We’ve all been there, hitting a button on a computer or smartphone and waiting for ages for it to boot up or load an app. It's nerve-wracking and frustrating to work on a slow device, especially in a business environment where you need to get things done quickly. What causes computers and other smart gadgets to become sluggish, and what can you do about it?
Our Doha laptops are known for their quick 30-second boot-up time, so we know a thing or two about speed and performance when it comes to electronics. We’ve compiled a few common reasons some devices perform painfully slow even on simple tasks.
Generally, the performance of electronic devices deteriorates with time. Perhaps the only reason your laptop or phone seems slow is that it's too old. The thing is, technology advances rapidly, and app developers are always keen to leverage the latest developments to enhance their products. You simply can’t enjoy the top-notch performance of the latest apps if your device does not meet the optimal requirements to support new features.
Last-generation laptops, for instance, were fitted with mechanical drives, low RAM and low-speed processors, which were a far cry from the current models featuring SSD drives, high-capacity RAM and overclocked CPUs. Progress is the main reason we upgrade hardware and software to newer, faster and more robust versions.
Too Many Apps Running in the Background
Having several apps running in the background on your device can slow down its response and performance. Launching too many apps, especially during boot-up, is a surefire way to drain your device's resources and power.
Uninstall or disable old, irrelevant and unused apps that are still active on your computer or smartphone. Also, make a habit of killing any unnecessary processes running in the background, and avoid extensively multitasking your device. You probably don’t need more than just a few apps and processes running at the same time anyway.
Limited Storage Space
Over time, you’ll inevitably deplete your phone’s and laptop’s storage space. Operating a device with very low storage space can result in sluggish performance, and in worst cases, total failure or malfunction.
A shrinking storage capacity invites memory problems that can potentially hurt the device’s performance. For instance, limited free space often leads to file fragmentation, which affects the access and load time of some files. Apps such as anti-virus software and library organizers that rely on search indexing also struggle if they have limited wiggle room on the storage drive. This problem mainly affects devices with low-capacity RAM and CPU caches.
Malfunctioning Apps and Damaged Hardware
Computers have a higher fault tolerance than they’re given credit for. You can comfortably use some computers without noticing any of their failing components. However, some critical failures can severely cripple the device’s performance. We’re not just talking about hardware damage; system software, apps, firmware and operating systems can also go haywire and cause the entire system to slow down. It’s quite common for computers, smartphones and tablets to go into limp-home mode after some of their vital components fail.
Poor maintenance and neglecting upgrades are the two main reasons many people complain about their increasingly slow gadgets and computers. At Doha Inc., we are well aware of this problem, which is why our products and services are designed to provide a lasting solution.
We design, manufacture and sell Doha laptops, hand-held devices and wearables built and loaded with the latest hardware and software. What’s more, you only pay a single monthly subscription to enjoy high-performance devices for personal and business use. Call us today at 1-888-DOHAINC to learn more about Doha computers and connected devices.