Technology

Is it time to throw my iPhone in the bin or does it deserve one more chance?

For years I used a blackberry with great pleasure… but a year or so ago, like many others, I was lured by the iPhone 3GS.

I look back now and have to admit to being caught up in the gadget hype, and the “as someone who works in IT why are you still using that old Blackberry” conversations with friends.

Anyway I persisted with the iPhone and actually came to like it, despite it suffering from connectivity issues (especially in built up areas), being a pretty ordinary phone, having a poor keyboard, costing a fortune to use abroad, having a ridiculously poor battery life and it being white… couldn’t wait for a black one, so I bought a cover at the same time.

Not all bad though… I liked it better than the Blackberry to read email (my eyes aren’t good at very small font… too many years in front of a PC), to read my twitter feed, to use maps for directions, to track my flights and more recently use it as a paperless boarding pass, the catch up on news, to use mobile Skype, and to listen to music and even watch the odd movie whilst on my many travels.

All in all I was managing quite nicely… but then it all went horribly wrong… Apple released iOS4 and my world was shattered (okay maybe that’s overplaying for effect, but maybe not!!)

My email started to freeze, requiring a reboot of the device 4 or 5 times a day, My telephone calls started dropping out, worse still the phone would reboot itself indiscriminately, My contacts started to corrupt, and My Bluetooth stopped working with my car.

I had the chance early on to revert back to iOS3, but didn’t take it… I put my faith in Apple to sort it out… surely millions of other people around the world were suffering the same fate.

Disappointingly, Apple hasn’t sorted it out… I have installed every update since the original 4.0 and flattened the phone a couple of times to clear everything down… and whilst things have gradually improved, I’m still experiencing problems today… worse still they blocked the path back to iOS3.

So I’m waiting eagerly the iOS4.2 release and it either works and Apple redeem themselves… or the iPhone goes in the bin…

Will I choose an iPhone 4 as a replacement… absolutely not, I’ve had it with Apple and this debacle… right now I’m feeling more inclined to defect to Android… any other views?

4 thoughts on “Is it time to throw my iPhone in the bin or does it deserve one more chance?”

  1. I’m in the same boat as you. I’m sick of my phone restarting 3-5 times a day and it freezing. 4.2 could be the last chance even though I’ve only had the iPhone since April 2010.

    Perhaps an investment into a Windows phone is warrented (if I can get it passed the wife) ?

  2. You poor unfortunate folk. Have not rebooted for months. Battery lasts > 1 day. Connectivity excellent (Orange + T Mobile). Suggest you and Bill take a trip an Apple store….something obviously amiss.

    1. Thanks Hugh, did that they just looked at me as if I had two heads… the phone decides to behave when youre in the shop… and they advise you to run a restore… I’m with 02 BTW

      Im also wondering if it was because I took the early beta of iOS4 and it has somehow left something residual on the phone…

  3. i cant vouch for android enough, the phones great (htc) the apps equivalent to iphone in my view, i can have music,bluetooth,sat nav, calls all happening at the same time. signal with orange can be a bit sketchy but tmobile coverage could help that. all in all great , just one thing mine is now missing and that is the jag xf!

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