Monday, December 9, 2013

....blah blah blah..blahh... KitKat!


..and so it goes...fording through the winter of my discontent.  I picked up my old iPhone 5 for the last time a few days ago in an effort to wipe it's databanks of my personal information and clean it up for sale to a friend of mine.  During the process, though...I thought to myself, "Self...are you truly being a friend by selling this phone to your buddy, knowing full well that Apple is the Bane to your Batman?".   Let me explain.

Approximately two weeks ago, my wife's iPhone 5 died.  Well...not truly.  It's not actually dead.  It that ethereal plane between life and death.  Not quite in the darkness, but certainly not any longer in the light.  Existing only in the grey.  Of which there are not fifty shades..just one cold, dreary...grey.

Yes..grey.  As in ....a grey, nonfunctional, totally devoid of function WiFi/Bluetooth control toggle.  At the same time..the iPhone got hot.  Very hot.  Such an odd phenomenon?!  Actually...not odd at all.

Over the last four months I've known no less than FOUR people that had this same thing happen to their iDevices.The Wifi intermittently drops it's connection to a good strong connection with ever increasing frequency.  Then one day, it magically heats up resulting in a total loss of Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity.  Going into the Settings menu show the toggle for both functions to be normal and in the On position.  Restarting the phone or turning the Wifi Off results in the toggle turning into the aforementioned grey...cold, dreary grey.

What say you????  Coincidence?  Two new models join the fray and all of a sudden a perfectly good, barely a year old iPhone 5 dies?  That a Google search indicates that this happens rather frequently with iDevices should not be cause for concern?  This problem seems to have intensified with the release of iOS6 and now even more so with the updates to iOS7.

I have a theory for the cause, though.  With each iteration of the Operating system, Apple (like most manufacturers) touts greater compatibility, aesthetics and performance.  It is this last "improvement" that i believe leads to the issues I'm discussing.  As most will know, one way to increase a wireless chipset's performance (or any other chipset's for that matter) is by increasing the amount of power it receives.  I can "imagine" that with the last two iterations, the voltage to said chipsets was increased, if even just barely.  That the internals of the iPhone, along with every other smartphone, value slim components, I can easily believe that said increases of voltage would push the internal electronics to the upper margins (or over, even) of there operating range and thus expedite the failure rate. I suppose it's one way to help plan obsolescence. 

That this seems to be happening more frequently and without adequate acknowledgement by Apple themselves, gives credence to my hypothesis.  ...but I digress. The point had not been originally to express my displeasure with support from Apple (though I still think of the iDevices to be excellent products) for something that seems to have been created by there own zeal.

For shame, Apple....for shame!

Yet still...out of the darkness rises the light. My displeasure with Apple lead me back to the Android ecosystem. I'd had dalliances with a couple of Android phones in the past..a Droid Eris and the venerable Droid Incredible (which I just reacquired from my brother for testing purposes), but had moved on to the iPhone (with a Windows Mobile phone in between).. they say that happens to everyone once they move to California.  You just convince yourself that being unique entails being just like everyone else. 

This condition has brought me back to Android, however.  I prefer the openness of the platform (though it is not completely without Google's guiding hand).  One can install any number of custom versions of the Operating System (ROMs) with each incorporating unique abilities and visual themes.  Each manufacturer employs it's own skinned version of Android in an effort to provide a unique experience to the enduser and should one choose too, you could install a myriad of themes, icon packs and custom launchers to make your phone...well ...yours.   The ambitious mind, can even take the open source goodies that Father Google provides and make a version of the OS solely for your own use.  Add and subtract as you like.  You answer to no one.

A few examples of how my phone has appeared in the recent past..both with some of my original artwork and with some from various wallpaper apps from Google's Play Store:

Reply back with some of what you use to express yourself on your phone.

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