10 Misused Tech Terms (Stop Believing These Now)

We all have many misconceptions, many misunderstandings about some information based on truth and scientific facts. So I decide, in this article, I am going to confess about 10 technological terminologies, misused by almost every common people and users. I can guarantee some people will be astonished after reading the real facts. Let’s start one by one.

Higher Megapixel means Better Camera Quality?

Nowadays camera quality in smartphones has become so important and common factor as well that every person wants camera quality as high as one can. But one of the most popular misconceptions which are related to it, i.e. “Higher megapixel means higher camera quality”. And for this misconception, everyone goes for the higher megapixel camera. But this is not exactly true. A device’s camera quality depends on many factors, not only megapixels, the sensor size, aperture and image processing make a powerful camera. So don’t be surprised if you notice 13-megapixel camera of your friend’s phone captures better photos, then yours 16-megapixel phone camera because megapixels have nothing to do with camera quality.

Smartphone Camera Module

Rom or Internal Memory, know the right term

I hear most of the people say that his or her smartphone comes with 32 GB or 64 GB Rom or something else. The term “32 GB ROM” or “64 GB ROM” is absolutely wrong. ROM means ‘Read Only Memory’ that means you can only read the data which are stored in ROM, it’s almost impossible to make anything changes in it at least without any special equipment.

In a smartphone’s internal memory, you can read as well as write the data whatever you want as well as you can easily edit the stored data in the internal memory also. So, calling an internal memory a ROM is a very bad idea.

Higher Ram means Faster and Smoother Performance?

The answer to the question above is yes in some particular cases, but in most of the cases, this is a big NO. The reason behind this is, not only the Ram but also the device’s processor and storage speed determine the performance of a particular device. For example, if any Smartphone has a Snapdragon 410 processor and its RAM is 10 GB then the RAM will be total garbage for that phone because the processor is so less powerful that it can’t utilize the huge amount of RAM properly. On the other hand, suppose a smartphone has Snapdragon 845 processor, but the RAM is only 2 GB. In that case, as the processor is powerful enough so it will be easily bottlenecked by this 2GB of RAM and of course the phone can not perform smoothly because of the tiny RAM.

Two 8 GB RAM Module

In computers, exactly the same thing happens. If the computer has a Pentium CPU (Ex. G4560) but the RAM is 32 GB then it is the total waste of money because the CPU cannot utilize the large capacity of RAM. That’s the reason that along with Ram, a device’s processor is also important for better performance.

Waterproof Vs Water-resistant

The heading says it all. I mean almost every user goes deep into the sea and starts clicking selfies only because their smartphones are IP68 or IP67 rated so they think the phones will be absolutely waterproof. This conception is totally wrong. There is no such thing called “Absolutely Waterproof”. Nothing is absolutely waterproof. Now the fact is the IP rating defines the physical as well as liquid ingress of a smartphone that means how resistant a phone is against water and that doesn’t mean a phone is totally waterproof. What that ratings mean is that the phone will resist water ingress in some particular conditions. So my suggestion is that you should know your phone’s IP rating and what does it exactly determines before using your phone in the water without any precautions.

Check out the article to know details about IP rating, Waterproof and water-resistant.

Megabits or Megabytes, use the right term in right place

Suppose one person purchases a broadband connection and he takes a package of 8mb/s. In most of the cases, the buyer assumes that 8 Mb/s means 8 Megabytes per second that means an 8 MB file will be downloaded in only 1 second. But unfortunately, that whole thing is really a severe misconception.


If your service provider tells you that the network speed is 8mb/s that means 8 megabits per second. That doesn’t mean 8 Megabytes per second. And if you want to convert megabits into megabytes then simply divide the megabit number by 8. For instance, 8 megabits per second are only 1 megabyte per second if converted into megabyte. And in 8 Mb/s connection an 8 MB song will be downloaded in 8 seconds. So never be confused with that term.

GPU or Graphics Card – same or different

Many people think GPU and graphics card are the same things which are a totally wrong concept. The graphics card is a component of our computers, which contains a small chip I.e. GPU that means Graphics Processing Unit and some other complementary components like VRAM, Inductor, Capacitor, etc. This GPU performs the actual calculation of displaying an image and other graphics-related functions. For example, GP104 is a GPU and you can notice this GPU in 1070 & 1080 graphics card. Depending on the number of processing cores enable in GPUs, these are installed into the different graphics cards. As GPUs are the most important components of the graphics card and you can’t separate them from one another that’s why many people understand them as the same thing but that’s not.

It is also mentionable that the highly compact devices like our smartphones the GPU has integrated into the SOC (System On the Chip) which is the brain of the smartphone. There is no extra or any kind GPU chip found inside our smartphones.

Snapdragon SOC

Disk or Disc, know the right term

Almost every common people become confused while using the term Disc or Disk. “Disc” denotes the optical media like CD, DVD, Blue-ray, etc. Whereas the word “Disk” denotes magnetic media like hard drives and floppy disks. So use wisely those two confusing terms as needed.

Another thing to know that some people put SSD drives and hard drives in the same category. They call them together hard drive, which is not right because both are of fully different technologies than one another. You can find a moving platter inside a hard disk and on this platter, there is a moving head, which does the function of reading or writing the data. That means hard disks have a mechanical construction. On the other side, SSD has an electrical construction and reading or writing data are done electrically in this device. SSD has a flash memory chips whereas, on hard disks, there is magnetic platter to read and write data. So SSD and hard disks are two different concepts.


Now if you want to indicate both the SSD and hard disks together, then you have to just utter “Drives”.

Double Monitors = Double Computers!

Many people have this belief that someone who has two different Monitors means he or she has two different computers. This is actually not the right concept. Nowadays, every graphics card available in the market has the option of multiple display output like VGA, DVI, Display Port & HDMI.

Multiple I/O Ports

So with this advanced graphics card, anyone can connect two different monitors to use one computer with ease. Not only that triple as well as quad monitor setup is also possible.


Are Desktop Towers and CPU same thing?

Definitely not. The majority of the people calls the desktop tower, CPU. And it is a common misconception almost everyone does. The real fact is desktop tower is the whole cabinet where all the major components are situated like motherboard, RAM, hard disks, graphics card, power supply unit and CPU (Central Processing Unit) which is situated on the motherboard. So, the CPU is one of the components of that group. So how can you call the desktop tower, CPU? You shouldn’t.

Hopefully you guys enjoyed by reading this article. I have added those terms which are normally misused if you think there are some other terms exist, then tell me in the comments below thank you so much.

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