Now that the iPhone 6 has been unveiled, it is time to give the phone or phones a little analysis before the actually release date which is announced to be September 19th, 2014. A full review with the phone in hand will definitely be necessary, but with speculations out of the way, a preview with facts about the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus can be done.
Starting with the facts as listed earlier here on this site, lets go over each of the improvements and shop as a buyer coming from either Android or Apple.
- iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – This was not expected. It seems Apple has decided since releasing the 5S and 5C to have 2 phones released per year, whether this is a good move or not is purely up to the market. It seemed to have worked before, but we will find out how effective it is in 10 days.
- 1334×750 for iPhone 6 4.7 Inch Screen – 4.7 inches might be new for Apple users since being withheld to 4.0 inches for nearly 4 years, but to Android buyers, this is nothing new. What is shocking to Android buyers however is the lack of full 1080 resolution for the iPhone 6. With many of the leading brands using the Android platform having full 1080 resolution going on close to 2 years now, it seems strange as to why Apple would not have it on their iPhone 6. One could argue that the glass and the unibody might have eaten up a lot of the cost of making the device, but it still doesn’t fully explain why Full HD would not be included when Full HD is looking to become obsolete with the release of 4K coming ahead full steam. As an Apple user looking to buy the iPhone 6, this is definitely an incentive into looking to buy the phone, but will take some getting used too. Android just based on the size and screen display would not have any incentive to buy this phone.
- 1920×1080 for iPhone 6 Plus 5.5 Inch Screen – 5.5 inches for an iPhone is completely shocking, but is definitely showing that bigger might mean always better. The iPhone 6 Plus has Full HD and will be on par with phones such as the LG G3 and the Galaxy Note Line. This phone will most likely take a chunk out of the phablet market and will help Apple gain some leverage, simple because the introduction of a phablet iPhone will attract plenty of consumers. As an iPhone owner, this phone will consider some thought before purchase because going from a 4.0 inch screen to a 5.5 inch screen is no small leap, but then again, having only two option of 4.7 and 5.5, some might just decide to get the biggest phone available. As an Android owner, the iPhone 6 Plus will still consider some thought, but if you were ever interested in buying an iPhone, this would be the phone. It is an upgrade in size, but the Full HD will looking crisp and sharp compared to the little brother iPhone 6.
- LTE with over 200 Carriers – This is a major plus, because although not mentioned, Apple states the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will support over 20 bands of LTE. This pretty much ensures quality LTE with any carrier you might decide, except, *cough* sprint. Also, the iPhones will come unlocked which means you will be able to take your phone with you, so even if you were stuck with, *cough* sprint, you would be able to switch. No word on whether or not Android phones will be able to support as many bands as the iPhone which will most likely be the case if it isn’t, This won’t mean much to anyone unless they are in dire need of checking Facebook, Twitter, or watching YouTube. *PS I love Sprint by the way, been with them for 10 years.
- WiFi Calling – This feature seems a little strange to announce when some carriers such as Spring and T-Mobile have offered a service somewhat similar to this. The idea is, if you are connected to WiFi, why not use that to place your call instead of the unreliable cell service, (which should really be improving after all these years) Also not to mention, with free apps on both the iPhone and Android to make calls, albeit from a different number or a different app all together, it doesn’t seem like a requirement to buy an iPhone 6 simply for this.
- 8MP Camera for both phones – This was a complete shocker. I truly believed Apple would increase their megapixels, but they took the HTC approach which is that megapixels do not mean everything. Instead, Apple is improving the sensor to make the quality of the photos better. The main idea behind this is that many users probably do not even utilize the 8x zoom of the iPhone and thus do not need more megapixels. Now again, this is not a breaking point for Android users to buy an iPhone 6 with many of the leading brands not only improving their sensors, but also increasing their megapixel amounts on their phones. Unless you have hawk-eye vision, most will not even notice the difference or even compare the phones rigorously to notice the difference between the quality.
- Slow Motion at 240 fps – I can not comment on this, I have never used slow motion on a smart phone, and do not see myself doing so in the near future. I abstain.
- Full HD Video – This again is an old feature from Android being repackaged as new. The only complaint I have with this, is that unless you are buying the iPhone 6 plus, you will not even be able to appreciate the Full HD quality.
- 128 GB Memory for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – Given the fact that the iPhones do not have SD card slots, releasing an iPhone with 128 GB is just perfect. Not only is this great for users that upgrade their phone once every 2 years, it also allows those who buy this size for their choice of iPhone to hold onto it for longer. For Android users who are used to having SD card slots and tons of memory, this purchase would go well with the iPhone 6 Plus, or 64 GB if you are not one to use up your storage. With phones reaching their respective apex, a 128 GB phone is not a bad way to go. And given that many people have cloud storage or stream movies and musix, 128 might just be overkill, but the benefit is options. I can’t even begin to imagine the resale value of one of these babies 2 years down the road in good condition.
- Apple Pay In Big List Of Stores – Apple Wallet, featuring Apple Pay, is again another Android feature, repackaged as new for the iPhone. Although it did not take off as it will with the iPhone, I have been making purchases at Walgreens, and Jack in the Box for roughly 18 months using this technology. However, the security presented by Apple stating that the cards information is never actually stored on your phone might be the single advantage that Apple Wallet has over Google Wallet, which is a big Advantage. Everyone wants to know their information is safe in a time where people information is not so safe.
All in all, I believe that Android owners should most likely stick with Android phones, unless it is the iPhone 6 Plus. Too many of the new features are not new, and the main reason to purchase an iPhone would be starting an Apple ecosystem. iPhone, MacBook, iTunes, etc, otherwise, many will find comfort in the ways of Android. As for Apple users, many will have to choice between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which might prove difficult or easy depending on how stubborn someone might be. I expect a handful of Apple users to hold on to their iPhone 5S because of the size, but I expect many to upgrade.
I personally would like to try the iPhone 6 Plus, but I think I will find myself using the HTC One M8 until the HTC One M9 comes out next year, but I will save that for another day.
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