Smartphones are an integral part of our lives today. It is our go-to device to interact with most of our surrounding environment. With them playing such a huge role in our day-to-day activities, it is no surprise that the world around us quite literally comes crashing down if our mobile devices start malfunctioning or are damaged in any way. We are left with the dilemma of pondering if we should repair or replace our phones.
In this blog, we will discuss some points to consider before deciding whether to repair your damaged phone or buy a new one.
Phones today are difficult to repair
Irrespective of whether you choose to repair or replace, it is an unfortunate truth that today most devices are immune to repairing. Manufacturers release products that are difficult, if not impossible, to repair. They have short lifespans and quickly go out of fashion which induces customers to constantly crave for the latest upgrades or versions.
These days, spare parts for most of the phone models are scarce to come by. One of the most common issue with smartphone users is broken screen. Displays are very hard to remove and replace and can incur heavy labor costs and time to repair. Most phone manufacturers come up with models with batteries that are very hard to replace or access. Lack of standardization across phone models manufactured by different companies means that separate versions of smartphones would require separate sets of tools in order to repair. Furthermore, lack of adequate know-how on proper cell repair makes an already daunting task all the more challenging.
Will the new replacement be an upgrade?
There are two sides to this coin. Many users often go for the upgrades of the phones they are already using because they are very happy with its service. Unfortunately, many upgrades differ greatly from their previous versions. They may be bulkier, be bigger in size, have a larger display or be thicker in girth. Regardless of whether newer versions of a phone have more sophisticated specs or not, the comfort level in use of any gadget eventually boils down to the idiosyncrasies of individuals who are using it.
Having said that, you should definitely go for an upgrade if you are getting something that is new and better than the phone you already possess. If instead of repair, you could spend a little extra and buy yourself a phone with a great camera, more memory space or faster processor, it’s definitely worth a try.
Replacing the battery is difficult
Many phone manufacturers come up with models where the battery is either very difficult to repair, remove or replace or completely impossible to access. This is primarily due to the designs of the devices. In many cases, very strong adhesives are used to affix the batteries to the phone casings. For example, in the case of the Samsung Galaxy S8, the batteries are completely attached to the device panels and are irremovable.
Since batteries have a finite life-span, it stands to reason that they would require being replaced at some point in time. Since manufacturers make it very difficult to replace or repair batteries, more often than not, the only choice left for the customer is to buy a new phone.
When your phone is malfunctioning or is damaged, repair or replacement is a tricky decision to make. Both options have their own set of advantages as well as disadvantages. Whether you are looking for smartphone replacement parts, repair work or a brand new phone, it helps to take into consideration certain factors before you make your final decision.