On Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:42:55 -0800 (PST), Malcolm McMahon
Post by Malcolm McMahon Post by Christopher A. Lee
Why do Apple and other manufacturers make devices where you can't
replace the battery yourself?
It's not just Iphones - it's also about notebook computers. I once
made the mistake of buying an Asus notebook like that because it never
occurred to me that they would make them that way..
I never had a phone long enough for the batteries to
pack up. If it isn't just obsolescence something else goes wrong first.
It's more an issue for the batteries that power my car.
I'm on my second or third battery for my ancient plain vanilla
cellphone, and my second batteries for the wireless landline phones
(two handsets - when the battery died on one, I bought two batteries;
sure enough, the other one died shortly a few weeks later).
You just can't get into a lot of modern devices, and not just to
replace the battery. I had to replace the hard drive in my crappy Asus
notebook. I had the right torx and security screwdrivers to take
things apart, but I should have used a small torque driver to prevent
overtightening the case's screws when I put it back together. So while
it worked, it gradually fell to bits over the next year.
Proper laptops which I've had, as well as desktops have lasted a
looong time, and I've added memory and replaced or added cards - most
recently a Geforce video card to replace a dying Quadro.
I usually get computers with more power than I need at the time, to
allow for future bloatware, etc. But the Asus was simply a waste of
several hundred dollars for a machine I expected to last two or three
times as long.