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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.
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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