Smartphones are a key productivity tool for both our work and personal lives — and for most, it’s pretty obvious when we need to upgrade. That said, sometimes the signs can be subtle, at least until our tech is really holding us back.
Maybe the aging battery requires you to always carry an external charger with you. Or you’re stuck awkwardly looking at a loading screen while everyone in a meeting waits for you to start your presentation. Or you are fumbling around resetting your password, while your colleagues can “unlock with a look” using biometrics like iris scanning.
If you’re wondering whether you might be due for an upgrade, here are nine clear signals to watch out for.
1. A Screen for Sore Eyes: Are you tired of squinting at your phone’s tiny screen or constantly zooming in to read your boss’s emails? Screen size has continued to increase over the years, making it easier to get work done and take advantage of mobile multitasking features. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 has virtually eliminated the bezel and offers an impressive 6.4-in. display – so you can see more content and hold less phone. If your phone is more bezel than screen, it’s time to upgrade.
2. Need for Speed: Users are constantly told they now carry supercomputers around with them everywhere they go — but do you spend more time staring while your phone loads apps than you do actually using them? Application processor performance improves significantly with each generation of smartphones. And newer phones, like the Note9 with a choice of 6GB or 8GB RAM, have plenty of memory so you can get more done with your device. And you’ll be able to really see the computing capabilities of the latest Samsung devices by using Samsung DeX, which provides a desktop experience powered by your phone.
3. Security worries: Because smartphones contain not only personal information, but also professional data, they are one of the most popular targets for theft — and not all phones are created equal when it comes to security. If your device does not offer hardware-level security or you are no longer receiving regular security updates, you should think seriously about upgrading.
4. Password Problems: Passwords are a pain. Not only are they tough to remember, they’re also susceptible to hacking. With biometrics, on the other hand, you can reduce your reliance on passwords and increase your device security. Smartphones have had fingerprint scanners for a number of years, but with newer devices, you have more options including iris scanning and facial recognition.
5. Battery Life Blues: Watching the battery icon on your smartphone drain faster than free donuts disappear in the office can be a desperate feeling — one which many smartphone users suffer on a regular basis. The lithium-ion batteries that power smartphones inevitably begin to see reduced performance after 400-500 charging cycles. If you have an older device, its battery life is likely well past its peak. Newer devices offer all-day-and-more battery life (and recharge in under an hour), so you never get shut out of your device.
6. Wireless Charging: Are you sick of scrambling through your desk drawers for the right cable to charge your phone? Are you tired of navigating the thicket of cables consuming your desk space? Welcome to the uncluttered future. Wireless charging is not only convenient but with fast charging technology, it also means you spend less time charging your phone, so you can spend more time using it.
7. Mobile Aquaphobia: Mobile phones are inherently more at risk of water hazards than other computing devices, as this timeless statistic illustrates. However, with newer phones, you don’t need to be afraid of water when you are using your mobile. Samsung was among the first to introduce water resistance on its flagship line and the new Note9 continues that with its IP68 rating.
8. Storage Overload: Have you found yourself deciding whether to delete a video of precious puppy or family vacation in order to download a critical work file? If so, it’s probably time for a new phone with more storage. With the Galaxy Note9 you get a choice of 128GB or 512GB, and you can theoretically expand up to 2TB with a microSD card — so you’ll never have to sacrifice precious memories to stay caught up again.
9. Voice Assistant: Do you ever feel like you’re not being heard? If your smartphone lacks a voice-activated personal assistant, you might be stuck talking to yourself. As the rest of the world tells their phone to send messages, answer emails, update calendars, read the news, check the weather and more, you’ll just be listening to your own voice.