I am not exactly the type of customer that can be reached easily by mobile phone manufacturers. I don’t have very high standards when it’s about phones. What I need is a device which allows me to receive and do phone calls. Apart from that, it’s fun if the phone can show me notifications, run a few apps or if I can take a few snapshots with it. You guessed it, any smartphone will do. And my last phone did it for a very long time. I also check the look of the phone, but once I got one, I will be happy for a long time. Back then I fell in love with the Sony Xperia P, and funnily, I even wrote a post about the purchase back then. Today I stopped to use the phone and I got the funny idea to calculate for how long I used it. To be exact, I used it for 2511 days, that’s basically almost 7 years!
But everything comes to an end. Last year I started to notice that apps ran slower and slower, but I was still not impressed because I am not exactly the type of person that uses many apps. I am a very casual mobile user because if I want to watch pixels and dive into the digital world, it’s much more likely that I will power up my PC at home to have a fine time in front of a large screen, with a fast machine. But I don’t want to deny that phones can be very practical for small tasks, like readings news, checking notifications, chatting with friends, listening to music or watching photos and videos someone sent you. So, when the problems turned up, I uninstalled less important apps to be easy with the phone memory and to make the device faster again. However, I knew this would just be a temporary solution as apps become more demanding with each update, which means I now also needed to uninstall some important apps. But a bigger problem turned up this year. Battery life got really bad, the phone could barely still make it through the day.
Now it was time, after 2511 days or 7 years, I had to get a new phone. But as I don’t have high standards when it’s about phones, I was looking for a mid-range device. But still, I knew what kind of brands I would be interested in. Almost everyone around me owns a Huawei smartphone these days. And I did not just hear good experiences from family members and friends, I could also test different Huawei smartphones and I was amazed in terms of design, performance and cost-benefit ratio. I also liked the idea to get a Chinese device, because if it makes imperialist politicians mad, it’s like doing a good deed. On a more serious note, let’s be honest, as a consumer I follow my own interests and not the ones of politicians. And my interests are very simple, I want to get a decent product without paying a fortune. So, I went with a Huawei smartphone, to be more exact, the Huawei P20 Lite. It’s a gorgeous smartphone and I already fully set it up and enjoyed playing with it…
Of course, after all those years, it’s no wonder that this new phone is much faster than my previous one. The display is much larger too, which sound good at first but I might need to get used to it as I preferred small phones in the past. The first thought I had was, the bigger the display, the higher the chance it could take damage. So, I went into a local smartphone store and asked for full cover protective glass products. I was afraid that those protectors would look ugly but he showed me one that was designed in a way that you barely can see that the front has a protector on it. I loved it, and for a small fee, he started cleaning my display and attached the protector. I also purchased a very slim and minimalist book cover in black, to protect the phone even more as I sometimes carry keys in the same pocket where I have the phone. The book cover is from the brand Black Rock, and it looks great but I might write a short post about with a photo another day.
For the first day using my new phone, I can just say that I am pretty happy with the purchase. As I don’t purchase phones often, I am not exactly the type of guy who writes smartphone reviews. And this article here isn’t one. I could imagine writing a review but only after a long-term test. But I am honest with you, it’s unlikely as I usually write about other things. But if I do it, as a subscriber you will find out! My final words should be a compliment to Sony because my Xperia P was a very long-lasting phone and I loved it all those years. But then again, I don’t see any reasons to regularly purchase new phones. Anyway, it must be said, the Xperia P got beaten and used and if you overlook the aged hardware and the declining battery, it’s still not completely damaged today!
What about you guys? Do you hold onto your phones until trouble shows up or are you fascinated about the smartphone market that you’re often inclined to make the jump much earlier?