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Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mobile Device Slowdown Doesn’t Mean Replacement Time

Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet computers, have become an accessory in every day life, and people throw a lot of effort into using them. When the devices slow down, many people think it’s time to reset or get a new device. There are a lot of opportunities between those two choices that you should understand before trying to buy another version of the same thing from the tech store. Consider a few causes for mobile device slowdown and a few device repair techniques that can get you back to mobile convenience. 

Are Your Apps Compatible?

Not all mobile device users understand how close they are to using a computer, but that’s the issue; you’re using a computer with a small phone feature attached to it. If you’re sharing your device with others who are a bit too excited about fun and interesting new apps, have a discussion about compatibility.

Compatibility is more than just matching the right device to the right app in your app store. Some apps lack a compatibility checker and will allow you to install them without asking questions–a mistake that could make your device slow to a standstill.

If your mobile device doesn’t have a fast enough processor–the brains of the device–or enough memory to quickly pick up and deliver information, the device will either close the app after freezing or restart. This is a simple issue of uninstalling if you’re able to work between the crashes, but a problem if the offending app starts every time your device turns on.

If you’re unable to get into the phone because of a dangerous app, there is a way to get around the problem – a hard factory reset. Instead of going through the options in your phone to start a factory reset, you can press a combination of buttons while starting the device to access a reset menu. These buttons vary from device to device, even within the same operating system.

The reset will delete all of the information on your phone and start from scratch. The information on your SD card may be safe, but it’s worth removing if you want to be sure that you’re protecting your data.

Wear And Tear Can Happen

One of the benefits of modern devices is the lack of ‘moving parts’, most notably a lack of compact disks or hard drives with platters. With old devices using such movable parts, dropping the device meant scratching or shattering something that the device can’t work without–even from just a small tap.

Modern mobile devices won’t stop working until the actual board is broken. Not even a broken screen will break it completely, although it becomes hard to use if you can’t see or touch anything useful. Unfortunately, the lack of moving parts has been translated into lasting forever for some minds, a thought that simply isn’t true.

Most devices use what’s called a Solid State Drive (SSD), which isn’t purely new technology. It was used in portable media players (often called MP3 players, although MP3 is simply one of many music formats), thumb drives, space- and sea-exploration computers and made storing information easier. 

These convenient devices can still fail, as the information saving is quite violent. An electrical charge changes a cell within the SSD to 1 or 0 for on or off, which represents your data. Over time, the constant shocking can deteriorate the storage material, resulting in slower read times as the device compensates for missing areas.

Unfortunately, you’ll need a new device in this case. Before assuming device failure, take it to a device repair professional to get a better glimpse of the problem.

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