A friend just purchased her very first Android smartphone – her first smartphone ever. And since she’s new to these wonderful devices and I love dispensing advice, I thought I’d some up with a quick list of 5 things she’ll want to pick up along with that phone.
1. A case. You’ll be using your phone a whole lot. A lot more than you used your old flip phone. Because you won’t be pulling it out just when you need to make a call. You’ll take photos, check Facebook, watch movies, listen to music, and more! So this phone will be a lot more likely to get dropped. That’s why you’ll need a protective case. The good news is that cases not only protect your phone, but the wide variety of colors and styles mean you can give your phone personality. Just make sure you pick a case specifically designed for your phone. Because the placement of camera lens, speakers, microphone, and buttons can vary from phone to phone, you need the right case so you have full access to all of your features.
2. Get an extra charger (or 2). There’s nothing worse than running out of juice. I suggest making sure you have a car charger, as well as one to take on the go with you. One for your desk drawer at work isn’t a bad idea, either. While charger bought from the manufacturer can be pricey, you should be able to pick up a fairly inexpensive USB charger and USB to microUSB cords. I like to have a permanent charging station at home, a car charger, and one that I keep in my purse at all times.
3. Buy a backup battery. Once I got one of these, I’m not sure how I lived without it. A portable backup charger is great if you know you’re going to be taking a lot of photographs or video that can burn up a lot of juice. Or maybe you’re going to be out somewhere where you won’t have convenient access to a plug for recharging. Having one of these fully charged at the time of a power outage can buy you an extra day or more of phone and Internet service.
4. Microfiber cleaning cloths are a great thing to have handy for your phone. Not only can your touchscreen get sticky, but your camera lens is a fingerprint magnet. It’s like you can’t help grabbing the phone right by the lens. A good, small cloth helps keep a clear screen to work with and ensures that you don’t end up with blurry photos. I’d also suggest a stylus pen if you like them, but I know some people have better luck using their fingers.
5. MicroSD card. If your phone offers expandable storage, I’d certainly suggest adding a microSD card to hold photos, videos, and music. You will be amazed at how fast your phone can fill up as you get into picture taking and using it to listen to music. Adding a card can give you space for thousands more songs and photos. You can even move some apps there.