We all, at one time in our life have or will have to buy a new device to replace an older version due to one or more reasons. How a device performs and its lasting for the maximum time possible, more depends on us.
Have you ever replaced a device or its accessory very early counting from the time of its first usage? It’s true that the durability of a device, mostly electronics, depends on how the said device was made—its internal makeup—and some other external factors, but sometimes we must admit that we often shorten the lifespan of our new electronic devices. This is due to how we use the device.
In this article I’m highlighting some points on how to ensure that our expensive mobile phones, tablets and PCs (plus some electronic devices) stay alive for the maximum time possible under suitable conditions.
- Read the instruction manual (quick guide) prior to your device’s first usage
Most devices come with printed instructions on their assembling, installation, configuration and usage included in their package. Before you do anything to the device, why not read the instructions? Even if you have ever used a similar device, remember that most devices come with upgrades and their operation may be a bit, if not totally, different from older versions.
NB: because of modern technology, most programmed devices with screens have their instructions (quick guides) embedded in the device’s menu. In such instances, charge the device to full, power it on and before proceeding to use any other (extra) feature, read the “soft guide” before.
If you have difficulties in setting up such devices, get an online help prior to usage or contact an expert. Never try configuring a device you are not familiar with.
- Do not use off brand accessories
All devices come with their own original (branded) accessories—in the case of phones, tablets and PCs, these may include batteries, earphones, and chargers among others. Such accessories were tested in the devices’ own environment prior to packaging and were found to be suitable. Using a different accessory when the original is damaged or lost can cause compatibility problems. These problems may not occur instantaneously, but with time the device may be damaged.
Contact the manufacturer for an original replacement rather than using an off brand accessory should yours be lost or damaged.
- Never expose your device to new users
Are they familiar with your device’s usage and operation? If ‘no’ then don’t grant them the access to use it. Most people with little or no knowledge about a particular device’s operation will just experiment with certain features or menu items in attempt to learn. This can actually result in locking up your device or something worse.
Children usually mishandle mobile devices, usually dropping them or hitting them against hard surfaces or worst still playing with them alongside liquids—and you know the effects? Do not grant children access to your mobile or electronic devices or even allow minor children anywhere near them.
- Employ the services of an authorized or experienced technician
Sometimes, due to some external factors or because of our own making, the device we are using can catch a problem. If this should happen to you, contact your device’s manufacturer or an authorized technician. Do not employ the services of the so-called repairers (“self-made” technicians). They may try to open your device in attempt to fix the problem. This can result in further damage. Also, the warrant to your device may be void should the warranty seal be broken in attempt to open the device.