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12 February 2020

Obsolete technology

Why do so many appliances and technology products die so young?

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Kevin H.
22 Apr 2021
iPhone 6s Battery replaced

The battery in my iPhone 6s was down to 70% and I had to charge the phone at least twice a day. After being told my battery could not be replaced, I made some enquiries while I was holidaying in Napier in February this year. (2021)
A reputable internet shop in the main street of Taradale called 'Aldea', replaced the battery with a new 6s battery for $65.00. My battery is now back to 100%.
One delighted customer.

Alison W.
24 Apr 2021
iphone 7 battery replaced

It is worth replacing batteries on iphones, at 'unauthorised' dealers. The battery on my refurbished iphone 7 needed charging more often - twice a day. Then it began doing odd things. I took it into a dealer "Classic phones" in Manners St, Wellington. She replaced the battery for $65, explaining that the battery had expanded, cracking the glass at the top, and that replacing it had the risk of breaking the glass more, but she managed to replace it without cracking the glass further. The shop guaranteed the battery for six months, but it was explained that the current battery would probably last up to two years. Now, 8 months later, the battery needs charging sometimes more often than once a day. Apple design good phones, but it's a shame that their design has what seems deliberate shortcomings, forcing owners to replace them.

Johanna W.
22 Apr 2021
e reader failure

I own a sony e-reader it suddenly just stopped.

Books I had bought became inaccessible, there was no longer any access to the website they had been bought on, and I do not understand why that is.
A friend had the same thing happen with a kobo.
this is not good enough.

Barry P.
13 Feb 2020
Obsolesence or Jobs

Progress and evolution are often coupled with an economic need; whether that be jobs and employment, or manufacturing and profits. You cannot have one couplet without the other.

So on Page 20 of Consumer Feb/Mar 2020, DIY repairs are simply not part of most of our culture’s lifestyles. Certainly not when I was valve grinding and doing clutch repairs in my own driveway on 1950’s cars in 1970’s! The tooling up and knowledge base required these days is horrendous and restricted to manufacturers and limited dealers. It is not a case of forgiveness; economically over a great many industries and manufacturing processes, the easy, convenient option is the only option.