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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / yeah, my next phone won't be from Apple...

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FunkyKikuchiyo
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VT

Dec 23rd, 2017 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've always been suspicious of the near cult like following, but criminy, this phone is a piece o' poop.

I finally did the iOS 11 update on my iPhone 6. Let's see... the battery drains really fast, it went from stone cold to so hot I couldn't touch it in about 10 minutes, it keeps bugging me to set up Apple Pay, and in the messaging app, the icon to send people money via Apple Pay (which I don't have set up) is larger than the text box to actually send them a message.

I realize it has been a hallmark of technology for a long, long time to do a 100 things poorly instead of 10 things well, but for such a flagship item like the iPhone, one would think it would be an exception.

It'll be a few more months before my contract is up and I'll get better deals on phones, but I hope to switch back to Android before this thing bricks on me. I'll be glad to be out of the cult.

Leftee
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Life makes a man tired.
Dec 23rd, 2017 07:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

We’ll miss you.

Pinetree
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NW Pennsylvania

Dec 23rd, 2017 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I am soooo happy with my cheap Samsung TracFone.




gmanNJ
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Dec 23rd, 2017 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

love my $20 month no contract Moto G5s (great specs) wifi over cell preference Republic Wireless smartphone. I never run out of data and works every where (if no wifi it uses cell)

2 phones, no contract and the wife and I pay less than $40 month (her plan they buy back unused cell time)plus we never run out of data

RKSTRAT
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Dec 23rd, 2017 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Funky-

I have had the same issues you are describing.
I was surprised about the Apple Pay badgering.

But, I am a fan boy and will stay very, very loyal.

BTW, I am guessing you are a PC user?

tom l
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Dec 23rd, 2017 08:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

No badgering about Apple Pay here - I'm not sure why you are seeing that at all. Wife uses an iPhone 6 and doesn't have battery issues like you are seeing. Maybe a rogue app running up the CPU in the background? Either that, or the battery itself has gone bad. The Apple stores will replace a phone battery for $79, which is pretty cheap given that it will be done right and not using a knock-off component.

Leftee
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Dec 23rd, 2017 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got the nag once after the update. I don’t use Apple Pay.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 23rd, 2017 10:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

My phone (iPhone 5SE) is still on IOS 9.3.5. I don't allow my phone to be auto updated. I hate change and most software updates so until there's a compelling reason to toss out the familiar, I won't update my phone (and I still hate FF 57 and changed my settings to no longer allow automatic updates).

daveg
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Dec 23rd, 2017 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you don't use Bluetooth devices...turn it off. On all the iPhones I've had I've noticed that the battery drains a lot faster with that on. After every update it will default to being on.
Also check your app settings. Most of mine I have set up to not run in the background, no notifications and no access to cellular service...90% of most apps don't need to have access to cellular or location. Anytime that GPS arrow icon is visible, it's draining the battery at a faster rate. Apps like Weather Channel can be set up to only find your location when the app is running and not do that when it's closed. These batteries also age. My old iPhone 4 is deactivated and is my MP3 player in the car. If I unplug it, the battery drains fast, but it's about 7 years old. I also don't update anything on it anymore, the processor has to work too hard to keep up and draws more power from the battery. My iPhone 5 battery drains faster now too...but it's a 5 year old battery. The only thing I noticed on my 6s that runs slower since the last update is email retrieval and some apps like FedEx and UPS when I track packages, but I haven't noticed any battery issues. Video apps drain the battery faster than the browser or playing music does, but that's always been the case. I don't use high resolution settings for video. Playing YouTube videos on my phone at 740 or 1080 is pointless, 480 or 340 is just fine. That app's always been a serious battery drain anyway. Back when I used Facebook, that app drained the heck out of a charge quick.
You might want to go through the settings and check to see what your apps are doing in the background and what they have access to, limiting what they can do usually improves battery life and keeps the processor working faster than it would without all that unneeded crap running in the background.
With Apple Pay, go to Settings and turn it off if you haven't already. Other than the initial setup I've never had my phone or iPad ask me to set it up, as far as those devices are concerned Apple Pay doesn't exist.

(This message was last edited by daveg at 01:07 PM, Dec 23rd, 2017)

K4
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Dec 23rd, 2017 11:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

Apple, forcing people to buy new

Fan Boi, LOL

SS2

Alexandria, Virginia

Dec 23rd, 2017 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just put a battery in my old Iphone to keep it limping along... Best Buy periodically puts the Samsungs on special through AT&T. Watching for the next time, then goodbye Apple. My eyes are on a S8 Active.

ECS-3
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Dec 23rd, 2017 12:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

That Apple slow down on the older batteries makes some sense, but they should have disclosed what they were doing. Throttling the CPU is better than having a battery catch fire or melt your phone.

Funky, my advice would be to use the battery program to see what is using your battery. Also you can turn off background refresh, unless you have an app that needs it.

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Dec 23rd, 2017 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

iPhone 4 here. I'm not an AARPle fanboi, but this phone was the best deal when I got it years ago. I've never upgraded the OS because it does everything I need it to do.

Bluetooth and location services are activated only when I need them. I get super-long battery life, and it's still working like it was when new. I attribute this one's long life to the Otterbox hard case it lives in.

When this one does die, I'll have to contend with the parasitic 'vendorware' of a new device. Oy.

So-called OS improvements and updates always include the provider getting one or two steps closer to your bank account.

SquareWave
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Las Vegas

Dec 23rd, 2017 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

One must keep in mind that a current iOS is designed to run best on the current iPhone, and pretty well on the previous generation, once you get two generations behind, an update may not be the best idea; this applies to all Apple products. An iPhone 6 running iOS 11 will not be as efficient, fast, or easy as an iPhone 8 or iPhone X running iOS 11 as the new phones are what iOS 11 is designed for.

It's not necessarily a hardware issue, it's a 100% compatibility issue. I've had the iPhone X running iOS 11 for several weeks and love it.

HenryJ
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Dec 24th, 2017 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

Most people who have iPhones love them. I love my iPhone 6+.

But I would be the first to admit that the forced ApplePay thing is a pain in the behind.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 24th, 2017 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I cautioned my sons about not updating the IOS on their 5S phones and said the same to my wife on her SE. Oh well.

Belgarath

Back of Beyond SW FL

Dec 24th, 2017 04:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently had to replace an iPhone 6 and opted to go Samsung. With Apple I just had to deal with Apple and some Verizon apps. The new phone has Apps by Verizon, Samsung, and Google.

I've been amazed at how pervasive can be once you set up a google account if you don't go in and turn off everything it wants to track and link.

I predict someday they will be Skynet. LOL

Leftee
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Life makes a man tired.
Dec 24th, 2017 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

It really is a game of pick your poison on planet smartphone.

Peegoo
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Dec 24th, 2017 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty much.


If they bring back payphones on the side of the highway, maybe I'll go back to landline and ditch the mobile.


It might happen...

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 24th, 2017 05:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

For people like me who frequently travel to remote places by themselves, a smart phone can be a lifeline (if'n you got a signal...). That said, I am very close to ditching the whole online thing. I think our global masters make the internet like potato chips in that you get addicted and can't easily put the bag down.

But hey, how bout those Dodgers?

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