Bryan Smith joins Expresso Show to discuss ways to resolve five common smartphone frustrations that frequently plague users!

During my time at Bandwidth Blog, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances regularly expressed common threads when it comes to smartphone frustrations. While new mobile hardware becomes more advanced all the time, it can be difficult to see the fruits of any improvement while locked into a two-year contract.

While common problems do plague us all, there are quick steps one can take to improve the longevity and usefulness of their mobile device. I sat down with Katlego Maboe on SABC 3’s Expresso Show to dive in!

Poor battery life

Perhaps the most common smartphone frustration, there’s simply nothing worse than trying to get to grips with one’s phone when its battery pails with a death rattle half-way through a working day.

Lithium-ion batteries are tricky beasts, and their nature isn’t helped by the fact that misconception has surrounded the use and maintenance of such cells since their debut on the market.

To increase – or maintain – the health of one’s mobile battery, charge whenever possible; whether cabled or wirelessly, and have no fear of charging throughout the night. Rather than close running apps, be sure not to use extraneous system processes (more latterly on Android) when connecting to a wearable – and if all else fails, remember that it is usually possible to opt for a new battery than a new smartphone. Android phones with removable batteries, despite their rarity these days, offer greater longevity in this regard.

Managing storage space

While Apple’s notorious storage policies and restrictive iCloud plans can be frustrating for Apple enthusiasts, a common escape for both iOS and Android junkees is the cloud. By using one of my favourite services, Google Photos, one nets 100GB of free online storage space for high-quality imagery.

If your phone accommodates an SD card port, one can always consider purchasing a larger card for all things media.

Scratches, scrapes, and bumps

Listen – smartphones, like cars, attract scratches. The good thing is that they’re usually far easier to live with, and in this regard prevention is better than cure.

A tempered glass screen protector can do a fantastic job of safeguarding one’s touch display, while for those of us who hate bulky cases a vinyl skin can add an extra bit of style to one’s device while also offering rudimentary protection.


All smartphones tend to lag as they get older, thanks to the fact that older hardware is expected to keep up with newer software.

While one should always update to keep abreast of security patches, refreshing one’s device to factory settings can provide a much-needed mid-life boost. Further, removing apps one doesn’t use can also free up much-needed storage space.

Smarter lock screens

If you’re like me and perpetually dial the wrong person through their pocket, a great way to prevent pocket calls is to set a fingerprint or pattern lock on your smartphone. Failing that, Android offers some fantastic third-party lock screens with various settings and sensitivities. My favourite is Microsoft’s Next lock screen.

Have your say!

What are your thoughts? Do you have any hot tips you’d like to share? Get in touch with me @bryansmithSA!