Five Ways to Turn Your Old Android Phone Into a Brand New Gadget
With new phones pouring out every week, Android handsets go out of fashion in no time. Even though these “old” phones work fine, many users decide to abandon these devices due to the lack of support when it comes to software updates. After buying a new phone, most people sell off the old handset.
Some people don’t want to do that however – there’s a lot of personal data on our phones, and you might not feel secure selling it to someone else. Although it’s possible to securely wipe your Android phone, many people end up leaving the old phone lying in a drawer somewhere. Instead, here are a few cool ideas on things you can use your old phone for instead, with the right apps.
1) Car dash cam
If you own a car and have a smartphone to spare, you can set-up your own dash cam. The first thing you need is a smartphone cradle. We suggest you go for a suction cup window stand as that provides a better view. This one has a lot of positive ratings and reviews but there’s a wide range on the market, starting from just a couple of hundred bucks.
Now install one of the many dash cam apps available in the market. Popular ones we’ve tested and found handy include Car DVR and GPS, which comes with 2GB of free cloud storage, and also has augmented reality GPS navigation, or AutoGuard Dash Cam, which lets you record from front and rear cameras at the same time. You cal also see navigation information, and jump to a location on the map and see the video recorded at that place. Some of these features (such as navigation while recording) are locked to the Pro version, but eve the free features are pretty useful. One thing to note with this app is that older videos are automatically deleted to save space, so if you need to preserve a video for any reason, then you need to access it manually.