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Bigger is bigger
Illustrated by Sean Low
Illustrated by Sean Low

The campaign slogan of the new iPhone 6 suits the product–sort of. After the release of the new iPhone 6 and the iWatch, an inevitable frenzy of information hit the internet. From just googling “iPh,” you can find an array of slandering, praising or informing websites. But what are people really getting excited over? The most prominent feature that the Apple fandom is fawning over is the new iPhone 6+. This new iPhone has been dubbed the “the biggest iPhone yet” because, well, it’s the biggest iPhone yet. At 5.5” across, it towers above the iPhone 6 and iPhone 5. Yet, it still comes in 2 inches smaller than the Galaxy 4. Is it a bigger and newer product? Sure. Is it really so revolutionary? Absolutely not.

The new iPhones do boast some cool new features. The phones are again even thinner than before, have a better screen resolution and are equipped with a Focus Touch and time-lapse camera. The most exciting element to a new iPhone for me has always been the new IOS. Apple calls the IOS8 “the most advanced mobile operating system.” Some new features include a new finger scan system, a credit card payment system and Health. On top of all these features, one can finally leave group messages.

How do these compare to other popular smartphones? Android phones are much more innovative with features that we really need, plus the features Apple “just released”’ to the world. Sony and Samsung have already released completely waterproof and scratch proof phones, which as clumsy iPhone users everywhere have proved, are very helpful. Some of these features can already be found downloaded by millions of users from the App Store for both iPhone and Android. The new Health feature of IOS8 is seemingly a combination of many different apps that monitor diet, exercise, and heart rate.

Another new Apple product released alongside the iPhone 6 is the Apple watch. Though it looks similar to the touchscreen iPod Nano, it works as a fully functioning mini phone. The usability, however, is shaky. Though it seems impressive, just like Siri or Google Glass, it will become just another toy, rarely used commercially or daily. The only promising way it could be utilized is for athletes but there are so many other products on the market to monitor exercise, forking out $350 seems a bit hefty-and this is only the base price, one can splurge on the luxury 18-carat gold edition.

Nevertheless, no matter how many better products are on the market, the sleek, eye-catching, and modern design that keeps Apple in business will continue to reign in the smartphone world. But hopefully at least one or two of us will shift to the dark side of Android, and when we do we can drop our phones into the bath as many times as we like.

 

By TULSI BHATT

Staff Writer

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