Ah the New Year. Once we've all had our fill of overeating, sleeping late, and maybe drinking a few too many cups of eggnog, it's time to return to reality, and a slightly more austere daily routine.
But it's also a good time to look back on the past twelve months and consider what we could change for the better in the coming year. At pure mobile, we're doing just that, but with a tech spin.
We're calling out five common bad tech habits to work on in the New Year. But don't worry, we've also got some simple solutions to help you keep your mobile resolutions in 2013.
1. Exercise more
Let's face it, you've probably eaten enough turkey and sweets in the past two weeks to make the prospect of non-elasticized waistbands seem like cruel and unnecessary punishment. And, if you're like most of us, even if you return to your normal diet, you'll still find a couple of extra pounds you'd like to lose after all that feasting.
Getting out there and doing a bit of exercise can be a lot more fun if you can listen to your favorite music and stay connected while you break a sweat. And a handy armband for your Mp3 player or smartphone, like Griffin's Adidas MiCoach Armband for iPhone 5, will keep your device securely in place, for hands-free entertainment throughout your whole workout.
2. Be more discreet about checking your phone
The funny thing is, no one bats an eye when someone they're talking to checks their watch, but whipping out your smartphone mid-conversation is still considered pretty rude. So, if you can't completely break the bad habit of checking your phone constantly (whether someone is talking to you or not), you can at least try an be a little less obvious about it.
Stay updated while still being discreet with a Bluetooth-enabled smartwatch, like Sony's Smart Watch, which syncs with your phone and allows you to check updates from your email and social media accounts with the flip of your wrist.
3. Take better care of your valuables
Already made your way through a few phones in 2012? Busted your new tablet just a few weeks in? Try to be safe, rather than sorry in 2013, and invest in a heavy-duty case for your most prized devices. Otterbox's Defender line comprises some of the most protective, durable cases on the market.
And with cases for iPhone and iPad, as well as for BlackBerry and Samsung phones, you'll be able to make sure your phone or tablet makes it through the coming year without a scratch.
4. Drive more safely
If you have the bad habit of consistently texting and talking on the phone while you drive, your resolution this year should probably be to drive more safely. Lucky for you, keeping that resolution should be easy with a good car kit, like Blue Ant's S4 Bluetooth Car Kit.
It's totally voice-controlled so you never have to take your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. And it comes loaded with features, like a 2,000 phone number capacity, text to speech for caller ID, background noise reduction, and multipoint capabilities so you can connect 2 phones at a time.
5. Return to long-form communication
Don't get us wrong. Text messages are great, succinct, to the point. But there are just some things that are best left to the long form of letters and email. If you find yourself texting things like "luv u" and "srry yur grandma died," make an effort this year to say more, even if you're sending a message from your touchscreen phone.
With HipStreet's Keyboard Case for iPhone, you'll have the typing ease of a full keyboard wherever you go. The case's Bluetooth keyboard slides out whenever you feel the need to send a message that doesn't fit within Twitter's character limit. So you can say more when it really matters.