Yes, my phone of (almost) two years had finally met its end. Even though it’s a goodbye, it is also a hello to a new replacement.
Hello, new/cheaper replacement, HTC Desire 530.
If you’re thinking, why go for a cheaper alternative, or even the slightly more popular “Why don’t you upgrade yourself to a Samsung Galaxy or an iPhone even?” (like some people asked me in the past before) Well, just a simple response to that: I just want a smartphone that can help me connect in all ways. And like with many of my portable devices, I immediately bought a screen protector to prevent the ugly finger and oil smudges on the screen. I purchased the phone for some $140 on an installment plan ($40 up front with the upgrade fee waived and including the screen protector, then $6/mo for the next two years).
I’m still waiting for my new case to arrive on Sunday when I ordered a convenient one (with a few credit card/money slots and a stand) for only $10. The cases that belonged to the One M8 doesn’t fit the Desire 530, especially that the Desire 530 has its camera on the left side instead of the center and that at the bottom left is a hole in which you can tie the included lanyard there. This can also mean that I can tie some cellphone keychains that I used to go nuts over with my old phones before, but I think the sweet-looking lanyard is more than enough. I’m a bit disappointed that white is the only color available, but it had some color “paint specks” design on it, which makes it look subtle but cool design-wise. My only gripe with this phone is that the battery doesn’t last as long as the one with the M8 (what can you expect? This phone is a lot cheaper than the M8 when my brother first purchased it), as I had to charge the phone every single day (compared to every 2-3 days with the M8). Hopefully that would change (maybe) when I decided to invest in a portable USB charger that would support both my phone and my Kindle at the same time. Otherwise, it has (almost) the same internal specs and features as the M8.
In short, the Desire 530 also has a panoramic view camera, just like the M8. When I went to T-Mobile store, the reps over there recommended me a low-cost Samsung model or the LG K10, which were slightly cheaper than the Desire 530. However, unlike the HTC phones, neither of these have panoramic cameras. The Samsung Galaxy phones and the iPhones (may?) certainly have panoramic cameras, but I’m not a fan of neither of them. In addition, I couldn’t just part from HTC no matter how low-key they may be. The Desire 530 is now my third HTC phone.
Yesterday morning, my phone completely stopped charging. Its battery just got worn out. Luckily it only had about 5% of the battery’s power left for the T-Mobile reps to transfer all my data to the new phone. Otherwise, before, I had to wiggle the USB cable for it so that the battery can feed the power and start charging. This is even when the phone is off too. Most of the time, the charging would take some 9 hours to finish. Sometimes, the charger (or the battery) is doing the opposite: draining the battery even more than restoring the energy. Other times, it just won’t charge at all. I’ve had it with the phone, the battery is internal therefore it was impossible for me to replace it manually. I would have to send the entire phone to HTC to have it repaired, and if I went that route, I won’t have a phone to use at all.
So, in short, I bought a new phone to replace my old phone because I don’t have choice. And because of my very small budget, I went for a cheaper, more affordable phone. Luckily, the Desire 530 was the only HTC phone that T-Mobile had available. I can’t afford to purchase the One M9 or the newer One M10, although it would be nice to have bought either one of them if I had enough money, even if it was through installment.
Whew, I still have yet to learn more of its features, since I’ve only had this phone since yesterday. Hopefully I’d be able to figure out how I can keep my battery a little longer that would prevent me from charging this phone every single day (more like every evening) and just charge it like every 2-3 days.
I’m going to end this entry here right now. I wanted to write more about other things, but it’s getting late here and I need to sleep. Saturday is my Friday, meaning I have to wake up for work. Good thing that it’s a Saturday, there would be less traffic, and I can leave home a little later.
Signing off! Goodnight!