I agree, Tom. Often, the change or exclusion comes at expense to the customer's usability of the phone. As an example, my phone has a replaceable battery. On long trips, I bring a 3-pack of batteries and swap one in (within seconds) as needed. A charger and 3-pack of batteries cost me about $15. For some reason, Apple decided that we don't need replaceble batteries. I guess they believe that most people will simply upgrade their iPhone, rather than go through the hassle of having the battery replaced at the Apple store.
What bothers me most about Apple's designs is the non-standardized connectors. I was briefly enthusiastic about the Apple iPhone 5, until I realised that the micro USB looking connector was not in fact a USB micro at all. Most everything today is using standard USB (typically micro). To me this is a gross waste of resources since you can't reuse old connectors without some converter or just discard the old. I feel like they won't "conform" to "industry standards" just to be contrary and different.
@Tim: I find it interesting that your IT department handed you a corporate issued cell phone at all. Increasingly, companies are finding that employees want a phone of their choice and in particular their own personal phone to use at work. Therefore, instead of an outdated corporate "brick," they're typically issued some sort of reimbursement plan that covers the phone and a portion of their data coverage monthly.
Thanks for your comment Nadine. I had the same reaction. I used to enjoy tearing apart just about anything when I was a kid just to understand how it worked. Nice to see that you can be a grown up and do the same thing for a living!
I went to my IS department to get a new company cell phone to replace a previously issued flip phone that had a malfunctioning screen. In replacement, he handed me circa 1980 brick phone and said that it was a recently turned in and worked fine. I learned at that point that it is important to be nice to the IS employess as they control how you communicate.
It is so funny to look at the iPhone 5 and compare it to cell phone of years ago. I remember my police friend's cell phone was in some kind of bag it was huge. I don't have an iPhone but hear they are nice. Maybe one day I will come into this century.
The size of the battery is pretty crazy. But these phones actually have pretty long battery lives, which becomes increasingly important when you are constantly engaging the device for email/texts/web surfing/apps etc.
I love tear-downs. It's like being a kid again...peeling it like a banana!
It would be great if something like this showed up in a commercial WHEN (hopefully not IF) consumer electronics become easy to recycle. Many consumers are interested in repairing or even upgrading components on their own.
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