jdreyer wrote on Jul 21, 2018, 15:38:
Anecdotal I know, but the only phone I've owned that has completely died was my daughter's iPhone. Incidentally that's the only iPhone I've ever owned.
And on the other side, I just had to replace my Moto G4 Play last month when it up and died out of nowhere, no warning or symptoms whatsoever. It was sitting on my desk, had been working all day with no issue and all of a sudden I noticed my internet connection dropped (I tether my phone to my PC and use it's connection as my internet since it's leagues faster than satellite, the only other available connection here). Picking up the phone, it neither vibrated nor turned on (there's a joke in there, somewhere, I know it
) and I found that it would not power on at all, even after trying a hard reset. I took it to the Verizon store and they were more interested in finding out what I do with nearly a terabyte of data a month (I have a $75 prepaid unlimited plan) and selling me a two year contract on a new S8 for $50/month plus plan. FUCK THAT! I figured the battery somehow died so I ordered another one and two days later found that, nope, it was just dead as a fucking door nail. Never seen that in a 'modern' phone, though I admittedly don't have much experience. This was only my second smartphone. (The first being a heavily scratched up hand-me-down LG Lucky, which still works fine, btw) Usually, in 'modern' electronics, there's at least some kind of symptom or warning before it totally dies. Not this time.
Lucky for me, I had Google sync on and picked up an LG Zone4. I had hoped to just put the SIM card in the new phone and go from there but no, the G4 Play is a microSIM and the Zone4 is a nanoSIM. Christ! Could we make it any more confusing?! So I had to get a new number since I activated the new phone before calling ol' *V to tell them the other one bit the dust. Oh well. The Zone4 is ok, it's much thinner than my G4 Play and feels like it's going to go comically flying out of my hand at any moment. The screen is smaller, yet more responsive and the phone is a bit faster clocked than the G4 Play, too. It also has some features that were absent on the old phone and it doesn't suffer from one of most infuriating BUGS the G4 had - whenever you plugged in a 3.5" aux cable, say to listen to your music via the car stereo, it wouldn't shut the MIC off, and because of that, Google would think you were asking it to search something and would interrupt whatever you were playing to hear your query...multiple times...in a row. And then, just for shits and giggles, that would confuse the hell out of it and it would go nuts, opening apps and shutting other apps down and crashing still others. All at the same time. Fun, Fun, Fun! Thankfully the Zone4 doesn't seem to suffer from this known and unfixed problem...
So, in my opinion, I'd say Apple and Android are both about equal in the 'Pain In the Ass' category.