I just said goodbye to my iPhone 5.

Early this year, I decided to finally go touch screen (late bloomer, I know) and after thinking long and hard about which phone to get, I went for an iPhone 5.

It was love at first swipe. (Love at first sight, actually, since there’s no denying how beautiful-looking the iPhone 5 is.) I don’t even know where to begin! The longer and larger screen, its sexy and just-right size, the awesome photos the camera takes – everything about it, basically.

Don’t even get me started on all the apps you can get from the App Store!

But then I got a Samsung S4. That was when things got complicated. Before I knew it, I was already addicted to both phones that no matter how much I wanted to be a minimalist and simplify my life, the selfish and materialistic part of me kept on justifying why I should keep both phones.

And then my office phone, an iPhone 5, arrived. I decided to switch phones with my assistant, who got a Samsung S4, because she’s been wanting an iPhone 5.

It didn’t take a while before I realized that I don’t want to have three phones. The million-dollar question: Which two phones to keep? A lot of people suggested for me to keep my iPhone 5 and use the S4 as my office phone, and then just sell my S4. After much thought, I decided to use both S4s and just let my iPhone 5 take a long nap. I realized I don’t want to use two very different phones. I just don’t wanna stress my fingers that way.

Incidentally, my sister’s iPhone died a couple of days after I decided to let my iPhone 5 go into hibernation mode. Interestingly, I didn’t have a hard time letting go of it and deciding to pass it on to her.

However, I had cold feet that time I was deleting accounts and other contents. But once everything was gone I was good.

I am surprised I am not experiencing any withdrawal symptoms. Then again, I didn’t experience any when Sadako dropped my iPad 2 (it’s gathering dust somewhere) or when Sadako decided to own my iPad Mini. But really, I don’t think I should be concerned about iPhone 5 withdrawal symptoms, when – hello – I have two S4s right now.

Owning two phones may still not be the way to go for a minimalist, but owning two as opposed to owning three is definitely better.  

Baby steps, yes.


  1. Good decision. 'been an iphone user then, switched to note and you know what.. totally no regrets. Bigger screen and less complexity.

    additionally, android platform works better than ios on me.

    1. Kuya Allan! Kinda surprised I am enjoying Android since I am a big fan of Mac ;) Hope you're doing good!


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