Today’s phones aren’t only about making phone calls, we use them for so much more: they’re our cameras, maps, photo albums, music players, and our connection to the social media world. When you think about all the functions smartphones offer and conveniences they bring, it’s easier to consider “upgrading” when they’re not functional anymore, or when they’re simply not providing the latest and greatest features.
Most of us do our best to keep our smartphones running like new. And many of us have found ourselves doing everything in our power to make an aging phone last another year, but sooner or later, all good things must come to an end.
Having a replacement in hand before your old phone dies for good gives some peace of mind and also keeps one from ending up stranded without a working phone. The issue is knowing when, exactly, you need to replace your old phone, and when it’s likely to still have some life left in it.
Here are five signs that you may need a new phone… well, or not.
#1 – The Touchscreen Gets Extremely Slow to Respond
If your phone ignores your taps and swipes or is extremely slow in registering and responding to them, then it’s a good sign you need a new phone. Not only is it just about impossible to get anything done on a phone with a slow touchscreen, but it’s also a pretty reliable sign that the device is on the decline; and that’s a warning sign.
#2 – Cracked Up Screen
Worse than a slow phone is a cracked phone. You may have gotten used to your smashed display to where you barely notice the intricate spider-web pattern of cracks, but a crisp new screen is certain to delight your senses. Or just your eyes.
A big factor in upgrading is when your screen is broken. It’s hard to use a phone when you can’t see the functions necessary for basic functions. Let’s get real—screens break!
#3 – Decreasing Battery Life
This is a sure sign of an aging phone. You can make it less of a problem with a battery case, or with an external battery pack. It’s probably not too big of a red flag if your phone’s battery life is only a little bit shorter than it used to be. But if the device only has enough juice to stay on for a few hours at a time, that’s not a good sign. You should consider either replacing the battery, or replacing the phone altogether.
If your phone is more than two years old and it can’t get through the morning without charging, it’s definitely time for a new phone with a new battery.
#4 – Operating System Seems Unstable or Apps Constantly Crash
Your smartphone’s operating system is what powers all the neat things your phone can do. About once a year, Apple and Android update their systems, bringing new features, enhanced security, and often significant performance improvements.
Apps depend on your operating system, along with memory and storage capacity to work. When your phone doesn’t have much RAM, has a slow processor, or an outdated operating system, you can kiss that app goodbye. If you haven’t installed a new update and the OS seems unstable or multiple apps keep crashing, that’s also a cause for worry.
Before things get any worse, you should back up your data. Then, reset and restore your phone. If that doesn’t help, another viable option is to get a new phone. Running an outdated Operating System on your phone poses significant security threats, not to mention the potential for frustration as it can be really slow. There are luxuries to having a new phone!
#5 – Your Camera Takes Blurry or Dark Pictures
Smartphones have largely replaced regular cameras when it comes to capturing life’s everyday moments (or taking a snap of that business card someone just handed you).
Today’s top models boast some impressive camera specs, but even a mid-range phone can offer you a decent lens to help keep those memories clean, clear and crisp.
Along with a new phone comes a better camera. Stop capturing grainy, low-resolution moments, and start collecting crisp, clear, high-resolution memories.
In conclusion, function and price that align with your goals is the true balance when looking out to upgrade your phone.
The lower priced phones are great for starting out, but they can’t handle many apps or multitasking. The highest priced phones on the other hand give you the cream of the crop, but you certainly have to pay for it. So, take your time researching phones and find one in the middle that are still excellent quality and can save you a bundle!