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Just like any electronic device, your smartphone will degrade. Batteries deteriorate, display loses clarity and tiny electronics components will weaken. Degradation is the law of nature, which will affect even brand new smartphones protected inside their sealed original box for years. The rate of deterioration is accelerated if you use your smartphone, but fret not.  Keeping your smartphone performing well is actually quite easy.

1. Switch off regularly: Consider turning off your smartphone completely at least every a few days. Wait for a moment, then start it again. Just restarting your device may not completely refresh the OS of your device. This will flush the RAM and remove any program that runs in the background.

2. Clean up your display: Sometimes, you find out that the display responds slowly and become unresponsive. Invisible smudges could occasionally register a tap on the display, making your phone behaves erratically. Read the manual to know how to clean the display properly. Often, you only need a slightly damp, soft cotton cloth, that doesn’t leave moisture on the screen, but still moist enough to capture any dirt and smudge.

3. Manage data usage: Often, you don’t need a mobile data connection when you are working, driving, commuting or taking a nap. With the mobile data disabled, you can save battery life and reduce data costs. Automatic app updates could consume hundreds megabytes of data without your knowledge. It will be more efficient to use Wi-Fi connection to access the Internet, because it takes less power than mobile data. In many areas, Wi-Fi connection is also free, so you don’t need to spend any money, even if your smartphone downloads nearly a gigabyte of major operating system update. It’s even better to put your phone into Airplane mode, when working or taking a nap, so you won’t be disturbed by unwanted calls and social media updates.

4. Charge battery more often: Most modern smartphones use Lithium-ion batteries. It’s better to keep your smartphone charged at between 50 and 80 percent. It’s healthier for your battery if you charge it at small bursts, instead of charging it overnight from zero percent. Make sure that you use official charges, because generic chargers could damage your battery and in some cases, it may cause fire breakout.

5. Clear app cache: You can optimize app performance by clearing temporary files and cache of each app. You may start by closing all apps and then clear cache of each app. Many performance issues on Android devices are caused by accumulated cache.

6. Regain camera functionality: By freeing up more space in your storage, you may regain lost camera performance. It will be faster to store a newly captured image and get your camera ready again. A good way to do this is by moving your photos and videos to various cloud platforms, such as Google Photos and iCloud. This is a good backup strategy, so you won’t lose your data, even if you lost your phone.

7. Manage network issues: If you have network signal problem, the first thing you would do is to check whether the SIM is inserted properly. Check whether there are issues with your account or the coverage of the network in the area. Ask people who use the same carrier in your area to see whether they have similar problems. If the problem can’t be resolved, consider switching to a more reliable carrier.

8. Install anti-virus apps: Android and iOS are fully functional operating systems, just like the one you find on personal computers. So, they can be affected by malicious codes as well. Check latest reports about the most reliable anti-virus app. A virus could work in the background, consuming your hardware resources; making your device works more sluggishly. However, avoid installing multiple anti-virus apps, because they will only make your device slower and you won’t get added protection by having redundant anti-virus apps.

9. Check microSD card: If your smartphone is having issues with reading microSD cards, then there would be a decline in performance. The cheapest microSD card could be the slowest. It’s a good idea to invest on a storage card that offers decent read/write speed. Dust or slight corrosion on the connectors of both the smartphones and the microSD card could also affect transfer speed. With a good wipe, you may ensure proper connection and more reliable data transfer.

If you would like any more information about looking after your smartphone or how to dispose of it or recycle it, in an environmentally friendly way. Contact: [email protected]

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The one great thing about Apple iPhones is that they are built to last. If you are looking to save money, sticking with your current iPhone and resisting the temptation to upgrade could make pretty good sense.

But when exactly is it more beneficial to buy the latest iPhone model rather than sit on your existing sim card only deal?

Many people will still have the iPhone 6s. It’s an excellent smartphone that oozes quality even after three years. There should be no trouble in upgrading to iOS 12 either, not now Apple have been pushed into improving speeds for older phones. The jump from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone XR is a fairly big leap in terms of what your device can and cannot do.

The first thing you need to be clear about is why you want to upgrade in the first place.

Most of us use our phones for business nowadays and a few extra features and benefits can make a big difference to performance.

So, what you would be getting if you upgraded to the iPhone XR?

Image Quality

The first difference you’ll notice is the display. The iPhone XR introduces you to True Tone OLED. If you put the two phones side by side, the improvement in image quality is pretty clear to see from the moment you switch on. That fantastic True Tone also translates onto the video format.

Should contrast, colour, and vibrancy be important to you and your business, this could well be a reason to upgrade from the iPhone 6s.

Size and Design

There is a marked difference in the designs of the two phones, though you still get the same level of quality and heft that you expect from an iPhone. Apple have increased the size of the screen for the iPhone XR and there’s no bezel which gives you less dead space.

iPhone 6s vs iPhone XR Performance

The truth is that the iPhone 6s still performs pretty well, despite its age. With the latest games and a world where AI is becoming increasingly important, however, speed and performance are both going to be issues sooner or later.

For a start, the iPhone 6s doesn’t have neural engine. The iPhone XR packs a significantly improved punch, as you might expect. It comes with a 6 core CPU, A12 Bionic Chip, and an 8 core neural engine that makes it one of the fastest phones on the market today.

The iPhone XR also has a much-improved camera compared to the iPhone 6s. A TrueDepth™ sensor not only takes better images, it allows the phone to use face ID. Both iPhones have 12MP main cameras but that’s where the similarities end. The iPhone XR camera has a much greater range and is also able to record 4K video at 60fps. If you use phone photography and video regularly for your business, you’ll notice the difference immediately.

You get more storage with the iPhone XR (256GB) – in a world where files are getting bigger and bigger, this is going to be important moving forward. One of the complaints with the iPhone 6s is about battery life. This has significantly improved in the iPhone XR, with 20 hours talk time and 12 hours of internet use on a single full charge. 

Sim Card Only

The big advantage of the just staying with your Sim Card deal and not upgrading is cost. A new iPhone is a significant investment and whether you are buying outright or on a monthly deal, you are going to have to pay more. The good news is that iPhones hold their value pretty well. If you are selling your iPhone 6s at the same time, it should knock at least a few hundred pounds off the purchase price f the iPhone XR.

If you would like any help, choosing a new iphone or would like to know more about the sim only deals available. Just contact Lascom Solutions via email: [email protected] or call on  08444 127 009