Smartwatches are Here – Get used to it.

So, who wants a wristwatch smart phone, a smartwatch? Not sure I do, just another mobile to recycle. I’m more into smartphones with screens that expand to tablet size at will.

Fonebank and Smartwatches

Smartwatches can be beautiful

However, you can bet there’s a market for smartwatches, either as screen extensions for your smartphone right through to models with their own SIM and fully self contained – and every manufacturer of note will be producing just take a look at every smartwatch currently in development – Digital Trends

Apple had a team of about 100 designers working on watch-like device, two people familiar with the matter said in February and we can be pretty sure that Bloomberg’s tip that Samsung is about to release the Samsung Gear wrist device early in September is on the money. So, what’s inside Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch?

Samsung’s offering looks reasonably compact, but some of these devices are going to be pretty chunky and won’t be on my wrist. However, if you like to be flashy and seen as a first mover …….

Quad Band Android Phone Watch – Android Wrist Watch Phone With Quad Band Connection 

And then, if you really want to push the boat out All Hail The Hyetis Crossbow, The 41-Megapixel Smart Watc

One thing that’s becoming clear , whatever the naysayers say, is that we are going to become increasingly connected via mobile devices. Whether that’s one device for all  occasions or, perhaps more likely, several devices for different purposes (communication with people, health monitoring, environmental monitoring) we are going to have to be geared for very sound environmental recycling of this plethora of mobile stuff. Particularly if we don’t want to kill the goose.

We need a focus on how this is done. There are problems. At the moment mobile phones and other mobile devices that are refurbished are often sold at affordable prices into third world countries where environmental concerns are, quite sensibly, not put ahead of human survival and the building of economies that help with that survival process. What can the first world do to assist?

Should the recycling industry that benefits from this process, indeed should  the whole mobile industry as a whole also be encouraging and contributing to the initiation of environmentally sound recycling into the countries to which their output is going.

Contentious, eh?

Bendy and Big Screens

Not long now. Even thinner phones even bigger screens but possibly no bigger in terms of pocket size than your Galaxy S4. This is a major milestone in mobile device development – your phone turns into your tablet at the touch of a, well, screen.   New Samsung, LG, Apple, & Nokia Smartphones of 2013 or 2014 To Have Flexible Screens

And, wouldn’t it be great for Apple lovers if their iPhone 6 transformed into their iPad in the blink of an eye. You’d have thought maybe not so good for Apple, though, sell one device instead of two?    Incredible iPhone 6 Concept Transforms From Phone To Tablet Via Flexible Screen Technology IntoMobile from

I’m with PC Tech Authority in this next article, it IS time to get excited about flexible screens. This is the biggest impact on mobile devices since Apple produced the first commercially viable tablet. This is a must read.

That Pain in the Butt – Battery Life

At Fonebank one of the biggest problems we hear about is battery life. I think people sometimes recycle mobile phones because of the shortness of battery life, but often that problem is self imposed, a little judicious management would make your mobile phone battery last much longer.

Battery life is particularly important in emergencies. Whether it’s an earthquake or some other natural disaster grid power is often lost, sometimes for considerable periods of time. CNET’s Sumi Das has tips and tricks on how to keep your smartphone powered up when the lights go out.

CNET News – How to extend the battery life of your smartphone

On the less dramatic front, even keeping your phone plugged in overnight, or leaving it in your pocket can increase temperatures that dramatically shorten battery life.

Five Easy Ways to Prolong the Battery Life of Your Android Phone – Marketwire (press release)

DU Battery Saver is one useful aid to managing cell phone battery life. There’s a few more here:

Best Android Apps to Improve Battery Life 2013 – Android Geeks

So before you get rid of your otherwise wonderful mobile phone because of battery life, check if part of the problem isn’t you. Could save you a lot of money.

On the other hand, if you want to sell your mobile phone, Fonebank Australia is ready and waiting to help you out.