Unless you’re an early adopter for new technology, then chances are you probably don’t get your hands on something fancy like a smartphone until all of your friends have been using them for an extended period of time. But that’s fine—smartphones are useful and all, but until you actually use them on a regular basis and start to rely on them for your daily life, you probably won’t think too much of them.

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However, if you’ve just bought a new smartphone because your trusty old Nokia phone finally gave in, then there’s never been a better time to get involved with smartphone technology. Smartphones used to be a bit finicky, but lately, they have been getting faster, bigger and much easier to use. Old smartphone apps were clunky, slow and there was very little choice in the beginning. Now there are literally millions of apps on the market—and the majority of them are free!

So to get you off to a great start with your new smartphone, here are some useful things to know.

Android, iOS and Windows Phone are different

These three are the main operating systems for a smartphone. Think of them as Windows and Mac. They might work similarly and do similar things, but they are not exactly compatible most of the time and an app that works for iOS might not have an Android or Windows Phone equivalent. As a result, don’t expect there to be great compatibility if you buy an iOS phone and later down the road want to switch to Android. Things like photos, videos and emails work fine, but certain applications will not.

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They are handled entertainment machines

Whether you want to listen to an audiobook, watch some videos to catch up on your favourite shows, or even just play some video games, your smartphone has you covered. You can essentially get rid of your eReader, MP3 player and even your watch if you have a smartphone. The number of games available is staggering. Even if you aren’t the type to shoot zombies and slay dragons, you can find plenty of grown-up games to play such as this casino bundle here. You can download the app and play for free or even for cash. Yes, your phone can even turn into a mobile casino or betting shop!

You have maps on your phone

If you travel a lot or have a failing GPS device in your car, then you’ll be happy to know that you can actually get around with just a smartphone. There is built-in GPS technology in almost every smartphone that can help you get around town, around the country, or even around the world. With location tracking, you can let the phone determine where you are with pinpoint accuracy and show the area around you including local businesses, places to eat, and things to do.

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They run out of battery fast

Unless you have a new phone that boasts incredible battery life, then chances are doing all of these things is going to drain the battery quickly and you will need to charge it regularly. Keep this in mind and consider investing in a portable battery bank to keep in your bag or pocket that will give your phone extra juice when it needs it.


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