Regardless, it’s easy to hold off on an upgrade — especially considering that a brand new model may set you back as much as $1,000.
While you should definitely weigh your options, you should also watch out for symptoms that your phone is dying. An old phone with outdated software may be annoying, but it may also, more importantly, leave you vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Here are the signs you shouldn’t ignore, as well as the best time to buy a new phone:
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You can’t download the latest operating system.
The most, and perhaps only, pressing reason to get a new smartphone is if you cannot download new software updates.
For security purposes, you should always update your phone to the latest operating system available. Updates often fix flaws in older systems that leave your phone and data vulnerable to hackers and cyberattacks.
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 select few devices.
Your battery dies halfway through the day, even on a full charge.
Product defects aside, your smartphone battery should last you through a day of typical usage.
If you’re noticing, however, that your phone is 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 legs.
You don’t have enough storage space to save, well, anything on your phone.
There’s a reason that most smartphones now come with at least 32GB of storage: 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.
Basically, you can’t 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.