Let me tell you this, I’m not the most careful person when it comes to protecting my gear. For me, I don’t baby my things, I like to use it and I mean really use it. I don’t mind if things don’t look brand new after 3 years and I also don’t cry when something breaks because of my carelessness.
I’m aware of the risks I’m taking. I mus have dropped my iphone at least a dozen time, but luckily it survived everytime… until today.
My iPhone 5s finally cracked, literally and figuratively. It still works, but the screen is cracked so badly it’s hard to use. The good thing though, is that I can still plug it into iTunes and transfer all my data. At least all is not lost. I can still try to tape up the screen and use it for basic things. It’s not that I don’t want to buy a new phone, but iPhones (read Apple) are crazy expensive these days. And is it really worth it?
So, now what?
I guess I should try my luck on Gumtree (similar to Graigslist).Maybe I can find a good deal on a iPhone 6 or something. But the alternative to this would be: looking into the Android market. I’ve always been an Apple user. My family uses iPhones and we facetime and imessage each other a lot. It’s our ecosystem, and with me being abroad it makes communication a ton easier. So, if I switch to Android we’d probably need to use something like Whatsapp. I wouldn’t mind, but unfortunately I can’t say the same about my mom. I know she’ll learn eventually, that is if she doesn’t get frustrated and throw her phone out the window.
But Android is cheap, or it can be cheaper than iOs. And I don’t really need my phone to be a workhorse anyway, so I’m okay with cheaper brands. It’s a little scary though, what if I don’t like Android’s UI? Should I try anyway? I can’t work Windows, in fact, as long as I live, and as long as Apple still makes decent computers (and I’m ignoring the latest Macbook Pros for a moment), I will never use Windows. So should I move away from the ecosystem to search for a new home? Let’s see how my broken screen holds up, if I can get away with using it another day, then be damned I will.