Perhaps I am all “Technologied” out and needing a break or have hit “the wall”, but I can’t muster any enthusiasm about my next smartphone choice and I am now 9 months out of contract and counting, without a clue about what I want to get next phone wise.
I convinced myself recently I wanted the iPhone 6+, having a 4s already, its a bit of a struggle the small screen, that coupled with the battery life not being great (its in the cycle of getting less and less time out of each supposed full charge now), everything else is pleasant enough, luckily with Apple, I am tight enough not to waste hordes of cash on its locked in ecosystem, most of my apps are free aside from their own productivity apps (which they nowadays give away free with new phones – Grrr).
Seeing the new iphone that a couple of my friends had now gotten shows that its a very impressive handset, it fits everything I was looking for and more, in that it had iOS on a much larger screen, it takes impressive pictures and the round edges to the device make it better for me than the previous blocky iPhone 5 styling, so I look at how much its likely to cost me, which is where it gets horrible I find.
All of the options in the UK for this seem to make for horrific reading and are pretty much identical between the networks, even with a hefty upfront deposit – £149 for the 64gb model, on top of that my existing provider bill would be nearly £60 per month for the model, which makes it immediately expensive and off putting, (I have a “limit” in my mind of £40 a month being the top end I would pay for any phone full stop).
The 16gb storage option might as well be withdrawn as a “non-option” if their recent iOS updates have been anything to go by, that is nowadays a ridiculously small amount of storage, I don’t want to have to backup, delete data off my phone and update, before restoring for any update and I couldn’t help but wonder where the 32gb option is, as usual Apples choices remain a mystery to their customers.
I don’t intend to update my current 4s past 7.1.2 as I have seen an abundance of videos too showing how frustratingly slow it would become under iOS8 and the thought of Android again fills me with a bit of dread, though there are some very decent handsets available with the same screen size, though I am mainly tempted to jump networks and go SIM only as well for the first time, better to pay £18/20 a month than three times that for a phone.