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From the kitchen I caught my son in the act. I lept from the stool I was on and rushed into the living room, but it was too late. My iPhone was already dunked in a glass of water by my two year old.
I did all the things you are suppose to do (dry it off, turn it off, let it sit in rice), but it didn’t work. My iPhone died.
10 Things I Learned When My iPhone Died
1. First World Problems Can Make Me Cry - You’ve heard the term “first world problem” before, right? It is something people say when they (or someone else) is complaining about something somewhat superficial that would only be a problem for someone living in a first world country.
Cable is out and you can’t watch The Real Housewives of Atlanta? First world problem. You can’t decide what paint color you want for your brand new mercedes? First world problem. Your son drops your iPhone in a glass of water and now you can’t check Facebook as often as you would like? Definitely a first world problem.
But I cried! I cried big time. I was mad at myself for crying, but as the days went by without a functioning cell phone I began to realize my feelings were valid. If you find yourself in this position, just let it out baby! Cry a big, ugly cry. It is okay.
2. Always Having a Camera With Me is Awesome - I am the family photographer in my house. I try to document everyday life along with the kids’ milestones. I instantly missed having a camera with me at all times.
3. My iPhone Makes Cooking Easier - I love Pinterest. (Follow me!) I use it to organize all of my online recipes and I often pull up recipes on my iPhone while I’m making supper.
4. Going to Bed in the Dark Isn’t Fun - I’m usually the last one to bed every night. I use the light from my cell phone to guide me up the stairs, check on sleeping children, and crawl into bed without disturbing anyone.
5. My iPhone is Good for My Mental Health - I am an extrovert. My Myers Brigg’s personality type is ESFP. Being around other people is energizing for me and I crave social interaction. The death of my phone actually made me feel lonely. I missed listening to my favorite podcasts, checking Instagram, and chatting with my friends on Voxer.
6. I’m Obsessed with Checking My Notifications - As soon as my iPhone died, I realized how often I glance at my phone to see if I have any notifications waiting for me. I don’t read each email as soon as it comes in. I don’t respond to all facebook comments right away. I don’t always take action on my notifications, but I like to know if they are there. Checking on the computer took a lot more time. I had to bring up each website and I would often get distracted with what I found.
7. Smart Phones Make Blogging Easier - This blog brings in a small income that is very helpful for my family. We have big plans to pay off our debt (Sallie Mae, I’m looking at you!) with money that I earn from blogging. I’m a better blogger with my iPhone.
8. Smart Phones are Expensive - I wasn’t due for a phone upgrade for at least 5 months. I thought about waiting that long to replace my dead iPhone for about 0.002 seconds. The answer was, “No way!” iPhones normally cost around $600-$700, but service providers (AT&T, Verizon, etc) subsidize some of that cost so they can offer them at a greater discount to their customers.
I made some calls and quickly realized that my cheapest option for a new phone was to replace it at the Apple Store. It cost $200 and the phone was brand new. Thank goodness for tax return money.
9. Lifeproof iPhone Cases are Worth The Cost - Lifeproof cases are waterproof cases that can go upto 6 feet underwater. They also protect your phone from snow, dirt, and drops. Lifeproof cases cost around $80, but that is less than 50% of what I paid to replace my dead iPhone. I purchased my Lifeproof case on Amazon while it was on sale for $48. You can read more of my thoughts on Lifeproof cases below.
10. A Properly Backed-Up Phone is Heavenly - My iPhone had been fully backed up just one or two days before it was dunked in the water. I didn’t lose anything important. My phone’s storage and my iCloud account are always on the verge of being full. Paying for some extra iCloud storage a few months ago so I could backup my phone was well worth the cost. If you are getting error messages that your phone can’t be backed up, do something about it!
In conclusion, I’ve realized that my iPhone makes me a better mom. I’m less distracted than when I’m using my laptop. I take more family photos. I try new recipes. I bring in more income for my family. Above all, I’m a happier extrovert with my iPhone.
Of course, it was also a bit of a shock to see how much I am constantly looking for or thinking about my notifications. You may have read the guilt inducing “dear mom on your iPhone” type of blog posts. Those writers have a valid point. We all need to work hard to keep our technology use under control. However, it iPhones aren’t all bad. My iPhone has been a huge blessing to me and my family. It really has helped me be a better mom.
The Nitty-Gritty About Lifeproof Cases
I asked someone at the Apple Store what I can do to prevent my phone from dying a terrible, wet death again and he had two suggestions for me: 1) always keep it in my pocket & never let my kids touch it 2) buy a lifeproof case. I went with the case.
I didn’t realize how nervous I had been about my iPhone until I put the Lifeproof case on it. A weight was instantly lifted from my shoulders. I don’t worry about using it while I’m cooking or when it is raining. I’m no longer paranoid about it falling out of my back pocket and landing in the toilet! The peace of mind is amazing.
Things I don’t love about the Lifeproof case:
- It is harder to hear audio (music, videos, vox messages). I keep the volume turned up louder than I did before and sometimes I open the door for the charger to let more sound out. I can hear perfectly fine when I hold the phone up to my ear.
- The touch screen isn’t quite as sensitive. It works well the majority of the time, but there are times when I have to press things 2 or 3 times before the screen responds. This is especially noticeable when I’m taking pictures.
- I use my ear buds a lot to listen to podcasts. There is a plug that needs to be unscrewed and then screwed back in when I switch to using my earphones. It can be a bit tedious.
Overall, I am pleased with my Lifeproof case. I recommend it to anyone who is clumsy, has children, hangs out around water often, or doesn’t have the cash to spend at least $200 on a replacement iPhone.
You can find Lifeproof cases at a variety of retail stores or on Amazon:
Has your iPhone died an awful death? How did you react?
Disclosure: I was without a cell phone for 4 days. I bought my Lifeproof case on sale on Amazon. Lifeproof has not sponsored this post in anyway. This post does contain affiliate links, which help support Simply Rebekah. Thank you!