Around 10 years ago, a phone would last an unusually high amount of time. Nokia was the go to brand at that time and if you could save it from accidents and thieves, it would work perfectly fine for four to five years.
Nowadays, with so many tech updates and performance hungry devices in store, it would be a miracle if a smartphone can keep up for more than 2 years. So the question is: how long should a phone now last anyway?
What is the reasonable life of a modern smartphone and when should you upgrade? The answer solely depends on the person’s usage of such devices and what are his requirements. However, the average age according to Google for such smartphones is around 18-24 months.
Apple claims that iPhones may last more than 3 years. This is because of the fact of that the only upgrades available from Apple are for iPhones. This is unlike Android which has an innumerable amount of companies building the device. Each update will work differently on each device.
Earlier, it would seem that a two-year gap between the phone upgrade was optimum but of late the technology leaps in the world of mobiles the upgrade gap has become shorter.
So, a three-year upgrade plan is more optimum. A smartphone is more complex than the immortal feature phones that Nokia once sold.
Death Symptoms On A Smartphone
This is because with each passing year the battery quality keeps on depreciating which means that there will come a point where it won’t last even 4 to 5 hours. 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, which damages a phone’s ability to hold charge and affects its performance.
The large screens attract scratches and the glass starts to fade out. The storage gets full and loses its read-and-write speed. Android phones with varying RAM specifications have different rates of dying out. Higher amount of RAM can process data for a longer amount of time but eventually the memory of the phone gets overburdened with cache and starts to slow down fast.
Camera lenses start getting foggy and moisture seeps into it making the photos clicked blurred and out of focus. Continuous use of the USB port starts to wear down the port as well making it difficult to charge the phone.
Overtime the phone will start to wither out and die. However, as stated earlier this time will be more for iPhone’s as compared to many of the mid-range Android phones. High-end android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC u11 etcetera are believed to give the same amount of life as any of the iPhones available in the market.
Time To Upgrade?
With technology evolving rapidly, many are ready to discard their current phones for the newest trend. From physical durability to a smooth operating system, a phone can reach its peak usage anywhere between two and three years. After this, and sometimes before, users consider the switch to a new model.