Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3
3071 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 832


  Reply # 1814207 6-Jul-2017 23:25
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

Good question, I think 4 years or so, after which they will not run modern apps so well.

 

However,in future when phones reach a performance level such that it is unnecessary to upgrade to run new apps, i'd expect 7 years.   PC's for example reached this 'level' around 2009'ish. There is simply no need for most people to upgrade PC's these days unless you are a hardcore gamer or run niche applications. My old 2008 IBM T400 is perfectly capable of running word and playing videos and multitasking. Chucked in an SSD and you don't notice much difference between that and my modern desktop for most productivity applications. 

 

 


4926 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1359

Trusted

  Reply # 1814218 7-Jul-2017 07:07
Send private message quote this post

michaelmurfy:

 

 

 

 

"But it wasn't my fault, The phone is an OOB."

 

 

That one lasted 2 years, One careful lady owner then myself...
I have usually seen about 2 years of good performance from iPhones and from then on forwards it declines.
Example: My iPhone 5S (Thanks sister as i mowed mine as above...) was givn to a family member from VF the day it came out. This devices is still going strong! Lags like hell, fingerprint button is shoddy, has screen burn around the edges like evil kinevils fire ring motorbike jump. But its like 5 years old now. Cant complain.

My father just replaced his S4 galaxy with the new Active 4 thing, (Whyyyyyyy) He bought that the month it came out in what, 2013?? Thrashed it around, been used on boats a lot around salt, dropped it many times. The devices screen had a hairline crack but none the less, she was still stable and running smooth. My S6+ lasted a year with me before it started to have battery issues and i sold it cheap to a mate (The local phone destroyer/misplacer) and it lasts 3 months..

Its all down to the user and how its used, also a LOT of luck. Your only carrying a sheet of glass around in your pocket 12 hours a day at least. So expect it to wear out.. 






 
 
 
 


16576 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1931

Trusted

  Reply # 1814227 7-Jul-2017 07:32
Send private message quote this post

still got an iphone 4. it still works like new. looks like new. but since iOS 7 it became so slow it was unusable, plus the battery is flat. apple says they are made to last 500 charge cycles. (ipad batteries made to last 1000 charge cycles)


16576 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1931

Trusted

  Reply # 1814228 7-Jul-2017 07:37
Send private message quote this post

have an iphone 7 plus .... dipped in swimming pool about 1 -2 feet (nowhere near 1m) ... started behaving weird. it's ok it's got applecare plus.


8455 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1215

Trusted

  Reply # 1814229 7-Jul-2017 07:38
Send private message quote this post

I always use a folio case. Great protection, allows the phone to sit up, and its in mint condition. I can't get how many use expensive phones naked.


2577 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 192

Trusted

  Reply # 1814231 7-Jul-2017 07:42
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

I'd say 4-5 years. Usually the temptation springs up to buy the 'latest and greatest' model before that duration is reached. 🤣




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool

 

 

 

Use this link to sign up to Bigpipe broadband and you'll get $20 off your first bill: Referral Link


2637 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1110


  Reply # 1814233 7-Jul-2017 08:02
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

2 years - I start to notice it's not what it use to be

 

3 years - Performance reductions now becoming obvious and frustrating by comparison and I start shopping for a new one

 

4-5 years - even if it''s still working it's pretty much obsolete  





Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be the Batman



1236 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 297


  Reply # 1814236 7-Jul-2017 08:38
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

$100 Phone - 1 year.

 

~$400 Phone - 2 Years

 

$800+ Phone - 4 Years

 

I've still got an iPhone 4 that I use (nearly 7 years old) for odd things around the house. The hardware has aged well, but the software is now slow although functional for many things. Battery is surprisingly good.


16576 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1931

Trusted

  Reply # 1814254 7-Jul-2017 09:15
Send private message quote this post

it always works fine, until you update to the next iOS version (eg 5->6, 6-> 7) then it gets slower, until one particular iOS version that just kills it. i put it down to RAM, so it shouldn't be a problem with phones with lots of RAM.


4283 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1169


  Reply # 1814264 7-Jul-2017 09:59
Send private message quote this post

Not an iPhone, but I've got an iPad mini that must be nearly 5 years old. The home button is starting to get sticky and the battery life is less, but it's still working fine plodding along.

 

I don't expect it to run the latest iOS and apps (it doesn't) because technology advances so quickly, but I do expect it to keep running, and able to perform the functions it did when purchased (it does). I think these are realistic expectations.

 

I think it is important to differentiate between an item still working as it should, and an item still being fit for it's current intended purpose. For example, I would expect that a five year old phone would still be fully functional, although wear and tear items (switches, buttons, perhaps scratches etc) would be starting to fail or show. It is likely the battery would have failed and needed to be replaced. The very same 5 year old phone may not however be fit for it's current purpose - technology advances mean that the user's expectations are higher, and it may not be running the latest (secure) software. Just because it is no longer fit for it's current use because it's no longer secure or current doesn't mean that it is totally useless and is not working as designed.


16576 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1931

Trusted

  Reply # 1814267 7-Jul-2017 10:12
Send private message quote this post

I got an ipad 2 that still works and still lasts 10 hrs! I think it's because it wasn't updated to newer OS ... also the fact that it's hardly used thanks to (yes went straight to ipad pro!) newer equipment.

 

either the iphone batteries are really lousy or i am not using the ipads as much so the batteries appear to last longer. the trouble is you can't buy original iphone batteries and i don't know which 3rd party iphone battery to buy. and the official line is you are told you can't replace the battery! dump it when battery is weak or something? ridiculous.


1358 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 288

Trusted

  Reply # 1814270 7-Jul-2017 10:26
Send private message quote this post

Batman:

 

I got an ipad 2 that still works and still lasts 10 hrs! I think it's because it wasn't updated to newer OS ... also the fact that it's hardly used thanks to (yes went straight to ipad pro!) newer equipment.

 

either the iphone batteries are really lousy or i am not using the ipads as much so the batteries appear to last longer. the trouble is you can't buy original iphone batteries and i don't know which 3rd party iphone battery to buy. and the official line is you are told you can't replace the battery! dump it when battery is weak or something? ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

My iPad 2 is fine as well.  Only issue is the severe lag when bringing the keyboard up on the screen.  As that only got introduced with most recent iOS update I class that as corporate enforced obsolesence.


8455 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1215

Trusted

  Reply # 1814274 7-Jul-2017 10:33
Send private message quote this post

The OP started a new thread re his iPhone hardware issue, so it seems this thread is solely about hardware standing up for how long


16576 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1931

Trusted

  Reply # 1814283 7-Jul-2017 10:59
Send private message quote this post

Very long! But not usable after a while! Although I put it down to next-to-no RAM for the earlier models. Having one core processor also didn't help.


2739 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 206


  Reply # 1814293 7-Jul-2017 11:21
Send private message quote this post

Batman:

 

I got an ipad 2 that still works and still lasts 10 hrs! I think it's because it wasn't updated to newer OS ... also the fact that it's hardly used thanks to (yes went straight to ipad pro!) newer equipment.

 

either the iphone batteries are really lousy or i am not using the ipads as much so the batteries appear to last longer. the trouble is you can't buy original iphone batteries and i don't know which 3rd party iphone battery to buy. and the official line is you are told you can't replace the battery! dump it when battery is weak or something? ridiculous.

 

 

 

 

Apple offer an iPhone battery replacement service for $139 but you do need to send the iPhone to them.

 

 

 

Edit: They also offer iPad battery replacement service but you get a whole replacement unit rather than just a replaced battery.





1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Push notifications: A productivity killer
Posted 25-Jul-2017 14:15


Intergen takes SKYCITY to the cloud
Posted 25-Jul-2017 14:04


Nothing nebulous about Microsoft’s cloud-transition
Posted 21-Jul-2017 15:34


We’re spending more on tech, but not as much as Australians
Posted 21-Jul-2017 11:43


Endace announces EndaceFabric for network-wide packet recording
Posted 20-Jul-2017 20:49


Acorn 6: MacOS image editing for the rest of us
Posted 20-Jul-2017 17:04


HTC faces backlash over keyboard pop-up ads
Posted 19-Jul-2017 15:53


BNZ adds Visa credit cards to Android Pay wallet
Posted 18-Jul-2017 19:44


Still living in a Notification hell – Om Malik
Posted 18-Jul-2017 13:00


Duet Display uses iPad to extend Mac, PC
Posted 18-Jul-2017 10:58


PC sales could be worse
Posted 17-Jul-2017 07:34


Crypto-currencies, tulips, market bubbles
Posted 17-Jul-2017 06:38


NZ Tech Podcast: Big batteries, solar cars, cold war, IoT
Posted 16-Jul-2017 16:53


Vodafone Australia mulls Wisp alliance, NZ implications
Posted 13-Jul-2017 16:49


Rural health professionals see fibre pay-off
Posted 13-Jul-2017 11:52



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.