Phone service repair Downtown Miami Brickell

Want to keep your phone working as well as it can and should and to avoid any costly repair in Downtown? We’ll bet at least one of these tips from our experts will surprise you. Phone service repair.

  1. Phone service repair Downtown Miami Brickell
    Phone service repair Downtown Miami Brickell

    Weak signals kill your battery. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Phones use more power when they’re trying to access a weak network signal. In fact, just leaving your phone on in the area with little or no signal can completely drain your battery in a handful of hours even if you never touch your phone in Downtown. Repair. And avoid stashing the phone in a crowded purse or briefcase or inside a lower desk drawer: It can be harder for a phone to get a signal in those places or in Downtown.

  1. Smart phones need a fresh (re)start. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. With Facebook, Twitter, and so many other compelling apps to keep you glued to your cell-phone screen, you may be tempted never to turn your phone off. Repair. But smart phones, which are actually full-fledged computers, need to be restarted every one or two days to purge memory reserved by programs no longer running and to correct various other glitches that can hinder performance. Phone service repair Downtown
  1. Smart phones get slower with age. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Operating systems are designed and updated for the newest smart phones, with their faster processors, expanded memory, larger displays, and improved cameras in every phone Downtown. Repair. Accepting over-the-air updates to your OS and apps helps stave off obsolescence. Repair. But within a few years, your phone in Downtown could struggle to muster the processing power, memory, or features it needs to make the most of the new apps or an upgraded operating system if it can handle them at all in Downtown. Repair.
  1. Video kills your data allowance. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. It’s easy to burn through the 2-gigabyte monthly allowance of typical data plans. Repair. For example, a single HD movie could eat up 700 megabytes of data in Downtown, or more than a third of that 2-gigabyte budget. Other data drainers include streaming music and playing connected games online. Phone service repair Downtown. Try to use your phone’s Wi-Fi connection instead of the data connections when you’re doing these things. Repair.
  1. Skip screen protectors. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Many of today’s touch screens already come with a protective layer of Gorilla Glass or other hardened material that make scratching them nearly impossible. Repair. Some screen protectors reduce glare, but they can also make your display less responsive and harder to see in other ways. Repair. And screen protectors, even when properly installed, often develop unsightly air bubbles and annoying scratches of their own. Repair.
  1. A weak case for cases. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Today’s smart-phone bodies often include Kevlar, carbon fiber, or other hardened materials that are quite tough. Repair. Aftermarket cases may offer a bit of extra protection, but they’ll often hinder access or slow the responsiveness of the phone’s screen, buttons, and ports that you access frequently. Repair.
  1. Phone camera zoom lenses really aren’t. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Unlike standalone cameras, cell phones don’t have optical zoom lenses. Instead, they come with digital zoom, which enlarges pixels and actually reduces image detail as you zoom in. Repair. For those close-up shots, we recommend you move in closer. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Also consider trying small, affordable add-on lenses that fit over a smart phone’s own tiny lens. Repair. They let you get in closer to the action or shoot a wide-angle or fish-eye photo without reducing image quality. (Repair our story “Get real-camera effects with smart-phone lenses” for reviews of some of these add-on lenses.) Repair.
  1. Think twice about insurance and extended warranties. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. It can easily cost $500 to $600 to replace a smart phone. Repair. But a recent survey conducted by Consumer Reports found that only 15 percent of those polled bought a new phone because the old one broke and only 2 percent bought one because their phone was lost or stolen. Repair. Phone service repair Downtown. And the warranties themselves are no bargain: Plans cost $5 to $9 a month and come with a deductible of between $50 to $150. Repair. What’s more, you might be entitled only to a repaired, refurbished phone rather than a new one. Repair. Here’s a better idea: Repair. Keep your old phone until the new handset’s contract ends. Phone service repair Downtown
  1. Prepaid carriers are a great place for smart phones. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. The phones offered with prepaid plans used to be just the basics. Repair. But some prepaid carriers now offer smart phones. Repair. The Samsung Galaxy S III is even available from Metro PCS and the Apple iPhone 5 is available from Cricket, another prepaid company. Repair. What’s more, two-thirds of Consumer Reports subscribers who switched to prepaid knocked off $20 or more off their monthly bill. Repair. Even though you have to pay full price for the phone, you’ll save in the long run. Repair Downtown.
  1. Haggling works. Phone service repair Downtown. Repair. Most shoppers don’t think to negotiate for a lower cell-phone price, but 17 percent of our cell-phone-buying survey respondents took a shot. Repair Downtown. Repair. Of that group, more than one in four succeeded. Repair Downtown. The median discount was $54, but a handful knocked $100 or more off the price. Repair Downtown.

Repair. Your smartphone is a minor miracle, a pocket-sized computer that can fulfill almost every whim. Repair. But none of its superpowers matter a bit if it runs out of juice. Repair Downtown. With removable batteries becoming more and rarer, you’ve got to take good care of the one you got. Repair Downtown. Fortunately, it’s not too hard to keep the lithium-ion powering your everything machine happy if you follow a few simple rules. Repair Downtown.

Repair. Obviously, the first rule for extending your battery life is not using up all your battery life to play Candy Crush and walking around with Wi-Fi and GPS enabled when you’re not using either and really, really need your phone to last that extra hour. Repair. But aside from that, there are some basic rules for care and charging, and they’re the simplest baseline for a healthy battery. Repair Downtown.

Top it off. Repair Downtown.

Phone service repair Downtown Miami Brickell
Phone service repair Downtown Miami Brickell

Repair. You may vaguely recall hearing something about rechargeable batteries and the “memory effect. Repair Downtown. Repair. “You know, that if you don’t “teach” your rechargeable batteries their full potential by taking them from totally full to totally empty, and they’ll “forget” part of their capacity. Well, forget all that. Right now. Repair. It does not apply to your phone. Repair Downtown.

Repair. Battery memory is a real thing, but it applies to nickel-based batteries; your trusty sidekick (literal Sidekick or otherwise) doubtlessly has a lithium-ion battery, and it needs to be treated a little differently. Specifically, it should be topped off whenever you get the chance. Repair Downtown.

Repair. To get the most out of a lithium-ion battery, you should try to keep it north of 50 percent as much as possible. Repair Downtown. For the most part, going from all the way full to all the way empty won’t help; in fact, it’ll do a little damage if you do it too often. Repair Downtown. Repair. That said, it’s smart to do one full discharge about once a month for “calibration,” but don’t do it all the time. Running the whole gamut on a regular basis won’t make your battery explode or anything, but it will shorten its lifespan. Repair Downtown.

Repair. But! You don’t want to have battery charging constantly either; lithium-ion batteries can get overheated. Repair Downtown. Luckily for you, your charger is smart enough to help with this and will cut your phone off for a spell once it’s full. Repair Downtown. And to complicate matters and even further, your battery doesn’t particularly like being all the way full either. Repair. In fact, your battery will behave the best if you take it off the charge before it hits 100 percent, and leave it plugged when it’s already full is going to cause a little degradation. Repair Downtown.

Repair. So if you’re really particular about optimizing your battery’s life, you should try to go from around 40 percent to around 80 percent in one go, and then back down whenever possible. Repair Downtown. A bunch of tiny charges throughout the day is your second best bet, and going from zero to 100 and then 100 to zero on a regular basis will put the most strain on your lithium-ion battery. Repair Downtown.

Keep it cool. Repair Downtown.

Repair. It’s easy to worry about bad charging habits thanks to the training we’ve had from old rechargeable batteries, but lithium-ion batteries have a worse enemy than sub-optimal charging: Repair Downtown. Heat. Repair. Your smartphone’s battery will degrade much, much faster when it’s hot, regardless of whether it’s being used or just sitting around doing nothing. Repair Downtown.

Repair. At an average temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a lithium-ion battery will lose six percent of its maximum capacity per year. Repair Downtown. At 77 degrees, that number jumps to 20 percent, and at 104 degrees it’s a whopping 35. Repair. Sure, it’s not exactly practical (or sane) to keep your phone in the fridge, but it’s worth going out of your way to prevent long stays in hot cars and the like. Repair Downtown.

Avoid wireless charging. Repair Downtown.

Repair. Wireless charging can be incredibly convenient if your phone can do it, but it’s not without its disadvantages. Repair Downtown. The inductive, wireless chargers out there today have this nasty habit of generating a fair bit of waste heat. Repair. And while wasted energy is just a bummer in general, that heat will also toast your battery in the process. Repair Downtown. It’s a little less convenient, but standard plug-in charging is going to keep your battery in better shape, especially if you’re some place warm, to begin with. Repair Downtown.

Never go to zero. Repair Downtown.

Repair. If you’re going to be shelving any lithium-ion battery for a long time, try to leave it with at least 40 percent battery power to tide it over. Repair Downtown. Lithium-ion batteries don’t hemorrhage power when they’re not in use, but they’ll lose maybe five to ten percent of their charge each month. Repair Downtown.

Repair. And when lithium-ion batteries get too low, like, literally zero percent—they get seriously unstable and dangerous to charge. Repair Downtown. To prevent explosion-type disasters when you go to charge one that’s been sitting around for a month or two, lithium-ion batteries have built-in self-destruct circuits that will disable (read: destroy) the battery for good, if it reaches rock bottom. Repair Downtown. And sure, that’ll save you from a face full of battery acid, but it’ll also leave you short one battery. Repair.

Only charge fast when you need to. Repair Downtown.

Repair. A lot of newer phones support some sort of “fast charging” feature. Repair Downtown. These suckers will let you juice your phone up from zero to around half-full in just about a half hour. Repair. It’s a life-saver for when you’ve only got a few minutes to spare, but it’s also not great for your battery. Surprise! Repair Downtown.

Repair. Lithium-ion batteries live their longest lives when charged and discharged at low, consistent speeds. Fast charging is not that. Repair. But since fast charging is only for the beginning of a charge cycle and phones and their chargers are smart enough to only apply the extra voltage when it’s useful the damage isn’t too bad. Repair Downtown. Still, if you’re not in a hurry, it’s probably better for your battery to apply a slow and steady charge through a low-voltage charger. Repair.

Don’t sweat it too much. Repair Downtown.

Repair. It’s easy to get protective of your battery, but it’s also easy to get lazy. And that’s fine because as long as you’re not a complete idiot, you’ll be OK. Repair Downtown. Typically, a lithium-ion battery lasts for three to five years, and chances are you’re going to want to swap out your gadgets sometime in that window anyway. Repair Downtown. The slight damage of a technically bad idea, like leaving your phone plugged in all night every night or using fast charging when you need it is worth the convenience. Repair Downtown.

Repair. Still, it’s pretty easy to keep your battery reasonably healthy just by avoiding particularly egregious torture like letting your phone discharge from full to zero every single day or leaving it in a hot car all the time. Repair Downtown. And the next time you make it back home with power to spare, you’ll thank yourself for it. Repair Downtown.

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