You have probably heard a lot about what to do and what not to do during you Android purchase, but remain skeptical about its usage. Here are the top 9 things to avoid when getting your first Android phone.
#1 Google Play Store is the Android equivalent of the App Store on iOS. It has products and services ranging from apps, music, movies to even Google's devices. If you are planning to grab one of them, don't purchase Play Store cards as they cannot be used to devices on the Store; you will end up losing your money.
#2 Android phones are made by hundreds of OEMs across the world and each manufacturer. This creates the problem of software updates being inconsistent on each device. While some phones get faster updates, don't even see the latest Android update till 10-11 months after launch.
#3 Unlike iOS, Android is completely open source and thus prone to spyware and virus attacks. The Play Store has many kinds of sketchy apps that may work differently than advertised, so always download apps based on the reviews and real-life experiences from verified people.
#4 Facebook is an extremely heavy Android app, along with a data sucker. The best option is to skip the Facebook apps like Messenger and go for lighter options. Apps like Tinfoil and Metal are good alternatives for your social media experience.
#5 Rooting is the process of tweaking your Android device in such a way that gives it superuser rights to perform functions that it was earlier incapable of. Rooting gives administrative permission to certain apps. Root your phone only if you are completely confident, otherwise you'll end up bricking it.
#6 With the crazy advent of fingerprint and iris scanners on smartphones, it is almost certain that your Android smartphone sports one of these to give it the extra edge in protection. It is highly recommended to protect it with a PIN or password.
#7 Android smartphones let you create a seamless user experience across devices. The best way to sync your contacts and back them up is by storing them on your Google account, rather than the phone itself. This ensures that they remain on the cloud and accessible anywhere.
#8 This is a common misconception that killing recent apps all the time helps reduce the load on the processor and improves RAM and battery performance. The fact is that the opposite happens. RAM and battery actually deteriorates because of the extra load of opening and refreshing apps again and again.
#9 It's almost senseless to mentions this again, but you do not need to use task killers on Android. Android is able to manage background resources just fine without your intervention.