The modern consumer market is dominated by gadgets and technology with increasing price tags and overwhelming choice. For many, it is simply not possible to keep buying new gadgets, so the key is to try and make sure that your existing gear lasts for as long as possible.
From MP3 players to cameras and from smartphones to laptops, the consumer market is driven by the importance of owning the most up-to-date and advanced gadget on the market. To increase the power of this driving force, many technological devices do not have the longest lifespan and can need replacing much sooner than your online banking account allows. Consequently, there are many ways to preserve the condition and function of your gadgets, either to prevent you having to buy a new one every year or, if the attraction of the latest model is just too much, maximising the resale value of your older tech.
One of the most common issues with gadgetry that necessitates buying a newer version is battery life. With phones, it becomes a real hassle when they need charging more than once a day and with laptops, it is very inconvenient when they don’t work when unplugged from the mains. One important tip, especially with phones, is to make sure that they are not overworked. For instance, there are many applications that keep running and therefore continue to eat up battery life, in the background, even when you’re not using them. Make sure to shut these down when you’re finished with them, or uninstall if the problem persists and you can live without the extra feature. Another great tip is to buy replacement batteries for your device. These are available at only a fraction of the cost of a new device and if you can carry a spare, you can just switch them over when one runs low and you can be back on maximum battery life in mere moments.
Wear and Tear.
This is the other major source of faults with technology. So many are designed to be portable and, as we take them everywhere we go, they can come into contact with all manner of environmental hazards which can damage their exterior and hinder their internal workings too. Common sense is a big factor here; make sure that your phone, camera or MP3 player isn’t out on a table in an environment with food and drink, both of which can do a surprising amount of damage. Moreover, never underestimate the value of a good case. Whether it is made of hard plastic or soft leather, both can do a huge amount to protect your device from potentially harmful knocks, bumps and drops.
Altogether, maintaining your technological devices in the best possible condition really isn’t rocket science. Sometimes investing a small amount, such as in a case or replacement battery, can pay dividends in the long run, as it extends the lifespan of your gadget and helps you avoid a full replacement.
George Richards regularly writes on tips and tricks for a range of technology websites and blogs. He worked in IT for several years and has always had a keen eye for a great-value gadget. Click here for more on replacement batteries.