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Make your phone's battery last longer

27 Dec 2014
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

The biggest year of the night is only a few days away. Make sure that your phone is just as geared up as you are to welcome in the new year.

Here’s the deal – we love our smartphones because they can do a heck of a lot, but the moment you start using them for anything “smart” the battery juice quickly dries up. You don’t want to be caught with a flat battery on a night out, especially on New Year’s Eve – here are some of our tips to keep your mobile battery going for just that bit longer.

Turn off connections you’re not using: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS

You waste valuable power when you leave connections on that you don’t need, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. That’s because your phone’s sniffing like a dog on heat for signals and devices to connect to.

Bluetooth should only be turned on when you intend on connecting to a device, and only leave Wi-Fi on when there’s a connection that you know is reliable (like at home and work).

Apps like Air Drop (iPhone), S Beam (Samsung) and Xbox Live (Windows) should also be turned off when you don’t need them.

If you know you won’t need an internet or mobile connection (you’re just taking photos, for example), put your phone in Flight Mode – this will really help preserve the battery. Also, if you’re looking for a quick charging session, popping your phone in Flight Mode will help it charge faster (#winning).

Turn off push notifications

A push notification is a service to alert you when your apps have received new data. Messaging and email apps use push notifications a lot because they’re always on alert for new data – unsurprisingly, this also means that they use up a lot of the battery.

The best thing to do is to turn push notifications off for certain applications and set them for time-based intervals. The bigger the intervals, the more battery life you save. I recommend sticking to 30 minutes or 1 hour intervals; there’s not too much of a delay but you are giving your phone some well-earned R&R.

Close running apps

If you don’t turn off your apps properly, they’ll keep running in the background – this means they’ll use up your battery and even your mobile data (if they’re data-dependent apps). When you’ve completely finished using an app, get in the habit of completely closing it. See the steps below for your handset.

For iPhones:

Double-tap the home button to bring up a list of all your running apps. Swipe upwards on the app thumbnail to close it.

(Got lots of apps running? It’s faster to use two fingers to close two apps at the same time).

For Android:

Depending on your handset, double-tap or press down on the home button to pull up the recent applications menu. Swipe the apps your want to close to the right.

Alternatively, head to the Application Manager under Settings and manually select the apps you want to “Force Stop.”

For Windows 8:

To close an app, drag it from the top of the screen to the very bottom. Hold it there until the app flips over so it completely stops.

Following these simple sets will help ensure that you’ve got plenty of juice left in your mobile to get you through a cracking party and even the cab ride home. If all else fails, make sure to take a portable charge with you wherever you go – you can get some small ones these days, and they won’t break the bank either.

Do you have any tips of your own for making your phone’s battery last longer? Been caught with a flat mobile at the worst time possible? Comment below and let us know.

Happy New Year!

Mariah - amaysim's communications coordinator.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.