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Top 10 Things Your Smartphone Sucks At (and How to Fix Them)

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Sometimes, smartphones can be a boon for your personal productivity, but other times it's amazing how much trouble they have performing simple tasks. Here are ten things your phone probably sucks at, and how to make it work better.

When you have something that runs on batteries, it's inevitable that it'll run out of juice. That's just the nature of the beast. But oftentimes, your battery dies long before you want it to, and that's not good (remember how long dumbphones used to last?). Luckily, there are two things you can do to fix this: first; make sure your phone isn't wasting its battery. Check out our guides to getting better battery life on Android and the iPhone for more. Next, just make sure you charge it whenever you can. It's easier than you think—and we have strategies for that too.

This one isn't really your phone's fault—it tries really hard—it's just that typing on a keyboard that tiny is really difficult (even with the sometimes-hilarious autocorrect helping you out). The best solution is to improve your typing skills, but if you're on Android, you're also lucky enough to have your choice of keyboards. Here are the five best keyboards around, but if you don't like those, check out our guide on finding the right keyboard for you. With the right tools and some honed skills, you should make typing with your thumbs just a little bit easier.
I don't want the Blockbuster app on my phone. Why can't I get rid of it? I want to use Google Maps for all my navigation. Why won't my iPhone let me? Sure, you could root or jailbreak, but manufacturers are constantly working against you to make that more difficult, and even the Nexus phones come with some unnecessary apps these days. At least they're a bit easier to root, but good luck finding one on your carrier of choice—depending on the device, that's all luck. Thankfully, you can at least make up for some of this by rooting, jailbreaking, unlocking, and getting rid of that crapware on the phone you do have—no thanks to the manufacturers and carriers, of course.


 

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