As technology changes daily,
it’s no wonder most consumers
are looking for the next best
smartphone that’s available.
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.
But what should trigger you to trade-in
your smartphone? The desire for the
latest and greatest or signs that your
phone may be ready to bite the dust?
iPhone 7 Plus
Galaxy S7 Edge
iPhone 6s Plus
Moto Z Force Droid
In Q4 2016, the top 5 phones* with the highest trade-in value
in North America were:
*Based on data from HYLA Mobile, Gartner, IDC and Deloitte
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Whether you're jumping into the world of the newest tech or
want to make the most of your old and new devices, here are
signs to look out for when caring for a smartphone.
There is no avoiding the decrease in battery capacity over
time. Keeping a phone at moderate temperatures is crucial to
extending the battery life.
If a battery isn't holding a charge for very long within the first
year of ownership, there is most likely a problem.
When the operating system becomes buggy, it can crash
programs and randomly turn the phone on and off.
Keeping the software up to date will help, but these
symptoms mean the combination of the operating system
and the device have reached maximum lifespan.
When the screen is shattered, many automatically deem their
phone as unusable - but repairing the screen is often easier
and more cost effective than replacing a smartphone.
Make sure the shattered screen hasn’t affected other parts of
the phone, such as the audio system, microphone or camera.
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.
Although minimal wear and tear is expected, there are
proactive measures you can take to keep your phone
running the 2-3 years that most smartphones typically last.
Average Age of Used Devices Returned
*Based on data from HYLA Mobile, Gartner, IDC and Deloitte, in Q4 2016
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.
To keep a battery running longer and an operating system working smoothly,
close all apps and programs when they are not being used. Staying up to date
on operating system software will also cut down on problems.
If you know your phone will be in rough environments, put a screen protector
and heavy-duty protective case on it. Also, make sure to back-up your phone’s
data by storing it in the cloud or on a hard drive to safeguard it from loss.
From physical durability to a
smooth operating system, a
phone can reach peak usage
anywhere between 2-3 years.
As people become more
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.
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