Why I Won’t Be Buying A New iPhone 6

Author James Mash 10.9.2014. | 13:23

As expected Apple announced the release of its latest phone products yesterday and the specifications look quite nice.

It wasn’t that long ago that Apple appeared reluctant to offer anything other than a 3.5 to 4.5 inch screen on their phones but it appears they have relented in this view and seen that there are a growing number of consumers who want more from their phones. The larger screens are a much welcomed feature and will allow the iPhone to hold its own against the likes of the Samsung Note 4 and many other phones with 5 inch or larger screens. This will  make viewing videos and gaming that much more enjoyable.

The two screen sizes to choose from are 4.7 or 5.5 inches. The larger screen size offers a 1920 x 1080 resolution at just over 400 ppi so it’s fairly impressive.

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There are three memory options you can select from, these are 16, 64 or 128GB, however it’s a shame to see that Apple still doesn’t offer phones with removable storage. This in my opinion is a real drawback especially when there aren’t any features such as OTG. It will force many people to either buy the larger memory option, at one or two hundred dollars more, or face having to mess about deleting and copying across content. Alternatively they could back up photos and data on their iCloud but this may not be the safest option considering the recently high profile accounts that were hacked.

Apple, as always impress with their design and these latest phones are no different as they look lovely and are fairly light at 130 or 170 grams respectively, but looks alone don’t make a phone. They have the latest A8 processor, which like its predecessor in the 5S offers 64 bit support but the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus also have a new M8 “motion coprocessor”. This all sounds nice but until the phones are released on the 19th of September we have no way of judging how they compare to the latest MTK Octa Core or Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and there is no indication of how much RAM these devices’ have.

When the likes of the Meizu MX4 are reported to be scoring over 50,000 on AnTuTu benchmark tests,  Apple will be looking for their new iPhones to up the bar. The A7 processor that featured in the S5 didn’t perform very well on its multi-core tests so the A8 will have to do a lot more to be able to compete. If not they may struggle to attract new customers with these larger screened phones.

Perhaps the biggest drawback to the iPhone is having to be locked to an expensive contract. It’s fine if someone else is paying the bill but when you look at the starting prices of $299 for the cheapest handset its not cheap. If you want the larger memory version its one or two hundred dollars more. Then consider that you will be locked to a two year contract at $50 or more a month it soon starts to add up.

After two short years you will have paid $1500 for a phone. But you don’t have to buy the phone on contract, and if you did want to purchase one of the new iPhones off contract you would be looking at about $750 for the cheapest 4.7 inch 16GB version. That’s a lot for something with a 16GB memory restriction, and paying an extra 100 dollars to get the 64GB version isn’t a cheap option when you consider that for most other phones you could just buy a 64GB micro SD card for less than half that. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are definitely priced at the expensive end of the market.

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Overall the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus look nice and the OS has some cool features but unless its new A8 processor puts it far far ahead of the competition I’m not convinced it’s worth my hard earned cash. I would probably opt for a phone with the same or better performance for less than half the price.  Apple will always have its loyal customer base, and they will most likely be dashing out on the 19th of this month to get a new iPhone 6 or 6 plus. However I can’t help but think that with the current prices, Apple is going to find it hard to appeal to a wider audience, even with a bigger screen. You can check out a wide range of smartphones at our Chinavasion website to see some great alternatives to the iPhone 6 and with your savings you can probably afford to go on holiday too.

Author James Mash 10.9.2014. | 13:23
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