartphone interfaces, letting you turn your system on or off or respond to alerts. Home automation is taking off, and smartphones let you control your home lighting and other electronics while you’re away. Control your heating or cooling using your smartphone; if you’re arriving home from work early, tell your smart air conditioning system to begin cooling your home before you arrive. You can even upgrade your home doorbell system and install a two-way communication system that lets you talk to guests when they ring your doorbell.

High-Quality Photography

While no smartphone camera can match professional-grade cameras, modern smartphones can take pictures at high resolutions and capture fine details. Although selfies and other images are fun to take, smartphones also let you explore the more artistic side of photography and give you a great tool for getting started. Both first- and third-party photography tools offer editing features, letting you try out HDR photography and modify your images without having to turn on a traditional computer. When you become an expert at smartphone photography, you can ensure that you’re always able to take pictures when the mood strikes.

Reading

Smartphone web browsers let people access news and entertainment anywhere a mobile internet connection is available. However, many people don’t take advantage of digital versions of books, which let you carry around an extensive library anywhere you go. By storing these books on your phone, you can access them even when you don’t have internet access, letting you read while riding a bus, taking a train, or even flying. Mobile reading apps can also save your progress, allowing you to resume reading right away, and bookmark tools let you access your favorite passages with a few taps. A number of large publishers provide online storefronts, which let you access and download books while on your smartphone or computer. These tools often let you sync your downloads as well, so you can read on your tablet while at home and your smartphone while away.

Traditional Games

Are you a fan of chess, checkers, or backgammon? Your smartphone can serve as a worthy opponent, helping you pass the time while improving your skills. Thanks to the processing power of modern smartphones, you can face off against a world-class digital opponent or dial down the difficulty for a more even challenge. Some programs, including popular backgammon programs, can measure your play and give you suggestions for when you play against human opponents. Other programs let you play live games against human opponents online, letting you enjoy the fun of matching up against a human wherever you are. Many programs even offer tutorial modes, letting you learn games in an interactive manner instead of having to decipher rules in text form.

Graphical Design

The earliest smartphones often had relatively low resolutions and somewhat imprecise touchscreens. Today’s devices, on the other hand, often feature resolutions higher than desktops and laptops and let you enjoy precise inputs. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at drawing, smartphones give you everything you need to get started. Furthermore, smartphones can also serve as excellent tools for manipulating photographs, enabling you to crop images, apply filters, and even edit elements with a few taps. For more demanding work, you can also attach a Bluetooth mouse or writing pad, letting you perform desktop-caliber work no matter where you are.

Video

Nearly all smartphones have video capabilities, letting you shoot high-quality pictures anywhere. Capable of shooting at high frame rates, today’s smartphones provide smooth and detailed video with the press of a button. Although smartphones can’t match the quality of profession cameras, entire films have been shot with iPhones and other devices, and proper lighting can yield surprising quality in a compact package. Thanks to online distribution, it’s never been easier to share your video with the world. If you’re interested in video blogs and similar types of video, your smartphone provides ample editing capabilities to reach your target audience, and learning how to make the most of smartphone’s video capabilities lets you capture once-in-a-lifetime moments even without a standard video camera.

Communication

It’s easy to forget the primary purpose of smartphones: to make phone calls. However, in addition to standard phone calls, smartphones provide an array of communication tools. Text messages have become popular, and those who haven’t tried them out yet might enjoy the more casual style of communication they provide. Social media communication tools let you interact with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, and voice communication tools can help you save on international calling rates. Modern smartphones also let you try out video chatting, letting you see friends and family members while communicating, which is especially great when you or loved ones are overseas.

Writing

Whether you write for work or for pleasure, your smartphones can serve as a valuable tool. Although virtual keyboards can work for short writing, you can also attach a Bluetooth keyboard for writing longer documents. Choose between full-sized wireless keyboards for all the convenience of desktop writing, or use a portable design to save space. Although smartphone screens are small, modern devices provide high resolutions, letting you read back what you’ve typed and edit your documents. In addition to saving files on your device, you can also use cloud-based tools that make your documents easy to access on your laptop or desktop once you’re back at home or work.

Smartphones are great for staying in touch, and being able to access your email and run web browsers helps you feel connected anywhere internet connectivity is available. However, smartphones are far more capable than many people realize, and taking a bit of time to explore apps and find out how to take advantages of everything your smartphone has to offer can help you explore new venues and make the most of your free time. Whether you want to explore new creative venues or if you just want to make day-to-day life a bit more convenient, your current smartphone is probably far more capable than your realize.

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