Any problem? The solution : Things to know before buying Smartphone

The smartphone market place has become extremely overcrowded and unbelievably competitive. Buying a new smartphone can definitely be overwhelming task. There’s a fascinating array of different kinds of devices, that makes us quite dizzy to want them all. Each device has a different set of features that may or may not be what you’re looking for, all available on a different mobile networks makes choices more confusing, job more tiring.

Every manufacturer has some charismatic thing unique or new that your heart goes like a little kid standing before a candy store not knowing what to get. Choosing the best smartphone to cater your needs and within your budget can be a bit trying task. All those high-end features in these smartphones will be trading-off some or the other functionality which is important for you.

Because they are thought of as hand-held computers integrated with mobile phones, smartphones help us to live efficiently and stay connected perpetually; an advantage for busy professionals and entrepreneurs. Here are some tips for you when you are contemplating to buy a new phone or upgrading your phone.

Check for the operating system / platform:

Operating system is the main feature which you should see while buying a smartphone. It may be Apple’s iOS, BlackBerry’s BB OS, Google’s Android OS, Nokia’s Symbian OS or Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS.

How easily does the mobile phone communicate with your desktop platform? If you’re a Window’s user consider a Window’s phone, and if you’re a Mac user, get an iPhone. If you decide to go with something different, determine how will you get your contacts and data from your mobile device to your computer? Will you have to install software in order to sync your phone to your desktop computer or laptop? Can you sync them over web-based storage software?

Buy a device with a latest upgraded operating system, Google’s Android 4.0 is the latest in the market, iOS 5 is the recent one from Apple, Nokia is not that much into Symbian now as it is more into Windows Phone OS(mostly 7.5-Mango) and in case on Blackberry BB7 is new.

The usability of the operating system:
How many steps does it take to complete your core actions? How many apps are available to you through the OS?
Apple has the largest app store, but apps on the Android OS are increasing steadily. Before buying a smartphone look into the fact which one has more apps that are more suitable for your needs.

All app stores let you download apps for social networking, productivity, games and for lot of stuffs. There are paid and free apps. Android apps are more stable than iOS apps.

Know your feet type, find the right shoe when only the best will do

You can buy the best Shoes you want only when you know your feet better. Shoes are like your life partner, it can be really pleasant or it could really be pain, when you choose the wrong one. You can for sure buy the best shoe only when you know your feet very well. For instance, if one experiences a lot of pain in the arch of the feet, it I best if the person makes a wise decision of purchasing shoes with added arch support.

When you shop for shoes, give yourself ample amount of time, so that you could choose them leisurely not crunching for time and settle in for something that is not recommended for your feet type. Do not settle down for the looks of course it is required, but shop around for other types that would be the perfect fit for you.

As soon as you find the size and style you are looking for try on the shoes, walk around few feet and see how it suits your need. If you think it might not be the right one, do not linger there, leave that one aside and try on another one. It is important to note, just not trying is not enough, one should walk around wearing them few feet so you could judge it yourself. It is subjective only you can say how well it fits you.

There is a condition called the flat feet. The flat feet- is the arch on the inside of your feet is flattened, allowing your entire foot to touch the floor when you stand up. It will in due course for some cause pain in the ankle and knee and totally throw off your body alignment and ruin your balance.

If you are flat footed, finding good shoes is often a challenge. People with flat feet should look for superior arch support, a firm heel counter, and dual density foam for motion control. The selection of shoes for the flat-footed is small. Try buying shoes with a lower kind of arch so you can keep building it up and going higher in the arch support.

When purchasing shoes consider whether or not your feet pronate. A person that suffers from pronation (the foot tends to come down in its inner margin) has the tendency to apply the majority of his or her body weight onto the inside sole of the foot. This condition can usually be corrected, though, and the proper fitting shoe can help.

Here are some tips that might help you when you think of buying new pair of shoes in the future:

  • Do not always buy the first shoe that you try on or find, that attracts you so much, or because it is the latest trend.
  • Take some time to look around and compare prices, styles, brands, and special clearance racks.
  • Consider looking at different types of stores, too that would be comforting to your feet.
  • As you grow older the size of your feet changes so always have your feet measured before buying shoes.
  • The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
  • Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other, so fit your shoe to your larger foot.
  • Buy the shoes by how it fits your feet and not by the size marked inside.
  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot.
  • During the fitting process, make sure there is enough space (3/8″ to 1/2″) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up.
  • See that the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
  • Buying shoes that feel too tight should be voided and expect them to stretch to fit.
  • Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimum amount of slipping.
  • The shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk around.
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right. When you take them home, spend some time walking on a carpet to make sure the fit is a good one.

Recap on why you need to know your feet

High, flat, and neutral arches all function differently in which a person walks or is also called gait.

So, it is imperative that a person finds a shoe that properly supports their foot.

1. People with high arches need more cushioning and less support because their foot under-pronates and encounters more stress.

  • A high arch foot is more rigid and rolls outward while running and walking and ruins the gait of a person.

2. People with flat feet or low arches need a shoe that is more supportive. A person with a low arch needs a shoe that is more supportive because they have excess pronation in their gait.

  • When they walk or run they tend to roll their foot inward causing less stability in their foot. So having a more structured or supportive shoe is important.

3.  A person with a neutral arch just needs a stable shoe. A stable shoe that adequate support and cushion.

  • Neutral arches will adequately pronate or roll their foot inward for proper ankle stability and proper shock absorption.

Having the proper amount of pronation in your gait is important, so it is important to find the right shoe that will function with a your foot type and will make finding shoes easier.

Final note to what else to consider is seeing that

  • The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot.
  • Leather shoes reduce possible skin irritations.
  • Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery.
  • Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces.
  • Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.

Have fun shopping  for your shoes and have a happy walk of life.

Smart people save money on daily basis, are you smart?

Saving money need not always be a chore, or a huge strategy to be so stingy and not eating or having fun no and then. Regardless of what the economy is doing, we have to save money on a daily basis and try to build our safety net of cash for the hard times/ for future.

There are plenty of ways one could save money every day by simple methods which is easy to be followed.

When you go out for shopping eat and then go. Half way through the shopping spree, you get tired and run to the nearest restaurant, the same meals you cook at home is so much healthier and better have you thought about it?

Have a shopping list and stick with the list, this would keep you from buying things which is not absolutely needed, which you know you won’t use it often. One could buy the store brand items that are as good as the brand name ones. Some times, the brand names sell on a higher rate, which might not even be liked by you.

Supermarkets are designed to entice people to buy things. It is their job to see their company is up and running. The racks are filled with things that might invite you to buy them for no apparent reason we buy tons of them.

Start cooking at home. This would sure save a bunch of money, which will make you look forward the last week of the month without a worried look. You would enjoy dining at home. Many people eat outside 5 days in a week, some sort of fast food atleast. For them cooking is a bitter act. Why do they think so, sheer laziness and ‘when I have money I can spend it all the ways I like to’. Just start taking lunch with you to work and see how much money you save by doing so. Once in a while you have to treat your colleagues or some one else, it is not that bad to do so, for other days you have saved enough, so it might not rip your pockets.

Why don’t you take advantage of the store coupons? Some times they at least save the money you are gong to spend on taxes. Just because you find a coupon it doesn’t mean one has to buy the product. Be reasonable find the logic behind buying it.

How many of us are stuck some times that we are looking for a change and we don’t have it at all. May be buying a sachet shampoo or a candle on a day when there is power cut, the days when we frantically try to buy candles at store/ take a Xerox? Where do we keep all the little coins? Just don’t care about it, well now it is time to think of putting them in a place or container and whenever small changes are required use them. They are savings that help us on weird situations when the shopkeeper wants 25 cents change. Some times they can lifesavers.

Try use power that is absolutely needed. Turn power in the room, whenever you go out or think it is ok to do so.Everyone knows that turning off lights when leaving a room helps cut energy costs. But leaving small appliances plugged in when not in use, even if they are turned off, can still draw electricity. When finished using electronics like cell phone chargers, toasters, hair dryers, even TVs – unplug them. This will prevent them from sneaking bits of electricity and making energy bills go up.

Count your total income, then take a piece of paper and make a list of monthly costs (bills, mortgage payment, fuel cost, movie, cafe, etc) with supposing sum of money to spend. Your task this month is not to exceed the number in the budget list.

Have realistic goals. Goals that can be achieved in short term because having long- term goals can easily leave you disheartened. Let your goals be genuine and all yours.

Pay for everything in cash, which prevents you from overspending. If you cannot stop using the credit card at all, at least restrict its usage. If you have a car use it when it is absolutely needed, not use to go to the store just 5 minutes sway from your residence.

Having fun time can real be less expensive and lot happier when you don’t have to buy tickets, and watch a movie stuck on a seat not even able to stretching your feet. Why not invite your friends, let them buy a snack, or some food, have a small potluck, get together time in your house, watch movies, play games and just relax? Does it save money yes sure it does!

Above everything hand out with friends who are simple and who just would not spend foolishly and impulsively. Try to go miles away from “ don’t care attitudes” or “live your live today and don’t think about tomorrow”, kind of people. It is not worth it.

Good luck to you, thanks for reading this article, final say to you is work, work, work, climb up the career ladder by developing skills that would increase your chances of getting better jobs.

Be wise or be a pauper, Choice is yours

Today we all are facing a huge, huge crisis that is the money we earn is going out of the window the very week we get the salary. We do not know how it all happens but we are puzzled at one thing, whatever we earn is not enough to meet the expenses and why so?

Well if this is the case, there is only one thing we should be aware of, and that is we should control money and not the other way around. As money pours in our wants list also grows bigger. Most of us want the latest tech toy, from game to latest tech equipment, which is all over the ads. For women it must be something which the co-worker or friend or neighbor bought the day before. Her wants is like a mighty ocean and her desire to get everything, from latest home appliance her co-sister was bragging about or the latest fashion clothing or new model jewel. Why do we do this and then pay all the loans/ credits and live with misery counting pennies end of the second week itself.

Now let’s talk about some simple ways of preventing this “moneyless slogan”. We all have wants; the needs are no longer fascinating, we want to be the only person who has the brand named items. Ok this is the simple motto, buy what is needed and stay away from “the evil I want”. This will help everything fall in place.

Lets see some easy way how we can save money and live like a king even at the end of the month and have savings so we need not worry about how “we are going to survive syndrome”. First thing is budget, budget, budget. Do not be lazy to do so. Keep an allowance of some amount aside so that, we wont always dip in our saving account.

There is extravagant spending in this modern world, buying a car not for needs but for making a bold noise to the family and friend circle we have in life. This happens often, we all would know someone in life for sure. Live within your means and avoid the evils of credit cards. They entice you with much attracting offers and miss a payment or two, you will see what a pain they are.

You could have advices from your family ‘how you can save money’, from your friends ‘where to invest money’, on the Internet, you can visit many websites giving you tips to save money, stay out of debt. This article is not giving you tips, it wants you to think for yourself as grown up adults. It is up to you to live a peaceful life and it is up to you to live a life full of debts and credit -card bills. Prioritize your needs. Have a future plan and work towards it and whenever you think it is right time invest money on things that would be of value and worth. Don’t be ‘emotional buyers’, buy things for your comfort not because your friend has it. Save at least 30% of your salary if you can. End of the day you are accountable for your fancy spending and for all the debts you have. Choice is yours be wise or be a pauper counting pennies.

What to know before buying a used car

Buying a car has become a blend of necessity and a status everyone dreams of owning one. For some this has become a necessity very important to carry out activities of daily living.

Used cars are the ones we are going to talk about. Why a person decides to buy a used one has been for a long time.  By using the easy-to-follow tips below, you will decrease the chance of being ripped off and increase the probability of owning a reliable vehicle for many years to come. One can get a used car that’s almost as good as a brand-new one without paying for the depreciation that hits new car buyers as soon as they drive the car off the lot. Cars that are only a year old are 20-30 percent cheaper than brand-new cars.

Assess your needs

Why do you decide to buy a used car :

By using the easy-to-follow tips below, you will decrease the chance of being ripped off and increase the probability of owning a reliable vehicle for many years to come.

Take equal care and attention with profound research on buying a used car, do the same amount of systemic study done on buying a brand new one from the display.

Buying a new car needs you patience and analyzing skill. How long you will use the vehicle, how long you will keep it, the size and features you need, your budget for the purchase and operation and maintenance.

Check first the dealers:

Check on the reputation and reliability of the dealer first. Dealers / car sales man wants you to commit to a purchase talks you into buying it. Beware they need not see your knowledge deficit and use it to their benefits. Cars in the auctions are not advisable to buy because there is no possibility of a mechanic to have a peek how good the car has been maintained,

Private Owners:

There advertisement of the private owners n news paper ads. Make sure to get the maintenance record, repair record. Check if the seller or the previous owner is the authentic and legal person who desires to sell he car. If test-driving is denied don’t buy the car. Go for test-driving only in the daylight to see how good the car looks in the interior.

Thorough Checking with a mechanic:

Check the body for rust or cracks. Tires, battery, doors, windows, lights, tailpipe, shock absorbers and fluids are all details that need a close look before you buy. Mechanical parts such as the headlights, heater and windshield wipers should be functioning properly. Also check the interior seats and floor for any major wear and tear.

Check the body for rust or cracks. Tires, battery, doors, windows, lights, tailpipe, shock absorbers and fluids are all details that need a close look before you buy. Mechanical parts such as the headlights, heater and windshield wipers should be functioning properly. Also check the interior seats and floor for any major wear and tear.

Analyze your needs:

Consider building a target list of three different cars. Will this car fit into my monthly budget? How much difference in price separates good-but-popular cars from their good-but-overlooked counterparts?

Test- Driving:

Test-driving a used car helps you decide if it is the right car for you and also if this particular car is in good condition. Once you get behind the wheel, ask yourself if it is a good fit for you. Does it offer enough headroom? Legroom? Are the gauges and controls conveniently positioned?

Some cars are harder to start when they are dead cold and, when doing so, will reveal chronic problems. This is studied by starting the car in the cold. Turn off the radio to hear the engine and concentrate on the diving experience. Take your time and be sure to simulate the conditions of your normal driving patterns.

On the test-drive, evaluate these additional points:

  • Acceleration from a stop
  • Visibility (Check for blind spots)
  • Engine noise
  • Passing acceleration (Does it downshift quickly and smoothly?)
  • Hill-climbing power
  • Braking
  • Cornering
  • Suspension (How does it ride?)
  • Rattles and squeaks
  • Cargo space

Avoid buying a car that has been in a serious accident or has had major repairs such as transmission rebuilds, valve jobs or engine overhauls.

Double -check the deal carefully:

Dealers have lots of experience negotiating. Most private parties do not. Therefore, buying a used car from a dealer or a private party will be two very different experiences. Take the time to read and understand any written agreement. Be sure to ask questions. All blank spaces should be completed. Understand if there is a warranty and what it covers.

Follow these guidelines when negotiating:

  • Only enter into negotiations with a salesperson with who you feel comfortable.
  • Make an opening offer that is low, but in the ballpark.
  • Decide ahead of time how high you will go and leave when your limit’s reached.
  • Walk out — this is your strongest negotiating tool.
  • Be patient — plan to spend an hour negotiating in a dealership, less for private parties.
  • Leave the dealership if you get tired or hungry.
  • Don’t be distracted by pitches for related items such as extended warranties or anti-theft devices.
  • A “closer” (a high-pressure salesman) may try to improve the deal before you reach a final price.

Once all of the paperwork is complete, it is finally time to relax and begin enjoying your new purchase: a good used car.