Since tomorrow is Earth Day, we have thought fit to dedicate our modest tribute here in AZ, so we thought in what ways our nice Android smartphones can be ecological. While it is true that the manufacture of a cellphone can be far from green, clever use of the gadget ought to be instead.
Without further ado, let’s see what you think about the following simple examples:
First at all, applications such as Google Sky Maps can restore our ecological consciousness. Recover our childlike spirit is an easy first step to think globally. There’s a nice silver chain linking stargazing and saving the whales, if you know what we mean.
Tracking location apps like Google Maps allow planning more efficient routes, thus saving time and gas. Public transport apps, especially those who report the current service status, are also an excellent choice for urbanites. From now on, you won’t have to hurry looking for that kind old man who knows by heart all the bus routes.
Use your smartphone as e-reader. It may not have the charm of paper books, but realize that most of what you read did not deserve to be printed.
Use your phone as a flashlight. Spelunking can be quite risky, but it’s perfect to find the candles during a blackout. Remember that most of torch batteries aren’t rechargeable. Any phone with flash can be used as a flashlight if you have the proper app.
And on the subject of the battery, try to make a more effective usage. There are helpful apps about e.g., your battery efficiency, screen timeouts, social network updates and so on.
Better than recycling, reuse: Your old android device can give a great use to communities that are lagging behind in the technology race. Surely not far from your house there is an NGO that will know exactly what to do and where to send it.
These are just a few. You can add as many as you want.
Happy Earth Day and Happy Android apps discovery!