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I switched back to an iPhone -- and I'm disappointed

Nancy Gohring | Aug. 14, 2014
If it weren't for app selection and battery life, I'd actually choose a BlackBerry.

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Credit: Rick Harris via Flickr

It's been a long time since I had an iPhone. I've spent a few years wishing I had one again. But now that I do, I'm not as pleased as I expected to be.

Years ago, I had an iPhone 3. I didn't wait in line to get it the day it was available but I did get it before the next generation iPhone 3S came out.

I loved that phone -- and I was crushed when it got stolen. I was too cheap to buy a new iPhone in the middle of my contract, so I went with a Motorola Atrix instead. At the time, it wasn't a low-end phone, but Android fans weren't exactly drooling over it either. I chose it because I thought it would be a solid business phone, it had just gone on sale, and I was interested to use an Android phone as my everyday phone. It was meant to be a stopgap until my contract was up and I could get a better phone at a subsidized price.

I hated that phone. Everything about it -- apps and hardware -- was crappy. In under a year, it started to slow down so much to become unbearable. Almost any action, from opening an app to opening an email, took an age.

I would have liked to switch back to an iPhone, but if you can't already tell, I'm really cheap and I kept stumbling on free phones. A friend had a new-ish Motorola Atrix 2 he said I could have, so I used that for a stretch.

Then a friend had a BlackBerry Z10 that he wasn't using and offered it to me. I had that for over a year until the battery life made it unusable. Some days, it was dead by noon. I tried everything I could think of and could never figure out if there was a particular app that was sapping it.

In late May, a friend offered to sell me an old iPhone 4S for $25. I took it.

What bugs me
Now that I finally have an iPhone again, it's a bit of a disappointment.

The phone is running iOS 7, which came out last fall with the iPhone 5S and 5C but runs on some older models, including the 4S.

Some things don't work the way I remember. I dislike that when I open Safari, it doesn't present a cached version of whatever I was looking at last. Instead, it reloads the page, eating up my data plan and my time.

Because I have Facebook set not to use cellular data, if I unlock my phone outside of Wi-Fi range I have to hit OK on a popup message alerting me that cellular data is off for Facebook before I can do anything at all. Every time. I hate that.


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