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We really disagree on that.



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Louie said:
I honestly wouldn't want to live without my smartphone. I owned an iPhone 6 Plus before and I didn't really like the design of that line (6, 6s, 7, 8 are basically the same design). But I love my iPhone X to bits and I've owned it for more than four months now. My smartphone is my GPS, camera, video player, sometimes E-Book reader, phone, etc. all in one. Most phones these days easily have enough space for a truckload of stuff (my storage is only 50% full and I own the smallest 64gb version) and my old iPhone ran fine after three years of use. The phone was expensive but I pay only 7.99 monthly for internet and calls / SMS.

I understand smartphones can be annoying and stealing time, but really you just have to use them right: I only have a handful of apps installed and don't feel the need to instantly text or call back people. The battery lasts 3-4 days on a single charge for me and the iPhone X doesn't exactly have the best battery life on the market.

Smartphones don't actually steal time. They just fill the time with stuff the user wants to do and couldn't without it.



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LipeJJ said:

I remember people talking to each other a lot when I was little, now everyone seems anxious about texting something on their phones and the conversations became quicker and rarer. 



haxxiy said:

Every couple of days, I notice suddenly the cellphone runs slower and starts to lag: more updates in the background being carried for my "convenience", including the ones I never used and deemed useless from the get-go.

My Xperia Z5 compact is more than 2.5 years old and the OS/GUI is as snappy as on its first day. It can even handle new games like PUBG mobile in medium settings (not my prefered genre on mobile, but I wanted to try out a demanding game).

I doubt that it will get too slow for the apps I frequently use (and touchscreen-friendly games I like) in the next 3 to 5 years. And it wasn't an expensive flagship model to begin with.



Should have gotten an iPhone. Eliminates most of your complaints there....



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gergroy said:
Should have gotten an iPhone. Eliminates most of your complaints there....

Yeah, but it adds the fact that he would then own an apple product. It's on OP if he really wants to go that far.



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vivster said:
gergroy said:
Should have gotten an iPhone. Eliminates most of your complaints there....

Yeah, but it adds the fact that he would then own an apple product. It's on OP if he really wants to go that far.

Couple that to the unservicability if Apple products and their quite bad construction quality of their phones and laptops in recent years. I would advice against buying iPhone's or anything Apple.

 

(And no, I'm not an Apple "hater", I was a Mac user since Mac OS 9)



They're not awful. Unless you want to go back to sending smoke signals to communicate. They have fast development-generation leap (1-2 years) but also the car/truck/motorcycle industry.



LipeJJ said:
mZuzek said:

They'll be issues of high end smartphones in 2/3 years, too.

I agree with OP on this. Updates (of any kind) on smartphones are toxic as fuck.

Honestly, 3 years is more than enough to upgrade again...

This is not a console, it's a device we use every single day of our lives for many hours while at that. If it's ok to update to mid gen consoles after 3 years, and then to another gen 3 years later, on a device for solely entertainment purposes, I don't see why updating phones every 3 years would be a problem. Most people use phones to work/research/watch movies/videos/play games and so on...

I think it's unfair to ask for something we use to that extent to last 5 years or more.

Personally, I update every single year and it's the best possible scenario for me: I sell my current phone for a good price, pay a small price to update (usually $100~$150) and I always have my phones under warranty for that reason on top of that.

If I waited 5 years to update, my current phone would worth almost nothing, so I'd have to pay $800 (or even more) from scratch or so. That's more than the symbolic price I pay to update every year. Not worth it.

I've actually held my 5s for nearly 5 years. Than got finally sick of Apple and them F-ing around with their OS and itunes. So I got an S8. And they took off over $150 dollars. Because I held my old phone for so long.



What bothers me is that most companies treat their new customers better than their existing customers (because people don't like to be hassled to switch providers), so if you want to look for the cheapest service, you are going to need to cycle between providers.