The age old question: should i update my smartphone software? With all of the spyware going around, the obvious answer would be yes, but with all of the bugs in software updates, the obvious answer becomes no. So what should you do? It depends.
With the iPhone's software updates comes potential for bugs. However, we have been shown that their security measures are beyond reprieve, so are their updates really worth the hassle? First, you need to check Apple's schedule. Are they releasing a new phone in the next month? Then hold off. Don't get the new update until at least 2-4 weeks after that phone has been released. There's a trend to these updates: they mess up your phone. E.G. A client updated to 9.3.4 and it wiped their entire phone and put it in bootloop. Another updated to 9.3.5 and everything except their antenna worked and they had no physical damage to the prestine device. Both of the updates came out roughly 1 month before the iPhone 7 was supposed to drop. The same happened with many consumers between the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6. Second, never do an update without backing up your phone first. God forbid you do an update and suddenly lose all your data due to that update.
Updates on Samsungs seem to have been pretty innocuous. As with most updates, make sure to back up your device. Most updates are meant to help with security measures this day in age. That being said, avoid downloading too many third party applications on your Samsung, given their pension for being virus back doors. Other than that, no bad words have been spoken on Samsung on their updates.
Most other manufacturers
As with Samsung, most other competitors, HTC, Nokia, Blackberry, etc., have all seemed to work well with their updates. None of them have the same security as Apple, however, they have fewer bugs in their updates. One caveat manufacturer is LG, though. Recent updates have rendered entire phones useless, banishing them to the isle of expensive paper weights. A friend recently did an update and ended up having his whole phone fried, with no liquid or physical damage to it. Exercise caution with this manufacturer (and all of them, really) and do your due diligence. If you find reports of bad updates and software issues, avoid that download. Maybe even speak to your provider about the situation if your phone really needs the update.
All in all, we propose doing the research first, backing up your phone, and being aware of manufacturer timelines. 9 times out of 10, if a new phone is being released, most other devices won't support that device. Stay tuned for next time when we discuss saving your battery from an untimely death.