A little over a year ago I upgraded from an iPhone 5s to a 6s. Apple and the cell provider service had ceased providing discounts, so the purchase of the entire cost of the phone is on the consumer.
Every iteration of the iPhone has been around $1000.00 Let that sink in for a moment.
Now I think that the consumer protection agency should be all over this but what do I know. Apple in its quest to become even richer did something to the phones through their IOS updates to cripple the 6S. In doing so everyone that I knew that still had a 6S had similar complaints, the battery did not last at all.
Slowing the speed of the processor down through its IOS update was bad enough, making the phone, unusable criminal.
I had just paid my last 35 dollar payment on the phone when all of this came about. The timing was a coincidence as others who had their paid for in advance also stopped working acceptably around then as well.
I began the process of looking at the newer products, the seven the 8 and now the 10, all of which came out during the time I have had the 6S…
While I was thinking about buying the ten, it dawned on me that all of the accessories that I had purchased for the 5 and six would also be e-clutter or e-trash. This is wasteful! Where do we go with this?
Making an appointment with the “geniuses” They ran diagnostics on my phone and told me that the battery was working fine. They could not tell me what the speed of the processor was or anything that interested me, but they could say to me that the battery was fine. I know that it is not but, how do I prove it?
Two weeks later, the phone is on the charger when it rings; the battery is at 100%. A 27-minute phone call the battery is critical in the red.
Once again I am back in the mode of buying a new phone or going back and arguing with the geniuses.
I make another appointment. When I get there, I insist that they change the battery. Little did I realize that other places in the area change the battery as well.
The phone, off the charger in the morning and used several times during the day, is still in the 90% range when I return home in the evening.
The more significant issue is, what is the life expectancy of a phone?
In my world of IT, budget planning is paramount.
- The lifespan of a desktop PC is five
- The lifespan of a laptop is three years
- The lifespan of a smartphone is three
With the average cost of a smartphone around $1000.00, one can easily see that this must be factored into your annual budget.
When Apple or pick your vendor arbitrarily cripples a device making it unusable not only does it damage their relationship with their customers but it does severe damage to a business’s who provide such things to their employees.
I always suggest that we allow the employee to get the phone they want, and then we will enable them to expense the monthly cost of the service. If they want a new phone every time Apple or Samsung develops one, then they can get it on their dime.
The bottom line is the phone should last no less than three years.
If I had a suggestion to make cell phones better I would like to see them made in such a way that I can purchase a replacement battery and change it myself.
As always your thoughts on this or any other topic are welcome.
Much Love -TW