Is the next iPhone worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by daniesy, Jul 5, 2015.

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Is the next iPhone worth it?

Poll closed Jul 12, 2015.
  1. Yep

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Nope

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  3. I like trains

    8 vote(s)
    72.7%
  1. daniesy macrumors member

    daniesy

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    #1
    Hey guys, i'm struggling with a question here. Is the next iPhone worth it? I have owned every iPhone model since the 3G, but lately i'm not so sure i want to continue to give Apple my hard earned money. I have two reasons to ask this:

    1. The hardware quality is rubbish: since the i4s, i've started having problems with my iPhones and i ended up making regular trips to my local apple reseller for replacements. I was happy that they had replaced my phones, until I found out that they were giving me refurbished devices. Long story short, last year i payed 800e for a new iPhone 6 only to have it replaced with a refurbished one after one week. (This happened with the 5s, 5 and iPad mini). I've already replaced the i6 7 times and it still has severe backlight bleed on the screen (and other problems).

    2. Software is full of bugs. Everybody knows this. It's a fact that Apple doesn't make software that just works. They still haven't fixed all the bugs introduced with iOS 7. Furthermore, many of the "cool" features aren't available in my country, while Google had them for years.

    I'm asking this because i have an opportunity to sell my phone in about a month. What is your opinion? What was your experience with Apple lately? Do you think Apple would improve or is the iPhone a waste of money instead of an investment?
     
  2. macs4nw, Jul 6, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2015

    macs4nw macrumors 601

    macs4nw

    #2
    I would submit that much like most ordinary cars, an iPhone is not an investment, but rather a tool. Investments are generally expected to gain value over time. I do not share your assertion that the last few years' hardware quality is rubbish. In my opinion, the overall quality of Apple's hardware products is as good as, or better than the industry average.

    I do agree that almost all new software, not just only Apple's, seems to be more buggy when first released, than it used to be, say five or ten years ago, no doubt because of exponentially increasing complexity. Something we probably have to live with.

    Should you buy the next iPhone? Rumors are the coming S versions of the current iPhone 6/6+ will be significant upgrades, but we'll have to see if those rumors pan out. For a person who values the possible newer features, and for whom the expense is no object, for sure the next iPhone will be worth it.

    For your particular situation, only you can answer that question. If you can get a 'good' price for your current iPhone a month from now, and being without a phone for a while is no problem, then sure, the best time to sell it is before the new hardware comes out. Good Luck!
     
  3. dollystereo, Jul 6, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2015

    dollystereo macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    I would say no to someone that has an iphone 6.
     
  4. firedept macrumors 603

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    I would have to say no considering the problems you have had with your current and previous iPhone's. Might even be time to consider different alternatives. I sure would not want to deal with the problems you have unfortunately had. My experience with Apple products has been good. I have been using the iPhone since the 3GS and have never had a bad phone. Same goes for all my other Apple products.

    You will need to make the final call though.
     
  5. \-V-/ Suspended

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    Considering none of us have seen it, I'd say that's a hard call to make ...

    And I voted for trains.
     
  6. daniesy thread starter macrumors member

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  7. daniesy, Jul 6, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2015

    daniesy thread starter macrumors member

    daniesy

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    #7
    Where do you live? I bought most of my devices from Spain.

    You're right about the investment part, i used a wrong expression.

    The hardware quality topic is mostly subjective. However, there were plenty of "gates" lately and if you check the Apple support forums, they're full of people who experience faults in the hardware of their phones. One of those people is me. When i said that the hardware is rubbish i was talking from a price/quality point of view. I find it unacceptable to have loose and rattling buttons or a screen with severe backlight bleed on a 800e phone. And it's sad to see that this is becoming the norm.

    I posted this question to find out what people's experience with the phone has been lately. I'm in a bad luck streak.
     
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    #8
    If you check any forum for any product they are full of people moaning (including this one) that is no indication of the satisfaction of the millions of happy users who never visit a forum in their lives. Apple sell 15 million phones a quarter their satisfaction ratings are the highest of any tech manufacturer, they make the best phones available, and give the best support. If you don't like them for whatever reason, fine, just buy something else.

    I am on my third iphone with the 6 and it's the best one yet.... My others (a 4 and a 5) are still in use for friends and family, not a single problem on any of them, along with many other friends using them for years with no issues at all. All of my friends with the 6 think it's the best yet, me included.
     
  9. firedept macrumors 603

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    I am in Canada. But it should not make any difference. Maybe I have been lucky in purchases.
     

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