Whenever a new Apple product is announced, the masses generally flock to their nearest Apple store (and for some that can be many miles away) to pick up the latest technology. Better, bigger screens; more advanced processors; lighter casing and components; and the promise of being the envy of your friends for at least a few weeks drive tens of thousands of people to buy new devices each year – but do you really need a new iPhone 6?
The new iPhone 6 comes in two sizes – the iPhone 6, which is noticeably larger than its predecessors, and the iPhone 6 Plus, which has been dubbed by some as a hybrid phone/tablet, or a “phablet.” The phones boast retina displays, faster processors, advanced voice technology for phone calls, and more user-friendly app interfaces possible to the larger screen size.
The iPhone 6 is impressive, and it is arguably the largest change to the iPhone since its initial design. However, if you have a functional iPhone 5, 5C, or 5S, you may not really need to go out and purchase a new device. I recently upgraded because my iPhone 5 was hardly working, and upon review, the faster processor is noticeable, but not revolutionary if your previous phone was in good shape. I’ve heard several times during phone calls that the voice quality is greatly improved, and I’m a fan of the thin, light design of the device. The most noticeable change in day to day use is, of course, the screen size. As someone who habitually reads on their phone, I’m a fan of the extra screen size and clear screen.
My verdict? The new features are nice, but I don’t consider them to be revolutionary enough to justify purchasing the phone out of a scheduled carrier upgrade. Paying full price for these upgrades might not be worth it, but when you do have an upgrade available, you’ll probably appreciate the new features.
We’d love to hear your opinion on the new iPhone 6. Tell us whether or not you have one or will be getting one and what you think!