Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not experienced this. 

That time you dropped it in the toilet may not have helped.

Sep 19, 2017 06:00 AM
Royalty One Mortgage
Royalty One Mortgage - Henderson, NV
Mortgage company in Henderson, Nevada


 Many individuals have already touched on possible issues that could be affecting your phone's performance - E.G. - accidentally dropping it a few times, overloading the phone with too much data (apps, photo's, music, etc.), etc. However, another key reason why many iPhone (myself personally) & Android users will start to notice a drop off in their phone's performace around the one (1) year mark has a lot to do with the fact that our phones receive a plethora of developer "updates" throughout the year (from Apple, Google, etc.) that take a toll on our phone's operating system(s).

 Basically, when phones are built (developed) & circulated for mass production, those units (phones) are built with industry standard technology that is prominent at the time of release. However, technology is ever-changing, ever developing; so these companies will push out these updates to keep current with the technological developments & trends as they come, but your phone that was built in 2015 (example) wasn't designed to be able to handle some of the complex iOS operating procedures that came into play in 2017 (again, example). Therefore, many phones will see a drop off in performance with the more updates they've had to go through during the phone's "life-span", & since these updates can happen quite frequently throughout the year, the average phone's "life-span" has been dwindling for years.


 Hope this answer helps!


-T.J. / The Realty One Mortgage Team


Sep 19, 2017 11:02 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Too many apps, too many pics and videos.  People just need to not try to overload their devices.

Sep 19, 2017 08:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not believe it is the phone per se.  I believe it is the overload of apps and the abuse phones take.  That said, people will spend a lot of money on their beloved phones.  

Sep 19, 2017 07:27 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Probably for 2 main reasons. Most smartphones run almost all the time on battery vs a computer where you may have it plugged in more often - more wear and tear. And second, you likely have automated functions and some manual on your pc that self-cleans it, vs your smartphone where most people don't.

Sep 19, 2017 06:26 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

What Roy Kelley said but substitute 'River' for 'toilet'. I have not yet made THAT error! 

Sep 19, 2017 09:35 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

mine is 3 years old and going strong!!! (strongly)

Sep 19, 2017 05:31 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Neither our Macs not our Air are feeling sluggish after 4 years, they are still doing very well, our phones are 6 and 6S and we have no complaints. A

Sep 19, 2017 05:29 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't know if that's true.   Maybe it's more about some people who have an attraction to the latest, brightest and shiniest objects.

Sep 19, 2017 05:15 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

That's a good question... and I believe it's to "encourage" us to buy new ones. Way back when I had a Blackberry that went strong for some 7 years. 

Sep 19, 2017 05:02 AM
Kenzie Weitzeil
DeLex - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Real Estate is exciting & rewarding. I enj

That is a very good question. I have always blamed the firm ware updates. So you go purchase a new phone. 

Sep 19, 2017 08:49 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Probably  by design, so that they can sell you a new one every year.

Sep 19, 2017 08:24 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

They sell more phones that way

Sep 19, 2017 07:39 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Planned obsolescence. 

Sep 19, 2017 07:39 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

The battery life is the problem for me. My phone is about 3 years old and I don't want a new one. But I just woke up, pulled it off the charger at 100% and 20 minutes later it is at 92%. I have to plug it in half way through the day and I am not using it nearly as much as John does. Bad batteries so people will trade in after two years. It is by design. -Kasey

Sep 19, 2017 06:48 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think they are built that way so you NEED to buy the latest and greatest when their new model comes out

Sep 19, 2017 06:15 AM
Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

The only reason I got a new phone was because the connection to charging it didn't work anymore. That was a Galaxy 4, so now I upgraded to a Galaxy 7 which has wireless charging. Who needs all these apps and games on their phones anyways? The screens are way to small for my compuer-damaged eyes.

Sep 19, 2017 06:09 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I buy Apple products and haven't had that experience - I went from a 4 to a 6S and my 6S is still going strong!

Sep 19, 2017 06:07 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner I believe it's because the apps are getting larger and require more memory. Just like desktops, the software is becoming more memory intensive and uses more computer resources causing them to slow down. The iPhone has a 64GB model. Why does a smart phone need so much memory? Larger apps and memory intensive.

Sep 19, 2017 06:03 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist


Sep 19, 2017 05:38 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Might have to consider a new mobile phone soon but my i5 is still working well and has features I still don't know how to use.

Sep 19, 2017 05:31 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

So they may charge more!

Sep 19, 2017 05:20 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Smaller being overloaded also the bandwidth just isn't there.

Jan 05, 2018 06:49 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I think at that time, the battery life has worn out a bit.   I usually buy a new phone every other year.

Sep 21, 2017 07:39 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - well I change every other year.... oops, spending too much, it seems.

About the phones - we overuse them...

Sep 19, 2017 11:00 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

We can squeeze 5 or 6 years out of ours - as to phones, they are not 'puters even though people attempt to use them as such.

You also have to remember, we don't drag computers around in our pockets, throw them on the counter, plug them in to recharge them daily etc - they take a heck of beating

Sep 19, 2017 05:32 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

My computer is 8 years old and does everything I need

Sep 19, 2017 05:18 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Too many apps and constant updates.  I turn off auto updates and only (manually) update the apps I regularly use.

Sep 19, 2017 03:45 PM
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

I tend to think of these new devices as micro-computers with telephonic capability.  The wireless-phone functions don't seem to become significantly "smarter" as time goes on.  Whereas the computer functions do bog down with all the spy-ware tracking your every move!

Sep 19, 2017 03:31 PM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Apps and bloatware

Sep 19, 2017 01:18 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Android fixed this really well with the Nougat update. The thing does itself when I remember.

Sep 19, 2017 12:25 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

My iphones are both over 5 years old without any problems. I drop them daily just to warn them to keep in line or else!

Sep 19, 2017 11:36 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Haven't had that issue with Apple. 

Sep 19, 2017 10:42 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Because when the sheep line up for the $1,000 iPhone X with it's brand new technology (that Android users have had for over two years now), companies see huge windfalls in forcing people to upgrade phones.

Sep 19, 2017 10:23 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Big business learned during the 1950's that offering products that last while helping the brand dooms them eventually. So they instead decided to make changes to products via updates, innovations etc. to keep the people buying. 

Sep 19, 2017 10:02 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No idea.

Sep 19, 2017 04:56 AM