Have you ever sat down and analyzed the immense potential that little gadget called a mobile phone has? Apart from calling, browsing, texting, and playing music, your mobile phone has more potential than you have ever imagined. If you took your time well and tested that potential, you would be surprised to see how much you have been denying yourself. In this post, we shall look at three surprising and fascinating ways of using your smartphone so that it can live up to its name—a smartphone.
Scanning old pictures and negatives
The modern smartphone is now rivaling cameras when it comes to amateur use. In fact, over 80 percent of people are no longer buying cameras. Unless you want to do some quality professional work, the mobile phone is all you need. However, it is not just its ability to shoot clear photos that matters, no. You can also take its use to another completely new level. If you have nostalgia for the old good days when you were young and all you had was the analog cameras, there is no reason to let such golden memories to go to waste. The reason is that you can now relive that golden history by using photo-scanning apps that are readily available in the market today.
By using Google’s application called the PhotoScan, you can use its built-in intelligence to perform all the cropping, rotation, enhancement, and glare removal functionalities to come up with excellent photos. The only thing you need to pay attention to is the quality of your smartphone’s camera since the quality of the photo will depend on it. The good news is that you can use this app to enhance your old photos using Android and iOS devices.
What about those negatives of the past? Can you also bring them to life? The answer is “Yes you can.” By using Helmut’s Film Scanner App, you can use your Android gadget to handle film negatives. The app allows you to scan the negatives and turn them into normal photos. The only thing you need to do is to place them in a properly lit area from where you can digitize the image you took and then allow the app to turn them into stunning pics.
Use it as a magnifying glass
Are you having difficulties reading small writings? If you are, there is no need to keep using your spectacles to read well. With an Android or iOS phone, you can now use the phone as a magnifying glass. If you are using an iOS, you can go to the settings of your phone and then access the “General” option under which you will go to “Accessibility.”
In there, you will need to click on the “Magnifier” settings under “Vision,” and switch on the toggle. Thereafter, you will have to point the camera at the place you want to read and then click the home button thrice. You can also adjust the level of magnification, adjust the level of brightness and colors, and switch on the flash for better vision.
If you are using an Android device, you can go to the settings of your phone and select “Accessibility.” From there, you can switch on the “magnification gestures.” Next, you will have to triple-tap on the screen so magnify anything that appears on it.
Enjoy an LED flash alert for notifications
Notifications are important in the usage of your smartphone. At times, it is possible to miss your audio alerts when you receive new messages, emails, and other notifications. This applies mostly when you are one of those people who like switching off their ringers and forget to switch them on again. However, you get over all this by activating your smartphone’s LED flash as a way of getting visual signals for incoming notifications.
But how can you do this? If you have an iPhone, it will be necessary to switch on this feature from the Settings. Under “General,” you will have go to “Accessibility.” From there, you can go to the “Hearing” settings and activate “LED flash for alerts.” If you have an Android phone, you can download the application to enjoy these notifications. You can get these applications in Google’s Play Store.
However, there is a little caution when you have activated this feature in your cell phone. You need to remember that when using the LED flash alerts, they can be overly bright. Therefore, it is beneficial to take caution when you are planning to visit social joints that require low lighting conditions, for instance, movie theaters. In such a setting, you will need to keep your smartphone away so that the flashes do not become an annoyance to other people around you.
Yes, that is how much you can get from your mobile phone. From photos, to negatives, to LED notifications, and all the way to magnifying glasses, you can make the most out of your smartphone and enjoy digital life at another level. You can now take more steps to experiment and discover more for yourself.