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How Long Can a Smartphone Really Last?

Posted by Dave Ronis on Nov 19, 2015 3:43:22 PM

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As technology changes daily, it’s no wonder most consumers are looking for the next best smartphone that’s available.

The new smartphone upgrade and leasing plans in the United States have consumers considering the switch to a new device a lot sooner than they have before. But what should trigger a switch—the desire for the latest and greatest or signs that your phone may be ready to bite the dust?

Both factors are good motivators in upgrading your smartphone. So whether you are jumping into the world of the newest technology or want to make the most of your old and new devices, there are signs to look for and practices to remember when caring for a smartphone.

3 Signs Your Phone is Dying

The average smartphone lasts two to three years. Toward the end of its life, a phone will start to show signs of slowing down. It’s important to take stock of these so you can prepare for what comes next.

 
 

1. Battery Life
Batteries in all mobile devices degrade with time. There is no avoiding the decrease in battery capacity over time. This can be detrimental if you depend on a phone to last the day on a full charge. When a battery has reached the end of its functional life, it will only hold a charge for a few hours. Temperature greatly affects this, so keeping a phone at moderate temperatures is crucial to extending the battery life. If a battery is not holding a charge for very long within the first year of ownership, there is most likely a problem. Battery life is the biggest indicator of overall phone health.

2. Operating Issues
Central to a phone’s functionality is its operating system. It will become obvious when the operating system becomes buggy. It crashes programs, turns the phone on and off randomly, among other unprompted actions. Keeping the software up to date will help mitigate this problem. However, if a phone experiences these symptoms, it probably means the combination of the operating system and the device itself have both reached maximum lifespan.

3. Shattered Screen
When the screen is shattered and both impossible to read and shedding glass at every use, many will take this as a sign their phone is no longer useable. While the risk of cutting your fingers when trying to dial a number is a good reason to get a new phone, it isn’t always necessary. Repairing the screen is often easier and more cost effective than replacing an expensive smartphone altogether. It is important to make sure the shattered screen hasn’t affected other parts of the phone, such as the audio system, microphone or camera.

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These characteristics are often evidence a phone won’t run in the ways you expect and require. If you’ve identified these types of problems as culprits for slowing down your phone, the best thing to do is trade it or resell it, setting you up to get a new smartphone that fits your needs.

Keeping Your Phone for Longer

If you have recently upgraded your phone to the newest technology, you will want to keep it as long as possible to get the most out of it. You buy a phone with the intention of using it, so minimal wear and tear is to be expected. However, there are some proactive measures you can take to keep your phone running the two to three years that most smartphones typically last.

As mentioned above, battery health is essential to how well a phone functions. To keep a battery running as long as possible, keep it in moderate temperatures and never use it until it runs out of charge, which damages a phone’s ability to hold charge and affects its performance.

To keep a battery running longer and an operating system working smoothly, you should close all apps and programs when they are not being used. This will ensure the phone is only completing necessary tasks. Staying up to date on operating system software will also cut down on problems you may encounter.

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The other ways to take care of an expensive smartphone are intuitive, but worth mentioning. If you know your phone will be put in rough environments (children, clumsy owner, etc.) you will want to put a screen protector and heavy-duty protective case on it. This will shield the phone from common shock and harm. It is also important to always back-up your phone’s data. Storing data in the cloud or on a hard drive will safeguard you from losing your photos, contacts, etc. on a lost, stolen or destroyed phone. Backing up the data will also ease the transition to a new phone when the time comes.

As people have become dependent on smartphones, phones dependability and resilience to everyday life has been expected to increase. However, with technology evolving rapidly, many are ready to discard their current phones for the newest trend. From physical durability to a smooth operating system, a phone can reach its peak usage anywhere between two and three years. After this, and sometimes before, users consider the switch to a new model. These signs and tips to keeping a phone running well should help when buying and using a new phone.

What has prompted you to purchase a new smartphone in the past? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. In the meantime, take  look at the latest mobile trade-in industry trends, to help you decide on your next mobile phone!

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