We don’t usually talk about smartphones at SpeedUpMyPCFree.com. Instead, we talk about speeding up your PC (hence the name).
But every once in a while, it’s important to weigh in on the latest tech trends because, well, we run a tech blog. And that’s why I’m here to tell you 6 reasons why you should reconsider buying an iPhone 6:
6) It’s years behind Androids in terms of water-resistance and moisture protection
The iPhone has never had a great reputation for durability. In fact, it’s mostly had a bad reputation for durability.
Apple has alleviated some of that reputation by charging its users $100 for AppleCare – a fancy name for the extended warranty. Yes, that’s the same extended warranty that most people think is a “scam” at the Best Buy checkout counter.
Well, prepare to buy AppleCare with your iPhone 6 because Apple has done little to improve the durability of its devices.
Many modern Androids offer IP67 protection ratings – which means they can stay submerged under one meter of water for thirty minutes with no ingress of moisture.
Apple has never released the IP rating for its iPhones. As you can see from the bubbles rising up in this video, Apple clearly doesn’t care about water-resistance.
And why should they care when they make hundreds of millions from AppleCare every year?
Anyways, if you want your phone to be protected from water (although not quite waterproof), smartphones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z2 are three excellent options. The iPhone 6, however, is not.
5) Overheating issues
One thing Apple has always been good at is making cool-looking smartphones.
The iPhone 6 is a very thin, sleek, and – yes – sexy smartphone. Unfortunately, that thinness comes at a price: iPhone users around the world are complaining of iPhone 6 overheating issues. The same slim form factor that gives the iPhone 6 its sexy frame appears to have caused some serious overheating problems.
Meanwhile, users of previous iPhones who upgraded to iOS8 are also experiencing overheating issues and battery life problems. Did Apple deliberately do this to encourage upgrading to the iPhone 6? Maybe.
But in any case, the iPhone 6 is facing some noticeable heat issues just days after release, with one MacRumors.com member saying: “I couldn’t even hold the phone.”
4) Low resolutions on the iPhone 6
The iPhone 6 Plus has an acceptable 1080p resolution. Flagship Androids from 2013 and 2014 have all used 1080×1920 (1080p) resolution. In fact, some of the best Androids from 2014 – like the LG G3 and Note 4 – have upgraded to qHD resolution, or 2560×1440.
The iPhone 6, however, is stuck all the way back at 1334×750 resolution and 326PPI. The iPhone 6 Plus has 401PPI on its 1080p screen, which is significantly better.
Still, neither of those specs really compare to modern Androids. The Nexus 5 has a 1080p display and a pixel density of 445 (released in October 2013), while the HTC One (m8) has a 441PPI and a 1080p display.
Apple of course, still uses LCD screens while Samsung uses OLEDs.
Apple’s displays – which are actually made by Samsung – have always looked good. But when put against modern Androids, it’s not even a fair comparison.
3) Same old 8MP camera
One of the most amazing parts of smartphones is the wide range of cameras available. Nokia continues catering to photographers with its 41MP Lumia 1020 camera – capable of taking some truly amazing shots.
The Galaxy S5 has a 16MP camera while even lower-end devices like the Nexus 5 shoots at 12MP. Many modern Androids have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) along with 3MP+ front-facing cameras and enough lens options and features to satisfy amateur smartphone photographers.
The iPhone 6 camera is good, but far from great. It features the same 8MP lens. Although it has OIS and 240fps slow motion video recording, it’s still a merely average phone when compared to its Android competitors.
2) 1GB of RAM
Both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have just 1GB of RAM. Now, on Android phones, 1GB of RAM would be unacceptable: the phone would be virtually unusably slow when running modern apps and processes.
But on iOS 8, 1GB of RAM isn’t devastating. It’s not great, but it’s not the end of the world easier. Still, you’re going to run into serious performance issues if you try to multi-task on the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.
1) The same old battery life problems
Early battery life tests for the iPhone 6 are not good. And to be honest, most tech analysts saw battery life problems coming from a mile away.
Why? Well, the iPhone 6 has a larger, higher resolution screen than its predecessors. Its battery, however, is only marginally larger than the battery on the iPhone 5S.
The iPhone 6 Plus features a larger battery, but it’s not nearly as large as the other phablets in its class – 2,800mAh compared to 3,000+ mAh batteries on the Note 3 and Note 4.
Apple appeared to be so embarrassed about the iPhone 6’s weak battery that it refused to disclose battery spec information: forcing iFixIt.com to tear apart the iPhone to discover what was inside (this was also how we found out the iPhone only has 1GB of RAM – Apple refused to talk about it).
Conclusion – People will still buy it
Some people don’t like Android for its interface. Other people will buy Apple products till they die. Ultimately, the iPhone 6 is a disappointment to many people, but it’s still going to sell tens of millions of units.
But at some point, Apple’s marketing magic will run out and even diehard iPhone users will realize that, compared to its competitors, the iPhone is just no longer an industry-leading phone in any categories.
In fact, it’s already started to happen. Check out this scathing review one diehard iPhone user gave the “unusable” iPhone 6.