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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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Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown

Although the word on the streets says they are easing the lockdown measures, many people I know are still in lockdown. It can be very tricky to maintain a healthy lifestyle in lockdown. Many people find themselves indoors all week and getting little or no exercise. This is not good for the mental or physical health. Which is why we all need to find a way to carrying on maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown. Here are some ways you could go about doing this –

Eat and drink healthy

I have detoxed myself from my favourite soft drink – Cocacola. This was not planned. I just found myself not having the urge to drink it as much anymore and I slowly realised I have not drank it at all for almost 3 weeks. This is a huge deal because I was pretty on a can a day for ages and that was me being good. On somedays I could find myself drinking 2 whole cans of it. I am glad I am off it. It still feels like a dream. I never thought I would see this time in my life where I drink water like it is the sweetest drink ever.

Eating and drinking healthy is so important, especially in this lockdown. I am glad I am able to do this effortlessly.

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Stay active

I have 2 active children so staying active is really easy. They keep me constantly on the move both indoors and outdoors. We go for regular walks and the change of scenery and fresh air does wonders. We try to step outside everyday for a few minutes and it really helps.

Get good sleep

I am sleeping a lot ealier these days. I am usually in bed by 10:30pm now and this is super early for me because I was a midnight owl some months ago. Going to bed earlier allows me wake up earlier. It also allows me start my day with a clear intention and I love it. If there is one thing you do for yourself this period, try to get some decent sleep. It helps loads.

Have a routine

I work from home and homeschool the kids, so having a clear but flexible routine helps us stay on top of our to-do lists. Having a routine also helps my state of mind. I like knowing what needs to be done and when. It gives me a sense of control.

Switch off the news

I don’t watch the news at all but I now many people find the need to keep up constantly with the press. I get the facts online and zone out the rest but I never watch the news. If you must watch news, I would advise you to minimise your viewing as much as possible and just take out the bits you want. I think it helps your mental health when you don’t constantly have the news on 24/7.

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Mediate

This lockdown has led me to meditating even more and I am loving it. Meditation does wonders for the mental health, especially when you mediate with a clear intention.

How are you maintaining a healthy lifestyle in lockdown? Please share your tried and tested tips below. Have a great week and be safe.

Style Icon: Lauren Pope

Hey fashion and style lovers! Happy new month! Welcome to the amazing month of April. The style icon for this month is the very stylish Lauren Pope. For reality tv show fans, you would recognise Lauren Pope from the hit tv show – The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE). For those who do not know this style icon, Lauren Pope is a model, television personality and DJ. She regularly appeared on TOWIE until she officially left the show in March 2019. I have been a huge fan of Pope’s sense of style. She was one of the reasons why I usually watched TOWIE back in the day. The girls on the reality show were always dressed in their Sunday’s best and they gave me loads of fashion inspiration. Pope’s outfits always look very nice on her. She has a great taste in fashion and she knows what looks good on her.

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Style Icon: Lauren Pope

I love seeing Lauren Pope’s outfits on Instagram. Her Instagram page is one of my favourites. She is fashion goals all day, everyday. I get a lot of fashion inspiration from her many different looks. This style icon looks good in pretty much everything. Her slender  body shape allows her get away with different pieces and she rocks them like a pro! She is one of the TOWIE girls I really admire. Pope’s personal style is very feminine and chic. She can be easily spotted wearing crop tops, baggy pants and fitted dresses. If I am to describe her personal style in two words, they would casual chic. Her sense of style works great for her.

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What do you think of Lauren Pope as a Style Icon? Are you inspired? Do you watch The Only Way is Essex? Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for reading, sharing and commenting. Have a great day.

 

 

 

 

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