Whenever you buy a new cell phone or go through the last dying days of an old one, the first question that comes to mind is, "how long should my phone last?" As you're about to spend a lot of money buying one, it's only natural to check all angles and make sure it's a worthwhile investment.
Here at trufyx, one of our long-term goals is to help customers make their phones and tablets last longer. Some of us are very keen on buying the latest mobile and using it before anyone else. This is probably not the article for you. But the majority of the market is waiting on early adopters to report how it's going. This article is here for those who want to get the most life out of their devices: this will help you research the best device for you out there.
Some significant signs that indicate that your cell phone might go out of use after a few months:
As the phone gets older, battery span is the first thing that starts decreasing. But if you buy a new device and the battery life is terrible, think how much worse it will get with time. The worst thing is, with most of the latest devices, there's no easily replaceable battery. A new one requires a repair by a skilled technician.
Early signs of battery issues:
Another sign that the phone will not last for too long is the problems you face with the operating system. This usually happens on older devices when the OS company decides o stop supporting them. But it could also occur with cheaper phone models or smaller manufacturers when new OS functionality is emerging.
If you happened to buy a new phone with issues like the phone keeps switching on and off, glitches in the OS like a forced app shutdown, or frequent app crashing - RUN. And by that, we mean run back to where you bought it and return the problematic device. You can try getting the software update, but at this point, your OS might be too buggy or not compatible to handle the update.
If this is an old phone, it might be time to say goodbye and part ways. If the OS is no longer supported, it's only going to get worse with every update.
Typically, professional mobile technicians can repair the physical damages to a phone. So, when you damage your screen under any circumstances, it will not always be irreversible. In fact, at trufyx, 86% of the repairs are screen replacements. It's one of the most common repairs in the world.
But, if dropping your phone has damaged more components than just a screen, it will require replacements of all of them. Most manufacturers of phones and tablets protect the inside parts from being damaged, but if yours is not, it's posing a much higher risk of future expenses for repairs.
If you're currently considering buying a new phone, you might want to ask around or check some online forums and see if people complain about excessive damage with a screen shattering.
According to the Apple, estimated iPhone life span is just under three years. However, as you can probably attest yourself, the performance of iPhones starts to decrease just after two years of usage. Part of it is because of the battery issue we discussed in the first section. You could improve that by getting a new battery installed.
It might also be due to the dust and particles it's collecting over time, the multiple times you have dropped it, the pizza sauce you got on it after that party... You get the point.
Either way, you can expect an iPhone to last in good condition for an average of two to three years, with repairs to maintain minor issues.
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"Galaxy" is the famous line of cell phones by the South Korean giant "Samsung." Right now, they are the biggest competition for iPhone in the world.
When people ask you how much a Samsung Galaxy should last, they probably ask about the updates (since it stops getting updated software versions after a few years).
If you have a Galaxy model of 2018 or earlier, the chances are that it might stop getting updates after 2 to 3 years. However, if you bought a model from 2019 or later, the Samsung Flagships claims to keep an updates stream longer than before. Especially now, with the chip shortages, you should expect much longer support terms for devices. That way, it can last for an average of 3 to 4 years.
There are some precautionary measures that you can use to make your phone last longer.
Updates won’t take long and will play a crucial part in maintaining the performance and security of your phone or tablet. Every device has an automatic updating system, all you need to do is enable it, and let the system do its job.
this should also apply to app updates - app makers spend lots of time and effort to keep their apps up to date on security and experience demands. Updating apps whenever possible will keep your phone safer for a longer time.
Extra apps not only take up the space inside your phone, but also rely on the OS. Sometimes it's even running in the background and draining battery. It is always better to delete non used apps every once in a while.
The more potent is the case, the lower are the chances of damages to the machinery inside the cell phone. It could also be fashionable and still be sturdy and protecting. You'll be surprised to see what amazing options are out there. Nowadays here's really no reason for anyone to walk around with a "naked" phone or tablet.
Having a tempered glass or screen protector on your phone can greatly help in protecting the screen from scratches, cracks, and other damages. You can easily find screen protectors that are designed and tested to withstand harsh impacts and are also shatter-resistant.
Dirt and dust particles are the most common reasons for speakers or phone jacks to stop working. It's a good habit, health wise, to get rid of the germs our phones are collecting every day. But it's also a worthwhile investment to clean your ports and screen to keep performance best at all times.
Over usage of the phone and keeping it at a hot temperature lowers the battery span, lays hard on the OS and over time will reduce performance. Try to keep your phone out of too hot places (don't leave it close to the fireplace, try not to forget it in a closed car in the summer sun, if your battery tends to heat while charging, don't use the phone while charging too much to prevent overheating.
Warning: there's a TikTok tip to put your phone in the freezer if it's overheated. If you decide to do that make sure you're placing the phone or tablet in a sealed container/bag to prevent humidity and water damage.
Usually, it is best to let your phone cool off in the shade. if you have an AC or a ventilator around you can place the phone close to them to speed up the process.
Batteries are readily available in the market, and fairly affordable, unlike other spare parts. Replacing your battery is a cost-effective approach to increase your phone lifespan before it starts jiggling.
Backing up the phone once a week saves you from data loss due to any phone damage. It may not increase the life span of your phone or tablet, but it will definitely make it easy to switch to a new one if needed.
Here's a full article about backing up your phone - iPhones and Android.
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We hope to help you, and every single phone user, make more of your devices and get them to last much longer.
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