Now that you’ve got your new Galaxy smartphone, you’ll want to make sure to keep it in prime condition. Keeping your smartphone (or any other gadget) in shape will ensure that you get the best resale value when it’s time to upgrade. It will also help lengthen the life of your device and improve its performance. This guide will show you how to keep your Samsung Galaxy smartphone in good condition throughout its lifetime.
A protective case will ensure that any accidental drops or bumps are absorbed by the case and not by the phone itself. When choosing a case, you’ll find thousands of options. First, look for something with an appearance that appeals to you. Chances are that if you don’t like the appearance of your phone, you’re not going to use it. Next, look at what type of case you would prefer. Remember that most Galaxy S devices have very large screens, and that the bigger the display, the more surface area that is vulnerable to damage. For phones with bigger displays, I would recommend some type of screen protector bundled with a case or protective skin. Cases come in many shapes and sizes: pouches, skins, shells, bumpers, clips, etc. Make your decision based on how you’ve treated your phones in the past. If you drop your phone a lot or throw it around, a case with more protection would be a better choice. If you who carry your phone in a purse, handbag, or backpack, consider a case that offers protection on all sides. For people who keep their phones in a pocket, a bumper or skin will do.
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Screen damage impacts the value of your phone more than anything else, so protecting your screen is always a wise investment. When it comes to protecting your screen, there are two good options. The first is a complete body shield, which protects all sides of the phone, including the screen. The second option is to combine a front-only screen protector with the case of your choice. These types of screen protectors can usually be purchased for under $5 on eBay or Amazon. I recommend changing the screen protector every two to three months, or when you clean your device.
I always tell smartphone owners that every month or so they should give their devices a proper cleaning to remove dirt and buildup. Remember, phones are more likely than any other electronic gadgets to carry bacteria. Always power off your device before performing any of the cleaning steps below.
- Grab yourself a microfiber cleaning cloth and a gadget-safe cleaning solution or foam and give the phone a good cleaning. Always spray the cleaner on the rag and never straight on the device.
- Next, grab a compressed air can designed for use with electronics (available at office and electronic stores). and clean out all the ports on the device. Spray out the headset jack, connector port, and SIM card slot.
- Reapply your screen protector and case and power your device back on. We recommend doing a backup along a cleaning monthly.
Remember, the main thing that will keep your Galaxy smartphone in good condition is you. Just be careful with your device and take care of it as best you can. We all know that accidents happen, and sometimes they are unavoidable. We would recommend a warranty policy for those who are prone to accidents or who have had phone care issues in the past. Proper care and maintenance along with the right accessories will greatly enhance the life and value of your Galaxy S device down the road.