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Here are my tips for extending the lifespan of everything from your HDTV to your printer.

Cell Phones

  • Don't charge your battery any longer than it takes to reach a full charge. Otherwise, you risk overheating and a reduction in power capacity.
  • If you have a spare battery, alternate it regularly with the one that's in your phone. Leaving it unused will reduce its life.
  • If you have to replace the battery, buy one that's authorized by the manufacturer of your phone.
  • Set your screen so that it turns off after a period of inactivity
  • Turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth when you don't need them.
  • Avoid using your phone in poor reception areas.
  • Turn your phone off overnight or when you won't be using it for a long period of time.
  • If your mobile drops in the pool (or toilet!), take the battery out immediately, and bury it in dry rice. The kernels will soak up the water and hopefully return it to working order.

Keep or toss? As a phone's average lifespan is 2 to 4 years, invest in a new one if the repairs will cost more than half as much as a new one. But, as the battery's most likely the problem, it may be worth trying a new one before replacing the entire phone. If yours is beyond repair, check out our GHRI Smartphone Review.