Cell Phone: A Handy Digital Device of Today’s Modern Society
By Dianne Mariz
Socialization is one of the fundamental connections that humans need to survive in life. It makes our life more meaningful when we interact with one another. Socialization keeps the world spinning since it sustains the natural process of life. Communication is embedded in it. It might be in various forms, like exchanging letters, text messages, emails, or audio or video calls.
In our modern world today, communication and socialization develop with advanced technology. The rise of digital devices makes way for better and more accessible forms of interaction. Aside from using computers, another innovation that improves our means of communication today is cell phones’ presence.
Cell phones are now widely used globally. These are digital devices that are handy and convenient for users. As the technology keeps on growing, cell phones keep on changing their faces and features every time. It is the very reason why people continue to seek cell phone innovations. Before we talk deeper into what a cell phone can do, let us look at its structure and nature.
What is the nature and structures of a cell phone?
A cell phone is a portable phone. This device allows the user to communicate with anyone almost anywhere in the world. Dr. Martin Cooper invented the first-ever cell phone together with this team in the Motorola industry. The first cell phone was 9-inches long and 2.4 pounds heavy. He also conducted the first cell phone call at Motorola.
Today, most of the phones are considered smartphones. They are capable of performing various tasks, just what a computer can do. Here are some of the functions of a cell phone.
- Make and receive calls from any person with a cell phone regardless of their location.
- Create and receive text messages.
- Capture, view, and save images and videos with the built-in camera with it.
- Browse the Internet, send and receive emails, chats, and download different applications for your cell phone.
- Play mobile games and use common phone programs like contacts, notes, calendars, calculators, and others.
- Control other digital devices that are connected to the Internet or through Bluetooth.
- Store and use files.
- Play soundtracks and watch videos or movies.
Here are the basic components of a cell phone:
Cell phones are the most complicated digital devices that people use today. Modern types of cell phones perform multiple tasks at a time. Within its cute and handy size, the basic components that make up the functionality of a cell phone are essential.
- Circuit board which contains the brain of the cell phone.
- Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
- Keyboard (usually seen on the screen or body of the cell phone)
The circuit board is the main component of a cell phone. It has an analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion chips which convert the outgoing audio signal from analog to digital form. After that, it will also convert the incoming signal from the digital back to an analog form.
A microprocessor manages all the housekeeping functions of the keyboard and display. It works on the control and command signals and directs the rest of the phone chores to the circuit board.
Read-Only Memory and flash memory devices create storage for the operating system of the phone. It also contains customizable contents like phone contacts. Radiofrequency and power section manages the power management and recharging features of the phone.
The display component of a cell phone changes in size depending on the number of features in the cell phone. Today’s mobile phones have built-in features like games, browsers, cameras, calculators, and others.
Cell phones also have speakers and microphones, which are only small in size. These components are somewhat amazing for how incredible they can create and receive sounds. A speaker is just as small as a dime while the microphone is smaller than the watch battery.
Cell phones are just other advanced digital creations of technology. They serve many people with their multipurpose functions and specialized features. It is like holding all of your things in your hands inside a small package suit. You can manage your tasks and connections right away. However, no inventions are perfect or incredibly flawless. Cell phones also have lapses and common troubles that users experience.
The common digital troubles of a cell phone
Nobody is perfect, and so things are. People nowadays are very much attached in using their phones every day, every minute. Phones are still types of machines that are also vulnerable to crashes, bugs, and damages. That is why you must be very observant when it comes to the performance of your cell phone.
Here are some of the common issues of cell phones:
- Your cell phone runs slowly.
This is one of the most common problems of cell phones. It is expected, especially if your phone is already old. Installation of unnecessary applications consumes your RAM too much, resulting in your phone’s slow performance. The solution for this is to remove all the unnecessary files and applications that you no longer need.
- Inadequate battery life.
Poor battery life happens to every phone user. The common issues are charging failures, battery draining, or slow charging. Since people use their phones most of the time, battery draining is the common cell phone problem that arises. It is noticeable when the phone continues to discharge the battery level even when not in use. The remedy for this is to close all the battery-draining apps. Go to Setting, click Battery, and remove the apps that bug your battery. You can also enable battery saving mode, lower your brightness, and turn off locations if needed.
- Insufficient phone storage.
People today want to capture and save memories through pictures and videos. Therefore, it consumes too much of the cell phone storage every time you save these files. You should take care of your storage after you buy a new cell phone. Most of the smartphones today do not have expandable memory features. The first thing that you must do is clear the cache. Install applications such as cache cleaner, which helps your cell phone for a certain application. You can also uninstall applications that you no longer use or move your images to clouds.
- Application or Phone Crashes
This problem occurs when there is a virus on your application which makes your phone run out of space. Phone or application crashes are one of the most critical issues of cell phones. You can delete the app data in the App Manager. You should also avoid using apps simultaneously. Restarting your phone, removing the battery, and restoring it can be some of the remedies you can do.
Overheating problems start from too much using your cell phone. Some applications like games produce more heat, which affects the performance of your cell phone. There could also be malicious applications that you have installed while running in the background. To avoid overheating, do not use your phone while it is charging. Avoid using applications that consume high CPU energy. If after all of these remedies are done and still overheating occurs, your phone probably has a manufacturing defect.
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Cellular Network connection problems
These are just temporary cell phone issues that can be easily resolved. You have to turn your cell phone on airplane mode for about 30 to 60 seconds. Try to reconnect your cell phone by this time. If you are still having a problem with connections, you can repair or modify the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi settings. After that, you can try again if the changes made enable the connection to proceed.
- Applications are not downloading.
When applications are not downloading, the root cause of this issue is the damaged cache. Just go to the Google Play Store App and remove the cache of that specific application. It is recommended that you delete your history in the Google Play Store. Update your Google Play Store to its latest version. If you can’t still download an app, clear the data and cache on the Google Play Services.
- Issues in Synchronization
This synchronization issue gets fixed automatically after a while. If it still happens, delete the Google Account in your chrome then add it again. Ensure a stable Internet connection and it is working properly. Perform a system update when needed.
- The MicroSD Card is not working on your cell phone.
This problem occurs when the SD Card consists of bad read/write errors on it. Your cell phone might be unable to recognize your SD card after formatting. You should check the capacity of your memory card and reformat it to exFAT if it is 32GB. Restart your phone in the recovery mode. If you are using Android, select the Wipe Cache. It will clear your SD Card and reformat it to FAT32. It is suitable for phone storage.
- Broken Screen or Water-Immersion
There are cell phone problems that occur due to accidents. However, we can’t do anything about it. To avoid accidents on your cell phones, choose a quality phone protector. You can spend on durable screen protectors and phone cases to ensure the protection of your cell phone. Another reminder is not to put your device on edges where it is vulnerable to falling. Also, do not place your cell phone near your drinks or moist areas. Water might seep into your device, which might cause problems in its internal parts.
Digital devices are created to make people living easier and more convenient. However, they are still machines. Machines are prone to damages due to unexpected bugs and digital issues.
What is mobile data, and how does it works?
Mobile data is the connection that allows you to be online using your phone even if you are not connected to a Wi-Fi connection. Cell phone devices with a mobile data connection can send and receive information through a wireless cellular connection. As long as you have cellular connection, you can browse the Internet.
The use of various applications, Internet browsers, exchanging emails and syncing to the cloud need an Internet connection to takes place. Mobile data consumption is measured through megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB). Everything that you upload and download from the Internet needs some amount of data.
Cellular or mobile data can cost you money. Cell phone providers charge mobile data users through a cellular connection. There are on and off options on smartphones in using mobile data. These choices can help you to use data wherever you are and manage your consumption when you don’t need it at a certain point.
If you want to monitor your mobile data consumption, you can create limits and alerts to notify you when you reach your account’s data limit. When you turn off your mobile data, you won’t be able to upload or download anything from the Internet. Therefore, you are not charged with any costs. However, you can still connect to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network.
You should know that cellular data continues to work even if you are not using a specific application. There are many applications with built-in permissions that allow them to update even if you are not using them. It simply means that if you haven’t blocked the application’s ability to update in the background, it might consume your cellular data.
How can you manage and reduce your mobile data consumption?
Cellular or mobile data might cost you so much when you excessively consume them. However, most of the online transactions and engagements today require data. When you download and use apps, you need data or Internet connection. Here are some of the ways on how you can save mobile and money and, at the same time, enjoy various online activities.
Cap your mobile data manually.
Have you ever consumed too much data? You should be aware of it, and capping your mobile data can be a good way to reduce your consumption. All you have to do is utilize the built-in tools in your phone and set up a limit on the mobile data. Just go to Settings, then Network & Internet, down to Data Usage. Here you can set up your mobile data limit. You can also use your Data Saver.
Utilize Data Compressing applications.
Different applications use compression technology to lessen your data consumption. Maybe you have already used some of them without even realizing its benefits. Some of them are Google Chrome, Opera Mini, and Samsung Max.
Use a Wi-Fi connection instead.
If you want to save your money and get rid of mobile data charges, you better switch to using a Wi-Fi network. Free Wi-Fi connection is often available in public places such as event centers, shopping malls, transportation points, and other locations beyond mobile connection coverage. It reduces your mobile data usage when Wi-Fi is available.
Use a Dual-Sim card cell phone.
Dual-Sim digital devices have a greater advantage when it comes to mobile connection. Since you have two available networks, you can work on having various data plans that would best fit your consumption. It is more convenient for the users since they can have both sim cards in one cell phone.
Stop applications from syncing automatically.
When you are using your phone, there are lots of activities that are running in the background. Even if you are not using an app, they can sync the data within the app to keep running. The solution for this is to disable the application syncing. Just go to Setting, then to Users & Accounts. You can see the list of all the apps that sync different data.
Make sure that your cloud applications use Wi-Fi Syncing only.
Take note of your cloud storage. It is a good choice to have your cloud sync set up with your cell phone. You might need to upload photos or open files in Google Drive automatically. You should ensure that these services do not consume your mobile data.
Stop streaming music online; you better download it.
This solution is very beneficial for mobile data users. Instead of listening to music online, you should download it. Store them on your phone or to your computer. On the other hand, it will require you additional storage, such as a Micro SD to save all of your soundtracks. You can use the built-in music player on your cell phone to stream your music without consuming too much mobile data.
If there is nothing to be done online, stay offline.
Social networks today feel like an immediate need for people. They always want to get in touched with everything online. Online communication usually requires quick responses. However, to be able to receive and read the message quickly, you need to be online. Therefore, you are staying up online for a longer time. When in reality, not all of these online transactions are necessary.
Cell phones today influence the lives of many people. They are handy machines that can provide convenience for the users. Advanced technology creates a world wherein we can communicate and interact with many people around the world. But we should always be mindful of the possible problems and issues that we encounter along the way.