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iPhone 6: Underwhelming, And Overhyped

Posted on September 9, 2014 Comments

It’s September, and it’s the day of Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event. The media blitz is abound about the release of a new Apple product just like it always is. In just two weeks millions of Apple fans will be lining up out the door to toss their iPhone 5/5s for 6. I should preface this by saying that I own an iPhone 4 and have for 3 or 4 years now, which is a long time. iOS 7 and 8 are really great. So I’m not an Apple hater. But the hype is strong with this release today. I’ve been scoping getting a new smartphone and have been on the fence… but today’s release means I’ll be switching to Android.

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I’m looking at the “iPhone 6 Plus” as well, because the regular iPhone 6 is a joke(4.7″, non HD resolution – are you kidding?).  The release of the iPhone 6 Plus is underwhelming, and doesn’t feel innovative in the slightest. They’re simply playing catch-up with the market. I’ll explain why by comparing it to phones like S5, and the Moto X soon to be released which have already been out for a while.

Apple is finally matched with Samsung Galaxy S5 and Moto X since they increased increased the screen size to the 5.x” category – at 5.5″ – not bad, but this is nothing to write home about. For years they insisted iPhone 5 was the perfect size and wasn’t going to be changed. That just wasn’t the case – we do too much our on smartphones, a bigger screen is necessary and this (finally) is an admission of that.

The A8 processor will really give the iPhone a big boost over the Snapdragon’s found in most of the android phones. I don’t really see a processor upgrade like this as something to gush over. It’s natural progression of processor technology. I expected that the iPhone 6 would have a significantly better processor than the current gen android phones which came before it, so no surprise here.

About the screen: the iPhone 6 Plus is 1920×1080 (401 ppi) – which they call “Retina HD” – great. But we’ve had that already (and slightly better) with S5 at 920 x 1080 (430 ppi), and Moto X is the same. Oooh, shiny new screen though. Really nothing to write home about here, just more playing catch up.

The camera in iPhone 6 is amazing, fresh, and new. Oh… wait, iPhone 6’s camera is the same as iPhone 5s’s rear camera at 8MP! Or should I say “8MP iSight w/ TrueTone flash.” Let’s just cut the marketing buzz words and call it for what it is: an 8MP camera. The iPhone 4’s rear camera is 5MP.  So in ~4 years time, since the iPhone 4 was released in 2010, the best Apple does it is increase it by 3MP. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S5 has a 16MP camera, and Moto X 13MP. I actually take a lot of cell phone photos, so the camera quality is important to me. Either way, for what I consider to be a premium phone – at 8MP, what a joke.

My next rant is going to be about the pricing and base model space. iPhone 6 Plus will cost $299/$399/$499 for the 16/64/128gb. 16GB for $299 is a huge disappointment when the S5 is $199-$150 for the same thing. For that price I would have expected 32GB to be the base version. But instead they completely cut out the 32GB version. See what they did there? 16GB by today’s standards is really nothing. Even a modest amount of pictures, movies, and music can fill that. But since no 32GB version is even being offered – Apple users are going to have to spend $100 more to get anything decent. There’s such a huge gap here – my guess is that they didn’t want to lose sales of the 64GB version, so offering a 32GB would be a huge mistake.

It is a shame that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is just a “me too” phone. Don’t worry, Apple will still make record profits and sell these like hotcakes. But anyone willing to take some time to research can clearly see that it is not some godly smartphone with crazy new innovative features. You’re just paying more for less.