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Q. Kim, I got my smartphone in late 2011. It's starting to perform really slowly. I think it might be time to hang it up and grab a new phone, but I don't have the money right now. Is there any way I can bring back some of its old speed like I can with my computer ? I'd love to save some cash and wait until my contract is up next year to grab a new one. Thanks in advance if you can help me!
-Josh, from Fort Atkinson, WI, listens to my national radio show on WFAW 940 AM

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A. Yesterday's smartphones can be today's paperweights, Josh. I looked up some popular smartphones from last Christmas and they don't even stand up to today's freebies. They had 512 MB of RAM or less, mediocre cameras and outdated operating systems.

Smartphones require much better specs to run today's advanced apps. It might be less frustrating to buy a new phone.

My buying guides can help you out there. You'll know exactly what to look for in a phone that should last your full two-year contract. If you can't afford the best right now, this column will show which low-end phones to avoid.

However, there are some steps you can take before you go shopping. Clearing out some of the junk inside your smartphone can go a long way in bringing back some of its performance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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