Miamians, we love our smartphones. We love them so much we use them all the time and keep adding more apps and maximizing those apps and our features. We tell our friends it’s 4G or LTE and we don’t have the slightest idea as to what that is. Processor speed, does it really matter? But we love our phones. And when it comes time to head home from work or play we can’t get to our car chargers fast enough. So, I thought you might want to hear about some informative tips on terms and usage from the folks at MetroPCS.
4G LTE: Long Term Evolution, or LTE, is a globally adopted wireless communication standard that provides faster upload and download speeds than older mobile networks; even up to 10 times the speed.
The 4G acronym stands for the fourth-generation of mobile broadband Internet access. In a nutshell, 4G LTE makes web browsing, streaming multimedia like audio/video and playing online games easy and speedy.
Now, not all wireless carriers have 4G LTE. MetroPCS does, AT&T does, Verizon does, and US Cellular now does—just barely. Sprint is still in the planning stages along with a few others. But of the carriers that offer 4G LTE, MetroPCS is the only one that offers unlimited 4G LTE.
So now that we know what LTE means, here’s a few tips about how to maximize your cell phone usage while still getting the most out of it.
Processor speed: Does a mobile phone processor (the brains of the phone) really matter? Yes, it matters. Talk-and-texters can get by with smaller processors (500 or 600 megahertz), while multi-taskers who love using apps and multimedia features need a faster processor. Sometimes multi-taskers use apps in tandem and all at the same time. You guys would benefit from a speedier processor, like a 1.2-megahertz dual-core found in the LG Connect 4G, which MetroPCS offers. But, keep in mind, AT&T offers a full range of smartphones with spiffy fast processor too; like the Focus S with a 1.4GHz processor. There are others, but you get the point.
Batterylife: Many consumers don’t realize that a phone’s battery life can be extended by making some simple changes to their mobile phone settings, like dimming screen brightness, cutting back on video streaming and closing applications instead of minimizing them. Also, on some phones, you can adjust the photo-settings to middle range—this helps conserve space and is helpful when you want to edit your photos on your home or office computer. And, set your battery saver to on for extended time away from your charger.
These little things can make the difference between needing a car charger on the way home from work and waiting until bedtime.
Remember too, some batteries of high-end handsets only last from breakfast to lunch. Try some of these tips and maybe your handset will last from breakfast to bedtime.
That’s it for now. Stay connected and stay safe guys and gals.