For people who watch the smartphone news cycle, and keep tabs on all of the latest rumors and speculation, building up anticipation for a specific device can be inevitable. Whether we’re a fan of a particular manufacturer, or if a device comes out of nowhere and shocks us, there’s a strong possibility that every year you’re looking forward to at least one device.
For the folks out there who aren’t beholden to one particular brand, or platform or whatever else, then there’s a real chance that you’re looking forward to a bunch of different handsets every year. Indeed, it’s hard not to get excited about devices like HTC’s One (M8) (or even their One (M8) for Windows), LG’s G3, Motorola’s new Moto X, or Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4.
There’s plenty to choose from. But sometimes the anticipation and excitement doesn’t really add up in the end.
It’s happened to me more times than I can count, and I’m sure that it’s not going to stop any time soon. I can still remember how much I liked the Galaxy S III when I first tried it out, messing around with it inside of a wireless retail shop, and how convinced I was it was going to be my next daily driver. That lasted all of a few hours after I actually purchased the handset, before I ended up returning it for something else (I don’t even remember what I switched to) the next day.
It’s one thing to go from images and spec sheets to the real deal. No matter how great a new smartphone might sound, when you finally get it in your hands, and try it out for an extended period of time, you may find more things annoy you than you expected. So much so, in fact, that you end up getting rid of the device for something else, maybe even the older device you were using.
I now know two people who have ditched their new iPhones, and have actually gone back to the phone they were using before. They both had an iPhone 6, but while they were impressed with the reviews for the handset, and had been waiting for a bigger display, the end result just wasn’t for them. One of them told me that they just didn’t like the feel of the handset in their hand.
The other, though, opened up a bit more and told me that they had tried iOS in the past and just wasn’t a fan back then. They thought they could look past it with the bigger display and what not, but eventually the little piled up and they couldn’t take it anymore. So, they returned the phone, and now I can only imagine they’re already looking forward to something else coming down the pipe.
It got me wondering, though. Did you jump at the chance to get an iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, maybe even wait in a line to make sure you landed one on day one, and then ultimately get rid of it? And I don’t mean if you just bought one to immediately turn around and sell it, either. Did you really hope to fall in love with the new iPhone, but end up ditching it instead? Let me know!