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    QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Upgrade cycles can be expensive, so how long do you hope to hold out?
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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    a minimum of 5 years, that said my phone is now 11 years old, and the calendar has run out

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    even though I upgrade every year I would expect a modern smartphone to last 3/4 years (along with at least 3/4 years of OS updates)

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    For me I guess I'm different, so for me 2 years to cover the usual 24 month contract is fine.
    I'd love it to last longer but I realise that it won't due to things like battery etc.
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    If we're not talking about apple phone several years at the least.
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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Quote Originally Posted by will19565 View Post
    even though I upgrade every year I would expect a modern smartphone to last 3/4 years (along with at least 3/4 years of OS updates)
    With a replacement battery - possibly. But I can't see it happening
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    I used to upgrade at earliest possible time but as of past few years I have been doing 2 year contracts and the one I signed last year was two and a half years long. So I think I would like to be upgrading now around every 3 year, I have the iPhone 8+ now and as long as the battery lasts that duration I will be happy.

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    I would expect it to last 3 years, but usually get the itch for a new phone after 18 months - 2 years. I always buy outright so also on the hunt for bang for buck rather than latest top-end device.

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Dunno. Never given it much thought. Or bought one.
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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferral View Post
    I used to upgrade at earliest possible time but as of past few years I have been doing 2 year contracts and the one I signed last year was two and a half years long. So I think I would like to be upgrading now around every 3 year, I have the iPhone 8+ now and as long as the battery lasts that duration I will be happy.
    I seriously doubt it will last that long! Unless you keep the cycles down I'd expect the battery performance to be seriously depleted in that time period. However I reckon you'd be covered by Apple with a battery replacement as long as the phone is in perfect condition as they have been in the press for charging well over the odds recently for battery replacements
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    If we're not talking about apple phone several years at the least.
    How did you come to this conclusion? I'm still sporting a rather nicely designed 5S that isn't made of all glass and actually fits in my pocket!

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iota View Post
    How did you come to this conclusion? I'm still sporting a rather nicely designed 5S that isn't made of all glass and actually fits in my pocket!
    Android doesn't have kill code and their hardware doesn't have massive design flaws....
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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    My last phone (note 2) lasted 4 years before I replaced it (it got a weird bug, and started turning itself off randomly when in sleep mode), so I'm hoping to get a similar lifespan out of my phone

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    I know its silly but I like a new one every couple of years. Having said that I'm still very happy with my One+ 3 which I bought at launch so its almost 2yrs old. I reckon I'll skip the 6 but probably go for the 6T if there is one.

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    my non smartphone still going strong with 25 ish days battery , from jan 2011.

    Asus memo HD7 tablet for all the smart things that should be on the phone. still works on all the websites I use it for, camera decent enough, no image stabilisation though so lots of blurry photos. on android 4.2. that's from December 2013.

    so if I was to combine the 2, which would be useful only for the free stuff on o2 priority. then i'd want it to last 5 years at the minimum. and have a battery that lasts a few weeks.

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    Re: QOTW: How long do you expect a smartphone to last?

    Quote Originally Posted by Iota View Post
    How did you come to this conclusion? I'm still sporting a rather nicely designed 5S that isn't made of all glass and actually fits in my pocket!
    And won't have the latest updates etc. etc.
    Old puter - still good enuff till I save some pennies!

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