Many avid “techies” around the world flocked to the stores the day of Apple’s infamous day of the release of the first generation of iPhone products on January 9th, 2007. It caught our eye with its sleek design and amazing features and my first introduction to the “App World”.
“Say Hello to iPhone“
The slogan which apple used to entice consumers into purchasing this revolutionary cellular device now seems much different, instead many are saying goodbye. After enduring six generations of iPhone products I too must bid the Apple-line products adieu for now until some kind of lasting revolutionary change befalls these products.
Apple products brought the world a new look on smartphone products, however, with all the flashy applications and features that evolved from the birth of the iPhone, product quality always seemed to lack. One issue I’ve always had with the iPhone line of products is the lack of battery life when using basic built-in features such as Bluetooth and Wifi. One would think that before releasing such a revolutionary product, they would have further stress tested the phone’s functionality when using such applications of the phone for prolonged use. Now, don’t get me wrong, Apple has managed to develop ways to increase the battery life as newer generations were made available to the public.
Despite this one flaw, it seems that this very same issue has yet to be corrected in these newer generations. Instead, Apple has tried to divert our attention from this simply by applying new features, more apps and flashy updates (referring to the newest Apple iOS 7).
Another issue which I feel has caused many Apple users to abandon the iPhone movement is the actual durability of the phone itself. From my personal experience, I have spent hundreds of dollars replacing the fragile glass screen of many of my devices (as in most cases my insurance or warranty did not cover personal fault). With the introduction of the iPhone 4, things only got worse for consumers with Apple’s decision to encase the entire phone in the very same brittle glass. Now, I understand there were always ways to prevent the shattering of the screen, however, after paying so much for the phone itself, I was never too prone to slap on one of those bulky OtterBox cases which you can pay anywhere from $60 to $120 for in most retail stores across the country.
All in all, I will be abandoning the iPhone movement for the time being until something is done about these hardware issues and overall durability. Although I understand the importance of a phone case to a phone, I’ve always been against carrying a small brick in my pocket day after day. It may not seem like much, my reasons for abandoning the iPhone, but its just enough for me. There are many other products and phones available which possess many similar features as the iPhone itself and also address these problems.