Discover the apps that are hogging resources and draining your power
RAM management is a key issue for many Android users. Apps that are hungry for power will force your processor to work overtime and that demands a lot of RAM, which in turn gobbles up your battery. Offending apps need to be quickly weeded out and Android Marshmallow has made this a lot easier by tidying up the RAM drawer. You can now see at a glance how much memory has been used over a set period of time and which app has used the most.
Enter your Settings and then tap on the Memory menu. From here you can see how much memory your phone has used within a given time frame.
Should you run down your phone’s charge completely or top it up as often as possible?
For a long time people thought it was best to let their battery wind down as close to zero as possible before charging it back up. This is mainly because it was believed that a battery ‘remembers’ where it started getting charged from and takes that as its new zero per cent.
However, it’s now generally accepted that you should try and keep your phone regularly topped up throughout the day, keeping it between 50 and 80 per cent as much as possible. Around once a month you should drain it right down to calibrate the battery, but in general you want to keep it as far away from the red line as possible.
Tailor your Sony Xperia smartphone’s battery mode to your needs with this simple mod
One of the best features of the Sony Xperia range of devices is the excellent battery life. Where other manufacturers often struggle, Sony seems to have it figured out – its phones and tablets not only have batteries that are often bigger than the competitors, but Sony has also done a great job at making its software particularly efficient.
As well as the built-in Stamina features, which allow the device to intelligently manage its activity when the screen is turned off – something that really makes a big difference in Android – Xperia devices also include Ultra Stamina mode.
Ultra Stamina mode is ideal for when your battery is running low and you know it’s going to be a while before you can get to a charger. It limits the activity on your device to a few core features such as phone, messaging and a few offline apps, while also disabling mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Samsung has said that their 2017 phones will be thinner and faster charging due to advancements in camera and battery technology.
The South Korean mobile giant has said that its revolutionary RWB camera technology can produce the same photographic results as the iPhone 6 with microns two-thirds the size. This means that the camera module can be even thinner so it no longer protrudes from the back of the handset.
Another stumbling block to thinner phones is the battery. Modern smartphones require big and powerful batteries to fuel high-resolution screens, games and several hours per day of usage.
However, this comes at a cost and this cost is size. Samsung dropped the size of the battery in the S6 to achieve a thinner product but hopes to be able to reverse this by 2017. This will be achieved by increasing the energy density held in the battery from 700wh/l to 780wh/l, packing more power into the same area and delivering a better, thinner product.
The S6 is ZTE’s latest attempt to recapture the magic of the original Blade, so how does it fare?
Back in 2010, ZTE launched the original Blade. With a 3.5” WVGA device – that was a big screen at the time – and a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, it was an unexpected hit, with specifications that belied its bargain price and a vibrant hacking and modding community
Fast-forward to 2015 and we have what feels like a spiritual successor to the original device. Many Blades have come and gone, but this is arguably the first to capture that special blend of ingredients that truly makes a low to mid-tier device a great.
What makes the S6 special – and what made the original so coveted – is that it breaks with the formula used by so many of its rivals. Non-premium processor? No – the phone has a 64-bit, Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 on-board. Outdated and heavily modified Operating System? On the contrary – the Blade S6 is the first device to ship with Android Lollipop on top of the 615 chipset. A shortage of RAM? Not in the slightest – the 2GB found on this phone matches the specifications of all but the very best of flagships. Meagre internal storage? Hardly – with 16GB it matches the Xperia Z3 (which is more than 3 times the price) and it can also be expanded via microSD. The list goes on. Add in dual band WiFi, a vast array of sensors, an impressive 5” IPS screen and even a high end Sony camera sensor and it soon becomes clear that the device really packs some punch for the price.