According to a recent article in the tech source The Elec states the company would cut down production from an average 25 million phones a month to only 10 million units for the month of April. This source also quotes an unnamed source to advise that the ongoing Covid-19 Iockdowns and the halting of production facilities in India as well as in the country of Brazil are causing of these reduction. Samsung believes manufacturing will be normal during the month of May when both the India and Brazil plants will ressume production. Although, even though this lockdown has already been extended in India till the third of May and considering that Covid-19 occurences unfortunately are increasing in both these countries, the anticipated return to normal may take a more lengthy process than the company thinks. And yet, there is a silver lining for the company. The predicted sales of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are beating market estimates and sales are expected to hit 6 million devices during this year as against the predicted sales of about 3.5 to 5.25 million smartphones.
The best way to clean your smartphone safely without damaging its screen or internal components is to wipe it down with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth.
Apple also recently said that it’s safe to clean its products with a Clorox Disinfectant Wipe or 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe.
But you should never submerge your phone in a cleaning agent, or spray cleaning fluid directly onto the device.
You could also try using a UV sanitation device, which is an electronic device that beams UV-C rays at your phone to kill germs.
If you’re anything like the average American, you probably check your smartphone more than 50 times per day, as a Deloitte study from 2018 found.
And each time you do, your mobile device picks up more bacteria from your hands. In fact, The University of Arizona found back in 2012 that mobile phones carry 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, largely because toilet seats are typically cleaned more frequently while personal electronics are largely overlooked.
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organisation are advising the general public to wash their hands often and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. That means keeping your phone clean is important as well.
But cleaning your phone can be tricky, considering many of the standard cleaning products you’d typically use for disinfection could potentially damage your mobile device.
Here’s a look at how you can clean your phone safely without damaging its screen or internal components.
Avoid using aerosol sprays and bleaches, and don’t spray cleaner directly onto your smartphone. Instead, use a Clorox wipe or isopropyl alcohol wipe.
It may be tempting to scrub your phone’s screen with a traditional disinfectant spray or general purpose cleaner. But it’s important to be careful when doing so to avoid damaging your device.
If you need to sanitize your iPhone, Apple says it’s safe to wipe down hard, nonporous surfaces like its screen with a Clorox Disinfectant Wipe or 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe. But you should never submerge your phone in a cleaning product and should be careful to avoid getting moisture in any openings, like the charging port. Apple also advises not to spray cleaners directly onto the device, and says you shouldn’t use aerosol sprays or bleaches.
Using cleaning agents on smartphone screens is generally ill-advised because it could strip away the screen’s coating. But Apple recently updated its support page to clarify that Clorox Disinfectant Wipes and 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes are safe.
“These phones have a coating on them to prevent oil or grease from your hand from sticking on the phone,” Jason Siciliano, vice president and global creative director of smartphone protection service SquareTrade, told Business Insider. “Using alcohol or or those types of everyday solutions directly on a phone, on its glass, can harm it.”
It’s the same coating that causes liquid to bead up on your phone’s screen and prevents fingerprints from smudging it up, Taylor Dixon, a teardown engineer for the repair guide manual website iFixit, told Business Insider via email. Even if that coating does wear down over time, Dixon says using cleaning chemicals will only strip it away faster.
A Samsung support page similarly warns against using cleaning product and instead suggests using a soft, damp cloth.
Using a soft, lightly-dampened microfiber cloth is also considered safe.
Both Apple and Samsung say on their support pages that wiping your phone down with a cloth– preferably one that’s soft and lint-free – is a safe method of cleaning it. You can dampen the cloth with warm water and soap to get rid of any debris or substance that requires more than just a wipe-down.
Most modern smartphones are water-resistant, but you should still be cautious when exposing them to liquids.
“You’ve still got to make sure no liquid gets to the inside of the phone through its ingress points,” said Dixon.
You should also unplug your device and turn it off before cleaning it, as Apple notes on its website.
You can also consider looking into a UV light to kill bacteria on your phone.
If you’re looking for an alternative method of killing germs, you can try looking into a UV phone sanitizer like Phone Soap, which uses UV-C light to break down germs and bacteria. It’s a relatively small box that almost resembles a tanning bed for your phone that blasts it with UV-C light to disinfect it.
Siciliano and Dixon weren’t able to speak to the effectiveness of Phone Soap and similar UV cleaners, but Phone Soap has gotten positive reviews from Insider Reviews, CNN, and Reviewed. That being said, at $US80, it’s a relatively expensive solution. And some Amazon reviewers claimed that the device stopped working after a short period of use. But if you are seeking a stronger way to disinfect your device, a UV sanitizer like Phone Soap could be worth looking into.
If you’re using a case on your phone, try cleaning that in addition to or instead of your device.
Although you shouldn’t use cleaning products on your mobile device, you may be able to do so on its case, depending on the materials it’s made from. That could be an effective way to sanitize your device as well, suggests Siciliano, especially since the case is the outer shell that most frequently comes into contact with foreign surfaces.
And of course, keeping your hands clean can go a long way.
“Keep [your] hands clean and disinfected and then your phone will pretty much stay clean and disinfected,” said Siciliano.
That includes thinking twice before bringing your phone to the bathroom.
“I think it’s just being mindful of where you’re putting your phone,” he said. “And how you’re handling your phone.”
Is reducing your carbon footprint a goal for you? Help out our environment as well as looking after your iPhone with the Case-Mate E94 case. The Eco Tough Case is Eco-friendly while still managing to give excellent drop protection for iPhones.
This is a case for nature and comes from Case-Mate in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy. Case-Mate bring the Eco94 Tough environmentally friendly case to us.
The Eco-Clear, E94 case, is made from a plant-based bioplastic. Bioplastics are amde from from renewable resources, such as in this instance, plants. Bioplastics reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the production process and reduce the overall carbon footprint of this case.
And realising that having plastic packaging for an eco-friendly case would be an injustice Case-Mate have not used plastic for the packaging, they have wisely chosen to have environmentally conscious materials to package the environmentally friendly case in. The packaging is made from 100% recycled paper.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this case is only good for the environment and not so good at defending an iPhone. The E94 is a tough case that provides 10FT Drop Protection that just happens to be recyclable after use. This case is environmentally conscious eco-friendly and tough.
The Eco-clear case is made for a few different iPhone models such as the iPhone 11 (the iPhone 11 version will also fits the iPhone XR), the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
This is a case you need to look at if you have one of the above iPhone models. You are most welcome to visit us at Brisbane Riverside iPhone Cases to see and buy one of the eco-friendly cases or other iPhone cases.
Constructed from sustainable (plant-based) bioplastics
If you look at the two leading brands of a protective enclosure for smartphones, it’s easy to be confused by all the models. Here’s the distilled version to help you choose the right case.
We are obsessive when it comes to cases for smartphones. If we see a friend, college, even family members with an unprotected device, we need to talk cases with them.
We have many cases for all phone models in our display case and if the case fits, it’s going on the phone.
We believe that say that any case on a smartphone is better than no case at all but not all cases are equal. The main thing you need to be concerned with is bezel elevation to prevent the phone from falling flat on the screen and taking a direct impact.
Also as well as that concern, you can improve rigidity and shock absorption to buffer against hits on the side and corners.
Before the introduction of edge screen designs — first seen in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, followed by 2017’s iPhone X and 2018’s iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, we would have maintained that you still put on a case.
There are many companies that extreme device protection. One is Lifeproof, and it is an excellent company with great cases. Otterbox is another with the Defender, as well as the Symmetry being excellent choices for protecting your new $1,000+ device.
Mostly we had one ultra-protective design, which is the Defender. And, for years, I only used Defenders no matter which device I had. I still only use Defender on the iPad Pro, because it’s the only case I trust on that device right now.
You could get a Defender Series Pro for your iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, or iPhone 11 Pro Max. You would be very safe with that decision, and my work would be done. It’s a rugged, proven design, so it’s practically a no-brainer.
OtterBox Defender Series
But over the past few years, Otterbox has expanded its line of case designs not just in its own branded offerings but also with its acquisition of LifeProof, which was once a fierce competitor.
LifeProof cases are always a little bit more expensive, once distinguished themselves from OtterBox cases in that it was targeting sporty lifestyle customers, with an emphasis on waterproofing. So, its cases were always a little bit more expensive than the OtterBox designs. The Fre, in particular, is the LifeProof flagship.
Let’s go, through the waterproof lineup first.
In 2018, For iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, LifeProof introduced two new case designs: the Slam and Next. Based on closer examination, they appeared to be very similar two-piece designs. From the cases we have the Next has considerably more bumper material on it.
LifeProof Case Lineup
Both are very tight fitting designs and provide ample bezel elevation and side/corner impact protection. Neither is water-proof or provide additional screen protection for scratches or frontal impacts. We have looked at the Next and Slam for an iPhone 11 Pro Max and the design is identical to last year’s models except the camera cutout.
We used both cases for about a month, and we would say that the Next felt thicker, but it’s not enough of a difference for me to sacrifice shock absorption with the Slam — although both the Next and the Slam can accommodate Amplify glass like the OtterBox Defender, which we will get to momentarily.
Personally, if we were inclined to get one of these two cases, we would get Next.
For 2019, LifeProof has also introduced Flip, which is a rather exciting design; it incorporates heavy shock protection along with an integrated credit card wallet and billfold pocket.
LifeProof Flip Wallet Case
Unlike the regular shock-proof cases from LifeProof, this is a single piece rather than a clamshell design — the phone slides into it, snugly. The bottom part of the case has a flip-open wallet that has room for a few credit cards as well as a bunch of bills.
As you can see, there is a rather large indentation at the bottom of the case to accommodate the flip-out wallet. This makes the case considerably thicker than the Defender, although it adds a bit of rigidity and shock protection. I tried using this case for a day, and it felt bulky. If we wanted to do away with a wallet, this might not be a bad option if we only carried two or three credit cards. We are guessing that the LifeProof case was targeting Apple Card users with this product.
The iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Max is already IP68 water resistant and can survive 30 minutes of immersion at depths of two meters, so if the primary concern is being dropped with occasionally being rained on, Next is what we would go with.
Anyway, nothing is so simple when it comes to making case recommendations for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max.
We have received the iPhone 11 Pro Max version of Fre and can say that the overall design is similar to previous Fre cases.
Fre is LifeProof’s tried and true waterproof case design, which also incorporates a permanent scratch protector that is a flexible film. This is the case that traditionally provided brand differentiation from OtterBox and the Defender.
Now, with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Max already being somewhat water-resistant, to begin with, it would seem that Fre is overkill.
Perhaps, we would tend to agree with this — if we weren’t talking about a $1,000+ device that costs $275 to $400 to replace the screen regardless of whether you bought the thing outright or you are making lease payments on the upgrade Program.
On iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Max, Fre has a watertight lightning charge connector door latch in addition to a permanent screen/scratch protector. We are not sure how necessary this is, but if you spend time near the water or on the beach, it might be a good idea to have this feature.
Additionally, given the fact that you are now constantly rubbing your finger with nails on the screen itself instead of pushing a physical home button, we are inclined to say that a screen protector on an iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Max is a requirement.
All the new OtterBox cases (and the LifeProof Slam and Flip) for iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Max can accommodate the Amplify glass accessory, which provides additional scratch & impact protections.
Can you buy a third-party scratch resistant film to put on a Defender or a Flip? Sure. But then you should get a Fre. It’s cheaper.
Do you have a glass protector? In terms of aesthetic, it looks better and is easier to clean, and we think the few extra microns of glass gives more peace of mind.
We don’t see any point in using either Defender, Next, Slam or Flip without Amplify glass. So, in terms and condition of the overall decision matrix of which case to buy, in my opinion, it comes down to:
You want a holster and full rubberisation and the tried and true Otter design (Defender/Pro + Amplify glass)
You want it to be highly protective but transparent (Slam + Amplify glass, or Next + Amplify glass )
You want it to be more waterproof than what the device provides out of the box, and you want scratch protection but not additional screen impact protection (Fre)
You want it to be highly protective but have a wallet built-in (Flip + Amplify glass)
By the way, did you notice anything different about this year’s version of the Otterbox lineup? The OtterBox Pursuit case is missing. Otterbox chose not to produce it for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Max. We guess it didn’t sell very well. That’s a shame because we liked it, but we understand the business decision.
We think the company could have easily made a Fre that can use Amplify glass as opposed to the integrated film, and then it could just put different branding on it for the OtterBox version along with a holster and an optional rubber shell.
We have to assume Otterbox has done its market research and determined that not everyone wants a true glass protector and that a certain amount of customers, particularly in the vertical market space (construction, military, etc.), want the additional psychological protection of full rubberisation with the traditional Defender design.With any of these four case designs, you’re in good hands. Which one are you planning to use? Come and see us at Brisbane Riverside iPhone Cases and see these cases for yourself.