How long should your phone last?

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6 minute read

With flagship phones regularly pushing $1000 it’s no wonder why sales have started to stagnate while people strive to hold onto their devices as long as possible. Features like high refresh rate displays, quad camera setups, and foldable screens are all novel, but they’re ultimately things the majority can go without.

Phones, much like laptops, have reached a point of maturity where more isn’t necessarily better in terms of price to performance. From casual gaming to productivity, most devices are plenty capable of taking on today’s modern demands.

And if you’re like most consumers, you’ve begun to see this when stacking up your own device against the flash of advertisements for upcoming hardware. Even still, it’s natural to wonder exactly how long – whether the latest iPhone or dated Samsung – you can expect your phone to last.

Thankfully, as long as your device is relatively modern, you can go a good while before you’ll need to upgrade.

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Why do Samsung phones slow down?

why do samsung phones slow down

5 minute read

If you’ve ever used an Android phone during the early days of the mobile operating system, then you know just how wonky the overall experience could be. General jank, navigational stuttering, overheating, and slow speeds over time – the problems with most early Android phones made it hard not to jump to the land of iOS.

Of earlier models, Samsung Galaxy phones like the S4 were notoriously bad in terms of slowing down over time. Sure, most phones naturally degrade in performance over time, but there was (and still is to a certain extent) something about Samsung phones that made them age in the worst way possible.

Why is this?

Likely culprits exclusive to the Samsung lineup include its bundled feature set and user interface, but general issues related to aging hardware only compound the issue.

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