It’s no longer news that smartphones are everywhere; it feels like there’s a new smartphone coming out every day.
Already we’ve had iPhone 7, Google Pixel, and Galaxy S8, in the last few months alone and many more still to come. Regardless of that, there are several reasons why you should definitely weigh your options, and watch out for symptoms that your phone is dying. Not only old phones with outdated software can be pretty annoying but it can also be vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Here are some of the signs you should watch out for, when it’s obvious you need a new phone:
You can’t download the latest operating system
One of the reasons or the most important reason why you should get a new phone is when you are unable to download new software updates. For security reasons, you should always update your phone to the latest operating system available. If you currently use an iPhone or Android device, you should update to iOS 10.3.2 and Android Nougat 7.1.2, respectively. Microsoft also released a new update for Windows 10 in April for a selected few devices.
Updates often fix flaws in older systems that leave your phone and data vulnerable to hackers and cyber attacks.
Even when fully charged, your battery dies halfway through the day
If you have noticed that your phone is always dying more and more quickly after a full charge, it may be time to get a new one or replace its battery. If your phone randomly dies throughout the day, it’s a sure sign your phone’s battery is on its last moments. Product defects aside, your phone battery should last you through a day of typical usage. Keep in mind that smartphone batteries lose capacity every time you charge it from zero to 100%. And if you’re charging your phone incorrectly, your battery may only work properly for a year or less.
Not enough storage space to save anything on your phone
Most smartphones now come with at least 32GB of storage and there’s a reason for that. Obviously, the more sophisticated phones and apps get, the more storage they typically require. New operating systems and software updates can also take up a significant chunk of space on your phone. This is to say, you can barely do much with 16GB (or fewer) of storage anymore, unless you never update your phone (again, don’t take this risk), download apps, take pictures, or use other new features. But at that point, you might as well abandon smartphones altogether.
Your phone is always lagging, you can hardly get anything done
Lack of storage space on your phone will always slow it down. If your apps are freezing, or your touchscreen has stopped working properly, it may be time to upgrade to a new model. Before you take the leap however, make sure your phone isn’t running slowly for other reversible reasons. For example, if you have an iPhone, deleting old photos and disabling motion effects are easy, quick ways to speed up your phone.
Your phone screen is cracked; you might hurt your fingers any second
A cracked cellular phone screen starts out bad and gets worse. Not only does a cracked cellular phone screen obstruct content, but it also exposes the phone and the user to further damage. While a phone’s screen may remain intact after falling against a hard surface dozens of times, repeated impacts weaken the glass screen and eventually lead to breakage. If your screen is cracked, it may be better to repair or replace the device than to ride it out.
Your phone is a constant source of stress and frustration
Smartphones are, for all intents and purposes, designed to make our lives easier: Apps can help us do everything from cook to clean. Phone cameras keep getting better, eliminating the need to carry around a heavy DSLR. Games make long commutes more bearable. And new models come with increasingly advanced and cool features. Of course, deciding whether it’s worth it to splurge on a new phone for its features is up to you. And ultimately, as long as you can still download software updates, there’s no real, immediate need to get a new phone.
But if you spend most days wanting to smash your phone with a hammer, you may want to invest in new model — even if just for the peace of mind.
You dislike your current phone, but not sure when the best time to buy a new one is
One of the biggest barriers to replacing a dying phone is the price of a brand new model, especially when you are in need of new features, better battery and great camera.
Generally, the price of old models usually drop when new ones are released. So if you’re more motivated by price than by cool features, take the time to do your research, read reviews, and decide which trade-offs you’re willing to make.
So If you’re wondering whether or not to buy an iPhone 7 right now, or wait for the iPhone 8, consider the fact that the cost of the iPhone 7 may drop when the 8 comes out in September.