Just how bad is the winter cold for your Smartphone? First of all, lithium ion batteries dont like extreme temperatures, either hot or cold. Verizon Wireless recommends you keep your battery fully charged in case of emergency.
Cold temperatures can run down the phones battery charge more quickly, according to Verizon Wireless. Use a car charger to keep the phones charge if you get stranded or stuck in traffic on icy or snowy roads. Think about an extra battery as backup. That being said, a great place to buy an spare battery or car charger inexpensively is batteries4less.com, where they have a full 1 Year Warranty on all products sold.
Touchscreens can become brittle in extreme cold. One suggestion by Samantha Murphy, TechNewsDaily, is that mobile devices should be kept in an inside jacket pocket, using your body heat to keep them warm. If you have tried to use your touchscreen phone outside in the chilly weather, you have discovered that wearing gloves doesnt work. There are gloves especially made with removable fingertip covers. The finger flaps fold back and either Velcro or button back while you use your fingertips. These work well for texting or sliding the touchscreen to select apps. Another invention are small discs called Digits, which you pin to your glove fingers so you can tap away at your touchscreen without removing the gloves. Digits are mini-pins made of conductive silicone, with a metal pin on the back for attaching to your glove and can be purchased for as little as $13.99 for a four-pack. In Korea they have come up with another solution. (It is verrrry cold in the winter in Korea.) They apparently use frozen sausages as fingers to tap their touchscreens. Somehow this seems like a greasy way to go.
The nose knows. There is a new app out there called NoseDial, which lets you dial your iPhone with your nose. It even has adjustable sized screen keys so you can match your nose size. And all this for just 99 cents. Say what? I keep picturing a cold, red runny nose, and shudder.
Be creative. Knit a little cell phone cozy. Apparently it is all the rage at colleges, where they even knit the initial of their school on the front. You can find a little cell phone cozy pattern at Gritty Knits. Have you found it difficult to use your Smartphone in cold weather? Do you have a creative idea for keeping your cell phone safe and warm?