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If You Have One of the Latest Smartphones, Here’s What You Are Probably Griping About

The only thing people love more than their smartphone is complaining about their beloved device.

The folks at FixYa have put together a report correlating several top smartphones with the most common complaints made about said smartphones.

The report doesn’t list the types of things that happen to all kinds of smartphones, such as cracked screens or water damage.

Battery life issues are listed as the most common bugaboo by iPhone 4S owners, followed by complaints about Wi-Fi or bluetooth connections and gripes about Siri, the phone’s automated assistant. On the battery side, FixYa notes that while operating system updates have improved the situation for some users, others still struggle to make it through the day.

“At its core, the iPhone 4s is a power-hungry device that comes with a host of features, which suck up battery life,” FixYa said. “Even with Apple’s update to the iOS, users continue to find issues with the battery when they aren’t huddled around electrical outlets.”

Meanwhile, owners of the just-launched Galaxy S III are most likely to be griping about problems with the phone’s microphone, followed by issues around the device getting hot, its battery life and issues connecting to the Internet.

The microphone issues, FixYa said, can often be solved by restarting the phone, though in some cases a software update or full factory reset is required.

As for the Lumia 900, the main issues are a purple haze on the screen, for which there is now a software update, as well as just a general lack of availability of apps for Windows Phone — a problem for which FixYa can’t really offer much help.

The report, which is now online, also took a look at several other phones including the HTC Titan II, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the BlackBerry Curve.

Image courtesy of Fabio Berti/Shutterstock

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