At a time when technology has revolutionized almost everything, people are finding smarter, better ways to make use of their smartphones. The number of people who own and use smartphones today is incredible big. Indeed, the likes of Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and the other globally renowned smartphones manufacturers have been trying hard to quench the appetites for powerful, hand-held computing devices. Most of the latest smartphones available in the market can perform an overwhelming number of tasks, without any noticeable performance lags. For instance, a typical Samsung smartphone priced at $400 will play just about any Android 3D game, work with office applications, and do a number of other things you only used to do on your laptop or PC computer. All this evolution increases convenience for users, and makes communication much easier.

Extending Smartphones Use

Typically, smartphones come pre-lauded with an operating system. Android and iOS are the only two mobile operating platforms that have managed to secure market wide domination. By installing applications of their choice, users on any mobile operating system can extend their experiences and do a lot more things that the device’s stock capabilities. Both Android’s, iOS’s and Windows Phone app marketplaces allow you to do nearly anything a computing device can do — either via a free or paid app. But there’s a nothing trend that’s taking shape today. People are using smartphones as consumer electronics, remotes for TVs and other electrical appliances, as well as tools to measure such metrics as body temperatures. These are just but a few of the many ways in which people are enhancing their everyday living through smartphones.

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Securing your Smartphone

A lot of people often forget to protect their smartphones from hackers, crackers and other types of malicious individuals. Securing your device with a suitable antivirus application is the first thing you should do once you acquire it from a vendor. Of late, there have been situations where celebrities were surveyed on via their smartphone cameras. Hackers have gotten so sophisticated at their game. Unsuspecting users have also been robbed of money via hacked credit card details. By installing a suitable antivirus application, you can keep your device and data safe. Avast is potentially the best antivirus applications that you can install to safeguard your smartphone. Most security apps today have multiple features for security, privacy, anti-theft and anti-loss protection.

Using Smartphones to Enhance Home Security

A good smartphone can be connected to a compatible home security system to monitor the environ and bolster home security when you’re away. By leveraging this form of connectivity, smartphone owners are able to active and deactivate security systems with just the tap of a button. People have often used Android smartphones to receive notifications anytime there’s a disturbance that triggers a home security system. For instance, you can configure the security system to send a text alert to your device if at all there’s activity that can be interpreted as a burglary attempt.

Smartphones for Handheld Surveillance

Receiving notifications from the home security system isn’t the only way you can use your smartphone to bolster home security. Nearly all modern smartphones are equipped with a camera of considerable resolution. This camera can be used a tool for handheld surveillance and situational filming. More so, smartphones can be connected with a home security system to stream live footage from the main system right to your device. By installing surveillance (CCTV) cameras on your doors, windows, backyard and other areas of your home, you can remotely access this footage from a distance. This way, you get to know when there’s someone messing around your home, or when there’s any situation. This kind of evidence is also important if you’re going to take legal action against burglars or perpetrators.

There’s no limit to how you can extend your smartphone for a better, more convenient experience. From increasing your workplace productivity, observing time during official engagement, to enhancing your home security, you can use your smartphone as a handy tool!

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool