If It’s Time for a New Phone Consider These Tips Before Buying

When you’re a mom, the smartphone you choose is incredibly important. Having the right phone ensures you can stay connected even when you’re on the go. Your phone probably also doubles as your communication hub for sending emails, checking up on social media profiles, and taking pictures of your little ones.

There’s something else to consider when you’re a mom choosing a new phone, however. That’s the level of durability. If you have kids, you’ve likely seen the beating a phone can take, whether that means being dropped in a cup of juice at lunchtime, or maybe on the ground, which can lead to a shattered screen.

The following are some easy tips you can keep in mind if it’s time for a new phone, and you want one that’s tough enough for your life as a mom.

Prioritize The Features You Care About Most

It may seem like all phones are essentially the same these days, but that’s not necessarily true. Phones can be very different from one another, and many of the differences are related to the individual features of a phone. Before you can choose the right phone, you need to know what features are most important to you.

For example, do you want a phone with an expansive screen size? Maybe you’re most concerned about the quality of the camera, or perhaps you’re often on the go and battery life is really important to you.

Browse Phones In-Person

You may find a phone online that you think you really like, but if you order it, it could just feel clunky or look off to you. A smartphone is something you’re ideally going to use for years, so make sure you visit a retailer in person to hold one and make sure aesthetically you like it.

Durability

A lot of the newest smartphones available right now are designed for durability, and they are marketed as being waterproof. One such option is the Samsung Galaxy S7, although there are others. This phone is supposed to be able to handle being in up to five feet of water for up to thirty minutes, and if you’re a mom, you know just how valuable that feature can be.

Of course, the Galaxy isn’t the only phone known for being durable and waterproof. There are other options as well like the Droid Turbo 2, for example, among others.

It’s not just being waterproof that matter regarding durability. You should also look for a shatterproof screen if you have little ones who might consider your phone to be a toy.

Price

A lot of times when we think of buying a new smartphone, our minds automatically go to the big brands, particularly Samsung and Apple. While they do make great phones, there are a lot of mid-priced point phones out there from lesser known manufacturers that are worth taking a look at. The smartphone market is becoming increasingly competitive, which is good for consumers.

You can also look for sales from retailers, and also use options such as Flipkart mobiles coupons to ensure you’re getting the best deal when you make a purchase.

When you’re a mom choosing a smartphone, it goes beyond just finding an option that looks good and has the features you want. It’s also about price and above all else, durability, so using tips like the ones above will help you get the best of all worlds when it’s time to buy a new phone.

 

A treat for your mobile phone

If you asked 100 women what the most important item they carried around in their handbag every single day was, I’m guessing  (at least) 99 would say their mobile phone. Smart phones are such an important part of our lives, we use them to shop, to book tickets, to take photographs, to text, Snapchat, Whatsapp and play games. Sometimes, we even use them to call people on. Our phones contain ticket information, our banking, our photographs and videos, they do the job that used to be done by cameras, diaries, trips to the bank and a whole lot more. Sites like the Mobile Network Guide have become invaluable for news and reviews, as well as contact numbers for our networks. Frankly, losing a phone these days is like losing an arm or a leg.

Which is why we need to treat our phones with a little bit of love and respect. I was always happy to just throw my phone into my bag, and ended up cracking a few screens just doing this. Our new phones can do so much, but this makes them fragile and so much easier to break than the ‘brick’ style machines we used to use.  That is why cases and holders have become so important, and as much a fashion accessory as your handbag.

Just a quick glance at the Selfridges website shows you that you can buy a case from most of your favourite designers, from Michael Kors and Kate Spade, to cool high street and cult designer efforts from Ted Baker and Skinny Dip London. There are a great mixture of hard cases that fit onto the back of your phone, or leather and plastic cases to actually hold the phone.

If your phone is an integral part of your life, and one you couldn’t do without, then treating it to a special case is definitely money well spent.

Phone Cases – Key picks

 ASPINAL OF LONDON Slim-fit leather iPhone 6 case £50.00 Click to visit Selfridges

ASPINAL OF LONDON Slim-fit leather iPhone 6 case
£50.00

 SKINNY DIP Dita rose gold iPhone 6/6S case £14.00 Click to visit Selfridges

SKINNY DIP Dita rose gold iPhone 6/6S case £14.00

 MOSCHINO Bear iPhone 6/6S case £45.00

MOSCHINO Bear iPhone 6/6S case £45.00

 SKINNY DIP Fried eggs iPhone 6/6S case £15.00

SKINNY DIP Fried eggs iPhone 6/6S case £15.00

 SKINNY DIP Fried eggs iPhone 6/6S case £15.00

TED BAKER Shaen mirror iPhone 5 case £35.00

 KATE SPADE NEW YORK Jewelled hula girl iPhone 6/6S case £40.00

KATE SPADE NEW YORK Jewelled hula girl iPhone 6/6S case £40.00

 MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Striped iPhone 6/6s case £45.00

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Striped iPhone 6/6s case £45.00

The rise of wearable tech – is fashion behind this growing fashion?

Wearable tech is gathering pace. From watches to glasses, there is something that everyone seems to be wearing or investing in. What were once seen as a ‘little too techy’, are now seen as essential elements of fashion.

But wearable tech is not the same to everybody as an episode from the Apprentice showed. With flashing lights and solar panels, the resulting products lacked finesse and mass appeal but, it did show one thing – that people are now seriously thinking of wearable tech in fashionable terms.

And tech is relying on fashion too. In fact, it would seem that the driving force behind creating the necessary mass appeal that the mobile phone and computing companies is fashion. If it looks odd, or out of place, customers are not buying it.

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So what wearable tech is making it in terms of fashion?

Apple Watch

Apple Watch is the first foray in to the world of wearable tech for this computing giant. It is proving to be a fantastic piece of wearable technology, that functions like they say it will but its appeal is certainly in keeping with current fashion trends.

Apple has set the scene in any ways, as it is the first major tech company to have collaborated with the fashion world in creating a piece of wearable technology. And it was no afterthought either.

Apple worked with top designers from the world go so apart from getting the best in terms of fashion input in to their product, they also harnessed the power of the fashion world behind its product. As leather makes a comeback for 2015, Apple has a watch with high end leather straps and gold finish, something that the fashion world has coo-ed over.

And the marriage between the Apple Watch and the fashion world seems set to carry on blossoming, even after the honeymoon period. Liu Wen, the supermodel that graced the cover of Vogue in China wearing an Apple Watch is just one big name to be genuinely interested in the tech. Renowned designers such as Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour have also been spotted taking a fashionable view of the watch too.

Google Glass

Another giant in the tech world is Google and this company have made it one of their missions to drive wearable technology into the mainstream, with smart glasses.

The limited release of Google Glass in 2013 was greeted with much clamouring for more but, there were some detractors who thought that the glasses would not be something people would want to wear in public.

And the concern was one we have heard before – they looked too techny, too gooky to be mainstream, especially beyond the lax boundaries of the metropolis. What is acceptable in one place, can look too odd and out of place in smaller towns and cities.

Google realised the answer to the dilemma. Teaming up with designer Diane von Fursenberg, a whole range of fashionable Google Glasses products were created and launched. They were on trend and on budget too, thus increase the availability and accessibility for people interested in this kind of wearable technology.

However, concerns remain that they still look and feel a little too technological but, their appeal is beginning to take off.

 

Fitbit Flex

Fitness wearable tech is big business. Wearing gear that can help track your progress and suggest improvements and so forth, is bigger business that anyone thought it would be and the Fitbit Flex has fit right in to this niche.

And here in lies the rub – many people want fitness accessories that they can wear every day. Traditionally, fitness gear also takes on the hues of bright pinks, reds and yellows and yet, this is not suitable for the workplace, for many.

But, the stride to work every morning, or the run or the cycling commute is part of someone’s fitness regime and so they want to wear the tech.

Again Fitbit teamed up with a designer partner, Tory Burch in this case, to create wearable tech that did the job, but looked great with everyday casual and work wear, and not just exercise gear.

But they have been clever to realise that customers may want both and thus, there is a split in the design range too. Patterned silicone bracelets are for those that want the brightness, and the high-end looking brass bracelets have proved popular.

And it is not just tech firms that are nudging in to the wearable tech market…

Fashion giant Ralph Lauren has seized the initiative by announcing the Polo Tech Shirt. Designed for use during exercise, it has various sensors that collect the wearer’s biometric data from heart rate to calories burnt and so on. This data is transmitted to the smart phone app for analysis and so forth.

No new exactly, but certainly the first from a powerhouse of a fashion giant and was a short demonstrated during the US Tennis Open, 2014 by American player Marcos Giron. It is expected to launch in 2015, with a £125 price tag. The expectations are that other fashion brands will take not and follow suit.

Wearable technology seems to be a fashion that is here to stay. Who know what we will be wearing in years to come? This article was written by www.elesclothing.co.uk