The impact of seven years of smartphone use: a technological and practical perspective

The Impact of Seven Years of Smartphone Use: A Technological and Practical Perspective

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Delving into the evolution of smartphones, we explore the impact of seven-year guaranteed updates. Is this a promise of sustainability or a simple marketing argument? This article examines the long-term viability of phones, taking into account hardware wear and software obsolescence, while proposing solutions for a circular economy in the smartphone industry.

Seven years of updates: beyond the hype

The comparison of a telephone with a sandwich, although original, underlines an unavoidable reality: hardware ages, regardless of the quality of software updates. Even high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra are not immune to this phenomenon. The design becomes outdated, some new features may become incompatible, and essential components such as the battery inevitably deteriorate.

The battery issue is of particular concern. As a user ofiPhone, I have personally noticed the decrease in battery life over time. Although the devices Android generally handle storage issues better, fast charging accelerates battery degradation. After three or four years, one can expect a significant reduction in battery life, thus posing a dilemma: replace the battery or change the phone?

Hardware versus software: exploring smartphone longevity

The European law on removable batteries represents a step towards solving this problem. Being able to easily replace batteries and other components yourself would extend the life of the phone without requiring specialized technical knowledge. Combined with seven years of updates, this approach could be a real game-changer.

However, it is not enough to stop there. The real benefit to the user lies in a holistic approach that addresses hardware longevity alongside software support. Here are some additional aspects to consider:

  • Batteries and beyond : Batteries are just one example. Other components, like cameras, displays, and internal storage, can also degrade over time. Manufacturers should consider using more durable materials and components to ensure better hardware longevity.
  • Environmental concerns : It is crucial to take into account the environmental impact of constantly renewing phones. Extending support periods and improving hardware durability can significantly reduce e-waste.
  • Repair and scalability : It is not enough to make parts replaceable. Manufacturers must ensure the availability of spare parts at reasonable prices and provide clear repair manuals. Allow user-installable upgrades, such as new camera modules or more ram, could encourage users to extend the life of their phone.
  • Transparency and obsolescence : Planned obsolescence remains a concern in the industry. Manufacturers should be transparent about the expected lifespan of their devices and avoid practices that deliberately shortcut hardware functionality.

By focusing on these broader aspects, the smartphone industry can create a future where seven years of updates are not just a marketing campaign, but a true reflection of a device's longevity and durability. It's time to move beyond simple software support and embrace a true circular economy for smartphones, where devices are built to last, easily repaired, and sustainably upgraded.

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The Impact of Seven Years of Smartphone Use: A Technological and Practical Perspective

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