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9 Laptop and Smartphone myths busted

Laptops and smartphones myths are widely circulated. Most of the myths don’t have a huge amount of substance. These are a few of the most notable laptop and phone myths.

Higher megapixel cameras take better quality photos

Every smartphone these days come with a camera, and they all come with a megapixel specification defined. Megapixel is an important resolution specification, but that puts more emphasis on the camera sensor. There are other important factors such as camera sensor size that can also have a significant impact on picture quality. A phone with a smaller camera sensor but higher megapixel specification will not necessarily capture better quality photos than one with a lower resolution.

Jailbreaking is illegal

Unlocking your phone certainly isn’t legal, so this isn’t entirely a myth. However, that doesn’t mean that jailbreaking is absolutely illegal. No pirated code is required to jailbreak a phone. In fact, you can legally jailbreak an iPhone if your Apple warranty is void. However, note that this doesn’t necessarily apply to tablets.

LED is a new display

Laptops might have LCD or LED specifications, but they are not alternative displays as some might suggest. In fact, the only notable difference between LCD and LED is their backlighting. The LED has light-emitting diodes, but aside from that is much the same as LCD. So LED is, in fact, just another type of LCD displays.

Charging laptop batteries for longer periods deteriorates the battery

It is not a myth for the most antiquated nickel and lithium-ion laptop batteries that would have overheated with longer charging sessions. It would have reduced the battery duration. However, these days there is a trickle charge to prevent such things from happening.

Magnets erase hard disk data

There’s no way your average magnet can wipe out a hard drive. As some laptops now have solid state drives (SSDs) instead of SATA, no magnet can erase data on those. Even for magnetic storage, you would still need to have a very, very strong magnetic field to have any chance of erasing hard disk data. A small magnet would never be sufficient to erase hard drive data.

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Closing apps enhance smartphone battery

Closing an app on your phone isn’t going to increase its battery. The Apple support page states, “After you switch to a different app, some apps run for a short period of time before they’re set to a suspended state.” Static, suspended apps are actually frozen, and consequently don’t require any resources except RAM. It’s better to switch off Background App Refresh on the iOS.

Better to completely discharge a laptop battery before charging it

This myth certainly had some substance for the former nickel batteries that forgot their full storage sizes and wouldn’t fully charge again. However, that’s no longer the case for the lithium laptop batteries. They work in charge cycles, so you don’t have to discharge them completely before recharging.

QWERTY keyboards were designed to slow typing

Most laptops have the QWERTY keyboard layout, which some suggest was a plan to slow typing and limit paper jamming. Note that the first keyboards were also designed for telegraph operators and the QWERTY layout was better for transcription. Consequently, Morse code requirements inspired the design of keyboards.

You should use official chargers with the phone

Some phone manufacturers might state it’s much better to use the official chargers for their handsets. However, as USB chargers are widely standardized, they will probably be little difference in the charge times between official and off-brand chargers. The third-party charger will certainly have no impact on the battery.

So, these are nine laptop and smartphone myths with relatively little substance. Companies have circulated some of those myths as marketing ploys more than anything else. If you know anymore myths then do share with us in the comments section. Share the article on Twitter and Facebook to spread the awareness. You can also check out how to secure your android phone.

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