5 Ways smartphones play a vital role in successful long-distance relationships

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Anyone who’s been in any relationship knows how important the role of clear, honest, and open communication plays to create a space that’s built on trust and love. This becomes a new challenge entirely when you have the additional obstacle of long-distance added in the mix.

In fact, the long-distance dynamic has become even more real over the past year and a half. Couples around the globe have had to get creative with how they keep the spark alive and trust and love flourishing while separated by lockdowns and borders. This is where our pocket-sized devices become a lifeline to our significant others while apart from them.

From good morning and goodnight texts to having virtual movie, dinner, and picnic dates to just catching up with a short video call to help bridge the distance – smartphones have become a saving grace when staying connected with your loved ones. To really make the most of this connectivity, you need a device that can help you stay in contact with ease and give you the most out of your portal of communication.

The HUAWEI Nova Y60 is a new and cost-friendly smartphone emerging on the market that is built to help you stay connected with ease and comfort. The device measuring at a convenient 6.6” and kitted out with HUAWEI FullView Display and a 3D-rounded body means that it offers a lightweight feel and a dazzling display for you to enjoy crisp long video call dates with your significant other without risking an achy hand cramp. The device also comes in a premium and regal colour with a crush green jewel colour option alongside the midnight black version available.

Here are five ways that new and better-quality smartphones, like the HUAWEI Nova Y60, can help you build a closer connection from afar:

The battery won’t let the love run dry quickly

Older smartphones relied on battery packs that needed a full day or overnight charge when it comes to being able to use it comfortably – and even then, it would need to be re-charged not too long after. The same goes for phones you’ve had for a few years already – the ageing battery slowly stops being able to keep up. And having your phone die mid-video call after waiting all day to catch up with your significant other who's miles away is not the best feeling and can kill the mood quickly. This is where newer smartphones - and even new budget smartphones like the HUAWEI Nova Y60 - become a saving grace. The HUAWEI Nova Y60 comes equipped with a 5000mAh battery that includes AI power-saving abilities that support you for long-time use. The smartphone promises up to 3 days of use on a full charge. A full charge also offers up the ability to get 15 hours of Online Video Playback or 34.4 hours of Local Video Playback or up to 12 hours of 4G web surfing and up to 41.9 hours of 4G Voice Calls. Allowing you to stay in touch without much worry when dozing off together on a video call to the current show you and your partner are binging.

A good quality selfie camera gives you a more visceral video call experience

What good is a video call catch up session if you’re caught glitching or looking like a 90s video game character on the other end of the line? Newer smartphones come with premium camera set-ups and selfie cameras that pack a punch – allowing you to grant your significant other a crisp image of you over video call and see them just as clearly. The HUAWEI Nova Y60 boasts an impressive triple AI back camera set-up. This includes a high-res 13MP main lens with AI assistance, 5MP 120° ultra-wide-angle lens, as well as a 2MP depth camera lens – allowing you to flip your camera and go on virtual walking dates without losing quality. The 8MP selfie camera will keep you radiant and glowing with its built-in AI features that includes the Huawei Beauty Mode 5.0. feature that gives you smoother skin tones and brighter aspects and lets you enjoy fun AI smart effects in selfies.

You get to turn 'me'-time into 'we' time with ease

Many think that because of the distance you need to be in contact 24/7/365, but that’s not sustainable or realistic. In relationships where couples live together or stay near each other, they don’t spend every waking moment together. Instead, they collect the highlights of their day and share them with their partner when they do come together. The same goes for long-distance relationships. Even though it can feel harder to gauge what your significant other is up to, you need to place the trust in each other that you’ll catch each other up. You can take vids and pics of your day as you go about your tasks and even send them through randomly in the day – whether it’s a selfie of you in a fun landscape or simply something you passed by that made you think of them. And when you reconnect over a video call, like HUAWEI’s MeeTime feature that’s available on the HUAWEI Nova Y60, you’re able to catch each other up on what you did during your 'you time' and share those moments.

You can relive your favourite moments with comfort

A perk to the long-distance relationship dynamic that perhaps doesn’t get the same energy with closer distanced relationships is that most of the important things you wish to say to your partner happen in text or over a voice note or video call. And you get to screengrab, save, or screen record those moments to relive and revisit them repeatedly with ease. There’s a nostalgic romance element to receiving long-winded text walls that take time and effort in communicating everything you want to say to each other when professing feelings. It’s very reminiscent of the letter-writing days – you get to say and receive these confessions without possibly shying out in person and save them without forgetting them overtime to remind yourselves about all those little sweet moments.

And you needn’t worry about whether you’ll run out of the space for all these memories – newer smartphones usually come with a generous amount of on-deck space that’s expandable with the insertion of a microSD card. The HUAWEI Nova Y60 has you covered with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage and an available slot for that microSD card boost.

You get to listen to their voices a little closer

Another factor few realise unless they do regular calls or video calls their partner in a closer distanced relationship, is that you hear your significant other’s voice directly in your ear through your earphones or earbuds. It’s an intimate and bonding experience to hear someone you adore so close to your own thoughts. And HUAWEI’s Nova Y60 amplifies this experience even more with the inclusion of HUAWEI SuperSound that promises to be 1.3 times louder and offers a better sound experience than the devices that came before it. When paired up with some HUAWEI earbuds you’ll be able to close the distance a bit more with such a premium sound experience.

These are just some ways in which staying connected and keeping open, clear, and good communication is made simple with your significant other through your palm-sized device.

Bridge the gap and get closer with your long-distance sweetheart with the convenience of your smartphone or upgrade your dated phone to suit your needs for a more intimate and lasting experience. The sleek and versatile HUAWEI Nova Y60 is up for grabs on the HUAWEI Store (Online) for just R3099 and includes a free Bluetooth headset on this deal valued at R699 (T&C's apply).

This post is sponsored by HUAWEI produced by BrandStudio24 for W24.

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