For my birthday this year, I asked my parents for a new smartphone. I’ve had the same iPhone 4S for the last two or three years and as much as I would have loved to keep it, too many things were starting to go wrong.
1. “10% battery” actually meant “I’m dead and will now turn off.”
Out of nowhere, my iPhone’s battery calibration decided to get all messed up. I don’t know what caused it but I tried everything in my power to fix it. I re-calibrated the battery, completing entire charge cycles over and over, only to end up right where I was to begin with. My battery would always hit 10% and bam: the screen goes black and a little wheel spins as it powers off.
And nothing is more frustrating than when you’re in the middle of typing something and you think you still have a few more minutes of power, only to find your phone randomly shut down on you mid-sentence.
2. Even when there was memory, it was out of memory.
Me: “Hey, let me take a picture of that!”
iPhone 4S: “Sorry, out of memory.”
Me: Proceeds to delete 178 photos.
Me: “Ok, let’s try this again.”
iPhone 4S: “I said I have no memory.” -.-
It was a constant struggle. Especially because my camera was my most used app. Once I couldn’t take pictures anymore, the photographer in me felt kind of helpless. It actually affected my blogging too! Normally I’d blog about things I captured in photos but when I couldn’t do that anymore, I had to learn to make do with what I had.
With no expandable storage options, I started heavily relying on cloud-based storage like iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive. I filled all of those too.
3. My apps were ancient.
I refused to update the OS from the one that it came with. While everyone else was raving about iOS 7, I chose to stick with the old OS. Aside from the issue of not having enough space to download the software update, I simply did not want to. I wasn’t crazy about the redesign and I thought the built-in apps looked nicer the way they were.
The one downside was that I couldn’t update my apps anymore. I was suspended in an age of Snapchat without video and unsupported Skype service. Tons of apps were giving up on me. I felt abandoned. 🙁
WELL NOW, ALL OF THAT IS A THING OF THE PAST.
I upgraded to the new iPhone 6 and got 64GB of memory instead of 16!
Now I can actually take pictures again, use the latest WordPress app, and run the battery from 100 to 0. It’s nice to have a smooth experience with a phone.
Of course, everything has a downside.
1. I had to give up my unlimited data…
It was bound to happen eventually, I suppose… Kind of depressed since at one time, I did have unlimited data with a 4G LTE smartphone. And now I don’t.
2. I can barely hear people when I make calls.
Even when the volume is set to the highest level, I can barely hear the person I’m talking to. Not sure if this is a hardware problem or some sort of OS glitch. It makes using my phone as a phone a little difficult though.
3. Other people can barely hear me.
Likewise, when I FaceTime my family, no one can hear me. The microphone works because if I scream, they hear me. But if I speak normally, they don’t. And I don’t want to shout. So once again, I can’t really use my iPhone as a phone.
The day after I activated my new iPhone, my “phone” couldn’t even call people. That was resolved simply by restarting the device. I hope I can get the other issues fixed! Otherwise, I might have to swap out my phone for another model.