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Technology has never been as disposable as it is right now. When your laptop is old, you throw it away and buy a new one. When a new version of the iPad (or your preferred brand of tablet) is released, you stop using the old one even if there's nothing mechanically wrong with it. Above and beyond all of this, you probably replace your mobile phone every one to two years as your existing contract comes to an end. You copy all the data, photographs, and apps across from your old phone to your new one, and then your old phone goes in a drawer, never to be used again. 

Whenever you go through the upgrade process, you'll find that your network tries to push one of the latest high-functioning brand-new handsets on you. Even if they weren't doing that, you'd probably be drawn to those phones anyway. Because new phones are released every year, you're left with the impression that the technology that's inside them improves every year, too, and that your best option is to get a newer phone in order to stay ahead of the curve. Is that always the case, though? It's the most expensive choice to make, but is it the right one? Could you save money by getting an older refurbished phone and never notice the difference? 

There are a few things to consider if you're looking at replacing your current phone with a refurbished model, and they boil down to what we call ‘phone essentials.' We'll tackle them one at a time. 

How Good Is The Phone's Camera? 

Despite what everyone believes, the processors inside mobile phones don't usually get better with every passing year. The Snapdragon processor inside the best phones right now is the same as the Snapdragon processor that was inside last year's phones. The cameras, however, do get better. Very few people have digital cameras anymore, and so we rely on our phones as a replacement for them. Right now, the Pixel 4 and the iPhone 11 Pro are thought to have the best phone cameras on the market, but the latest Huawei isn't far behind them. If you can get a refurbished or second-hand model of any of those phones, you'll likely have nothing to worry about in terms of picture quality for the next two years. Your quality guide for this is the megapixel count. If photos are vitally important to you, you might prefer to get a newer phone.

How Good Is It At Playing Games? 

This all comes back to what we said earlier about processors. The games that phones are required to play now are very different from the games that phones played twenty years ago when 'Snake' was popular. Nowadays, people expect their handsets to cope with the latest mobile version of 'Fornite.' There's good news here, though. The first thing to remember is that recently, video games have been taking cues from online slots websites. You don't need to own a casino to play an online slots UK, and you no longer need to own a console to play a video game. Services like Google Stadia mean that games can be played via streaming from servers elsewhere - the exact same way that online slots websites serve their customers - and so there's no strain on your hardware. The second thing to remember is that processors don't improve all that much from year to year. So long as your refurbished phone is well-maintained, there's no reason that a two-year-old phone can't run games just as well as a brand new one can. 

What's The Battery Life Like? 

This is the real killer when it comes to picking up a second-hand or refurbished model. Even with the best will in the world and a very careful owner, the life cycle of a phone's battery will depreciate over time. Apple has even cited this as the reason they deliberately slow their older phone models down over time. There's nothing that can be done to avoid this - it's a process of simple wear and tear that will happen to every phone. It's possible in some cases to acquire a new or refurbished battery at the same time you acquire your refurbished phone, but from a practical point of view, this often pushes the cost up so high that you might as well just bite the bullet and get a new phone. It's not all bad news, though. The competitiveness of your second-hand phone's battery life will depend on how good the phone was when it was brand new. A two-year-old 'flagship' phone from a major provider like Samsung might have a better battery life than a brand new budget phone from a lesser-known provider because it uses superior parts. 

How Much Storage Does It Come With? 

Here's another factor that can kill the effectiveness of older phones. While the size of the average mobile phone isn't getting all that much bigger (unless you choose to buy a phone with an enormous screen), the amount of storage inside them is. Thirty-two gigabytes used to be considered a massive amount of space. Now it's considered insufficient, and 128GB is about the industry average. That will probably double a year from now, and double again the year after. Modern apps take up so much space that you can find yourself running short surprisingly quickly, and if you allow apps like WhatsApp to store all picture and video content directly to your phone, you'll find the space disappearing even faster. This doesn't have to be a barrier to buying an older phone if you apply a little creative thinking to the problem, though. We live in the age of cloud storage. So long as you're comfortable with the idea of your phone constantly backing everything up to the cloud (use a solid password, and you should be fine), there's no reason to store anything on your phone at all. An uncluttered old phone will run faster than a cluttered new one, and you'll get much more life out of it. 

If budget is no issue, then it's better to buy a new phone than an old one in almost all cases. If you're inclined to save a little cash, though, and you don't mind sacrificing a little space or speed, last year's flagship phones are still capable of delivering high performance. Don't feel trapped by a sneaky salesperson - consider all of your options carefully before making a decision.

 


 



As the expansion and development of technology continues, mobile phones are now capable of doing anything and everything. Once just a contact outlet, smartphones have developed into a small computer, enabling gaming at the touch of a button. 


Whether that be shooter games like COD or gambling platforms like Fansbet Casino, the smartphone can do it all at the touch of your fingertips. 


Of course, not every mobile phone can do this, so, just which handset should you look out for gaming on the go?

Apple iPhone XR

It's remarkable that Apple has just one phone on this list, but the iPhone XR is the only iOS platform worthy of a spot. A super-powerful processor and powerful graphics performance really do bring gaming to life, and a 6.1-inch LCD screen enhances this experience.


Of course, the iOS games library differs somewhat to the Android store, so you can pick up games with the XR that would otherwise be unavailable. And, at £519 it is not the most expensive gaming smartphone out there.

Asus ROG Phone

Asus do about everything just right with their ROG Phone for it to be considered a gaming smartphone. A large memory and a powerful and quick processor enables smooth gaming, and, a customised incase cooling regulation, ensures this smooth gaming lasts for hours.


A 6-inch screen and high refresh rate enhances the immersion whilst the AirTrigger sensors that come with it are sensitive enough to categorically improve in-game action control. At £539.99 it may empty your wallet or purse, but it would be worth it.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro brings gaming to life with a fast processor and large storage as its enormous battery enables a day's worth of gaming. How well a mobile runs is often the first point of call for a gamer, but the Mate's smooth running ensures no complaints whatsoever.


Because the Mate is not actually listed as a gaming phone, it still does the job as a normal smartphone incredibly well. Mobile photography, for example, is of a very high standard. Priced at under £400, the Mate is also the cheapest phone on this list.

OnePlus 7 Pro

A gaming phone in all but name, the OnePlus 7 Pro is a gaming extravaganza. Curved etches and no notch give the Pro a superb feel, whilst the addition of Dolby Atmos-compatible stereo speakers provide the user with brilliant audio and an even better performance.


The Pro possesses a picture quality to die for as the upgraded Gaming Mode comes into its own, but a high refresh rate completes the Pro, ensuring the phone is compatible with the most intense games. And, you can fully immerse yourself in the Pro with the ability to block notifications and calls whilst playing.


Priced at over £500, however, the Pro is not exactly cheap.


Razer Phone 2

 

A normal smartphone turned into an incredible piece of gaming equipment, the Razer Phone 2 stands out immediately for the gamer.


The Razer 2 is able to support any game or casino slot on the Android market due to its increased power from the original Razer, and, with a brighter screen, louder speakers and an enhanced cooling apparatus, the 2 really does improve the gaming experience.


It also operates as an impressive phone, with a dual-lens high-resolution camera and improved water resistance providing the basic necessities. Its price, however, is far from basic as the Razer 2 will set you back nearly £780, making it a heavy investment.



huawei-ban-returns

 

At one point, it looked like 2020 would be a bad year for Huawei everywhere outside of the company's home country of China. The tech firm has endured eighteen months of consistently terrible press in the United States of America and Europe, and although it has consistently and angrily denied that it uses its equipment to spy on western nations, the accusations have stung its performance when it comes to sales. After Donald Trump's administration took the unprecedented step of putting the company on the 'Entity List' - effectively a blacklist - there appeared to be no way for Huawei to stay active in western markets. Huawei might now have found a way to avoid that becoming the case.

 

The main difficulty faced by Huawei under the terms of the blacklisting - or so it appeared - is that it wouldn't have access to Google apps. The entire Google Play store would be off-limits to the manufacturer, which would leave users unable to install or use many of the apps that smartphone users now take for granted. This would include hugely popular communication tools like WhatsApp, and also the apps used by social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Even accessing social media sites using a web browser would have been difficult, as the majority of web browsers also come in the form of apps that can only be downloaded through the relevant store.

 

Mobile gamers would also have been affected by the ban. Games like PUBG and Fortnite, as well as the Call of Duty franchise, have had their apps downloaded millions of times through Google Play. Playing games through new Huawei phones would have been almost impossible. Non-app based games, such as online slots or casino games, wouldn't have been affected in theory. Users would still have needed a web browser to gain access to online slots websites, though, and so even they may have remained off-limits. In practice, it would have been hard for users to play paypal slots, play any other games, or perform any activities beyond basic calling and texting. It would have been impossible to justify spending full price on a phone handset that didn't have these features - but now, all of these features may be back on the menu.

 

According to reports that have appeared in the press this week, Huawei is looking to exploit a loophole in the blacklist ruling. They may not be able to gain access to Google's Play Store, but they might instead be able to place apps in their own 'App Gallery' - and it's thought that Google might grant them permission to place Google apps inside App Gallery and allow users to gain access to them anyway. Google is understood to be keen to continue co-operating with Huawei, and so if the loophole exists, then they're unlikely to take any steps to prevent Huawei from making use of it. The most recently released Huawei smartphones have arrived without core Google apps like Maps or Gmail pre-installed, but affected users may soon be able to download the apps through App Gallery and continue as if the problem didn't exist.

 

Within Huawei, this is seen as a preferable alternative to attempting to proceed with their own operating system. Huawei can't currently make use of the latest versions of Android, and spent money in 2019 developing an alternative OS called 'Harmony.' The new OS is yet to appear on any Huawei-built smartphone, with the manufacturer instead deciding to continue using the most recent version of Android that it still has access to. This may yet cause issues in the future when Android eventually stop providing support for outdated versions of the software in favor of upgrading more recent builds and producing future variants. The 'open source' version of Android that they have access to is in itself contentious, and if US lawmakers have their way, they may yet lose access to it in the future.

 

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If Google agrees, it wouldn't be the first time they've granted permission for their apps to be used in places where users wouldn't necessarily expect to see them. As Apple users are aware, almost all of Google's apps can currently be downloaded through Apple's app store even though Apple and Google are, metaphorically speaking, at war with each other in the smartphone market. It appears that Google's priority is to make their software available to as many users as possible as opposed to restricting access to only those devices that run approved versions of Android. If they agree to this request, then there would theoretically be little difference between a Huawei phone and, for example, a phone made by Samsung when it comes to app availability, and the impact of the ban would be almost totally nullified.

 

This isn't the only way that Huawei appears to be getting around at least some aspects of the ban. The terms of the blacklisting specifically prohibit firms from the United States of America from doing any business with Huawei whatsoever, and yet their P40 phone has been found to contain parts built by several different American manufacturers. The P40 was released long after the terms of the ban came into effect, and so it's not yet known whether any of the companies who have seemingly provided parts or technology to Huawei are in breach of prohibition. Theoretically, there should be no US-built components in any Huawei phones, but their presence suggests that the company has found a way to incorporate them anyway. One possible explanation is that the parts were initially sold overseas to a company that isn't covered by the ban. The overseas company would then be free to sell the parts on to Huawei without being encumbered by US law.

 

Although Huawei reported a loss of around ten billion US dollars last year in the wake of being blacklisted, it's clear that the company has no intention of giving up its presence in American or European markets. Given that it will be involved in the rollout of the 5G network in the United Kingdom, it may even gain more ground in the twelve months to come. Huawei was definitely knocked down by the ban, but they weren't knocked out, and in coming back, it's conceivable that they may ultimately become even stronger than they were before. 

 


Mobile-site-optimization


Blogging has become one of the most popular professions in the online world, especially for younger generations. It allows you to earn money while working with flexible hours and at the comfort of your home. To make things even better, formal education is not strictly required, but rather considered as a plus.

The two skills that are required for this profession are creativity and good grammar. If you can put your creative ideas into nicely-worded sentences, then blogging is something that you should consider doing. Of course, it may be a bit difficult in the beginning, but as time progresses, you'll only get better. 

There are many things to consider and learn in this, so make sure you do your research well. Since we are here to help you out, we have a special guide for blogging for beginners. The guide is extremely useful and can be very handy for you, especially while you are laying the foundation of your new profession.

Most of the blogs today are accessed via a mobile device. Some research has shown that more than 60% of the traffic on websites is done with mobile. That means that if you have a blog site, it's important to optimize it for mobile use. That is exactly why we decided to give you 5 tips for optimizing your blog for mobile. They are helpful and will help increase your traffic.

Control the Number of Ads

Unlike laptops and PCs where the screen is enormous and you can fit everything, mobiles don't have that privilege. As you may know, one of the best ways to earn money via a website is by placing ads. With mobile phones, you need to control the number of ads to make sure that the user experience is not affected by them. Furthermore, some ads may contain malware, so you might want to research that before deciding to place them on your blog site.

Responsiveness 

Making your site responsive means that you need to utilize it based on the device that the client is accessing. Having separate sites for desktop and mobile use is essential these days, with a big accent on mobile sites. Research has shown that by 2025, more than 70% of the traffic will be made by mobile devices, which means that this comes as a no-brainer.

Number of Pages

Scrolling through numerous pages can be extremely problematic for some users. The constant new page load is likely to make them displeased and cancel their activity on your site. The best thing for you to do is to make your blogs on one page. While you are at it, the paragraphs and the sentences shouldn't be too long. So, keep the paragraphs short and optimize your blogs to be on one page.

Keep File Sizes Small

Page load time matters. The faster your page loads, the better the user experience will be. Most bloggers utilize the use of photos and Instagram posts to make their blogs artsier. If you are open to the idea of inserting photos, make sure that the files are not too big. The bigger they are; the more time it will take for them to load. 

The phone models from the users can have a big effect on this. While some have the privilege of having revolutionary phones, some don't. If your site has too many details, it will be harder for them to enjoy your texts. 

Keep up With the Updates

Every theme has constant updates. While picking the perfect theme for your site, check if it's mobile-friendly. Whenever an update comes, you will be notified. Updating your site is useful since the updates contain the latest tools for optimization and have better visuals.

 


Sim-only-contract


Are you looking for a phone contract with mobile phone network providers that do not require you to buy another phone? A Sim only contract is similar to other mobile contracts but phone purchase is removed from the deal. For this contract, service providers give you monthly texts, data and minutes. This contract has many benefits apart from the fact that it is cheaper, you only buy what you want.


What are the benefits of a Sim-only contract?

There are many benefits of a sim only-contract. They include;

Cheap - The deal is less costly as the cost of buying a mobile phone is eliminated. You also get to choose the service provider with cheap services.


Wait for a new mobile phone - You can acquire a sim card and use it while waiting for the phone you desire to be manufactured. You keep your phone. Unlike when you give away your phone to get the upgraded version, this contract happens and you still get to stay with your old phone.


Easy to switch between providers- You can choose to migrate to the long list of many service providers if you are using a sim only contract. This will give you a variety to choose from and to make sure you go for the cost-efficient one such as overstappen.nl.

Types of Sim Cards used with a new sim only contract.

There are three types of sims used with this arrangement. Service providers produce their sim cards in three sizes so that users can pop the card to use the size that suits their handset. They include;

  • Nano Sim card - This is the smallest sim card which measures 8.8mm by 12.3mm.

  • Micro Sim card - This is bigger than a nano sim card but it is smaller than a standard sim card. It has measurements of 12mm by 15mm.

  • Standard sim card - Is the largest SIM card between the three. It has measurements of 15mm by 25mm.

The features of a new sim only contract include.


Duration period - The contract lasts for a minimum of 1 month but it can go up to 18 months for some service providers.
Personal handset - You can use your old handset as long as it is not locked by a specific service provider.
Monthly Payments - Payments are done monthly throughout the payment period.
Three sim sizes - Th sims can be grouped into nano, micro, and a standard sim card.
A credit check before contract - You have to go through a credit check before taking out a contract.


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