iPhone 6 — Is It Worth It? By Guest Blogger Mitchell Rodriguez
The iPhone 6 is the biggest change in iPhone since its release in 2007. With a completely redesigned body and the new iOS 8, the new iPhone shows that Apple is capable of making big changes. Personally, I am an Android user and I’m not a fan of Apple for many reasons that I will mention. The new 4.7” and 5.5” iPhones may catch people by surprise. The size can be too big for some individuals. However, the size isn’t the only change in the new iPhones. Almost everything in the new iPhone’s has changed. These iPhones will be compared to the new Android devices to see if the new iPhones have what it takes to be in your pocket as your next smartphone.
I bought an iPhone 5 a few years ago. Since then, I’ve always been one for excellent build quality like that of the new iPhone. Android devices are constructed with plastic and other similar materials, except for the HTC One which is built from 90% aluminum. Since the iPhone 5, Apple has set a new trend of making their phones made from aluminum. No other phone, besides the HTC, can stand up to how well the phone is designed and built. The new iPhone 6 is a full aluminum body, very sleek and very thin. On the bottom of the phone are the charging port, the speakers, and headphone jack, which is good. The power button is on the right hand side of the phone now, since it is bigger, and on the left side is the same volume buttons and mute switch as well. The iPhone 6 is also remarkably thin. Holding the phone, with its rounded sides, lightweight, cold aluminum body, and small bezels really shows off how thin and well designed the phone is.The iPhone’s design makes it an incredibly light phone and the aluminum feels cold once you pick it up, giving the user an experience they won’t see anywhere else.
This is where iPhone gets demolished by Android devices. Apple’s business tactics have always been extremely deceiving. Don’t get me wrong, iPhones are quick phones. Occasionally, I’ll fool around with my parents iPhone 5S for the build quality but also for the speed. They’re fast phones for a reason though. Apple, every year, releases a new iOS and a new iPhone, both having little improvements over the old devices. People don’t recognize that these new improvements are so minor because Apple makes it seem revolutionary, and to Apple “fanboys”, any new feature is the greatest thing that has ever happened. These new iPhones are so fast simply because they put as little as possible into the iPhone hardware and software.
|LG G3 (2014)||iPhone 6 (2014)|
|Display: 1440 x 2560 QHD Screen with 538 Pixels Per Inch||Display: 750 x 1334 with 326 Pixels Per Inch|
|Processor: Snapdragon 801 Quad Core 2.5 GHz||Processor: Apple A8 Dual Core 1.4 GHz|
|Camera: 13MP Back facing camera with a 2.1MP Front facing camera||Camera: 8MP Back facing camera with a 1.2MP front facing camera|
|Battery: 3,000 mAh||Battery: 1,810 mAh|
|RAM: 3GB Ram||RAM: 1GB Ram|
|Storage: 32GB Storage with expandable storage up to 128GB||Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB with no expandable storage|
Now, obviously, the LG G3 is a 5.5” display and it would be more fair to compare it to the 6 Plus, but even then the 6 Plus is falling behind in specs and performance. Also, this is just one Android. Quarter 4 of 2014 there will be two massive phone releases that will blow the iPhones out of the water, the Nexus X and the Note 4. Unfortunately, Apple isn’t changing anytime soon, so if Android continues to do what they’re doing, they’re going to be dominating iPhones. Apple simply is cheap. They release the minimum of what they have so that the next year they can come out with something new and improved. Android, on the other hand, comes out with the latest of technology whenever they can get their hands on it, which has been making Android more and more successful each year a new phone and software update comes out. Overall, Apple needs to step it up. If they continue to release devices with small improvement in specs each year, over time Android will take the market in smartphones and Apple will be left with either completely changing the way they make their phones or floundering for a few sad customers.
The new iPhones are a step in the right direction. Apple has been losing to Android slowly. Both iPhones take a new step towards improving the iPhone line, and with iOS 8, processes are quick, fluent, and easy. The new aluminum design, as well as the size increase, make for a very well designed and built phone. Apple’s internal specs makes the phone feel fast, and it is, because of optimization. The new iPhones are very optimized and fast on the new iOS, like they are every year. However, Apple’s iPhones still lack powerful specs, which could help the phone be even faster and be able to last with future iOS updates. iOS is still closed source, and is still the same old iOS; simple and snappy. The new iPhone’s design is a step in the right direction. Bigger is better. A bigger screen allows for a more enjoyable experience. Unfortunately, Apple’s attempt to overcome Android and catch up to them failed; the new Android devices have been releasing 2K Screen resolutions, much more powerful processors, more Ram, access to external storage. Apple’s new approach to their iPhones and the new iOS 8 is going in the right direction, but overall, Apple still has a lot of improving to do for both the iOS and iPhones themselves.