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FoneGuru New Shop

Welcome to new FoneGuru shop news. This is our first post. We will keep adding interesting news from FoneGuru news room. Keep checking and don’t miss out !

Previously, we were located at the Wynyard train station shops where we created a loyal customer base consisting individuals and businesses by providing quality mobile phone repair service at a very competitive rate. We have moved! We had to move like all other shops at Wynyard station, as the re-construction of the station is taking place.

We have moved within CBD close to town hall station. Our brand new shop is located at:

2/27 Park St Sydney NSW 2000

We have comeback with even more determination and attention to detail with our repairs at this new shop. We are here to welcome you again.

How to choose headphones for your smartphone

How to choose headphones for your smartphone

Everyone with a smartphone needs a good set of headphones. Our phones make noise, and usually it’s when we want them to make noise — watching a video, listening to music, playing a game or even talking on the phone are sounds we want to hear, but everyone around us probably doesn’t. Luckily, there are plenty of companies out there that have just what we need and are happy to sell headphones of one type or another to us.

For some of us, the headphones that came in the box or a pair we picked up from a big-box store are fine. And that’s OK. Nobody here thinks we all should spend time and stress over headphones unless you’re having fun while doing it. But if you want to try and find the best headphones for you, we have a few tips that can help.

What type of headphones do you want?

There are several different styles of headphone to choose from, and they all have advantages and disadvantages. The first thing you need to consider is what you want to do with them. If you only want headphones for consuming media, you can skip looking for models with a mic. A mic is pretty handy to have if you think you’ll need to take a call while you’re listening to music on the bus, but good headphones with a mic are usually a little more expensive than good headphones without.

And we’re not going to talk about Bluetooth in this article. That’s another subject that deserves its own discussion, and we’ll have it. For now, we’re only talking about headphones that you plug into your phone or tablet or whatever else makes noises you want to hear.

  • Earbuds: A lot of people love earbuds. They are small and easy to carry around, discreet, and can sound pretty good if you pick the right ones. As a bonus, most times they are a good bit cheaper than other types of headphones. Some of the drawbacks are issues staying in place if you’re moving around a lot, they can be uncomfortable and oftentimes they can’t deliver big loud bass.
  • On-Ear headphones: These can be a good middle ground between earbuds and big over-ear DJ models. They can bring much bigger sound, there are plenty of affordable models, and they aren’t too big to fit into a bag or purse. They aren’t very discreet, so not the best choice if you don’t want anyone to know you’re on your phone.
  • Over-Ear headphones: These are for people who want the most sound, and don’t even care how they look. They are big and bold, so hiding them is usually out of the question and you’ll need to lug them around. You can find over-ear headphones in open back models so you can have a little awareness of what’s going on around you, or closed back models that are almost noise-cancelling. In either case, over-ear headphones will deliver the biggest sound possible while on the go.

What to look for…

Once you’ve decided what type of headphones you need, you need to know what to look for to pick the best set for you.

There are a lot of factors here, and if you ask 10 people to recommend a brand of headphones, you’ll should (hopefully) get 10 different answers. Don’t fall into the trap of buying the headphones that are popular right now and everyone is talking about. Chances are they bought them just because someone else told them to buy them. Take the time to find the pair that works best for you.

  • Sound “profile”: This is the single most important thing to consider if you’re going to use your headphones mostly to listen to music. Headphone drivers can (and are) designed and built in different ways that can accentuate certain sound frequencies over others. “Audiophile” headphones will have what’s called a “flat” profile. All the sounds, from low-frequency bass to high-frequency trebles are delivered pretty much equally.

    Most headphones have been tuned so that the ends of the scale — the lows and the highs — are going to be more pronounced than the middle. You will notice a big difference between the two. Flat-profile headphones usually have words like “studio” or “monitor” in their description, and “sweetened” — that’s the term for adjustments to the sound profile — headphones will use words like “Extra Bass.” Premium headphones should be tuned so that the high and the low stand out, without the middle sounding bad.

  • Price: Price is usually the most important option of all. Some people are willing spend $3,500 on a pair of headphones, and there are headphones out there for them (and they sound incredible). For the rest of us, you need to remember that you usually get what you pay for. You can buy a set of earbuds for $3.99 in the checkout line at the supermarket, but you’ll probably be immediately unhappy with them. You can also spend too much because of the name on the box. Generally, stick to names you recognize as having a good track record for electronics, pick a model in your price range and then search for user reviews.
  • Impedance: This is an electrical term, but you’ll see it when you look for a good set of headphones. To explain how it matters for headphones is a little technical — you want to match the output impedance of the source to the input impedance of the electrical load to maximize power transfer and minimize signal loss. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense just yet, we’re going to figure it out.

    Your phone has a certain “level” of power output through the headphone jack. You need to make sure the headphones you buy are designed to work well with that “level” of power. This is easier than you think, thanks to modern packaging and advertisements. If your phone isn’t recognized as having any type of “Hi-Fi” audio, you want to find a set of headphones designed specifically for smartphones or music players. That means look for something that says it’s designed for an iPod if you don’t want to wade through all the specs. That’s cheating, but it will work.

    If your phone does have a premium DAC and headphone amp, your safe spot is around 60 Ohms, but you’ll really need to wade through those specs if you want to try and match the right cans to your phone. The Internet is your best friend in this situation.

  • Frequency response: This is a measurement of what sounds a pair of headphones can produce. The wider the range, the more sounds can be played. Look for headphones that range from 10 Hz to 20 kHz at a minimum if you’re going the premium route.

    There are more things that can be considered, like sensitivity or driver size if you really want to geek out over a set of headphones. I encourage you to geek out at will, but as long as you consider the basics above you’ll be able to pick out a set of headphones that work for you. And, if you have the option, try out the headphones you’re considering before buying. All of the reviews and tech specs in the world mean nothing if you don’t like the way the headphones sound.

The transfer of data from an Android phone to a computer or tablet

The transfer of data from an Android phone to a computer or tablet

To transfer data between an Android smartphone or tablet and a computer, you used to have to connect them via a USB cable. These days, plenty of Cloud services are available, which allow you to keep data from a phone or tablet in sync with a computer. That’s very convenient, but it does require a fast Internet connection, and it’s not all that great for moving large multimedia files.

One of the newest and perhaps easiest ways to transfer data from an Android smartphone or tablet to a computer is with an on-the-go (OTG) USB stick. There are a few of these sticks available these days from various vendors, including Imation, SanDisk, and Verbatim. These types of USB sticks have a microUSB head on one end, which can be plugged in to your Android phone or tablet, and a regular USB connection on the other end, to plug in to your computer.

They work in the most basic of ways: plug the USB key into your computer and transfer some files to it (be it music, movies, presentations for work, or masses of photos), then plug the USB key into your phone or tablet to access those files while you are on the go. The neat thing is that you don’t even have to transfer the files over to the smartphone or tablet to view them; you could just play them off the stick itself.

In order to view the files on an OTG USB stick, you have to use a file manager app on your mobile device. Usually, the USB stick manufacturers recommend one that they think is suitable for their device, but you can use whichever file manager app you’re comfortable with. Through this app, you can copy and paste files, move things around, or just view files.

More than a way to transfer files to a smartphone or tablet, a USB OTG stick can be used to transfer files between smartphones and between smartphones and tablets. It’s a good way to get data off a personal smartphone and a work smartphone, for example, or if you just want to share data with friends.

There is a caveat, though: in order to use an On-The-Go USB stick, your Android smartphone or tablet has to support the USB On-The-Go standard, too. This means the USB OTG port on the smartphone can act as a host to see the storage device that’s plugged into it. You’ll need to check with your smartphone manufacturer to see if your model supports OTG, or check the sites of the USB stick makers to see if your smartphone is on their compatibility list (we’ve listed their respective Web sites in our reviews of the devices).

Terms of use of phones and tablets in hot weather

Terms of use of phones and tablets in hot weather

Although it’s perfectly normal for computers and smartphones to get warm (thanks to the battery heating up) there is of course an upper limit to how hot these devices can get before they start overheating.

The general guideline for laptops is to keep it running below 122°F (50°C), with some more leeway for newer processors. If your laptop feels like it’s running too hot and has started showing performance issues, now’s the time to use a free temperature monitoring tool to see if your laptop is in danger of overheating. You’ll know if your laptop is overheating if you see these telltale signs.

Some smartphones, like the ​HTC Evo 4G, offer built-in temperature sensors that can tell you if the phone or battery is getting too hot, and many smartphones will automatically shut down if the phone gets too hot.

Apple recommends an ideal temperature zone of 62° to 72°F (16° to 22°C) for iPhones to work well, and describes ambient temperatures higher than 95°F (35°C) as damaging temperatures that could permanently ruin the battery capacity.

MacBooks work best if the temperature remains between 50° and 95°F (10° to 35°C).

For storing your iPhone or MacBook, you can keep it in temperatures between -4° and 113°F (-20° to 45°C).

Keep Your Laptop or Smartphone out of Direct Sunlight and Hot Cars

Be careful where you leave your gadgets. Anyone who has been in a closed up car on a hot day can tell you that it gets really, really hot, and our skin isn’t the only thing that hates hot weather.

If you leave your phone or computer in direct sunlight or baking in a hot car, even touching it can burn your hand. It gets worse if it’s playing music, taking a call or charging since the battery is already working up a sweat.

Make sure your laptop or cell phone is turned off in those burning areas and try to only use them in the cooler shade. One option is to cover it with a shirt or sit with it under a tree. If you’re in a car, try pointing the air conditioning vent in its general direction.

Wait to Use Your Hot Laptop or Smartphone

When moving from a hot area to a more temperate one, wait until your laptop or smartphone has cooled off a bit (returned to normal room temperature) before turning it back on.

This also applies when taking your laptop out of its case, where it might have been trapped in heat.

Turn Off the Most Battery-Intensive Applications

Turn off the most battery-hungry apps and features. Not only do features like GPS and 3G/4G or the highest screen brightness tax your laptop or smartphone battery life, they make your battery run hotter.

Similarly, use your device on its battery-saving (e.g., “power saver”) setting to automatically use less battery and reduce battery heat.

Some devices have what’s called an Airplane Mode that can instantly quit broadcasting on all radios, which means it will disable Wi-Fi, GPS and your cellular connection. While this does mean you won’t get phone calls and internet access, you will definitely quit using so much battery and give it time to cool down.

Use a Cooling Stand

A laptop cooling stand is a great investment. These stands not only draw heat away from your laptop but they also position your laptop ergonomically.

Pop your laptop into a cooling stand if it’s getting to hot. It’s really not a big deal if you’re already using your laptop on a desk because the cooling stand will just change how it’s positioned, which shouldn’t be too different from what you’re used to.

Shut Down Your Laptop or Smartphone When Not in Use

When it’s really, really hot, perhaps the best thing you can do is turn off your device, reserving the power for when you actually need to use it.

Some devices will turn off automatically when they get too hot, so it makes complete sense that shutting down all of the power to every component is one of the quickest ways to cool down the phone or laptop.

After 15 minutes of being in a cooler space, you can safely turn it back on and use it normally.

 

Transfer of data from Android Phone to a computer

Transfer of data from Android Phone to a computer

To transfer data between an Android smartphone or tablet and a computer, you used to have to connect them via a USB cable. These days, plenty of Cloud services are available, which allow you to keep data from a phone or tablet in sync with a computer. That’s very convenient, but it does require a fast Internet connection, and it’s not all that great for moving large multimedia files.

One of the newest and perhaps easiest ways to transfer data from an Android smartphone or tablet to a computer is with an on-the-go (OTG) USB stick. There are a few of these sticks available these days from various vendors, including Imation, SanDisk, and Verbatim. These types of USB sticks have a microUSB head on one end, which can be plugged in to your Android phone or tablet, and a regular USB connection on the other end, to plug in to your computer.

They work in the most basic of ways: plug the USB key into your computer and transfer some files to it (be it music, movies, presentations for work, or masses of photos), then plug the USB key into your phone or tablet to access those files while you are on the go. The neat thing is that you don’t even have to transfer the files over to the smartphone or tablet to view them; you could just play them off the stick itself.

In order to view the files on an OTG USB stick, you have to use a file manager app on your mobile device. Usually, the USB stick manufacturers recommend one that they think is suitable for their device, but you can use whichever file manager app you’re comfortable with. Through this app, you can copy and paste files, move things around, or just view files.

More than a way to transfer files to a smartphone or tablet, a USB OTG stick can be used to transfer files between smartphones and between smartphones and tablets. It’s a good way to get data off a personal smartphone and a work smartphone, for example, or if you just want to share data with friends.