Best Way To Deal With Your Old Smartphone
Use your old smartphone as a baby monitor. Use it whenever you want. There are a number of free apps that can convert your smartphone into a wireless security camera. Try IP Webcam for Android or iVigilo Smartcam for iOS - these apps use your phone's camera to stream live video that can be viewed in any web browser, any video player that supports streaming or on another smartphone/tablet.
#9 Test Bed For Apps
Use your ex smartphone as a trial for your apps. The number of apps is growing exponentially on each smartphone platform, be it Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Phone. However, it is not always easy to identify which apps are actually useful for you. Use your old smartphone as a test device to check out new apps before installing them on your main smartphone to save your device from bloatware.
#8 Media Player
Just keep testing everything in your old smartphone. If your smartphone has TVout (via MHL or HDMI out), then you can easily convert it into a flash based media player for the TV. Get a high capacity memory card for your smartphone (we recommend getting a 32/64GB card depending on your budget and smartphone support) and copy your movies and music onto it.
#7 Retro Gaming Device
This one is for all the gamers. Old gaming systems had very basic hardware compared to the phones and tablets of today. That's why you can use software emulation to run older games on a current phone. Some of the older systems that you can emulate include several versions of Nintendo and Sega systems (Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, GameBoy Advance, Dreamcast and so on).
#6 Use It As A Wireless Router
Yup, use it for Internet. Using the built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot feature, you can easily use an old phone as a portable router. Plug in a 3G SIM card and choose a data plan with a good data limit. how cool is this?
GPS is one of the most useful things in the modern era of mankind. Google Maps and navigation is free on your Android phone and you've probably used this while driving. If you prefer, you can also get Maps by MapmyIndia — in many situations, MapmyIndia has better localised maps with better house and street-level detail for India.
This means that with an old Android phone, you don't need to buy a standalone GPS navigator for the car - just keep your old phone permanently mounted in the car. All you need is a car windscreen or dashboard mount for the phone and a generic micro USB 12V car charger to keep the battery juiced up (you can buy both online for as less as Rs 300 each).
#4 PC Remote
We've got a point. If you have a desktop or a micro PC connected to a TV, you will probably prefer to sit a few feet away. An obvious way to control the PC would be a wireless keyboard-mouse, but this isn't too convenient if you're on a couch. The smartphone is handy in this case — especially if you're using the PC for web browsing or entertainment on the large screen. Get a free app called Mobile Mouse Lite (by RPA Technology) and download the server software from www. mobilemouse.com (the server software is an essential component, and is available for all versions of Windows & Macs).
#3 Extra Storage
Extra remaining storage is always an added benefit. If you're out capturing photographs and you run of out storage on the camera's memory card, an old smartphone can come in handy. You can transfer the photographs over to it and even review them on the screen without draining the camera battery.
#2 Get a HUD in your car
This is a very feasible option. A HUD or head up display projects an image onto the windscreen so that it appears to float in mid air. The primary advantage of a HUD is that your eyes don't have to refocus to see gauges and then refocus again to see the road ahead. While HUD technology is not entirely new (it's commonplace in fighter jets), with a smartphone, you can have a HUD in any car.
#1 Car diagnostics PLX Kiwi
Another car thing. Car instrumentation only displays vital info like speed, RPM & fuel level. To see more, you can tap into your car's computer using something called the OBD II (on-board diagnostics) port. You need an old Android or iOS smartphone, an app called DashCommand ($49.99) & PLX Devices' Kiwi ($99 to 130). Plug the Kiwi into the car's OBD II port and your smartphone can then display a host of real-time information (coolant temperature, warning codes, engine load and so on). Enjoy!
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