First Click: How long has your current phone lasted?

July 22nd, 2016


I’ve been using the same phone — an iPhone 5S — for nearly two years now, and it works fine. The battery life could be better, and I’m sure a newer model would be a bit faster. But I haven’t been able to justify an upgrade, because it still works.

Eventually, though, I’ll have to make the jump. Maybe the next version of iOS will slow it to a crawl, or perhaps the screen will crack, and I’ll use that as an excuse to upgrade. Or maybe I’ll get addicted to some new, battery-sucking game, like Pokémon Go, that demands a bigger screen or longer battery life. Everything breaks or becomes outdated at some point, and there will come a time when my tolerance starts to wane; I just don’t know when that will be, and I’m not sure how to anticipate it.

Ever-shortening product cycles haven’t done much to ease any of that anxiety. Apple’s release schedule has remained pretty consistent over the years, but in between there are all these shiny new objects, tempting me with promises of longer battery life and faster processors. Deliberating over when to unmoor myself from the comfort of my trusty 5S can be maddening.

That’s why I prefer not to think about it too much. Barring some sort of catastrophe or a truly mind-blowing new iPhone, I probably won’t be changing devices anytime soon. I don’t demand much of my phone — I just want it to run the small number of apps that I use, and to not freeze or break. But that’s just me. What about you? How long have you been with your current phone?

How long have you been using your current phone?
Thank you for your vote
0 total votes

Five stories to start your day

  1. KickassTorrents resurfaces online, as all piracy sites do

    The alleged founder and operator of the most popular torrenting site in the world, KickassTorrents (KAT), has been apprehend by the US authorities and the site's domains seized. However, as we...

  2. First CRISPR trial in humans will attempt to battle lung cancer

    The first human trial of cells that have been tweaked by the genome-editing technique CRISPR will begin in China in August, Nature reports. The group will take white blood cells, which are part of...

  3. Watch the first teaser trailer for Marvel's The Defenders

    Marvel outdid itself for its Netflix panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year. In addition to debuting new footage for Luke Cage, the studio showed a teaser for next year's The Defenders. The event...

  4. Pokémon Go is FINALLY out in the country that discovered pokémon

    Japan's long national nightmare is over: its citizens and residents are now finally able to use "Pokémon Go," a smartphone application that helps people find and catch pokémon around them. As...

  5. Microsoft's canceled 3D Touch Windows phone gets reviewed

    Microsoft was planning to introduce its own unique 3D Touch feature for Windows Phones back in 2014. While we exclusively detailed 3D Touch and the existence of Nokia's "McLaren" prototype device,...

Nod of the day


Reticulating poll splines...