My Retired Samsung S3

This is absolutely yet another LATE POST. Just for my reference and/or to help those that are facing these issues.

My Samsung S3 (9th handphone) started having some issues around 1.5 to 2 years ago (perhaps circa mid year of 2016). Actually few months after I blogged about this handphone, it started lagging noticeably, but I hold on to it. I gotta make my money worth!

Ok, so the issues I had with my Samsung S3:
1. Battery draining very fast. I suspected this was due to an app that I downloaded. It was so bad that I had to reset the phone to factory setting few times. Battery life improved a bit but I still need to charge the phone almost twice daily. I even bought a new battery, but no help there.

2. Charging port became loose. Well, this was mainly my fault. I dropped the phone few times, and somehow the port became loose. Not to mention the daily charging routine make it worse.

With the loose charging port, I had to slant the USB connector left, right, up or down for the connection to go through. Occasionally, any accidental movement of the cable will cause lost of connectivity. Very geram ohhh. I considered changing the charging port to a new one but figured it’s not worth the time and money due to problem 1 still persist.

Still, I was adamant to make this phone last a little longer despite its dwindling life. One method I found online was to insert a thin piece of paper (place below plate) along with the charging connector to the charging port.

Insert Paper Into Charging Port
See the green paper?

Insert Paper Into Charging Port
This was my life everyday at that point. In fact, I did this too when I was holidaying in Japan (Nov-Dec 2016). Whatudo? Money is real tight. Usually after couple of uses, the paper will get stuck in the port or torn.

Eventually, the paper trick did not work anymore. I officially retired the phone in the early part of 2017. Can’t remember exactly when. My Samsung S3 was around 3.5 years old when it retires. Really not bad but wished it was longer (refer to this last paragraph)

So, while I was in my quest searching for a new phone, I used my mom’s phone temporary, which she inherited from dad (Samsung Galaxy Y with horrible buttons).

Can you guess which brand I choose for my new phone? One thing for sure, no more Samsung for the time being. πŸ˜›

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  • Reply Dawn March 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Apple? πŸ˜€

    I’m still holding on to mine (Apple 5S) for 3+ years. Gonna hang on to it as long as it still works πŸ™‚

    • Reply Che-Cheh March 17, 2018 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Dawn, Not Apple. This brand is not within my budget. πŸ˜›
      Good! Yes, hang on as long as possible.

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