Every time I try an Android smartphone, the comment punctually arrives denigrating the software update policy of the brand in question, praising Apple but also Samsung, which instead are used to supporting their devices, even reaching more than 5 years after their release of the terminal.
All true, but not precise, first of all because if I take Samsung as a sample, in my personal experience, one of their smartphones hardly reaches 5 years of use, as already after 12/15 months there are problems related to the battery as well as a heaviness of the software that makes the smartphone almost unusable while from Apple's point of view, the Cupertino brand must certainly be praised, but when the stop to official support arrives, the iPhone in question must be placed in a drawer, because there are no alternative ROMs to give new life.
Oh yes, it is precisely the Custom ROMs that in my opinion make me argue that Android is better than iOS, as there are alternative ROMs for many brands that bring the latest Android release to dated devices, such as the glorious Google Nexus 5.
In my case I managed to recover a phablet, the Xiaomi Mi Max 2, a smartphone that was not supported by the Chinese company. Through the Custom ROM The Evolver, I was able to benefit from all the potential of Android 13 on my Mi Max 2, enjoying a smartphone in step with the times and above all without any problems whatsoever. Everything works, from Bluetooth to WiFi and the performance is still appreciable, certainly better than many Chinese on the market.
Naturally this speech does not apply to all brands, brands such as Ulefone, Umidigi, Cubot etc. are certainly to be excluded but for all the others such as Oppo, Realme, OnePlus, Sony and many others it is worth considering before changing your smartphone, to search the net for alternative ROMs to the original ones. The benefit of installing Custom ROM also lies in lightening the operating system and I repeat, the possibility of making a smartphone with years on its shoulders current, perhaps no longer officially supported. The ROMs cooked properly for your smartphone also give you a truly unique depth of customization, but for more info, I invite you to browse the authoritative site XDA Developers.
I don't want to drag it out, but with this article I want to urge you to also consider the real recycling of a smartphone, before throwing it away or before spending money on a smartphone, just because this is the latest model released on the market.
On average we change smartphones every 2 years, without knowing that inside our device there are 96% recyclable materials, including: 250 mg silver, 24 mg gold, 9 mg palladium, 9 grams copper, 3,5 grams of cobalt and 1 gram of rare earths. Only 15% of smartphones are recycled of all those sold and the recycling of just one smartphone results in energy savings of 1 KW/h, considering that every year a smartphone emits 17,2 KG of CO2.
Maybe it's time to start thinking that it's not cool to change your smartphone with each release of a new model but it's cool to change your smartphone only and when its duty no longer does it. However, I am curious to know your opinion on this topic, I will be happy to answer you in the comments box below and if you really can't resist and want to change your smartphone, then remember to go to our Telegram channels for offers (xiaomitoday / discounteday), here you will find many discounts and coupons to save precious euros.
You could even consider buying refurbished smartphones or better still search the various digital "markets" like Subito.it, where you can find some goodies from the past that really deserve a new life. For a few euros I bought a glorious Microsoft Nokia Lumia 640 LTE, a legendary HTC P6500 PDA and an iPhone 6S.