The news media has been awash with reviews and comments on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. they’re talking about all the great new things great new features included in the 6 and 6+, as well as new features of iOS8.
But,why should we even consider a new iPhone at this point?
If you got a working iPhone (or other phone) that you’re happy with, then don’t get a new one.
If you got an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 5S, you got a fantastic phone — an iPhone 6 is a little bigger, a little faster internally — does that justify the cost of an upgrade?
You can make calls with your current phone, you can text with it, you can type text, if it’s an iPhone 4S or later, you can use Siri to do speech to text.
You can take photos pictures with your camera — pictures far better than many, many of the cameras available in recent years. Your phone is with you, but cameras are better for composing and taking good shots.
You can play music with your current iPhone or other smartphone. You can play videos. You can play YouTube videos.
Unless you bought the cheapest model, you got lots of memory, and don’t need a lot more unless you’re trying to put your whole music collection on it. Or download and store a bunch of videos.
Why would you even want to consider signing up for a new two-year contract when you have a fine working phone?
On the plus side, in addition to having a slightly faster processor, maybe more memory, a little better resolution, it does have faster wireless network speed with 802.11ac (as well as b, g and n). On the other hand, does your wireless router do 802.11ac? Most don’t…
So, if you got an iPhone 5S, there doesn’t seem to be any driving need to upgrade to the iPhone 6.
If you have issues with your 5S’s performance, or unless you can pass the 5S to someone in the family who needs to upgrade an older phone, then it might make some sense.
If you got an iPhone 5 does it make sense to upgrade to a six? I would say yes based on my experience upgrading from a five or 5S
So what am I going to do?
This exercise in contrarianism wasn’t convincing enough — it hasn’t changed my thoughts. I’ll take a day of vacation on Friday, and I plan to be in line when the AT&T store opens Friday morning.