iPhone 8 - Switch or Stay - A necessary -in a parked car- unboxing
Well, it was time: This week was upgrade-my-cell-phone week. My very friendly cell company, I believe, ran a computer script and found that lots of my extra services / numbers for my many occasions and business projects qualified me for a discount on future hardware. Pair this with Black Friday, and I put on my new cell phone hat !
Until today I have been rocking an iPhone SE (most people know it as a silver iPhone 5). I actually have heard many good things about it, and have mostly good things to say about it, but, the font on a 4 inch Steve Jobs era phone does require eye squint, and, and with the newly found aviation phase of my life = Upgrade justified :)
First impressions, wow, this phone is a quality piece of hardware. The moving parts have all been minimized, and although the curmudgeon in me yells "give me back my physical keyboard and removable battery" but my gut says "it's good". On a separate thought: do I need it or do I want it ?
Almost too nice. The beautiful glass on the back and soft edges actually push this phone to jewlery status as opposed to a device that literally runs my life. This phone gets tossed down on desks, merged into pockets with keys, change and other abrasive objects, which will start the timer on when this device will be retired (hopefully after my contract ends).
I always felt that I could toss my iPhone SE around a little, and she would continue to tick well for me. There was also the incident when I left my phone next to my friend's iphone 6 normal unattended on the bar counter for a moment, and his was stolen and my old form factor with new hardware allowed me to hide it in plain sight and maintain ownership.
Will I be sad once the NEW iPhone SE comes out in several months ? Probably not since the SE is still the less privileged Apple citizen and is not bound to be given the power it deserves, but, my rhetoric is slowing fading as I enjoy my new iPhone 8 form factor anyway !
So the question is "why iPhone ?" -> let’s go through the “aye’s” and “nay’s” to help you either switch or stay:
Nay: No back button
My girlfriend really doesn’t understand my mental capacity of not having a back button. I’m sure there is a patent somewhere floating around in someone's mind, because I agree with her.
Nay: No start camera button
Android allows to start the camera with the home button, #appleResolution: Start a kick-starter for Apple to give them money to pay damages to Android for the apparent patent that Android must have (why else do they not do this?).
Nay: No headphone jack
This would be an Aye if the connector would be USBC like the Macbook pro, so at least I could use my headphones on my computer and vice-versa. But I now have dedicated headphones for my computer and separate ones for my phone. #apple. Resolution: Add iPhone connector to Macbook pros OR change iPhone connector to USBC.
Aye: Battery life
The battery is amazing, probably because of the optimizations it can do a single hardware line. But I do find it worth it that my battery does go that extra little bit.
So with the price of good Android hardware now mimicking Apple, it is no longer just about money but more about the features that need to be fully analyzed. My thought is to start with iPhone and then review the features or ‘break-it points’, and then pull back to choosing an android for your device.
My advice: Don’t waste time on cheap hardware and opt-out of the most expensive hardware (unless your life stress is not about money but instead about time).
-> I follow this mantra and I save myself time and stress.
So whether you're going for the Blue team or the Red team (not sure which colours would be associated with iPhone or Android…or if we should include more colours for Blackberry and Ubuntu phones), -> support our ecomony and buy a new phone of whatever colour and persuasion...