- 7:48 am - Sat, Mar 22, 2014
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We here at Unconsumption are big fans of the idea of repairing / mending things you already own; so, naturally we love this New York Times post on “Making Our Smartphones Last Longer”:
Despite their small size, smartphones are expensive, resource-hungry goods, and they deserve a better life cycle than two years of use followed by an eternity in a forgotten desk drawer. It is possible to buy smartphones with an eye to longevity — a strategy that will save money and global resources and give you the snooty self-satisfaction of knowing you’re shunning gadget consumerism.
The main points are: Use your phone for more than two years, ideally three; when you run into trouble, try to repair, not replace it; and when you’re done with it, trade it in. When you’re looking for a new phone, don’t just consider the latest high-end devices; many people will find last year’s best phone just as useful as the newest one. You might even consider buying a used phone instead of a new one.
Sound complicated? It’s not.
Read the rest: A Wild Idea: Making Our Smartphones Last Longer - NYTimes.com