Downsides to tech advancements May 07 2016, 0 Comments

Smartphone technology is advancing so fast no one can keep up with it, okay some of us do. But it’s amazing how fast we’ve moved from GSM to LTE, Gingerbread to Lollipop and 256 MHz to 2.5 GHz quad-core processors. There’s so much that’s being included in devices now that we’d never imagined, but is there something wrong with all these? Are all these developments positive or are there some negatives too?

Fingerprint readers

This all started with the iPhone 5S back in September 2013, and since then Samsung’s S5 and S6 have a fingerprint reader of their own, HTC too have got one. Samsung’s, though, has gone a step ahead and partnered with PayPal to allow users make purchases using their fingerprint scans for logging in.

Extreme processors and displays

Dual-core, to quad-core and now octa-core, device’s processors are getting faster by the year, which is a good thing, but it’s also putting a strain on the batteries. The faster a processor is, the more power it requires, obviously. And the same goes for displays: there are now screens able to play 4K videos! You might not appreciate how amazing that is but it is.

Now batteries have to also become bigger, which means larger phones and more weight. Don’t be fooled by manufacturer ads about lighter and smaller than ever before, just ask Sony Z3 Compact’s users about the overheating and camera fails when you try to shoot 4K videos. It’s frankly wishful thinking to imagine a 4-inch screen device can handle all that. If you truly want to enjoy these extreme displays and processors, you have to be willing to carry a big phone, they’re just not my cup of tea, though.

SIM technology

It’s funny how devices keep getting bigger as the SIM cards get smaller: a regular SIM is trimmed down to a Micro-SIM, then further into a nano-SIM. Alternating between devices using different SIMs is now a nightmare; say, you have your SIM cut to a nano-SIM, trying to use that SIM on a regular SIM device is going to be challenging because you have to insert it perfectly so it can be read.

I don’t get what space is being saved by using a smaller SIM, but what can you do. Cutting your SIM, however, is quite easy, even if you don’t have the actual tools. In fact, I cut my SIM myself, all you need is a sample, and you can use a friend’s and just cut out the extra bits with a pair of scissors. Okay, that’s a bit archaic, but you don’t have to worry about looks, the SIM card is going to be inside the phone and won’t be seen.

Wireless and fast charging

These technologies try to make using your device more convenient to use: fast charging, for example, could be a life-saver when your battery level is low and you’re leaving in a hurry. It allows you to charge your device from zero to above 60% in about half an hour, but it’s only available in late models such as the Galaxy S5 and S6. Same goes for wireless charging.

The downside to these technologies is that they damage your battery and reduce their longevity. Lithium ion batteries prefer being charges at low and consistent speed, fast-charging will damage your battery over time.

Can we avoid improved technology?

You know the answer already, technology always gets better, and there’s more to gain from these advancements than we lose. The only thing we can do is be cautious, instead of just diving into it headfirst then discovering what a mess we made, dip your toe in the water first.