That means we’re rapidly approaching one of the most popular times of the year for people buying a new phone.
First up, Samsung will be releasing the Galaxy Note 9 later this month.
Next month, it’s Apple’s time to shine, with THREE rumoured new iPhones in 5.8", 6.1" and 6.5" sizes.
October should see Google’s heavy-hitter with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
So… anyone intending to pick up something new? If so, what?
Galaxy Note 9
iPhone 2018 (5.8")
iPhone 2018 (6.1")
iPhone 2018 (6.5")
Pixel 3 XL
I’m not getting a new phone this year
I personally have two contracts which started a year apart, so I upgrade one each year. Last year I upgraded one of them to the Pixel 2 XL, so this year it’s the iPhone contract which is expiring, and I’ll probably pick up the 6.1" one with the LCD screen. That said I know I’ll also be super tempted to break the other contract early and get a Pixel 3 XL… must show restraint!
My opinion is this is the worst idea ever . They are already short for space inside each device so why cram it with a slot most people won’t use.
I’d be surprised if Apple aren’t pushing ESIM more like on the Apple Watch.
The problem with eSIMs is that they are controlled by the carriers and used as yet another way to prevent customers from using the service they’re paying for.
Unless regulations make it mandatory for carriers to allow the user to provision eSIMs at will (essentially giving them the KI key they can then copy/paste into any phone they want), eSIMs are a bad idea.
I bought an iPhone X at Christmas, and the one before that I bought in 2014. So based on that time period, I’m aiming for 2021!
Seriously, I used to buy a new iPhone every year but I stopped that after 2014. I now only buy a new phone if it has a compelling reason to do so, or my phone breaks and is not repairable.
I bought the iPhone 6 in 2014 because it had the NFC chip in it. I bought the iPhone X because my iPhone 6 broke and there has been vast improvement in the iPhone’s camera, waterproofing** and speed since I last bought one although I probably could have coped without those if my iPhone 6 was still in full working order.
I need the new iPhone to have something BIG about it to buy another anytime soon.
** I know it isn’t waterproof but water resistant etc., etc.