I’ve been a member for 7 years. My first phone was a Moto X 1st gen. It lasted two years until it plopped out of my pocket onto a tile floor, landing on its edge and cracking the screen (I had taken the protective case off due to its bulkiness). In less than a week, it was all over. I checked into getting it repaired but the expense was almost the same as buying a new one. My second and current phone is an X 2nd gen. I preferred the size and width of the 1st gen X. But it has been generally sufficient for my needs. I started having battery issues over a year ago. It would shut down claiming about 1% battery left. When I rebooted, it would show 30, 60, 80% battery left. And then a few minutes later, it would shut down again. With a full battery, taking one photo would shut it down completely.
Rather than buying a new phone, I went on ebay this past March and bought a replacement battery – probably a QC reject – and installed it, solving the problem … for a few months. Now it is shutting down, again. I am back to carrying an outboard battery to keep my installed battery functional.
I’m not 100% sure that the battery is the problem. Could it be something in the detection software that misreads the status of the battery charge?
But, frankly, I object to the continual failures of cell phones and the necessity to buy ever more expensive replacements that either die WAY too soon or become grossly obsolete within a couple of years. I find it impossible to justify paying hundreds, now thousands, of dollars to carry around a device that lasts, is reasonably current, only a couple of years. Their manufacturers are putting us on a treadmill while picking our pockets, just like Microsoft Office 365 and now most other branded software companies and way too many hardware (including farm tractor) manufacturers.
I appreciate RW and currently use the refundable data plan for emergency use (usually paying only about $1.00 more monthly than before thanks to the refund). However, I am resistant to updating my 2.0 plan to 3.0 and its combination of high phone and higher plan prices. OK, so that makes me a cheapskate, but much lower plan prices has always been RW’s sales pitch. (My former provider was Verizon, and I went through three phones in about six years, kicking V into the gutter because of ridiculously high monthly rates.)