The 2018 Guide To All Things Smartphone

The smartphone market has been rapidly growing over the last few years. With companies working hard to best one another, consumers expecting more and more from their devices, and other areas of technology steaming ahead, it’s easy to see why this field is growing so fast. Of course, though, this doesn’t really help with it comes to choosing and owning your smartphone. Instead, it makes the process confusing, often resulting in poor choices and wasted money. To give you some support with this, this post will be exploring the important basics you need to know to be able to make the right choices when it comes to your phone.


Choosing The Device

The phone you choose will drastically impact your experience for the next few years, and it makes sense to consider all of your options when you are looking for one. To begin this journey, it will be time to find all of the best contenders within your price range, gathering them up and comparing them against one another. When you take phones in the same budget margin and put them together, it will be hard to see any clear differences between the devices you have available. In reality, though, phones can differ hugely from manufacturer to manufacturer, making the next part of this effort even more important.

There are loads of review sites around the web which compare mobile phones and tell people which devices are the best deals. Websites like HandsetExpert can help with this, providing you with loads of great reviews, along with price guides to help you with your budget. At each budget level, you will find clear winners and losers, and it doesn’t always matter which brand you decide to go for. Most phones will have an area which they excel in above the others. For example, Sony usually produce great cameras and screens, whereas Apple is mostly heralded for their incredible design. This gives you a lot to research when you’re first looking to buy your phone.

Looking After It

Next, it will be time to think about the work which has to be done to maintain your phone. If you’ve had a smartphone in the past, you will have experienced the performance degradation which makes these devices so frustrating. For the most part, though, this sort of issue, among others, can easily be avoided with some tender loving care. Below, you can find some examples of the sort of work which can be done to keep a phone running smoothly, while also ensuring that you spend as little as possible.


  • Clearing Unused Apps: Flash storage can be a weird thing to manage, and will be slowed down when it is reaching capacity. To avoid this sort of complication, removing unused apps, files, and other things stored on the device is a great way to get started with your device maintenance. There are loads of apps out there which can help you with this.


  • Performing Clean-Ups: Along with removing the unused files which you can see, there could also be loads of hidden data which is causing your phone to slow down. Clean-up software has the power to tap into your device, giving you a clear idea of what can be done to make it faster, while also opening your storage to be used for bigger things. Like the work above, you can often find an app to handle this for you, and this will make the whole process much easier.


  • Refreshing The System: Finally, as the last bit of maintenance work which can done to your phone, it will be time to look at the operating system it has on it. Over the weeks and months, this sort of software will quickly degrade in performance. By performing a factory reset or replacing the OS entirely, you could make your phone feel a lot swifter, and it doesn’t have to cost anything in the process.

Making Repairs

Once a phone’s screen is cracked or the device won’t turn on, it can be very tempting to abandon it, and a lot of customers find themselves replacing broken phones almost as much as they buy new ones. This trend costs a huge amount in both money and the world’s resources, with a lot of precious and semi-precious metals and stones going into producing them. Of course, this means that when something goes wrong, it’s much better to try and repair your phone rather than replacing it. Below, you can find a couple of different routes to help you to achieve this goal.

Self-Repair: Over the last couple of years, it’s gotten a lot easier to handle work like repairing your own phone. With websites like iFixIt can provide you with both the guides and the tools you need to complete jobs ranging from simple connector to entire screen replacements, all presented with videos and easy to follow articles. This sort of approach is best for those with a passion for technology. It won’t be easy to repair some phones, and a lot of people will find these jobs to be fiddly and stressful.

Pro Help: If you’re one of these people, it could make sense to have someone else handle your repair work for you, as this will make the process a lot easier. When you’re looking for people to do this sort of work for you, it will be essential that you read reviews and do some background research to make sure that you’re choosing the right professional for you. This will always cost a little bit of money, but it will still be cheaper than replacing the entire phone. Of course, sometimes, you might not be able to repair your device, and buying a new one will be the only option you have.

Hopefully, with all of this in mind, 2018 will be the year which sees you mastering your affinity with smartphones. With technology always on the move, it can be hard to keep up with what is possible with devices like this. In reality, though, they should last more than a year, especially if you treat them correctly.

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Superdads! 4 Hacks That Will Make Your Life Infinitely More Easy

There are some pretty fixed ideas about what a good dad is in the media, and it’s very easy to get caught up in the notation that the bests dad is one that does everything himself from cooking delicious and nutritious meals to repairs around the home. Of course, having some hacks and guidance on how to do these things without taking up too much effort can help your kids to think of you as a super dad without eating into the time you have to spend with them. Read more about this below.



It may be acceptable to pop some fries in the oven and serve them with burgers once a week, for the rest of the time more nutritious family meals are usually required. Of course, there is always the option of buying these in ready-made and created by chefs, but unless money’s no object you are probably looking for an easy way of making meals at home that fit the bill.

Luckily, there are several options that you can explore. The first is a meal box delivery service like the ones discussed at that will provide you with a recipe including a nutritional information breakdown, instructions, and all the ingredients you need. Something that makes it super quick and simple to serve healthy meals that the whole family will love.

The second option to consider is to plan for simple but healthy family meals and take some time at the weekend to prep and then freeze them. Then each morning all you need to do is take the relevant bag from the freezer and it’s all ready to cook when you get home, freeing up quality time that you can spend interacting with the kids rather than just cooking for them.

IT support

Dad often seems to be to go-to-guy for IT support in the home, whether it’s making a game play or fixing a laptop. Unfortunately, as tech gets more complicated, it can become more time consuming to fix any problem that does occur. Luckily, to help you with this is can be useful to use posts such as that detail some of the most common issues with laptops and how to fix them. Save it to your bookmarks, and then you won’t have to go searching for help every time something goes wrong, and you can free up more time for fun stuff instead.

Coming up with fun activities

Lastly, a task that many dads find super tough is coming up with original and fun activities for the kids to do. This can be particularly trying if you aren’t a naturally imaginative person, and so it can take up a lot of time that you would rather be spending with your children.

Luckily there are some tactics you can use to help with this. In particular, it can be useful to sign up for a kid’s activity subscription service like the ones on offer at something that means you will always have a new activity and the resource to hand to complete it. Then you get to spend your time doing the activity with the little ones, rather than racking your brains trying to think of it. Good work Superdad!

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Dad Cabs! Here’s What To Do With All That Waiting Time

Picking up, dropping off, and waiting for the kids when they go to parties, after-school clubs, track meets, and sports games are an essential and inescapable part of being a father. However, it often means that you are stuck in the car without anything to do. Now, some dads use this time to catch up on their Z’s but if you are looking for a more active an interesting solutions check out my guide below.

Dad blogging

One thing that you can dedicate this time to is updating your blog or catching up on blogs that you love to read. It’s easy to do as well as you need is your smartphone and a 3G or free Wifi connection. Of course, if you are planning to do some more intricate and detailed tasks like photos editing before you display them on your blog, it can be handy to have your laptop or a tablet to work on too.

Something else that can make this super easy is those fancy new automobiles that have wifi hotspots built in! Then you won’t end up eating through all your mobile data, and you can still stay up to date with all your blogging research and writing in time that would otherwise be spent doing not much at all.


Play some games

Of course, some days you will want to use this time to kick back, relax, and have a little fun. One way of doing this that can make the time go super quick is to play games online or on your mobile device.

You might want to try a popular favorite like exploding kittens which is a hilarious online card game that you can get in app form. The aim is to be the last one standing, and the quick gameplay and hilarious sound effects make this simple game pretty addictive.

Mobile gaming consoles are a great way to kill some time.

Alternatively, you might want to play something that is a bit more in-depth. This is where mobile gaming consoles such as the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3ds come in. The fact that these are self-contained gaming systems mean that the quality of content is very high, and as they have built-in controllers it much more like traditional gaming experience on the go.

Popular title for the PS Vita include Killzone: Mercenary, whereas there is a range of quick and fun game for the Nintendo like Mario Kart and the Professor Layton series that can be picked up and put down easily., making them perfect for when you lose track of time or the kids finished their activities early.

There are other gaming entertainment options to consider as well when doing the dad cabs run, including the thrill of playing casino games online. Of course, you have to be aware that some sites require you to play with real money, although that is where the buzz lies for many players.

If you do decide on this option be sure to pick a site like WinnerMillion Casino that offers some fantastic sign-up bonuses to get the most fun you money. Then you can be sure that your money will go as far as possible and get you the maximum amount of fun for whenever you need to kill some time.

Organize those photos

If you are anything like me you have loads of video clips of the kids doing funny stuff, and pictures of key moments like birthdays and days out that are all over the place! That is why another smart way to spend your time when you are waiting for the little ones to finish their activities is to organize your photos collection on your phone.

Using your time in this way is beneficial because by putting your video and pictures into albums you can find them whenever you want. It also means its easier to upload them to the cloud or your computer when you get home so that you can keep them for the long term. Something that will ensure all those precious memories of the kids growing up are not lost when you switch to a new device.

Clean out the car

Lastly, it may not be the most fun option, but if you have kids it’s likely your car might not be as neat and tidy as you would like. With this in mind, why not use the time when you are waiting to give the kids a life home to clear out any rubbish, sort through the glove box and make it a pleasant environment for the family?

If you think ahead, you can even charge up the cordless vacuum and do the seats and floor mats as well. Now that is a smart use of your dad cabs waiting time!

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It’s Time To Play The Game (And Get Paid!)


How many hours a week do you spend gaming? 30? 40? 50? More than that? Gaming is addictive and cathartic too. Although your parents said your eyes would go square, studies show it helps to improve social skills and relieve stress. Still, there’s no point in wasting time playing Call of Duty when you could get paid. Don’t worry because there’s no need to put down the controller and go to work. As it turns out, gaming is as lucrative now as it has ever been and you can get a portion of the prize money. If you want to know the tricks of the trade, just carry on reading.

Pick Carefully

Not every game is going to reward its players for their time so choose wisely. The best thing to do is to research which ones offer bonuses or the chance to win cold, hard cash. You may have never played bingo, yet it regularly rewards its followers with prizes. Although you have to pay to play, companies like Deepsea bingo have fantastic new customer offers to get you started. Another way to get that moolah is to become a professional gamer and play eSports. As the industry grows, the pot increases years after year.

Become A Coach

Some people aren’t cut out to be players because the competition is too fierce. Still, don’t give up hope for your thoughts and ideas are money-spinners in the right hands. All you have to do is coach people that have the potential and instil your methods into their playing style. That way, they can go on to win tournaments and attract sponsorship money and you get a slice of the action. Gamer Sensei is a great place to start as teachers get a whopping $25 an hour for their services. Gamers with a solid rep can take on students privately and up the rates.

Become A Playtester

As the name suggests, this includes breaking in a game and pushing it to its limits. The way it works is simple: you get a tester copy and try to find as many faults as possible. Once you report back to your boss, they will pass on the info and the developer will use it to rectify any errors. A tip to keep in mind is that you have to be a fan of the small details. Being a playtester doesn’t mean you can explore the game as you like and make opinions. There are guidelines and you have to follow them to get your money.

Set Up A YouTube Account

There are hundreds of gamers that created a YouTube account and are now famous. Sure, it says a lot about the current culture that it’s even possible, but, hey, who are we to complain?! As well as be a good gamer, you also have to be funny and engaging to get views and traffic to the account. If you can, sponsorship is on the cards and then the possibilities are endless.

Do you think you can turn your hobby into a money-making scheme?

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