It’s 2014. In case you blinked, the mobile phone landscape has changed dramatically: Nokia is making Android phones. Blackberry is alive again—sort of. Apple is making gold iPhones. The latest version of Android is named after a chocolate bar.
If you still live in a world of flip phones, keypads, and BBM, allow us to take you from the desert to the promised land of smartphones. It’s a land flowing with high-speed Internet and free apps, but take heed! Even in Promised Land there are dos and don’ts.
Here are the rules…
THOU SHALT BUY A SMARTPHONE CASE (BUT NOT A SCREEN PROTECTOR)
You know the old saying: if you can’t be good, be safe. Put that phone in a protective case. After all, while it costs in the ballpark of 20 or 30 grand, it’s simply a good idea. You never know when your phone will take a tumble towards the pavement or when it will rain.
Don’t go all O-A on us though. Today’s smartphones have screens made of things like ultra-strong, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, so you can skip the screen protectors of yesteryears.
THOU SHALT UPDATE AND BACKUP OFTEN
Think of updating and backing up as daily exercise for your mobile devices. Updating not only gives you access to the latest and greatest functions of your phone, it also keeps you one step ahead of nasty security threats.
As for backing up, let’s face it, shit happens. Phones break, software crashes, thieves exist. You can replace your phone, but lost data is gone forever. Make copies and put it on the Cloud.
HONOR THY SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
Let’s not let that Flappy Bird fiasco happen again, okay people?
Software developers are sensitive, socially handicapped geeks. They slave away in front of a computer and churn out code so you can have something new to play with when you’re bored. They deserve credit and just compensation for their hard work.
So be nice.
And stop whining on Twitter.
THOU SHALT PRACTICE PHONE ETIQUETTE
You know the drill. Put your phone on silent mode in the movie theater. Don’t text or catch up on your Twitter feed while you’re on a date. Put your phone away when you’re in a meeting. We’re not savages, eh?
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