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Top 6 Cheap Smartphone Upgrades

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with technology these days, particularly with smartphones. The technology in our phones is amazing, and it has completely revolutionized how we live our lives. We are more connected than ever and have constant access to information. 

However, with such rapid advancements in such technology, the prices of phones have skyrocketed. It’s quite common for your brand new £1,000 phone to become old news within a few months.

Luckily, if you’re not a tech junkie or obsessed with having the latest and greatest smartphone, there are plenty of accessories and apps out there that can take your current phone to the next level. What’s more, many of these upgrades are either cheap or completely free. 

Here are six cheap smartphone accessories and apps that will give your smartphone a well-needed boost.

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A battery case

Unfortunately, one of the most common issues that smartphones face is battery life. Depending on charging habits and overall use, the extent of this problem can vary. 

However, there is a practical and cool solution to this – a battery case. This smartphone case comes with a built-in battery, giving you extra juice if you run out of charge. 

If your budget allows it, you can opt for a wireless charger, but the wired cheaper versions can be just as good.

Translating app

Travelling to non-English speaking countries will never be the same once you download a translating app, like Google Translate. These apps use your camera to translate language in real-time.

Clip-on camera lens

If you fancy yourself as an amateur photographer but can’t afford the high spec camera smartphones, a clip-on camera lens could be the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. 

These lenses provide a variety of options like a fisheye lens, a microlens, and a wide-angle lens, giving more depth and angles to your photos and videos. Other features may include extended zoom, colour filters, and additional lenses. 

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Tracking app

A lot of smartphones come equipped with tracking software that allows you to locate your phone if it’s stolen or misplaced. Alternatively, a host of free tracking apps can help protect your phone and information from theft. 

Some allow your phone to be accessed remotely, preventing thieves from using it if it’s stolen. Others give location and information data for potential scam calls and texts. Be sure to check out the best option for you.

Waterproof case

If you haven’t got the latest and greatest smartphone on the market, your phone isn’t likely to be waterproof. To keep up with the latest trend, invest in a waterproof case. It gives added protection to your phone and allows you to take photos and videos underwater. 

These cases are surprisingly affordable and are available for many phone models.

Document scanner

If you’re a student or someone who works in an office, you will undoubtedly marvel at the handiness of a document scanner app. Eliminating the need for a printer and scanner, you can use your camera to create a scanned PDF file that can be swiftly attached to an e-mail.

 

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How to make your birthday in lockdown feel as special as possible

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It’s become a depressingly familiar force of habit in recent years – scrolling through your social media feed in the morning and passively taking note of whose birthday it is, sending a generic Happy Birthday message and getting on with your day.

In a pre-lockdown world, this was fine, as we all had other things to look forward to on our birthdays. However, with so many of us now sequestered in our homes when we would rather be out celebrating with our friends and family members on our ‘big days’, that virtual birthday message needs a serious rethink.

 

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Anyone who is celebrating a quarantine birthday between now and the end of the year is probably in the same boat though. So, rather than relying on your Facebook friends to do something special (because let’s face it, they probably won’t – they have their own stuff to deal with right now), take your lockdown birthday into your own hands this year by considering the following:-

Make a cake 

Not only are we all trying to avoid supermarkets as much as possible right now, there’s something undeniably more special about making your own birthday cake from scratch. It’s not a particularly difficult bake either, as long as you’re willing to keep it simple. Where you definitely shouldn’t keep it simple, however, is in the decoration!

Glam up the house 

We’ve all become so used to seeing the same four walls, so wouldn’t it be nice to give them a little bit of a temporary makeover on our birthday? The obvious first step is to splash out on some birthday balloons to spread around the home, but why stop there? Going really over the top can make it feel more special, after all.

Glam up yourself 

You’ve probably spent every other day in your pyjamas but your birthday is one day where you can afford to spend a little time pampering yourself, regardless of whether or not anyone will actually see the fruits of your labours. So go glam and get your friends to do likewise before logging onto that group chat.

Brunch with friends 

The bottomless brunch has become a bit of a birthday cliche in recent years so spoiling yourself with bottomless food and booze on  Zoom might actually make it seem a little bit more special? Virtual birthday parties might become the rule rather than the exception going forward, so start now before it becomes another boring chore. You could even go a step further and create some interesting drinking games.

Make it into a joke 

Finally, with everything so deathly serious right now on a global scale, try not to take your birthday too seriously. It’s a ridiculous situation and there’s no better way to survive a ridiculous situation than by laughing through it.

Home Organisation Jobs To Do During Quarantine

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Quarantine has been an odd time for all of us, and has marked the longest stretch of time many of us have been at home for a long time. But being at home doesn’t mean there is nothing useful and fun to do, and today we want to share some house and garden jobs you can do during quarantine to organise your stuff! 

Clear the wardrobe 

Over the year many of us end up collecting clothes we never wear, or clothes that are a little too small that we eventually plan to fit into. But now is the time to make a change and organise your wardrobe for good. Take some time this week to go through every part of your wardrobe and try everything on. Only keep things you love, things you wear, and things that have genuine sentimental value. Everything else? Either sell online through Vinted or get rid! 

Minimise your furniture 

After a long time living in the same house; and in this case staring at the same four walls every single day, it is time for a change. Grab yourself some secure storage units and think about clearing out the rooms of your house to make them more minimalist. You don’t need THAT much furniture, and once you have tried life without some of those small tables and cupboards that clutter up the space, you’ll likely find out that you don’t need them at all. Once you know what you want to keep and get rid of, sell items online and make some money in lockdown. 

Tidy the garden 

The house isn’t the only part of your home that can be changed and organised this year; the garden can be worked on too. Simple ways to spruce up the garden during lockdown is to clean up the flowerbed borders, weed the garden, and prune your large shrubs and trees into more manageable sizes and shapes. Have fun playing around with the look and feel of your outdoor space and it will make a huge difference. 

Organise the loft 

The loft is a part of the house which is often taken for granted and neglected, but this week you can make a positive change and finally rid yourself of the useless clutter you don’t need. Clearing out the loft might take a fair bit of time, but it will be more than worth it when you have extra space to store items you plan to keep for years to come. 

Clear your pantry 

Another part of the house that can sometimes be forgotten about is the pantry. If you are looking for a useful job to tackle today, the pantry is a great option. In an hour or so you will be able to rid yourself of out of date food, foods you simply won’t eat, and you can even extend your efforts to the freezer and tidy that up too. 

Take time this week to identify different areas of your home that can be better organised, and sit down and get these niggling jobs out of the way!

 

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