Since I wrote Part 1, I have switched from the iPhone 4s to the 5s, 6 and most recently 6s.
Criteria 1 – Size
4.7-5″ phones are, I believe, the sweet spot for the overall size of the handset. I’ve been tempted by the screen of the “Plus” iPhones but always suspect that the huge size will end up being an annoyance.
I have a friend who switched to the Plus, then to the iPhone SE then finally ended up with the iPhone 7. I suspect I would have a similar journey as him, ie I’d revert back from the 5.5″ screen back to a 4.7-5″ screen.
But all this was before the advent of the bezel-less or thinner bezel phones. Because of course you can fit in a bigger screen into the same sized phone if you remove the bezels.
At least for my hands, a phone that’s roughly the size of an iPhone 6/6s/7/8 would be ideal.
Criteria 2 – Privacy / security
I believe that Apple’s track record when it comes to privacy is better than Google’s.
It also helps that Apple phones get updated to the same, most recent version of iOS at the same time which brings me to the next criteria.
Criteria 3 – Running the latest OS
In addition to security, having the latest OS means that you get the latest software (some software won’t run on older operating systems) and also the latest gestures or UI improvements.
In the case of Apple, OS updates sometimes even makes older phones faster though they have admittedly also slowed them down in the past.
At least, unlike Android phones, there’s no manufacturer to come between your phone and your phone OS update.
If I were to purchase an Android phone I’ll probably go for either Google’s line of Nexus phones or a phone running Android One. That way I’ll ensure I get access to the latest Android.
Criteria 4 – A good camera
I have to say I think that photos taken in good lighting don’t really differ from smartphone to smartphone. It’s in low light or high-speed motion shots that having a better camera makes a visible difference.
What do you think? What are the most important criteria to you?