5 signs it’s time to upgrade to a new phone

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Smartphones have become part of everyone’s daily lifestyle, both for personal and professional use. Primarily, they’re used to communicate through calls and online messaging. But with the popularity of streaming apps and online gaming, phones also now serve as entertainment devices. 

Smartphone manufacturers produce a wide variety of models every few months, so there are plenty of options to choose from. Nevertheless, smartphones are still considered big investments. This is why many Filipinos want to hang on to their unit for as long as they possibly can. At times, users will wait until the last minute before they buy a smartphone online or in physical stores. While this is a good strategy to minimize your spending, it can also prevent you from maximizing your phone’s features.

Here are some telltale signs that you need to get rid of your old phone and upgrade to a new one:

1. The battery drains quickly

The latest smartphones are designed to take on the constant toll of losing power and being charged. Over time, however, this activity can stress the battery and eventually affect its functions. One sign of a failing phone battery is that it drains quicker and you often need to charge your phone. 

If your phone doesn’t have any other issues and has a replaceable battery, check if you can get a new battery pack first. Otherwise, it’s time to upgrade to a new phone. 

2. You see more cracks than the actual screen

Every smartphone user has likely experienced accidentally dropping their phone at least once. If you’re fortunate enough, it won’t leave any marks on your phone. On the other hand, if your phone has slipped through your grip on multiple occasions, the screen may already be cracked.

You can probably learn how to live with a crack or two. However, if the cracks are getting in the way of visibility, you need to consider an upgrade to save your eyes from the strain. In addition, the cracks can damage your smartphone’s sensors. If this happens, you might not get an immediate response when you tap or swipe the screen.

3. There are no software updates available

All smartphones need the latest operating system to ensure that they have the most important updates and security enhancements. An updated OS also makes sure all your favorite apps are working properly. To see if your phone is still up to date with the current system, check your phone’s settings and see if it has been recently updated or if there is an update available. 

In most cases, it takes about three years before a smartphone’s operating system becomes outdated. This still depends on your manufacturer, however; some manufacturers will continue issuing updates for models until their fifth year. However, if your phone’s manufacturer no longer offers the latest OS updates for your device, you need to consider upgrading to a newer phone model.

4. There is not enough storage

Do you constantly delete photos or uninstall apps because your current storage has a limited capacity and your phone doesn’t allow external memory upgrades? If so, it’s time to get a newer smartphone with a larger storage capacity.

While there are different cloud services available to store your photos and videos, you still need higher-capacity phone memory to enjoy different apps. If you don’t install a lot of apps on your phone, 32 to 64GB of memory should do. On the other hand, if you want to keep all your photos and videos on your phone as well as enjoy the latest apps, upgrade to a newer phone with up to 1TB of memory.

5. Your contract is almost up

When your current contract with your preferred service provider is nearing its end, it’s a great opportunity to assess your options. You can upgrade to a new phone as well as check out your provider’s latest offerings.

Many wireless carriers offer special promos to their loyal subscribers when they renew their contracts. At times, they will offer newer phone models at lower and flexible payment terms as part of the renewal process.

With their useful features both in personal and professional settings, smartphones have become more of a necessity than a luxury. That’s why you should always ensure that your phone is always working properly—and maybe even complemented by the latest accessories.

The signs mentioned above are a good gauge to know when to upgrade your phone and ensure hassle-free usage. You should also consider the features you need for your everyday activities. When your phone can no longer keep up with your daily wants and needs, then an upgrade is the practical option.

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