Storage- and Battery-Sapping System Updates Named and Shamed by Which?

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Performance issues tied to major software releases are unfortunately nothing new, and Which? has compiled a list of system updates that can be particularly tough on your phone or tablet.

Tests revealed that upgrading the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 lopped 30GB of storage off the tablet, while web browsing time fell from 716 minutes to 535 minutes after bumping the Nexus 6P from Android 6.0 Marshmallow to 7.0 Nougat.

iPhone 6 users will be pleased to learn that an upgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 10 made battery life drop from 702.5 minutes to 664.5 minutes, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 lost 3GB of storage on its journey from Android 5.0 Lollipop to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Annoying as these side-effects are, it’s important to keep your gadgets updated, as new software releases often include important security fixes.

Which? recommends waiting for “a few weeks” before updating, and believes that tech firms should shed more light on the risks that come with updates, as well as enable consumers to revert to previous software if they don’t like the new version.

“Our latest research shows that, while upgrades are meant to boost the performance of our phones and tablets, the opposite can actually prove to be true,” said Which? magazine editor Richard Headland. “Given how much we rely on mobile devices, companies should do more to tell us about the possible downsides of updates, as well as the benefits.”