Hi Folks. We’ve had smartphones around for a while, and it seems to me that we end up replacing them quite often. What’s your smartphone history, and why did you replace each phone? Was it getting too slow? Did you break it? Did it stop working in some way?
My smartphone history, it turns out, is pretty short:
Oct 2012: Got the Galaxy Nexus. Worked fine, for about 18 months, then started requiring more and more reboots, and started getting very slow. Google had stopped updating the software, and I got tired of it being so slow and not being able to switch apps easily like I used to be able to do when I first got the phone in 2012.
Oct 2014: Got the OnePlus One. Worked wonderfully for over a year. Then started having issues. I had to start rebooting it all the time. Sometimes it would reboot itself. Sometimes the self-reboots would get locked on the loading screen and I’d have to hard reset it again. And each time, the reboots started taking upwards of 5 minutes. I got the replacement back in 2016, but I still use the OnePlus One as an mp3 player. I still listen to Audible audiobooks on it, as well as music when I’m at the gym.
Oct 2016: I got the Nexus 6p (Huawei) for Google Fi. Now that I’m looking at this pattern, it seems obvious. I’m probably going to have problems with 6p next summer in 2018, and in October I’ll be tired of it, and will finally succumb to temptation to get a new phone.
I hope not though. I’m hoping the Nexus 6p is the first phone that actually lasts me at least 3 years, without slowing down and having to reboot it all the time.