Ever since its release in mid-September, the iPhone 6 Plus has received criticism for being easy to bend. It seems that its massive size and thin form make it susceptible to bending when applying pressure to it. Some are claiming that the phone bends just from it being in their pockets; others have been deliberately trying to bend the phone to see what will happen:
Apple has been the butt of many jokes for the whole thing, which the Internet has dubbed as bendgate. While some people’s iPhones have in fact bent, others have pointed out that the issue has been greatly exaggerated. Whether the claims are accurate or not, let’s just be happy that a phone bending when actively trying to do so is the worst of our problems with a phone.
Now that it’s been 7 years since the first iPhone was launched, it’s easy to forget what phones used to be like. When you think about it, even a bent iPhone is still light years ahead of where we were not too long ago. If you’re worried about your iPhone 6 Plus bending – or worse, it actually has bent – here are 10 things about older phones that’ll make you feel a whole lot better:
First let’s go way back to when you didn’t have a phone with you at all times. That alone might make you appreciate your iPhone 6 Plus, but let’s take a deeper look.
1. You Had No Idea Who Was Calling
You know how weird it is when your phone rings and it says unknown caller? Now picture that happening literally every time your phone rang. Back in the day, every phone call was a surprise. It could have been your best friend, grandmother, principal or a telemarketer calling; either way, it was always a mystery who was on the other line. And let’s not forget the awful feeling when someone would say “hey, it’s me” and you had no idea who “me” was.
2. You Had To Remember Phone Numbers
Sure, you may have had an address book, but the quickest way to call someone was to just remember that person’s phone number. Plus what if you didn’t have your address book or, even worse, you lost it? You’d then just have to go to the movie with your awkward neighbour because for some reason that was the only number you could remember.
3. You Had To Actually Talk To People
In the days before email, texts, IMs & Snapchats, speaking to someone required you to actually speak. With your voice. It didn’t matter if you were in a bad mood, tired or just plain didn’t feel like talking to anyone. The only way to get out of talking would be to wildly wave your arms at whoever answered the phone and mouth the words “TELL THEM I’M NOT HOME!”
It can be easy to forget that the concept of walking and talking while on the phone is still relatively new. Not too long ago, when you answered the phone you had to stand or sit in the same spot for the entire length of a call. Sure, you could get a phone with a long cord so you could pace back and forth, but you’d always end up tripping on the cord and torpedoing the phone halfway across the room towards whoever was unlucky enough to be in its line of fire.
5. You Had To Use Payphones
You know those little booths scattered across the city that are covered in grime and graffiti? As it turns out, there are phones inside of those things. Before cell phones, you would have to pick up those things with your hand and press them against your face. This was also before the days of Purell, so you were stuck with whatever nastiness came off of that phone when your call was over.
After a while, things started to get a little bit better. In the late 90s, cell phones started to become increasingly more common; however, the situation was far from perfect.
6. You Sent Texts With The Number Pad
Text messages used to be a nightmare. Before touchscreens and BlackBerrys (remember those?), you had to use the number pad to type out your message. Typing out even the most simple of responses like “OK” could take up to 6 clicks, and let’s not forget that these were physical buttons that you had to press down on.
7. You Had To Pay Per Text
Since texts were still relatively new, many cell phone plans required you to pay per text message. This was tricky because you didn’t want to seem rude by not responding, but every “lol” and “k” could quickly add up and end up making your bill double what you were expecting.
8. Pictures Sucked
Even if your phone had a camera on it (which, let’s not forget, many of them didn’t), you still needed to carry your point-and-shoot around if you actually wanted to take any pictures. Early camera phones produced incredibly small and grainy photos that looked bad on your phone’s tiny screen, let alone on a larger monitor.
9. Nothing Synced
Any photos you took or contacts you saved were stuck on your phone. There was no cloud to sync with. If you ever lost your phone, you then had to start from scratch.
10. You Were Stuck With Whatever Came Installed
Don’t get me wrong, Snake is a great game, but after a certain point you might want to try something else. Problem was, there was no app store to download anything from. Some phones did offer downloads, but the data fees made them a huge rip-off to download (I once downloaded a “free” animated wallpaper of a zombie that ended up costing $15 in data costs).