12 smartphone issues

12 Problems That Every Smartphone User Will Instantly Identify With

Let’s face it. We live in a time where first world problems get us down faster than our phone battery. Our food turns cold before we can eat it, our petrol tank decreases before midweek, our phone dies before even reaching lunch hour.

You see, even the smallest problem can see us reaching for the hashtag #firstworldproblems, as we type our misery away on social media. This extends to the way we use our smartphone too because it seems like every other day there is a “problem” with it, and it is something we can all instantly relate to.

Here are some of the #firstworldproblems we face with our smartphone. Which ones can you relate to?

1. Downloading too many apps that you forget which page they’re on. 

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There’s an app for everything and then there are those which we simply cannot imagine life without. 124 likes on Facebook, 73 retweets on Twitter and 146 eyeballs on our Snapchat story and that would have made our day and it’s easy to locate these apps as they are used fairly often.

However, there are also those which are hardly used and even though we vaguely remember downloading it, we simply can’t find it when we need to. Which page was it on again?

2. Unlocking your phone with a pin code but you can’t reach it with your thumb. 

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Image Credit: Techo Bar

When we are creating a pin code for our phone, it is natural to want to create the most complicated unlock design just to keep it away from prying eyes (and fingers). However, the reality of it is that the person who would most likely be unlocking their phone countless times a day, would be its original user – you. Thus, when we create a complex design that we have trouble unlocking later on (thanks to short fingers), we question how “smart” we were in the first place.

3. Getting a phone that won’t fit in your pocket. 

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Image Credit: Howard Forums

Some jeans have shallower pockets than others and then there are the shorts which can’t seem to fit our mobile phone in. No matter how much we try to conceal it within the fabric of our bottoms, it seems to peek out nonetheless.

4. Getting a SIM card and the seller can’t cut to fit nano format 

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Image Credit: Mac World

A nano SIM card format is generally a really small SIM card and certain mobile phones are unable to support certain sizes. As newer mobile phones tend to support the nano format, when we switch from a phone which was manufactured in the yesteryears, to a current, newer version, the mobile provider do face headaches when they are unable to cut our old and large SIM cards to size.

5. Downloading a file which has numbers as its name, and you can’t find it later on. 

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Image Credit: Quick Memes

The logic behind it is lost on most as naming a file as 1820304812910038482901.jpg does not help when you are searching for the downloaded picture later on. This is worse when you have downloaded more than one image in the first place.

6. Low battery and there aren’t any electrical sockets in sight. 

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Image Credit: ISYS 6621

Sure, our battery life does not live on forever, but certain apps do take up more power than others. (Waze, we’re looking at you). Thus, at times we find ourselves with a dead phone and there conveniently aren’t any electrical sockets in sight, so even if you have your cables in hand, you are left helpless – and phoneless.

7. Free WiFi but it’s slower than your grandmother. 

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It’s almost as good as no WiFi at all when you’re loading a video but it buffers so much that you wind up waiting 30 minutes for a minute long video to load. It doesn’t just happen with videos though, as some webpages take ages to load too, when you’re in the presence of ‘free WiFi’.

8. Wanting to download a mobile game but being really stingy on your data. 

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Image Credit: Quick Memes

For those who have a data plan on their mobile phone, they know the horrors of stumbling upon video uploads on Instagram where the natural response would be to scroll, scroll, scroll yourself away!

Besides Instagram videos which eat into our data plan like nobody’s business, there are the games and apps that we want to download when we’re on our data plan. However, for those who are sensible enough (and stingy by nature), they would know that the wiser thing to do is to wait till they get home, because home is really where the WiFi is.

9. Wanting to post a Snapchat update but data connection is weak. 

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Image Credit: Money CNN

This applies to any social media updates too, as data isn’t always conveniently on our side. The dreaded low signal sign is the death of all millennials, because some Snapchat updates just can’t wait.

10. Going to the toilet but you forget to bring your phone in with you. 

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Image Credit: Jokideo

It isn’t a taboo anymore as most people bring something into the bathroom with them when they are ‘finalising a big business plan’. Mobile phones are one of the items that we take to the toilet with us, but when nature calls too early and we forget to bring in our boredom saver, we are left with reading the back of detergent bottles for a while.

11. Not having enough memory on your phone so you have to delete some apps. 

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Image Credit: iDownloadBlog

We’ve all faced it before. There’s a really cool app on the app store that we just have to download, but at the same time, our phone doesn’t have enough memory left. Hence, we have to choose between our apps and sometimes uninstall a few just to make way for a single app.

12. Wanting to take a picture from a distance but zooming kills the clarity. 

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Image Credit: Tech Spot

We see a really funny thing but it’s a distance away so we resort to zooming to get the picture anyway. Problem with that is it kills the clarity of the picture and we wind up with no picture in the end.

There are countless #firstworldproblems when it comes to being a smartphone user and although it does not impact us on a great level, it helps to have a smartphone which does what its name suggests.

Though we can’t solve every problem, there are certain things which the Honor 5X can. For instance, when we cannot unlock our phone due to a complicated lock design, there’s the convenient fingerprint sensor in its place. Your fingerprints can also be linked to certain apps and you can instantly launch those apps with just a swipe. It also has a long battery life of 1.46 days, a large memory space of 3072 MB RAM, and an impressive front-facing camera resolution of 13 megapixels.

It may just be a little #firstworldproblem, but when we can take a really cool (and clear) photo that gets us just that extra bit of likes, it ends up lightening our mood and if it makes us happy, then #firstworldproblem or not, that’s a phone that lives up to its promise.