I’ve had my iPhone 5 for several weeks now, and I’m slowly getting used to it.
It’s become a staple in my gadget arsenal, stepping in smoothly for its predecessor, The 4.
I can genuinely say that I’m happy with it.
Except for one thing…
That damn lightning charger!!
On three occasions since I’ve owned The 5, I’ve been without my lightning charger.
And I’ve paid for my omission with a dead phone.
Unlike back in the day (aka three weeks ago) where I could approach anyone in the Apple iPhone tribe and borrow a charge cord, today I am constrained to seek out the rare iPhone 5 user, for on-the-street relief.
Gone are the days when any ole iOS compatible device would do.
Now, it’s lightning charger or nothing.
I’m a bit peeved about it, to be honest.
Instead of being able to just rock out with my new joint, I’ve got to be judicious about my energy consumption.
Now I find myself turning off notification services, dimming my screen, using apps sparingly, all in a misguided effort to extend my battery life – or rather, how long I can use my phone.
Oh the angst I feel whenever I belatedly discover I’ve left the crib without my lightning cord.
My anxiety grows as the percentage of battery indicator decreases.
I find myself desperately scanning the hands of strangers to see if they too, might be sporting The 5, and perhaps, the keys to my depleting battery salvation.
I curse Apple whenever that bloody 20% pop up pops up, alerting me that my phone is on its last leg.
I feel shame when other iPhone users ask me if I’ve got a charger on me, both for the fact that I don’t have a cord on me AND the fact that if I did, it’s not compatible with their’s.
What’s truly wack about my dilemma is that it’s not going to get better any time soon.
The tipping point, when every other Apple user you run into has a lightning charger on stash, is a long way off.
Even if I shelled out the extra 20 bones for the adapter, which would let me use current cords to power my device, I’d probably forget it like I do my cord now!
I knew, when I copped the 5, that it had this new cord.
I was fully aware that claims of 250 hours of standby and 80 hours of talk time were an absolute farce.
But I never thought it would go down like this.
I’m killing my battery every day.
Even though I don’t feel like I’m using my iPhone any more frequently now than I did before, the frequency with which my phone dies, says otherwise.
At the end of the day, I’m really just mad at myself.
If I wasn’t always forgetting my cord, I wouldn’t be complaining so vociferously now.