Offering better value for money in the iPhone X

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you’ll know that I’m not the biggest fan of the iPhone X. I feel that pricing it where they have is making some uses move onto payment plans and take out unnecessary credit to get it. It also sets a precedence that if you want the best iPhone available you have to spend over £1000.  

Regardless of what I think Apple doesn’t care about that, it’s a business looking after it’s bottom line. We have to remember that under Tim Cook profits and revenue is soaring and wherever they can make money off us loyal users they will. Between watch bands and dongles it’s pretty obvious that Apple sometimes takes away practically to give itself an avenue to make more money.

I’m still sceptical about the loss of the headphone jack. It sometimes feels like it was just a way to sell AirPods. Regardless we are here to talk about the iPhone X.  

With the introduction of the X, Apple has a line up that starts at £349 and tops out at £1,149. That’s got a lot of bases covered and I think that it’s a great range of iPhones to cater for most needs. 

On paper that range seems ok, but where I feel Apple is taking us for a ride is when we get to looking at value for money. Someone smarter than me could explain why Apple have dropped the 128GB storage option for both the 8 and X. 

128GB is a great middle ground and proved best value for money in my opinion. Most people use iCloud and some kind of streaming music service but not everyone stores their pictures in the cloud. Offering 64GB as a starting point on the 8 and X, which both offer high quality video and pictures isn’t enough and just forces people to spend that extra £150 to get 256GB.

Offering an iPhone with just 64GB at £999 isn’t good value for money. 

This problem could go away with one simple change. Apple should offer you as much free storage as you need to store all of your photos, just like Google. 

Offering this service would be a good initiative to get more users backing up their photos but also take away the need for a lot of us (me included) to spend money on extra storage we might not need. 

What do you think? 

Why I’m not buying an iPhone X

Now that the excitement of the latest iPhone announcement is out of the way I’m looking at the iPhone X with a fresh pair of eyes.

Before the event I thought there is no way I can justify spending north of £1000 on an iPhone that will likely be replaced in a year or two. But seeing the technology last night I forgot these feelings and decided that the X was for me.

Now I’ve had the chance to think about it more (and owning a 7 already) I’ve come to the conclusion that the X isn’t going to be an iPhone I’ll be getting this year.

Here are some of the thoughts bubbling in my mind.

It’s my main computer

It’s the device I use the most out of all my tech. I use it for writing, taking the majority of my photos and keeping up to date with people. In one way it is worth as much to me as my iMac or MacBook. It’s the computer I have with me almost all the time.

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Design

I’m not a huge fan of the design. The black looks best to me but that black sensor area is going to bug me. The notch as it’s been named by some seems to get in the way of content when in landscape mode. It’ll hide video behind it and scrolling lists are still being figured out by developers.

I also use reachability a lot on my iPhone 7. This goes away with the X and I like to use my phone in one hand. This will not be possible with the X.

The materials chosen with glass back and metal sides will offer more grip than the existing 7. But having used a Samsung with similar construction it will feel slippery in cold conditions and fall off a couch arm. I have the jet black iPhone 7 and it’s the best feeling iPhone since the days of the 3G. The X isn’t going to feel as good.

It’s the price of my MacBook, 5K TV and 5K iMac

Yup, if I get the 256GB model it’ll be the same price that I paid for my 12” MacBook, our new TV or family iMac.

That’s let me step back and look at the money for what it is. Yes, it’s a computer in my pocket but how can it be the same as a 4K HDR 55” TV?

Personally I don’t agree with Apple creating this new price point so that they raise the average selling point of an iPhone.

I’m voting with my wallet this time to let them know I don’t want them to set a precedence for an elitist iPhone.

Is faceID better than touchID?

I’m concerned about losing touchID for faceID.

There are so many occasions where my iPhone is unlocked before it even gets to my face using touchID. It’ll be slower and less convenient using faceID.

Apple Pay is going to be weird too having to look at the screen before making a purchase in store.

I just don’t see that it’ll be more convenient for me.

In summary

So, I’m not buying an X.  It’ll be the first year since the 5S I’ve not bought a new iPhone.

Don’t get me wrong the tech looks cool but I am at the point I don’t want to send a signal to Apple that £1400 is ok. I’m looking at that amount with the 256GB+case+Apple Care.

If it’s your main computer and you can look beyond the notch I think it’ll be a good iPhone but it’s not for me.

Also, where’s the 128GB??

How to get iOS 11 early

iOS 11 is coming to everyone 19th September but if you can’t wait then go here

I signed up for the public beta and all is good so far.  

How to sell your iPhone 7

It’s not long before the new iPhone is released so you may want to sell your existing one to help fund it.  

I’ve bought and sold quite a few iPhones over the years so wanted to share my experience.  

My advice is to use a company that specifically buys gear. I use Music Magpie who make it really straight forward. Get a price online then they even arrange the courier. 

There are other companies out there but I’ve found these guys to be the easiest to deal with. 

If you are ok with potential hassle for a bit more money then selling privately is another option. Avoid Facebook marketplace and Gumtree as these get the most time wasters in my experience. Selling to a friend or using eBay is probably the best avenue.   

Personally I prefer to get a little less money and none of the hassle so use a service like Music Magpie.