There’s always that eagerness to have the latest phone when you feel your current one is no longer trending or catchy. But do you really need to consider changing your phone for a new one? Of course, we still kinda like to have our hands on a top-range iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S10. But don’t forget, there’s still going to be a latest version next year, will you continue buying?
Although the pace of advancement in the phone industry is notoriously fast, and always encouraging customers to dump their smartphones each year for the latest. Usually with a promise of an upgrade with new tech and trendy designs. Still, should you consider changing your phone? Notwithstanding, an average smartphone has a lifespan of two to three years and still function well. Then, why should you consider changing your phone every year? Although, towards the end of a smartphone life, it will start showing signs of aging:
- Battery runs out faster
- Camera gets blurry
- Storage space is piled up
- Shattered screen
- Operating system becomes slower and outdated
These setbacks are evidence your phone won’t run in ways it was used to when it was newly bought. Besides, getting a new phone is justified and logical. So if your phone isn’t two to three years old and not showing any sign of dying why then should you change it? You shouldn’t consider changing your phone yet, because…
Smartphones are becoming more expensive than ever
Of course, flagship models come equipped with the latest processors, displays, fast-charging battery tech and exceptional build quality. Yes! and they will also charge you more for upgrading. Just like the release of the iPhone X with a starting price of $999 and a $350 difference from its previous iPhone 7 released with a price tag of $649. Furthermore, the release of iPhone X with a high price tag made other phones manufacturers quick to follow suit. We have the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note9 with a starting cost of $999. LG G7 Thin Q costing $750 starting price. And Google Pixel 3 with a price tag of $800 costing an additional $150 from its previous Pixel 2.
No much difference
Latest smartphones aren’t really much of an upgrade from its predecessors even though there’s media hype of all the new spec there is to come. The previous model also has good features and can still be pair in comparison. Still having powerful chips to handle most of today’s smartphone tasks. For there aren’t really too many reasons to buy the latest flagship if your phone still functions well.
Do you still need an upgrade?
Smarphones are better than ever, no doubt. Still, they’re also really expensive and not remarkably better than their predecessor. For these flagships, the battery will probably be the first thing to cause problems. All batteries degrade at the same rate, no matter how much you spend. Though, you can consider replacing your phone’s battery if that’s all you need to get the phone working smoothly again than buying a new device. Nevertheless, a flagship averagely should last you two to three years without any noticeable problems.
But still, if you are a midrange or low-end user, you should consider changing your phone sooner. For the main issue with cheaper phones isn’t only with the less-powerful processors they come with. But also its lack of security support and software upgrade. When your phone lacks the latest software update, it could begin losing support for new apps that require the latest software.
Keep your phone longer
If you intend keeping your phone for long and also wish to get the most out of it. However, you will have to take some proactive measures to keep it running smoothly all the while. The first thing to consider is your battery’s health. To keep it in good health as long as possible. Always ensure it’s in a moderate temperature and never use it when it runs out of charge. Doing otherwise will damage your phone’s ability to hold charge and affects its performance.
Also, you can have your phone optimized and run smoothly by being keen on its processes. You should always close all apps and programs when they are not in use. By doing so, your phone will be stress less and only necessary tasks will be active to be processed. Also, ensure to stay up to date on the operating system software.
Finally, if your phone is handled harshly or is operated in a rough environment (work, children, clumsy owner, etc.). You’ll have to put on a screen protector with porch covering to shield the phone from fall and harm. Likewise back-up your phone’s data to the cloud or on a hard drive. This will guard as both against losing your phone to theft and freeing up space.
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