problem with consumer electronics, especially smartphones, is that they tend to
break or become damaged. Most of these devices on the market today are designed
for comfort, not for durability. This means that if consumers are not careful enough,
they can break or damage their phone.
common situation when a smartphone breaks is when water is spilled on it. This spill
may cause many components to become damaged or nonfunctional. Eventually, the individual
must decide on a plan to revive their device. They can either face the situation
and pay a repair shop to fix it or replace it with a brand-new phone. If the
decision were to go to a repair shop, he or she would be greeted with a surprise.
Depending on the damages to the phone a repair can cost more than the phone is
worth due to the availability of the parts (John Weiss). In 2015 alone, the cellphone
repair industry made 4 billion dollars in revenue from such devices (IBISWorld).
The report backs the statistic up by describing how much more popular smartphones
have become and the size of its internal components (IBISWorld). The more phones
that break, the more revenue these companies make, and the more money consumers
resolution to this needless expense is to become more responsible with the device.
A smartphone is not indestructible and can break under multiple conditions or situations.
For example, drops from any height can weaken the internal connections of the phone
causing problems in the future. To prevent this, one must be mindful when setting
down their phone. Put it in a place where it is stable and has a low chance of falling.
Another way is to not toss the phone around carelessly. In these situations, it
is easy to drop the phone and cause some damage. According to Corning Inc,
their screens have “improved drop performance” (Corning Inc 1). This means that
it is not damage proof and, in some situations, crack the device.
last resolution to be discussed is the investment in products that protect smartphones
by design. The first being a simple screen protector. This product goes directly
onto the screen and protects the phone from cosmetic damage. The most appealing
aspect is that it is not permanent once applied. It can be removed and replaced
whenever the consumer considers it necessary. The last possibility is investing
in a phone case designed specifically to absorb the impact from a fall. This type
of product goes around the phone and acts as a defensive barrier to its surroundings.
They are not in themselves indestructible but can bode much better than a phone
without a case. With these two product the smartphone can become more durable and
save the consumer money in the long run.