iPhone X I was in hospital for 10 days with my cancer...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Ffosse, Feb 18, 2018.

  1. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    ....which is ongoing but I really needed the break.

    I think the last time I was in hospital was for 2-and-a-half months with just my Xperia Z3 Compact for company, (it constantly fell and eventually broke) so I decided to see how my iPhone X would fare as my prime computing device. I didn't drop it once.

    Calls and texts: Just fine as I would expect, same for ebooks and music.

    Browsing: pretty good - I could get 4 bars of 4G and had no issues looking up the news or various other sites.

    Forums: This is where I came unstuck; I don't have fat fingers but trying to create posts, view and answer them was difficult - it seems there's nothing that can beat a keyboard and it was a joy to open up my small MacBook last night and use an actual keyboard.

    So probably nothing really learned there - it was nice watching netflix on the device, though, perhaps my favourite thing. Due to the weight and security issues (ie. would it get stolen?) I didn't want to bring my MacBook into hospital even for a short stay (plus it has no cellular so would have needed a phone anyway).
  2. Dirty Jacket macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2015
    God speed.
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I have also spent some time in a hospital for a old injury to my leg. My iPad saved my life. The hospital also has very fast internet and the iPad and that little switch that controlled the “pain pump” saved my life. Not sure if I could get by with just an iPhone.
  4. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    To your point I went through a transition period coming from the 8+.
    Typing was challenging on the X.

    I can’t help but think the iPad mini would have excelled in this situation (not sure about the phone call part though)

    Great post. And here to your next post coming from a seat of a plane as you head to a great exotic get away.

    Stay strong!
  5. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'll stay strong, thanks. It was almost like having a brand new machine last night opening up my MacBook when I got home and having no problems with forums and especially posting photos. All can be done on the iPhone (and I did take some photos), but a keyboardless device is still limiting, although I'll have it with me next time, no doubt.
  6. woodynorman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    I just spent spent 4 days in the hospital with my 8 plus. Its plenty big enough to watch videos to pass the time. I don't know if I would have had the same experience with the X (I had 2 but returned them both)
  7. rugmankc Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    I have gotten use to the X's keyboard. Very little errors. It is very good at voice dictation, which I forget to use a lot .

    Videos are great to watch.

    I don't think it will or was meant to replace a laptop.

    Surprised you didn't have wifi from the hospital.

    Haven't been in hospital with my X yet--hope never.

    But, 4 major surgeries and several other stays for heart issues since 2010, and my Samsungs and iPhones were very adequate.

    The TV's at the bedsides suck--:)

    Best of luck to you---
  8. pedrowerner macrumors regular


    Aug 24, 2016
    Give the app Tapatalk a try, better forum readability for mobile.
  9. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Wish you all the best in your fight against this thing. I have a close relative who is battling cancer (leukemia) and I know how tough it can be. Hang in there.

    I had a two week hospital stay a few years ago. I had my MacBook Pro (15” retina) with me at first, but my wife took it home after a few days and I switched it with the iPad. The MBP is thin and light for a 15”, but I didn’t need to get much work done while I was in the hospital and it was too annoying to move around. And I had a shared room so was a bit worried about it whenever I was out. The iPad was perfect for me, it helped me keep up with any work I needed (light email) and I had all my games, books, and movies with me.

    Back then I wouldn’t have liked to just have my iPhone though. I was on a 4S at the time so maybe that’s why. I’m on a 7 now and think I could probably do it. The bigger screen helps a lot.
  10. nviz22 macrumors 603


    Jun 24, 2013
    Feel better. Hope you have a safe and speedy recovery.
  11. SRLMJ23 Contributor


    Jul 11, 2008
    In between Syracuse, NY and Albany, NY

    Just want to say God bless you, and I pray you beat the wretch that is cancer. Stay strong!

  12. Clogger Suspended


    Jan 12, 2018
    Wish you all the best for the battle against the big C, great that the X helped keep you occupied and worked well for you.
  13. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I’m wishing you all the best, too.

    Many years ago when I was in the hospital for a week with blood poisoning from a freak accident, my IPhone 4S brought me much cheer. But that itsy bitsy display and keyboard, oy! I do regret trading that phone in for a $100 discount on my 5s, but back then I needed that discount. Anyway I think I understand how much you’re appreciating your iPhone right now even if you were struggling with the diminutive size of it.

    Get better soon...not adequate words for what you’re dealing with, but it’s my sincere wish for you.
  14. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604


    Jan 17, 2013
    Wales, United Kingdom
    Do you not use Tapatalk for forums? I’ve used it for about 6 years now so even when I was on Android back in 2012. It’s been years since I viewed this particular forum on a computer to be honest, I have no idea what Mac Rumours looks like outside of Tapatalk lol. Worth a download.

    I hope everything goes well with your treatment.
  15. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    All the best for you! I actually had a minor operation to remove screws from my ankle back in 2011 and had just got my first iPhone a 4 and it helped me during the albeit simple operation to remove the screws and rest a few hours. Mostly music rather than web stuff but still.
  16. ForumChick macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2017
  17. puma1552 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2008
    Good luck with the cancer, such a vulgar disease. Lost my mom to sudden brain cancer when I was 22.

    On the plus side, try and look at the hospital stay as a chance to step back, slow down, and take a break from work and the other hectic things in life, and a chance to really spend some time catching up with news and other things and enjoying your tech devices, which you clearly did, so good on you, good sir.
  18. got556 macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2013
    Eff cancer, and I hope you kick it's butt OP. On another note, the only time an iPad makes sense to me is when I'm in the hospital. For some reason I wind up there a lot, but never for myself. I've tried using my X out and about for extended stays and it just doesn't work as well for me as a MacBook or iPad. But I understand your concern with security. Again, hope you kick the crap out of the cancer.
  19. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    Thanks for all the heartfelt replies. Cancer is a b and this is my second time around with it. Still, I was lucky to only require 10 days hospitalisation.

    An iPad Mini (like the 4 I once had) would have been the perfect size.

    I have heard of Tapatalk for forums but have never gotten round to using it for some reason or another. I dislike forums on mobile devices, simply that you have to be that bit more precise when navigating and entering text. It was quite an important forum to me, though, and luckily no-one berated any clumsiness on my part, an understanding bunch of people that they are.
  20. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I visited an elderly chap I met in hospital today who needed some provisions.

    It was the first time I'd used both the iPhone X and Apple Watch together for some directions prior to my visit. Everything went flawlessly - particularly impressed with the watch as it handled texts and navigation through the X.

    I am someone who is guilty of simply using around a 10th of what Apple can do; my MacBook is an admittedly prettier version of the Chromebook I was using before, but I use little software. I did install iTunes just to sync 14 albums over to my phone to my watch and the music played fine over my Airpods whilst outside.

    Great when everything just works - I enjoyed my slow walk home as I got the wrong bus back and walked 4 miles home.
  21. decafjava macrumors 68030


    Feb 7, 2011
    Walking is one of the best things you can do for physical and mental health, really.
  22. HeadphoneAddict macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2007
    Hope you fare well with your treatment! My brother is dealing with stage 4 lung cancer, and is 4 years into his treatment. It's a huge stress.

    I spent 3 weeks in the hospital after being hit head on in car crash Dec 2014, and after a week with my 6+ I had to have my iPad with BT keyboard brought to the hospital for the last 2 weeks. It's touch to use an iPhone as your only device for a long period of time. I was fortunate that the hospital has free WiFi for patients to use.
  23. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    Best of luck with it all buddy, (& to all others impacted by this disease). Glad to see you getting good use & enjoyment out of your gadgets. They can be a useful tool & nice distraction for certain circumstances. Keep fighting.
  24. Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I was so impressed with the X and AW capability yesterday (have barely used the watch except as a time-keeping device) so today I'm going for a leisurable walk, exploring some of the way they interact. Great for replying to quick texts, I found when I didn't want to dig out the X.

    My AW is series 3 but the non-cellular version. I love my offline playlists so will be using my Airpods, too. Technology can only achieve so much but is great when one is under the weather a bit for some excitement - if only a little.

    Still wearing my trusty Tissot Visodate on the left wrist plus the watch on my right.

  25. Wyckham macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2017
    Nintendo Switch is a great companion especially with Stardew Valley :)

    I hope you beat the **** out of that cancer and kill it from your body.

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