Other Priorities in a Phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by krause734, Mar 12, 2018.

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Most Important?

  1. Unique Features

  2. Camera

  3. Speakers

  4. Screen

  5. Processor

  6. OS

  7. Battery Life

  8. Aesthetics

  9. Thin

  10. Other?

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  1. krause734 macrumors 6502a

    krause734

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    #1
    I am curious why people choose one phone over an other?
    Unique Features (iMessage, Facetime, etc.)
    Camera
    Speakers
    Screen Quality/Size
    Processor/Memory
    OS
    Battery Life
    Aesthetics
    Thin
    Other (describe)
     
  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I find it interesting that you didn’t mention either actual phone/calling performance nor durability.
     
  3. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    Believe it or not, actual phone calling is not even close to a top priority for me. I spend remarkably little time talking on the phone.
     
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    No, I definitely believe it, and it seems like the case for many users. It’s just interesting to me that’s where so many people find themselves with smartphones these days.
     
  5. jeyf macrumors 65816

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    LOWER COST
    REPAIR ABILITY FOR; BATTERY, DISPLAY OUTSIDE CASE...


    THESE WERE NOT ON THE OP's LIST

    having issues getting excited about cell phones; everyone owes one.
     
  6. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    Unless you are blessed with an unlimited income or parents who will pay for whatever you want - cost $$ is a factor in any purchase decision.
     
  7. mmomega macrumors 68030

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    My reasons have changed over the years, for example, the camera used to be one of the top functions I looked for with the phone updates.
    I have recently gotten more in to taking better photos and have 2 dedicated decent cameras that I keep with with a lot of the time. I noticed myself taking far less photos with my fun and with that noticed that the idea of updating to the very next phone has lessened.
    The X for me is already a very good looking and capable phone.
    I like the OLED, I like the size, I like the asthetics, the speed.

    I have upgraded every single year on day one release from the initial iPhone and the 3GS is the only iPhone I skipped.
    Starting with the 6Plus I started maxxing out memory to the highest available.

    Having all of the Plus phones and now back to the X size. I just like that weight and form factor so much better, I don't think Apple will pull me back to a phablet sized phone, at least not for this next upgrade cycle.

    So now, iOS, features, display take top priority.
    Also, since my preferences ahve shifted, I can potentially take that $1,000-$1,200 upgrade cost and put it towards new camera equipment.
     
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    I'm the opposite. I spend more time talking, although texting is more for me.

    My wife though…almost 500 minutes so far this billing period and we're only halfway through.
     
  9. DNichter, Mar 12, 2018
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    DNichter macrumors G3

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    I look at a platform more so than just a phone. Hardware is not very relevant anymore as eventually we'll just have thin slabs of glass and metal. I look at performance, security, privacy, apps, ecosystem, and support as the main drivers for why I would stay with a platform. Currently is the best when it comes to these areas. I am open to change though if a competitor was able to execute at a better level.
     
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Other:

    Security and iOS are my reasons. Hardware between competitors actually is excellent in a lot of ways. For me when it comes down to is the simplicity and communication with iOS between my other devices with my iPad, Apple Watch, AirPods come etc.

    In today’s world where information is consistently being compromised, I value Apples stance on security and that is one main reason why I also choose the iPhone.
     
  12. Rhonindk macrumors 68040

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    I would also suggest "Operability".
    If it is hard to operate and/or the OS apps are problematic this would either be a For or Against.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 12, 2018 ---
    Curious ... What is your major use?
    For myself calls represent about 40% of my daily use.
     
  13. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    Email and text messages, social media apps, health apps, financial apps, home automation, reminders, calendar... and so on. I use my phone quite a bit, but I made exactly one call today and received five junk calls I didn't answer. (If you ain't in my address book, I've got a low-key ringtone that I ignore. Honest callers leave a message. Robocallers almost never do.
     
  14. thisismyusername, Mar 12, 2018
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    thisismyusername macrumors 6502

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    My most important factors are (in order):
    * price
    * is it locked and/or will my carrier gimp my phone in any way (e.g. will they disable wifi calling for some stupid reason).
    * OS version it can run and how long I think it will be supported (not much of a factor for iPhones but it is when looking at Android phones).
    * physical dimensions (I prefer smaller phones)
    * storage capacity (mostly only a factor when looking at cheaper iPhones since Androids tend to allow you to expand it).

    What's not a factor for me, is whether it runs iOS or not.
     
  15. krause734 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That seems to be a given these days and somewhat carrier dependent. I admit I though of what is most important to me and I rarely talk on the phone and I assume almost all phones are pretty good at that nowadays. Everyone has a case now for durability and I haven't noticed a large difference in Android/iOS being more fragile.
     
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  17. IowaLynn macrumors 65816

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    Health monitoring. Insurance may even find it cost effective and help defray cost of $1,000 phone or phone + watch.

    Interesting that potassium levels can be monitored soon without having to go in for a blood sample. Many other areas opening up in field of medicine.
     
  18. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Attracting the Apple ladies with the latest iPhone. That is like job 1. :eek:

    In all seriousness, I would have to go with function, unique features, and aesthetics.
     
  19. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 604

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    My priorities are:

    1. Small device. Plus models don’t interest me in the slightest.
    2. Phone, text, email and social media are my primary uses.
    3. iOS and it’s continuity.
    4. Cost. Not interested in paying over a grand to get what I can get in a much cheaper iPhone.
     
  20. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Probably a feature my wife would not care for. ;)
     
  21. turbineseaplane macrumors 601

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    How does this poll not have form factor/physical size as literally the first option?

    It's essentially the first step (or at least a very important one) in deciding on which iPhone/phone from the get go.
     
  22. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    I have to agree, E. You might find yourself in the doghouse. o_O
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    In terms of the iPhone SE with the form factor and physical size, I agree. That’s something that’s likely really important for those who don’t want a larger iPhone for carrying and portability.
     
  24. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    She's Mexican. I might be wishing it was just the doghouse at some point. :D
     

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