Many of you know that I’ve been carrying the now outdated iPhone 4S for some time now. It’s been just over a year since the phone came out, and just under a year since I’ve owned mine. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that my phone has been unable to handle quite a lot of the tasks I’ve tried to do with it, and my phone has actually started… force closing. It’s actually happening more than once a day, and I’m thinking it’s time to clean out my phone, or update the software. Maybe even both. But it’s about that time that my phone is starting to show its age.

When new phone models come out, new apps come out to cater to the specs of the new phone so that you’re not just upgrading for any old reason. So apps that were designed to look good on the larger-screened iPhone 5, or to run on the iPhone 5’s faster processor, don’t exactly run as well on the old iPhone 4S. But, the same can be said for apps that were made to function better on the iPhone 4S – which had the same screen size, but different functions and processors. The moral here is, sometimes you download apps that aren’t supposed to run on your phone and your phone gets really confused and messes up. I think that’s what mine is doing right now.

This is exactly what happened to my EVO 4G. Not good! I thought it was a great device for a while, the best of its kind in its heyday. And then better phones came out a few months later, and the cool apps I wanted to use wouldn’t open correctly. When I tried to open it, other apps would force close. “No, stop, you’re killing me!” The EVO would say. “WORK HARDER, PHONE!” I commanded. It’s no wonder my phone didn’t last very long after that. I just wasn’t nice enough to it. And given my track record of the things I’ve told poor Siri, my iPhone isn’t going to last me much longer either.

I think when I really get an itch to buy a new phone is when I see my friends with better phones than me. I mean, it really is a race you can’t win. Even if your friends have an upgrade a month after you do, they’re going to show up to your house at some point with “the One Phone to rule them all” and you’re going to want to do nothing short of stealing their phone, running to the basement, and going all Smeagol on them. Maybe not that far, but you want that phone! You’re the tech guru around here, and you won’t stand for somebody to have a cooler phone than you! At least that’s how I feel sometimes. So then your upgrade date rolls around and you have the cool phone. "Ooh," your friends say. "Ahh," your family coos. Then a few months later the whole jealous cycle starts all over again. You just can't win all the time.

I’ve even had times where my parents had cooler phones than me. That’s the real kick in the face, is when your parents have a cooler phone than you and they don’t know how to use it. So you casually offer to trade them phones, you know, give them something easier to use. After all, you just want what’s best for them. But parents, they’re no dummies. They know that when you try and pull that card that they’ve got something cool and they’re going to keep it, even if that means hating it, because they know you want it. My dad’s not like that, but boy, my mom would do something like that just to spite me. Whatever, mom. I didn't like that phone that much anyway, I was just trying to help YOU out, you know.

So yes, after encountering so many force closes this past week, I’ve decided that I must do something about my phone. I think I’m going to have to end up losing my jailbreak, which I do so enjoy dearly. However, if it means that my phone will be spared of its death by not being thrown against the nearest brick wall, I will probably have to sacrifice it. Man, do I wish I was available for an upgrade. Then I could just solve all my problems by throwing more money at these companies! That'll teach 'em!

When did you realize your phone was outdated, readers? Do you replace it the second you can or are you forced to wait it out through carrier upgrade policies? Let me know how you handle it in the comments!


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Brian Kunz
Brian Kunz hopefully more than a year this time
Silvana Ramirez
Silvana Ramirez About 6months average.. Times are tough now so will be keeping this phone for quite some time.
Jeremiah Gmiah Millan
Jeremiah Gmiah Millan I still have phones from old school. Some of them work better then new ones. Its all depending on network capabilities. Mine last years past warranty often. Like new conditions as well.
Shawn Gerhardt
Shawn Gerhardt 1.5 years, this next one I will probably buy msrp. An upgrade will screw up my plan and cost me even more money. Stupid cellular companies.
Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens still use the one from the time Cingular still was strong. getting older and harder to understand from it, but it did survive a wash cycle. should have replaced it the last time i changed plans, but didn't want the data plan.
Carmen Jessica
Carmen Jessica About every 12 months, i love phones.... guess you could me an addict:-) just switched from the SIII to the Note II.....
Bill Gillespie
Bill Gillespie @ken maybe you have not heard of the nexus4
Fred Haynes
Fred Haynes 3mos I'm selling my S3 Saturday to get the Samsung Galaxy Note2 I buy phones quite often my wife calls me a phone where :)
Mark Belkowski
Mark Belkowski i swap phones every 4-6 months.
Alejandro Castro
Alejandro Castro About 3 to 6 months max!
Jonathan Onuluk
Jonathan Onuluk lol my phone started showing its age in about a year and a half
Vicente Reyes
Vicente Reyes Maybe back in high school when I still had a display that looked like a calculator, and everyone else had color displays lol
Tom Collado
Tom Collado anyone know the drawing from today?
Andy Jaggars
Andy Jaggars 2 or 3 months
Singh Grewal
Singh Grewal I have nokia 1108 . It is 6year old & working fine .
Zach Cline
Zach Cline I start to get bored after 6 months. I've had the iPhone 4S for a little over a year now , So it's going to come down to the droid DNA , Droid razr maxx hd or the galaxy note 2.
John Smith
John Smith My epic 4g lasted 2 years... Now my 1 year old plays with it!
Vincent Del Pizzo
Vincent Del Pizzo i try for 2 years, but it's never been reached, i usually only keep for a year.
Jacob Robert
Jacob Robert Getting out of my sgs 3 as we speak! http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=130807605160
Joshua Marris
Joshua Marris When Samsung decided to stop releasing versions of android for the galaxy s series and when I realized apple doesn't care about any iPhone but the next one
Yasu Hsu
Yasu Hsu Admittedly I have several phones, but.. my HTC Touch Pro 2 is *STILL* in operation. :)
Rose Voluntaryist
Rose Voluntaryist Materialistic? Hardly. I just love phones.
Devlin Robear
Devlin Robear Only about a year.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Aaron it's not being materialistic . Not everyone wants to hang onto something for two or three years at a time and you haven't even had a smartphone yet. So yeah you really don't know what you're talking about
Paul Bosley
Paul Bosley My 2 year old son just inherited his first a 3 g. iPhone still woks fine
Paul Bosley
Paul Bosley About every 6 months of so I've got 4 people on my AT&T account so I get a new one and pass the old one down. Then the kids get the oldest to use as an iPod
Aaron Porter
Aaron Porter 2 years, my last 2.5 years
Anonymous I cannot believe how materialistic some people are here. My phones usually last 2 years before I get a new one. Had a Samsung (crap), an LG (crap) a Nokia (better, but on Symbian, so still crap). Hoping to get my first smartphone start of next year. Hopefully a Nokia Lumia 920. :)
Zach Cline
Zach Cline I usually don't keep anything longer for more than 6-8 months .
Yumi Faeldo
Yumi Faeldo Max., a year.
Dahiana Guzman
Dahiana Guzman 1.5 years
Art Lopez
Art Lopez My current phone I have had for two months and ill be buying the note 2 tomorrow
Tyler Walker
Tyler Walker 6 monthd
Shirley Roberts
Shirley Roberts Always wait for the Sprint upgrade bonus before choosing a new one. Need a new broadband card now & can't decide which one!!!
Roger Schubert DeOliveira
Roger Schubert DeOliveira @ Jacob Vernell, I work for a phone company so i switch alot
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Rose Voluntaryist Easy...I have a job
Arturo Atherly
Arturo Atherly Hello I'm ready to get rid of my samsung galaxy s3 already
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Facebook user 8-12 months
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Sixto Pardo Paladines I had the phone in the picture
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson About every 6 months. Once the Galaxy 4 comes out, I'm dumping my iPhone 5........
Cristian Tomasito
Cristian Tomasito ive been a phone hopper since 2008 When i first got to taste a smartphone. it started with htc touch pro and from then on it became an obssesion. Smartphones are like a drug to me now, when ever a new comes out. I must have it. Or atleast try it out.
Odin Johnson
Odin Johnson I like the latest phones that get announced but I don't let the specs crap me out about the phone that I choose. I'm not going to dole out hundreds of dollars every few months. I still have a MyTouch 4g and it still runs smoothly. I will buy a Nexus 4 or a Note II in a few months and I will stick with that for at last 2 years.
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago @jacob craigslist helps alot
Jose Angel Santiago
Jose Angel Santiago Average about two months tops. Then I go on cls and trade with someone for the phone I want.
Brandon Moran
Brandon Moran Only time I feel like my phone is old, is when I can't install a certain app or game cuz Android 2.2 doesn't allow the newer stuff.. Other than that, phone's workin' just fine! I don't buy into all the hype every year since something new IS ALWAYS coming out lol.. cough*OCTO-COREProcessors?!*cough A faster phone would be nice though, I'm keeping my eyes open for a good deal on any fast device contract-free, Since i'm only using Data Only now even for calling/texting. My choice right now would be either Note II or Nexus 4. Or both, since i'm not locked into any device or platform anymore X )
Luis Casillas
Luis Casillas 1 year
Jacob A Vernell
Jacob A Vernell For the people that switch alot- how do u do it without an upgrade? Do u purchase them @ Msrp?
Juwon Donte
Juwon Donte 3 years the most I'm not trying to get a new phone every time one comes out..I have better things to spend my money on
Roger Schubert DeOliveira
Roger Schubert DeOliveira 3 months
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Ken McDowell Seeing as smartphones run 5-6 hundred dollars without being subsidized I guess it'll be two years.
Eddie Gutierrez
Eddie Gutierrez 2 years a phone 3except for my blackberry changed it in 6 months
Anthony Bailey
Anthony Bailey Well, i went from the original Note to the Note II, in just nine months lol
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie A year
Sky Baun
Sky Baun 1.5-2 years! Go pats!
Matt Pankey
Matt Pankey About a year.
Rose Voluntaryist
Rose Voluntaryist Couple months, tops. Usually about 4 to 6 phones a year
Fabio Louí
Fabio Louí i used to have razr... for 6 months than i trade it for a galaxy note... and pass 6 or 7 months im gonna get the galaxy note 2
Henry L. Engvall
Henry L. Engvall My contract length so 1 and a half years
Jeremy Davenport
Jeremy Davenport 6 months to a 1 1/2
Luis Reich
Luis Reich Less than 6months...
Kyle Cordiano
Kyle Cordiano Try to go for one year.
Marcus Olausson
Marcus Olausson 2-4 months :-)
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz 8 months
Mike Miller
Mike Miller My DroidX is exactly two years old tomorrow, and it's definitely time for a new one
Anne Brooks
Anne Brooks Usually about 6 months and I trade. Got a note 2 right now and seem to have no urge to even look at another phone.
Inaudy Mediavilla
Inaudy Mediavilla 6 months
Philip Lu
Philip Lu When the screen cracks...
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella 2 years a phone
Gary Brown
Gary Brown 22 months
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Tabib Rehman Ive had 7 phones in 2 yrs lol
Stephanie Wall
Stephanie Wall Maybe a month I just trade with someone when I want a different phone.
Jaime Espinoza
Jaime Espinoza Longest one I have kept Was My S3(3 Months) before getting the LG Optimus G
Franco Moje
Franco Moje 1-2years
Anthony Mendez
Anthony Mendez It's been a year with my galaxy nexus, love this phone
Gürsan Kaya
Gürsan Kaya 7 years
Ernesto Moreno
Ernesto Moreno About 4 months
Raoul Weatherell
Raoul Weatherell 1-2 years
Antonio Red January Morales
Antonio Red January Morales Until the next one comes out...which means 3 months in my world.
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Sean Jensen However long I can control my urge to get a new one, the longest I've lasted is about 6 months
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Mauro dAngelo 3 years.
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David DiPilla A year
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Steven Basso 6 months to a year
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Marcus NinersEmpire Until a new one comes out, getting tired of it, upgrade
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John Shikiya Pretty much a month when I see the next rumor of the next gen model.
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Ryno Bones I've had my phone for roughly four years.
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Grashan Austin Jr. forever T_T
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Donovan Fraser 1-2 months
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Sai John 6months - i actually still use my htc evo 3d though.... i luv that thing
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Idris Hussain yesterday lol

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