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Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by devbojj: 10:06am On Nov 06, 2019
Smartphones are necessities today as we cannot do without them. With advancement in technology yearly, smartphone companies Samsung, Transsion Holding, etc release newer versions and people change phones for different reasons. But what really is a smartphone shelf life and how long does the average smartphone lasts before it starts showing signs of deterioration?

Understanding Smartphone Shelf Life
Shelf life is an English word on its own and before we understand how it relates to smartphones, we have to know what shelf life itself means.

What is shelf life? According to Wikipedia, shelf life is the length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale. Oxford dictionary defines it as the length of time for which an item remains useable, fit for consumption, or saleable.

Now that we understand what a shelf life is, it can now be related to smartphones. A smartphone shelf life simply means the duration of time which a smartphone is fit to be used without any problems. Averagely, the lifespan of a smartphone is 3-4 years and many factors contribute to this. This will be explained below.

Signs Your Phone is Reaching the End of its Lifespan
When your smartphone becomes no longer enjoyable or starts giving you issues, it might be time to get a new one.

Operating System Issues
A phone cannot function without its operating system. There are two popular smartphone OS – Android and iOS. Whenever a smartphone is released it comes shipped out of the box with a version of an operating system. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ ran Android 7.0 Nougat at launch. Samsung makes sure its smartphones get the latest version whenever a new version is available but sooner or later, they drop support for old smartphones like other manufacturing companies do.

The reason is newer version of operating systems becomes advanced and comes with features which are power-driven and sometimes become too heavy for the hardware on older smartphones.

Also, almost everyday smartphone applications get updated and newer functionalities are added. All these accumulated affects the smartphone in the long run. Applications crashes, the smartphone becomes slow, lags and it gets frustrating to use. Whenever this starts happening, your phone is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Battery Health
Smartphones are powered by batteries. Even though some batteries can be replaced, whenever a smartphone’s battery is no longer dependable or has to be charged several times a day it’s a sign the phone is reaching the end of its lifespan, this normally happens between two to three years.

Wear and Tear
You might be surprised, but the law of ageing applies to smartphones too. Over a long period of time, you may have used your smartphone ruggedly such that some parts have been scratched or broken. This may in turn start affecting hardware materials.

Conclusion
Smartphone manufacturers are constantly competing with one another. A smartphone you get today becomes obsolete when the same company releases another from the same series with better specifications tomorrow. The average smartphone shelf life is 3 years after which it starts deteriorating.

https://howtotechnaija.com/smartphone-shelf-life-average-lifespan/

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by nnaomaog(m): 10:20am On Nov 06, 2019
Talking about innovation...these brands keep bringing out and upgrading....Samsung, Tecno, Infinix....etc..

But these new innovation suppose to be cost friendly also ...and I believe the only brand that is cost friendly is Tecno.

The phantom 9 is fabulous and I wish to get that phone for myself.

Right now I use Infinix but will swap for the Phantom

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Uchechiokpara39: 10:24am On Nov 06, 2019
Very necessary....I lost my phone some day back and was able to replace it immediately with the New Spark 4.

Will still go for something more sophisticated. But for now...we manage

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by nnaomaog(m): 5:06pm On Nov 06, 2019
Uchechiokpara39:
Very necessary....I lost my phone some day back and was able to replace it immediately with the New Spark 4.

Will still go for something more sophisticated. But for now...we manage


Really, sorry for your phone lost...it's so painful lossing once phone....

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Rubiesangel: 5:25pm On Nov 06, 2019
Did you say manage? The Spark 4 is a great phone to have and its beyond manage. There are people looking for less.
Uchechiokpara39:
Very necessary....I lost my phone some day back and was able to replace it immediately with the New Spark 4.

Will still go for something more sophisticated. But for now...we manage

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by SofttBae: 9:53pm On Nov 06, 2019
nnaomaog:
Talking about innovation...these brands keep bringing out and upgrading....Samsung, Tecno, Infinix....etc..

But these new innovation suppose to be cost friendly also ...and I believe the only brand that is cost friendly is Tecno.

The phantom 9 is fabulous and I wish to get that phone for myself.

Right now I use Infinix but will swap for the Phantom
phantom has always been my dream phone, it has so much to offer
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Nobody: 10:18pm On Nov 06, 2019
This thread is for Tecno marketers. Una well done oh! grin

As for the topic at hand, I think the producers decide on the shelf life of a gadget. Each time a newer phone is produced with better features, the former becomes obsolete.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Mohbola(f): 4:08pm On Nov 08, 2019
This is cool, tecno is really trying.
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Rubiesangel: 5:29pm On Nov 08, 2019
The burden of satisfying and meeting customer expectation isn't easy at all. Kudos to them
Mohbola:
This is cool, tecno is really trying.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Rubiesangel: 5:31pm On Nov 08, 2019
A new phone is produced to meet the increasing demand and technological advancement. While the newer becomes desired, the former still stays around long enough for everyone to successfully migrate.
GrabHisBalls:
This thread is for Tecno marketers. Una well done oh! grin

As for the topic at hand, I think the producers decide on the shelf life of a gadget. Each time a newer phone is produced with better features, the former becomes obsolete.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Rubiesangel: 5:33pm On Nov 08, 2019
I used to think that there were no more small pin chargers. I was shocked to see that they are still in high demand.
GrabHisBalls:
This thread is for Tecno marketers. Una well done oh! grin

As for the topic at hand, I think the producers decide on the shelf life of a gadget. Each time a newer phone is produced with better features, the former becomes obsolete.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Abiodunspectre(m): 7:19am On Nov 20, 2019
Thank you OP for this beautiful information.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by helinues: 7:08am On Nov 22, 2019
More than average of us are slaves to gadgets.

So Microsoft Windows phone stop supporting whatsapp on my phone ( their expiry should be Dec 31st)

Since Sunday, I have really added weight for not visiting whatsapp

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by danwise5: 7:09am On Nov 22, 2019
sad
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by four44: 7:09am On Nov 22, 2019
As a Nigerian, expire date of my phone is when it stop working

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by theoneJabulani(m): 7:12am On Nov 22, 2019
See how Tecno marketers full the thread, promoting the trash device.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by motionarena: 7:13am On Nov 22, 2019
For Tecno its one year

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by DenreleDave(m): 7:14am On Nov 22, 2019
Una get issue.. Make we dey use our thing dey go na.

Wetin concern una with average life
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by DenreleDave(m): 7:15am On Nov 22, 2019
motionarena:
For Tecno its one year

Used tecno for 3 years no. Issue... U r a liar jare.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by dgitrader(m): 7:16am On Nov 22, 2019
Techno Marketers thread

Since it's all about Techno, let me share my thoughts too

Tecno phones are for newbies and as for lifespan of the phones, it does not really matter because sooner than u know it, the screen shatters, the camera degrades, the memory gets clogged, and battery.... Don't go there.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by airminem(f): 7:16am On Nov 22, 2019
If your phone drop dangerously, e go end life dangerously cheesy

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by fruqy(m): 7:17am On Nov 22, 2019
OP, Both Spark 4 and Camon 12 use LCD display and not LED. Don't mislead people.

The average shelf life of a smart phone is 2 years. Any manufacturer should be able to provide at least 2 years of security updates and at least 2 major software upgrades for any device. But TECNO has always disappointed in this regard. Camon 11 Pro is still stuck on 8.1 even though it has 6GB ram and 64gb storage.

Currently rocking my Xiaomi Mi8 (Snapdragon 845) running the official Android 10 and also my S9+ (Exynos 9820) and waiting jejely for my official Android 10 update from Samsung.

My Mi8 came with Android 8.1, I got official Android 9 and now 10 and I'll still get official Android 11 not to talk of the developers support which gives ability to run various custom ROMs. Same with the S9+

Buying TECNO and Infinix as a daily driver phone is very risky. I warn ya. Cheap processor that isn't secure, cheap hardware components, cheap screen, and to top it, very poor software support.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by BabaIbo: 7:18am On Nov 22, 2019
That one consign una...

My phone expiring date na when it spoils beyond repair, shikena...

Na Samsung I dey use, I once changed the screen(make I no mention the amount), anyway I won't change it again even if the phone look rough I go use am like that.

PS: I have gotten other new phones(other products) in between, but my Samsung outlast them.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by DarkJeddi(m): 7:18am On Nov 22, 2019
Tecno Marketers are on a roll..

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by wilsonchilboy(m): 7:19am On Nov 22, 2019
Truetalk cus i used my infinix hot 4 for 2 years without issues and from the 3rd year ma nigga period start to flow i just kuku keep am one place the use small nokia by next week i'd go get hot 8 pro
life goes on

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Enemyofpeace: 7:20am On Nov 22, 2019
Uchechiokpara39:
Very necessary....I lost my phone some day back and was able to replace it immediately with the New Spark 4.

Will still go for something more sophisticated. But for now...we manage

yinmu
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by Nadison1311(m): 7:20am On Nov 22, 2019
Well in Nigeria your phone life can just end anytime.....
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by princemillla(m): 7:20am On Nov 22, 2019
Smartphone and life span.


Most of this new innovations are the main problem that's why it's always advisable to own more than one device so you don't over kill the devices.

It's cheaper and u get to offload jobs from the first one.

But the good news is, From their own sense Na there we DEy chop. If you know you know
.#engineer
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by IgbosNIGHTMARE: 7:21am On Nov 22, 2019
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devbojj:
Smartphones are necessities today as we cannot do without them. With advancement in technology yearly, smartphone companies Samsung, Transsion Holding, etc release newer versions and people change phones for different reasons. But what really is a smartphone shelf life and how long does the average smartphone lasts before it starts showing signs of deterioration?

Understanding Smartphone Shelf Life
Shelf life is an English word on its own and before we understand how it relates to smartphones, we have to know what shelf life itself means.

What is shelf life? According to Wikipedia, shelf life is the length of time that a commodity may be stored without becoming unfit for use, consumption, or sale. Oxford dictionary defines it as the length of time for which an item remains useable, fit for consumption, or saleable.

Now that we understand what a shelf life is, it can now be related to smartphones. A smartphone shelf life simply means the duration of time which a smartphone is fit to be used without any problems. Averagely, the lifespan of a smartphone is 3-4 years and many factors contribute to this. This will be explained below.

Signs Your Phone is Reaching the End of its Lifespan
When your smartphone becomes no longer enjoyable or starts giving you issues, it might be time to get a new one.

Operating System Issues
A phone cannot function without its operating system. There are two popular smartphone OS – Android and iOS. Whenever a smartphone is released it comes shipped out of the box with a version of an operating system. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ ran Android 7.0 Nougat at launch. Samsung makes sure its smartphones get the latest version whenever a new version is available but sooner or later, they drop support for old smartphones like other manufacturing companies do.

Another example, Tecno Spark 4 + ran Android 9 Pie & HiOS 5.5 or The Camon 12 Air which ran Android 9 Pie & feature a 6.4-inch waterdrop AMOLED display, Mediatek Helio P22 chipset etc. The reason is newer version of operating systems becomes advanced and comes with features which are power-driven and sometimes become too heavy for the hardware on older smartphones.

Also, almost everyday smartphone applications get updated and newer functionalities are added. All these accumulated affects the smartphone in the long run. Applications crashes, the smartphone becomes slow, lags and it gets frustrating to use. Whenever this starts happening, your phone is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Battery Health
Smartphones are powered by batteries. Even though some batteries can be replaced, whenever a smartphone’s battery is no longer dependable or has to be charged several times a day it’s a sign the phone is reaching the end of its lifespan, this normally happens between two to three years.

Wear and Tear
You might be surprised, but the law of ageing applies to smartphones too. Over a long period of time, you may have used your smartphone ruggedly such that some parts have been scratched or broken. This may in turn start affecting hardware materials.

Conclusion
Smartphone manufacturers are constantly competing with one another. A smartphone you get today becomes obsolete when the same company releases another from the same series with better specifications tomorrow. The average smartphone shelf life is 3 years after which it starts deteriorating.

https://howtotechnaija.com/smartphone-shelf-life-average-lifespan/
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SEE HOW TECNO MARKETERS FULL THIS THREAD grin

God forbid I ever use that scrap again.

If you want to ever get value for your money buying all this Chinese phones, go for something CHEAPER, STRONGER AND BETTER LIKE
xiaomi
Oppo
Gionee
Umidigi
Oukitel etc

BTW,
You don't seem to know the meaning of "shelf life.

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Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by igboamakaaa: 7:21am On Nov 22, 2019
helinues:
More than average of us are slaves to gadgets.

So Microsoft Windows phone stop supporting whatsapp on my phone ( their expiry should be Dec 31st)

Since Sunday, I have really added weight for not visiting whatsapp
Saw the same message sad thankfully, I had enough money to buy another Nokia phone. Nokia X6, and till date I don't regret doing so. Since when I started using phones till now it has always been Nokia
Re: Smartphone Shelf Life – What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Smartphone? by MusaDanladi1: 7:21am On Nov 22, 2019
Uchechiokpara39:
Very necessary....I lost my phone some day back and was able to replace it immediately with the New Spark 4.

Will still go for something more sophisticated. But for now...we manage

Sorry about the loss of your phone. That shit is excruciatingly painful.

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