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Monday 17th July 2017

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iPhone Unusually High Usage

For a while I had noticed that the internal memory usage had been unusually high for what I had stored on my iPhone.  The total capacity of it is 64 GB and the biggest usage of this was a few GBs of music and photos.  When I plugged it into my computer, iTunes reported the correct usage meaning something wasn't quite right on my phone.

The first thing I tried was to backup and then restore the phone using iTunes.  Unfortunately there was no difference after having done this.  So I then decided to take the more drastic action of factory resetting it and then restoring my previous backup. Luckily this did the trick.

I'm sure I am not the only person to have had this problem. Although when searching for a solution I did not find the answer.  Please let me know if this has happened to you or if you find the above solution helpful. It is all irrelevant anyway now as you will soon find out...

iPhone Incident

It turns out that the above was a complete waste of time because while attending my brother's wedding in Mauritius, I dropped my iPhone.  I was pretty annoyed as it was at the beginning of the holiday and the damage was mainly to the camera meaning I could not take anymore photos.  However I did bring my ageing Canon PowerShot A620, with its 512 MB SD card and my equally ageing Sony DCR-HC37 Handycam, which takes Mini DV tapes.  So I was OK for taking photos and videos apart from the inconvenience of having to carry them both around all the time.

You cannot really take that many photos with a 512 MB SD card, even with a 7.1 megapixel camera so I ended up having to buy a 2 GB one (which I found out is pretty much the biggest one it can take after initially buying an 8 GB).

Soon after I got back, my son had his 2nd birthday party and since I still had a malfunctioning iPhone I decided to use my Canon to take the photos and record videos.  This turned out to be a mistake because after having recorded him blowing out his candles (with the help of his grandmother), I put the camera down and turned it off.  Later on in the evening, I turned my camera on only to be greeted with the message 'CARD ERROR' (or something very similar).  The card was completely and utterly dead.  I tried it in several cameras and computers but it was as though nothing had been put in.  Sufficed to say it ended it in the bin pretty quickly.  I went back to my 512 MB card, which has been as good as gold since I bought it several years ago.

iPhone Claim

On the 3rd July, I sent the phone off to my bank's (Barclays) phone insurance provider - Lifestyle Services Group.  To this day I have not yet received a thing.  I called last Tuesday and they told me that it was beyond economical repair and were going to transfer some money to my account in '3 to 5 days'.  They'll be hearing from me tomorrow if there is still nothing.  Like it or not smartphones are an essential part of life today and not having one for now 2 weeks is pretty unacceptable.  Yes I could have bought one last week anwyay after I called them but I want to be sure that I will get the money back before I go ahead with that.

When I eventually get the money, I think I will upgrade to the iPhone 6S Plus, which has a better camera and overall specifications. Finally, as I obviously can't be trusted to not drop my phone, I will be investing in one of these (from eBay seller eyewearstraps2009):

Wrist strap
Wrist strap

I will attempt to attach it to my existing case.  In case you're interested - once I get the phone, I'll upload some screenshots illustrating the phone usage problem I mentioned earlier.

Mauritius Video

I also mentioned visiting Mauritius earlier. I have made a video showing some of the highlights, which I managed to cut down from over two hours worth of footage to just over 50 minutes.  Please have a watch if you have time and let me know what you think!

 



Martin Allen 1999 - 2017.  Last updated Thursday 10 August 2017 11:29:19 PM.
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