Know your phone: 8 peculiar cell phone and smartphone facts you probably were not aware of
So, you think you're an expert on smartphones, eh? Think you're a cellular guru and that you know every bit of peculiar information there is to know about them? Then prove it! We've put together a bunch little-known cell phone facts, and we'd bet that you weren't aware of most of them. How many of these you knew were true? Let us know down in the comments!
UPDATE: Hope you liked our April Fools joke, guys! For those who didn't figure this out already, the statements below are all made up.
Modern smartphones are built of hundreds of precisely selected components, all of which are fine-tuned for compatibility, allowing them to work in perfect unison. It is estimated that in every handset there should be enough parts to make two fully functional cellular mobile phones.
Smartphones are at the peak of their popularity and their number is expected to grow even further. It is estimated that over 14.2 billion people worldwide now own a smartphone - up by 17% from this time last year. Communication over cellular phones is done in over 1823 languages and across more than 570 countries.
Low on charge? Worry not! The newest smartphones have their accelerometers and gyroscopic sensors wired directly to their power management system. Shaking a smartphone for 45 seconds generates enough kinetic energy to provide about 10 more minutes of stand-by time.
The distance of a cell phone from a cellular tower has a direct effect on its call quality. The further you are from one, the louder you should speak so that the tower can "hear" you while handling the conversation.
A phone's weight is one of the many items listed in its specs sheet. The figure is not constant, however. Phones weigh more when their batteries are fully charged. This is known as the Leyden Jar effect and can be easily felt with most smartphones as their batteries are capable of storing way more charge than a basic phone's cell. The ocean tides have an effect on phones' weight as well.
A special coating on the screens of most smartphones prevents fingerprints from sticking to its glass surface. It is made of animal fat very similar to the kind that aquatic birds use to keep their feathers dry.
It is estimated that one in every 10000 iPhones has the word "Help!" written on the inner side of its casing. The reasons behind this phenomenon are still unknown.