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I Ditched My iPhone

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Cue collective gasp from iPhone-lovers around the world.

Before you think I've made the dumbest decision ever, gimme a chance to explain myself. First off, let me say that I love iPhones. I think they look gorgeous and its style can never be matched. Also, the quality of these phones' cameras... they're next level stuff, honestly. I could make a list of reasons why I love Apple products... but there are just some things that can wipe all those pros away. 

For three years, I had been using an iPhone 4. I didn't have any problem with it at first. It was fast, accessible and easy to use. I fell in love with its camera and its aesthetic. But fast forward to iOS updates and say hello to slow speeds and lots of little errors here and there. My phone basically couldn't handle being an Apple product anymore. I couldn't even download some apps because my operating system couldn't handle them. 

I could've bought a new iPhone, but I decided not to. And I'm glad I didn't. Here are my reasons.

Sharing documents is a hassle with iPhones
I don't know about you, but in my college, it's vital to be ready whenever you need to receive files via Bluetooth. Some of our course materials are shared online and it's much easier to just have them on your phone rather than on your laptop or something. My coursemates share data through their phones ALL THE FREAKING TIME, while I'm left alone, looking for WiFi just so I can download an assignment or whatever.

The price is too much
An iPhone can pay for two semesters of college here. This is just my opinion, but I think it would be a bit insensitive to spend that much for a luxury item, when there are other people (who deserve an education) who can't afford an education. It's just too much. There are more important things you should spend your money on.

I don't need an iPhone in particular 
I know that the iPhone is praised for its excellent quality, perfect for taking selfies and whatnot, but I don't even take pictures. Believe it or not, but I don't take selfies except for when I need a new profile picture! I don't even need too many functions for my phone, since all that I do with my smartphone is check Facebook, look stuff up online, and call people. 
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To be honest, I think the iPhone is just a luxury item. It's a want, not a need. Other phones can perform the same functions, and sometimes at more affordable prices.

Now I have a Samsung Galaxy J5. It's pretty affordable and it suits my needs. It's a lot faster than my iPhone 4 (obviously, since that old thing was made years ago...) and I'm satisfied with its performance. 

I do not intend to "offend" any iPhone users out there, I know there are a lot of you. I guess it just depends on your priorities, and in my case, the value of money above luxury comes first. If you use an iPhone, awesome. The iPhone is, from experience, an amazing device. However, I'm challenging everyone to think about the actual reasons for purchasing expensive gadgets, not just the iPhone. 

Do you really need it? Or can something else act as its substitute?

Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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4 comments on "I Ditched My iPhone "
  1. Don't forget about the charger. My blockmate who owns an iPhone usually has a hard time looking for a charger because the rest of us typically owns a Samsung/Nokia/LG which uses the same usb-type charger while the iPhone has a unique charging port. But I agree with you about the aesthetics of the iPhone being better than a Samsung. Great post, Gail!

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    1. True! That's why I always brought my own charger to school. I think one of the negatives to owning a Samsung/Android-powered device now is that people can borrow my charger/accessories... and I'm not very patient when it comes to that!

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  2. I'm happy to see that someone shares the same sentiments as me.

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