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Every so often, our Earth-bound teardown team gazes skyward. Today, we look to take the Samsung Galaxy S5 to pieces. Will this device be immortalized among the stars of repairability—or will it plummet to the ground like a blazing meteorite?
According to iFixit, the Samsung Galaxy S5 score 5 out of 10 on their repair index, with 10 being the easiest to repair, you can find out full details on why the handset is difficult to repair over at iFixit.
Barely a day passes without a news story emerging online or in a newspaper about a new advance in technology or social media that makes our lives more connected, fun or efficient.
One of the newest kids on the block in this respect is Friend Compass which has been created by travel search engine company momondo. Whilst there are other apps out there that either find flights for you or show where on earth your friends are at that particular moment in time, Friend Compass claims to be the first app that combines both functionalities.
The app will work out what city all of your Facebook friends are in, and then provide you with a list of flights from your current location to theirs.
The first question to ask about this app is, why exactly do we need this type of functionality? Well, with the Global Village seemingly growing smaller all the time, it's not unusual to have friends in a vast and diverse array of different cities and countries.
Now, when you get that urge to go and see them in person, it's that much easier to work out in an instant how much it will cost you and when you can get there. Is it the most important advance in the history of technology? Certainly not, but having tried out the app, it's definitely a very neat idea that is impressively executed.
What are the alternatives though, if Friend Compass doesn't float your boat? Well, as we mentioned above, this is the first app to combine these two functions, so you're going to have to use two separate apps to get the same results.
In terms of location apps, it's probably fair to say that Foursquare is still by far the most popular choice. It's the sort of app that people either love or hate, and we're sure that you know which camp you fall into at this stage, as it has been on the market for years now.
Beyond that, there's surprisingly few other location apps out there. Google actually retired their Foursquare-type offering, Latitude, in the middle of last year, suggesting that enthusiasm for such apps is on the wane. As such, if Foursquare isn't your thing, you may enjoy using Friend Compass as an alternative just for its location functionality.Overall, Friend Compass is a nicely executed and novel twist on a couple of well established ideas. We don't expect that it will develop into one of those 'must have' apps, but it seems likely that it will find its niche with people who have a large network of friends around the world and like to visit them often. If that's you, then Friend Compass will be a dream come true, and we'd suggest you get over to the App Store or Google Play as soon as possible to get it installed on your device!
Much has been written about the evolution of the mobile phone. From the huge, house-brick-sized models which defined the latter half of the eighties to the sleek smartphones of today, the mobile industry has come a long way. But what about the once humble mobile phone case? Just as the phones have undergone a radical transformation over the years, so too has the mobile phone case.
The Early Days
During the formative years of the mobile phone, protective cases did not exist as they were not really needed. The earliest handsets were large and bulky and so did not require any extra protection. The cost of these early phones was also so high that the market for them was limited, and certainly not enough to justify releasing a string of accessories. As demand for mobiles began to grow, they gradually became more affordable to everyday users. As the overall size and weight of most mobile models dropped to more manageable levels, the need for protective covers and cases became apparent.
The first phone cases were simple plastic affairs, cheaply manufactured to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. They served just one purpose – to protect your phone. At this point in time, mobile phones were seen as just a handy way of being contactable no matter where you were. To a certain extent, it did not really matter what make or model you possessed. As technology advanced, however, the humble mobile phone morphed into a fashion accessory — a true statement about what the user was all about. As such, the phone case had to change too.
A Statement of Fashion
The average mobile phone case of today bears little or no resemblance to those of twenty years ago. It is no longer satisfactory for a case just to protect – it needs to look good too. The design work on many cases available today is truly stunning. In addition to mass-produced designs, it is also possible to get your own personalised phone cases which feature photographic images of friends, family, pets or whatever you choose to have. These, of course, truly are unique to you.
The material used in the manufacture of today’s cases is of a much higher quality than before. Rather than cheap plastic, many of the better models are made from top-quality leather which will last for many years and protect your phone to the maximum.
Influence of the Mobile
It has been estimated that there are now more mobile phones in the United Kingdom than there are people. The influence of the mobile on modern society is truly astonishing. With so many phones in existence, it is becoming more and more important to stand out from the crowd and display individuality. This is where mobile accessories, particularly cases, come into play. The choice of case is now almost as vital as the phone itself.
Author Bio: With an interest in digital marketing, fitness and technology Monika Grzankowska regularly shares her knowledge and tips on various blogs, including Mr Nutcase
In the modern era, it seems as though there is a huge focus on personalisation and being unique. In many ways, this is a positive thing and it is refreshing and positive to see people defining themselves in their own fashion. It can be very easy to fall into the herd and run with the pack so anything which allows people to personalise their style and to create an identity that they really believe in has to be seen as a good thing. However, it is also important for people to be able to personalise themselves and their belongings at their own pace. There are some folk that like to truly stand-alone from the crowd and there are some that like the comfort of sharing opinions, thoughts and ideals with others. This isn’t to say that people within this group won’t benefit from little personal touches in their outlook.
This is where finding products that can add a personal touch to your life is so important. People who want to be completely independent will be able to find exactly what they are looking for. People who are happy to be part of the gang but like to have small things that stand them out from the crowd will also be able to benefit. There is also the fact that if you are looking for a gift to give someone, the personal touch will always be very much appreciated. Taking the time and effort to find or create a personal gift, as opposed to giving a generic off the shelf present, will be of tremendous benefit to the recipient and in return, to the person who gave the gift. Personalisation takes thought and consideration, which is often much more important than money.
The smartphone is an integral part of life
Of all the gifts or products that can be personalised, it is easy to see why personal phone covers are in high demand. In the modern era, phones are a natural part of our everyday lives and it seems as though some people are attached to their phone every hour of the day. If it wasn’t for the necessity of sleep, some people would never be off of their phones so you can see why having a personalised phone case is crucial.
There are many different options to choose from. A personalised photo can be used to create a cover with an image that spans the entire case or it can be used to cover a part of the phone’s case. There is also an opportunity to add a message to the phone case, which again provides greater flexibility and benefit from this style of product. If you are giving a gift to someone, it is possible to create a very special and personal message to someone or you can add a personal joke. There is also the opportunity to make a message or statement for yourself with your personalised smartphone cover, which is exactly what plenty of people are looking for today.
Can you be unique with a branded smartphone?
With so many people using the latest brand name smartphone, it can be difficult to do so in a truly unique way. If you are using the latest Apple phone, the newest Samsung model or even a popular Android enabled phone, you will find that there are many more people around the world who have the exact same model. On a small scale, this may mean you have issues telling your phone apart from your friends. On a larger scale, it may be more difficult to convince yourself and other people that you are a truly unique character when you have the same phone as millions of other people around the world but there is a chance to at least make your phone look unique and individual.
Creating the right image and personality for yourself is crucial and there are many ways to do this. Having the right look and identity provides people with confidence and enables them to feel better about themselves and how they engage and interact with other people. This is definitely a positive thing in life and if using a personalised phone cover can help people to feel moer confident and happy, it is something that more people should look into.
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