iPhone 6: Say Goodbye to Your Android Phones

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 (left) and iPhone 6 Plus (right)

September 19th, 2014 marked the introduction of the newest and most talked about Apple products; the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This release is this biggest in Apple’s history, shattering pre-order sales for the iPhone 5s by over two million units. With such staggering sales numbers so early, many people are asking, will this be the year that Apple asserts its dominance over Android based phones?

iPhone 6 vs 6 Plus: How Do They Differ?

Following last year’s release of two iPhone models, the 5s and 5c, Apple stuck to its strategy of offering two different options to entice more consumers to upgrade their current device. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released alongside each other, and each appeals to a different customer base due to key differences between them.

Size

The most noticeable difference between the two devices is the size discrepancy. At 4.7 inches, the smaller iPhone 6 is still much larger than its predecessors. Ditching the small, delicate frame of previous generations, Apple decided to scale up its flagship device to be more competitive with Android phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5. Going one-step further, the 6 Plus is a whopping 5.5 inches and is comparable in size to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Screen Resolution

In order to take full advantage of the impressive 5.5 inch screen, the larger phablet device sports a dazzling 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution capable of playing videos in full high definition. This combination of a large screen and high screen resolution makes the 6 Plus the perfect device on which to play games, watch movies, and browse the Internet. The iPhone 6, on the other hand, sports a lower resolution of 1334 x 750. This may seem significantly lower than the 6 plus, but the key measure of pixels per inch reaches 326. This is the value at which it is believed the human eye can no longer separate pixels.

Battery Life

Battery life is a key selling point for almost all phone buyers. Customers will be ecstatic to know that the newest Apple devices have improved battery lives that allow users to talk, text, and watch movies longer than ever before. The Six has received a large boost to 14 hours of talk time, as well as 11 hours of Wi-Fi surfing. Even more impressively, the 6 Plus is capable of an incredible 24 hours of talk time and 12 hours of Wi-Fi surfing. Also impressive is the standby time of the two devices; 10 and 16 days respectively.

Price

Being premium devices, the new iPhones will cost as much as you would expect, with the smaller phone costing about $100 less than the larger version due to the smaller size. The 16GB devices run roughly $200 for the smaller version and $300 for the larger version. The highest capacity phones, boasting an astounding 128GB of memory, have debuted at approximately $400 and $500 respectively with a renewed contract.

Which Phone Should You Buy?

Ultimately, the decision between the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes down to personal preference.

Reasons to Buy the iPhone 6

  1. It is smaller, and thus fits better in pockets and purses
  2. It is much easier to use one-handed, which many customers find appealing
  3. Although the screen resolution is not quite as good, it is still a beautiful screen that will display any images and videos crisply and clearly.

Reasons to Buy the iPhone 6 Plus

  1. The larger phone size makes two-handed use feel very natural
  2. The increased screen size makes playing games and watching movies enjoyable
  3. A brilliant full high definition display allows users to witness the true beauty of videos images
  4. Due to the larger size, activities such as typing word documents become easy to accomplish
  5. Greatly increased battery life, especially talk time, compared to its smaller sibling
  6. Owning this phone is almost like owning a tablet and a phone combined, making it unnecessary to own both, and thus saving money.

Regardless of which phone you choose to buy, you cannot choose incorrectly. Either choice would be a great upgrade to your current device.

Apple or Android: Which is Better?

Waiting in line for the new iPhone 6
Waiting in line for the new iPhone 6

The competition between Apple and Android has been raging for several years. With the very diverse selection of Android phones from companies such as Samsung, LG, and Motorola, Apple has faced an uphill battle. Android began offering larger phones years ago, which many consumers wanted. Other features such as the Swype keyboard and more customizability have kept many Android users loyal. With this new generation, Apple has taken great steps towards closing the gap. Offering not only a larger phone, but a phablet as well, the drastic difference in screen sizes has now vanished. In addition, both new phones from Apple feature the Swype keyboard as a texting option, and iOS8 further expands on the customizability that iOS7 brought to the table. Another key selling point for the iPhones over Android devices is the picture quality of the camera. Apple’s devices take pictures that many consider superior to those of Android devices, despite the camera megapixels being lower. This can be attributed to the sensors used by Apple, as well as various other technologies that differ between the cameras of iPhones and Android phones. This generation the choice has become clear: the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus should be the choice for virtually any smartphone user.

The Bottom Line

Whether consumers place emphasis on a lightweight, portable device that still performs at top quality levels, or a larger phone capable of streaming movies and playing games in high definition, the new iPhones from Apple fit the mold. With longer battery life, better screen resolution, and more options than before, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have already shatter previous sales records. It is clear that more than just diehard Apple fans are excited about the new devices, but that more Android users have decided to make the switch as well. The days of Android are over, as Apple and their iPhone 6 will now reign as the top smartphone on the market.

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How to choose the right smartphone the smart way

How to Choose the Right Smartphone the Smart Way

It wouldn’t be wrong if I say that smartphones have managed to give a new dimension to our lives, and have actually changed our lifestyles big time. The reason behind this statement is the fact that we have become increasingly dependent on smartphones, as they offer things we just cannot refuse.

Smartphones have made our lives extraordinarily easier. They help us do so many important things regardless of where we ever. They have made managing our business and connecting to our loved ones exceptionally easier and perfectly normal.

However, regardless of the benefits they come with, choosing the right smartphone can be a tricky task for sure. Some people feel that a higher price means a better smartphone for them, but it may be nowhere near it indeed. An ideal smartphone is rather a subjective matter and hence a right smartphone may mean different products for different people.

There are some important factors you can keep in mind though, while going out to find the right smartphone for you. They are:

Identifying the need

This is indeed the most basic and important things to analyze before deciding on a smartphone. As the features of different smartphones varies, it is important to decide on what one expects or needs from a smartphone or what things he would need to get done using one on a regular basis. Also, these are pretty expensive things so don’t go wasting tons of cash on buying something very costly which you want be able to use to the fullest. Instead, match the features of various smartphones with your needs. This will be a much more effective option to shortlist some smartphones to choose the best one from.

Just for an example, imagine that you just need to make and receive calls, and send and receive messages and emails from your smartphone. In such a case, you won’t need something with a long list of features, but rather something that is –

  • Lightweight – Will make it comfortable while calling, messaging and emailing frequently.
  • Has a considerable screen size – Will make it easier to type messages and emails quickly.
  • Comes with the latest Internet options – If you need to log in and out of your mail account quite often, then you may be looking for getting a smartphone that supports the fastest versions of the Internet like the 4G and similar ones.

The other features someone who is looking for the perfect smartphone out there according to his needs may need are:

  • Sharing photos and videos: If you are someone who likes connecting with your friends the perfect way, you may need a smartphone that allows installation of apps that in turn, allow you to share photos and videos for free, and in a quick way. Even a 4G or such type of Internet enabled smartphone will be needed, as sharing these things, especially the videos, is not possible over a slower Internet connection.
  • Photogenic? Need something more then: Yes, if you are someone that loves to click photos every now and then you need a smartphone that comes with an exceptionally high quality camera. You may even need a front camera, so consider that as well.
  • Need one for business needs? There’s a lot for you as well: If you are someone who needs to travel a lot and still keep in touch with the ins and outs of your business, then a smartphone that comes with a lot of pre-installed useful business and finance apps is the way to go. Such apps may include the ones that allow you to view and edit Microsoft word and excel files, besides many others. They may also help you save a lot of bucks buying such extremely costly paid apps. Also, you may prefer a good type of smartphone keyboard as well, coming with a wide arrange of auto correct and auto suggest words, enabling you to type considerably faster.

Choosing the best brand

There is a reason why smartphone buyers throughout the world place so much importance on choosing the best or most reputed and popular smartphone brand. A better brand simply equals higher quality, and can be quite long lasting. You obviously don’t want to go with something that will cease working or encounter various problems within a very short period of time. One of the other important things to look for is customer service. You may want to go with a brand offering superior after sales customer service rather than one that follows a sell and forget method.

Thinking around that word called “Budget

Well, there is no use trying to search for the best one offered by the most popular or reputed brands and coming with features that leaves you gazing open mouthed at it, if its price is something far within the reach of your budget. Unless you are willing to throw loads of cash on the table, consider going with a smartphone that is cheap, but comes with the important features you need and a great customer service all the same.

Picking the right operating system

A few years back, this point is something one wouldn’t give a damn about. However, with the advent of various different operating systems over the past few years, which come with their own share of pros and cons, it has become one of the most important things to consider as well. If you are someone buying a good smartphone for the first time, then the general advice always happen to be going with the newbie friendly Android operating system. A newbie never usually goes wrong with it. However, if you are someone using Android for years now and need a break big time, then Apple’s iOS, Blackberry OS, or even the Windows OS won’t disappoint you. How to choose the perfect one from these? Again, it’s a subjective matter. Do not forget the fact that deciding on a smartphone is a highly subjective matter so forget about getting specific and perfect advices from your friends or even the Internet.

Regardless of how subjective choosing a right smartphone is, the above given tips are sure to help anyone looking to buy a smartphone for the first time, or looking to experience a change by replacing his current one.

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iPhone 6: What to Expect

What to Expect from the Apple iPhone 6

The iPhone 6 is on its way. While it’s still a mystery what it will look like or when exactly it will arrive in stores, the lack of details hasn’t done anything to dent the immense anticipation for the next edition of Apple’s smartphone. With so many rumors going around, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here’s a look at some of the more plausible speculation regarding the design, features, and release date of the next iPhone.

Screen Size

Apple has continued to keep quiet on what consumers can expect from the iPhone 6, but just about every report out there has a source saying the new iPhone will be larger than its predecessors. In addition, it has been widely reported by Mac Rumors, CNET, MezzoLogic SEO, that the smartphone will come in two varieties: one with a 4.7 inch display and the other with a 5.5 inch display.

There is plenty to support these rumors even without official confirmation. Smartphone size has been gradually increasing, with Apple falling behind compared to some of the offerings in the market such as the Galaxy S5 from rival Samsung with a 5.1 inch screen. A larger screen on the new iPhone would let Apple catch up to Samsung and keep pace with consumer expectations regarding display size.

It’s also not a stretch to expect two versions of the iPhone 6. This rumor is fueled by the fact that Apple did exactly this last year when it released the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C simultaneously. Presumably the 5.5 inch model would replace the 5S as the flagship phone, while the 4.7 inch would take over from the 5C as the slightly lower priced alternative.

Design

Beyond screen size, there has been plenty of other speculation about the design of the iPhone 6. The device is expected to be both lighter and thinner than previous models and feature little or no bezels. One popular rumor is that Apple will use Sapphire glass in the iPhone 6. The company recently opened a new factory to produce the scratch-resistant and apparently indestructible glass, which suggests it has big plans for it and what could be bigger than the new iPhone?

Rounded corners and the relocation of the power button to the side of the phone are also expected.

On a more unlikely note, there has been some talk about the smartphone coming with a curved screen or even a wraparound display that goes over the sides of the device to provide touch controls and notifications. While an Apple patent suggests such a thing may be coming at some point in the future, it probably won’t be included in the iPhone 6.

Features

Every great phone has to have some cool features and the iPhone 6 is no exception. Aside from coming with the recently revealed iOS 8 operating system, the phone will also see a better 10-megapixel camera with improved image stabilization. The device could also include an NFC chip for mobile payments as well as wireless charging, though of course we won’t know for sure until Apple unveils the phone. For users who like to stick with wires, the company has reportedly been testing a reversible USB cable that works no matter which way it is plugged in.

On the storage front, Apple is expected to add a new option for 128GB internal storage. Previous iPhones have only been available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, but the company does offer 128GB iPads, which makes this rumor a definite possibility. Some optimistic folks have speculated that Apple may offer expandable storage through the use of SD cards, but this is one feature that almost certainly won’t make an appearance due to Apple’s preference for fixed storage options and iCloud.

Price

Nothing is guaranteed until Apple announces it, but the pricing for the iPhone 6 is expected to be in line with the last generation.

Release Date

Apple has favored fall releases for its smartphones in the past and the company is thought to be planning a September announcement for the iPhone 6 followed by a release date soon after. Some reports have named September 19 as the launch day, though Apple has not confirmed or denied anything. If true, that still leaves plenty of time for more speculation on what we can expect to see from the next generation of iPhones.

 

 

 

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