Software Updates – They’re Great, Until They Slow You Down

If you’re device is running slow, your update could be to blame.
Software updates are tempting to download – it’s hard to say no to the latest features to hit the market. However, sometimes the update isn’t totally necessary and can actually slow your speed performance down noticeably. This isn’t fun, especially if you lack patience when it comes to things being delayed in terms of sending messages, making calls and downloading information.
What happens?
Customers have claimed that it can literally take certain iPhone models (such as the iPhone 4) up to 30 seconds to unlock as a result of the iOS 7 update. This is something that many people just don’t have time to deal with, especially when they are paying a reasonable amount to use their device every month in the way that they want. Apple is renowned for providing quick communication, but on occasion, their updates can slow everything down.
Whether you have a smartphone or tablet, or even a phablet, you want it to work as fast as it can. No one wants to reboot their device every single day just so that it works at a decent speed. If you are in this boat, consider talking with Apple about your software update and determine if this was actually the problem. Having too many apps open can also slow you down, or having the brightness turned all the way up has been known to slow down processes. Make sure you check to see you are doing everything efficiently prior to blaming issues on software updates, but know that they can be problematic.

Do You Prefer Using a Pen Over Your Finger?

Buy Tablets/Phablets and Smartphones with Bigger Screens!
Maybe you’re a bit of a “germaphobe” who recognizes just how much bacteria can build up on a cell phone or tablet screen. After all, you do touch it nonstop, set it down on tables, put it on your bed…it’s bound to get dirty, even if you can’t see it. Or perhaps it’s just personal preference that you’d rather use a pen than your finger to send messages and look stuff up. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, your best bet might be a device with a bigger screen – which is certainly easy to find with the most recent devices to hit the market.
Think About These
The LG Flex Phablet is great for the person who is constantly on the go. Fly often? You can write on the 6 inch screen but take advantage of simple portability. The Samsung Galaxy S5 is another device that offers a bunch of space, with a screen just over 5 inches. The screen sizes of these devices make it so easy to use the pen to write down notes, write messages and even draw. Consider the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus too, which offer large screens and stellar voice recognition software. The larger screens make it easier for people who have vision problems to read, too. There are so many benefits!
Here are some model numbers to keep in mind- iPhone 6 (A1549, A1586), iPhone 6 + (A1522, A1524) and more! Have a look at what is available by searching online or speaking with your carrier.
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Economical Smartphone Choices
You Can Stay Up to Date Without Breaking the Bank
There are numerous options for those who want to have a reliable phone but don’t want to break the bank. The newest iPhones, for instance, can come with a high price tag, making them essentially unaffordable to the majority of the population. If you are in this boat, don’t worry – you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to buy a new smartphone for yourself or your kid. You can find ones that are reasonably priced. Have a look at this list of ideas for those who are working with a tight budget –
iPhone 3GS – Because this model is a bit older, you can get it for cheaper. Generally speaking, you should be able to find it for under $100 (A1303).
Samsung Intercept – This is another one you should be able to snag for under $100. It might be an older Android model, but, you can get it for a great deal.
Palm Pre Plus – It doesn’t necessarily compare to any of the newest devices to hit the market, but it’s an option to consider for a small price tag.
iPhone 4 (A1332)– Any time that you buy a device that’s been refurbished, you can expect to pay a much lesser price tag. You could easily expect to pay around $100 for this model, seeing as it is now getting to the point of being outdated.
There are many options if you don’t want to spend several hundred dollars on a good phone. Speak with your carrier and ask about refurbished devices if you want to snag a great deal, even possibly on a newer model.

Looking to Upgrade Your Phone?

The Time Might Be Now
If you are interested in upgrading or changing out your phone, then there are better times than others to do so. Research shows that you can predict, at least to a degree, good times to try to sell your old device to put away some cash for a new one, and good times to buy new devices. Have a look at some information here –
Consider annual expected release dates for smartphones. We don’t always know in advance when exactly a new phone or tablet will be released, but we can guess. For instance, many are speculating, based off past release dates, that the iPhone 7 will be released in September of 2016. So when is a good time to sell your current device? Well, if you want to make some extra cash to put towards an upgraded device, think about selling just before the new one will be released to the public. This way, you’ll have money set aside if you are looking to buy brand new.
Wait until the price of the new phone drops a bit. This generally happens within 6 months – you will see up to a 30% drop (on average) in price. So if you don’t have a huge chunk of change to spend right away and can afford to wait, think about doing so. At least for a few months. There are also promotions generally after the holidays, as businesses are attempting to get rid of devices that didn’t sell.
In a nutshell, wait until after the holidays or up to 6 months after a new phone or tablet is released if you want the best deal!