Warning: The first point on the “Consideration List” deals with the following:
I live my life fighting sometimes near crippling, probably always irrational anxiety. My biggest irrational fears at the moment include STDS and pink eye (again, I am exposed to neither of these and don’t plan to be, but I’m hopeless). Anyway, buying a phone—different as it may seem from such issues—is not a situation exempt from such anxious nonsense. So, when I start mentioning brain cancer, maybe please don’t laugh at me…okay? *puppy eyes*
Anyway, moving on!
Backstory: Okay, guys, as the title of this post would indicate, I need technological advice, and I’m making a blog post about it because Twitter limits me to x number of characters. That just isn’t going to work in this instance. Today, Shoujo must decide what do to as her phone has FINALLY, totally bit the dust. Not only do I need this phone as a personal soure of communication, but I also RELY on it for work. The thing’s been piece of junk since I bought it, but hey, such is true of relatively untested tech (ie–new phone models). I’ve had Samsung phones for the last…oh, gosh… since I was in 8th grade. Wow. Anyway, the last two have been smart phones.
Now that my buggy-since-purchase phone has finally bit the dust, I’ve got some decisions to make, and my indecisive nature (and anxiety) doesn’t like being forced into a corner like this. Don’t laugh, okay? (My husband can’t help me with the anxiety part, bless his heart.)
Question: Do I buy an iPhone, or stick to the Samsung S series, or get another brand entirely?
Consideration 1: I like Samsung because they have a lower SAR (specific absorption rate) radiation rating than most other smart phones. Thus, in my mind, one is less likely to get brain cancer, etc. I obsess over this fact and—in my mind—do so for good reason. Cell phones haven’t been out for that long! I mean, a ten year study is just that–ten years! Even though there is no proof that they cause cancer, world governments still put a cap on the SAR to which one is allowed to be exposed, and phone companies put disclaimers into their booklets that state individuals are not to hold the phone within x-amount of space from their head. Samsung S series, while still higher than some other phones, is lower than many other equivalent smart phones. The iPhone sits at the MAX amount of SAR to which a person in America is allowed to be exposed (and our limits are higher than some other countries because the government makes questionable decisions, but I digress). If I buy an iPhone, will I be too afraid to use it? Will I be too afraid to make calls and hold it up to my head? Perhaps. This is quite likely. Also, studies have shown, if not cancer, the microwave radiation given off smart phones DOES impact brain matter makeup on the side of head frequently used to make phone calls, though the impact of this is unclear. I tend to think that anything messing with your brain is a bad thing. The husband has an iPhone and won’t consider changing phones, so… I worry about that for his sake, but I tell myself it’s irrational. But maybe it’s not. I honestly don’t know in this case. Husband thinks I’m being irrational.
Consideration 2: This is going to sound silly, but while I can still download my favorite otome games on iPhone, I can’t transfer my otome app data from android to iPhone. I’ve spent over two years accumulating freemium content the hard way, and I’d hate to lose that!! I mean, in the future I might just start buying the routes, but… I REALLY don’t wanna loose my data. A few I’ve connected to Facebook, but the ones I REALLY care about are only connected to my google play account, so… *cries* I mean, it’s like any other gamer sinking hours and hours into a game, only to have their system crash and loose all their progress. Maybe even worse, since I could only move at a snails pace though each route. 😦
Consideration 3: Samsung things have…you know, exploded. Then they were recalled. Then they exploded again.
Consideration 4: Samsung ruled the roost with it’s normal phones, but has let me down with its smartphones. My S3 got a virus and the port/battery got messed up, leaving it basically useless at the end. My S6 isn’t even 2 years old and already I’ve had a host of software and physical issues to the point now that the only copy of my honeymoon pictures are stuck on the dang thing (and I’ve tried EVERYTHING to get them off). In any case, the phone won’t even charge anymore, so it’s a moot point. Point is, the thing is useless, and it’s been a letdown since I bought it. I bought the S6 thinking that it would last me a good long while. I was obviously wrong. My smart phone, if I pay this much for it, should last more than 2 years. The husband has had nothing but luck with his iPhone. He thinks I should get one.
Consideration 5: I love the customization possible with an Android. Can an iPhone be customized to this extent? Fonts, pictures, ringtones you make yourself?? I don’t wanna give that up. It seems like a downgrade.
Consideration 6: I want access to my favorite apps and widgets. These are things like WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, My Otome Collection <3, kamoji holder, etc. There is a lot I’m unwilling to compromise on, especially now that I blog. Tell me, iPhone users, will I have the same app variety? Will it be intuitive?
Consideration 7: I can get a rose gold iPhone. Lord knows, I love pink. It will be in a case, and you won’t see the pink. Grr…
Consideration 8: Wireless charging with an Otterbox? Is that a thing? Can I do that? How do I know if it will work? I’m getting mixed messages, here.
I know there are more considerations, but this is what I have off the top of my head and now I have to go to the doctor, so any advice would be appreciated. I’ll check my computer again when I get home, because one way or another, I’m taking action tonight as I need my phone for work!!
Later, anime compatriots.
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