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Discussion in 'Apple' started by Sam Posten, Sep 13, 2019.
Continue to noodle on prospective hardware purchases. The decision tends to be framed as "is it worth $400 for screen, camera, battery?" But that ignores the relative cost. The Pro is 53% more expensive than the normal! Relatively speaking, it's over half a phone more! The step up cost is more than the trade-in value will be on a year old 11, very likely.
Two years ago, it was $800 for the 8+ and $1000 for the X, a 25% premium. But the relative costs have shifted dramatically in 2019.
This is not a critique of the Ron's and Sam's of the world. It's an appreciation that for most people -- "normal" people -- the iPhone 11 is clearly the obvious choice for an upgrade, if someone is upgrading.
That's really why I went whole hog. I had the need to upgrade from the now-unsupported-6....AND the 11 was so "reasonably" priced (relatively speaking). And I'm loving the phone so far.
I thought of you...
You guys aren't putting much into the -forward- thinking as you are on the backwards.
If you are buying a phone in 2019 that you will have into 2022 you absolutely should be considering the pro over the base. That's 3 years of paying the delta in price and 3 years that the pro's upgrades over the base's will be in use.
Will you use a telephoto lens on a pro over those 3 years?
Will you appreciate an OLED screen over 3 years?
Will you appreciate the build quality difference?
Amortized over those 3 or more years it makes waaaaay more sense for me for people to get the Pro...
Another factor though is if Apple's A chips are starting to hit that diminishing returns point that computer CPUs have. Sure each iteration is "better/faster/more powerful" than the last, but for whatever it is that 90%+ of people do, the increase is marginal.
I remember a time when upgrading every 2 years was not optional for me because the older iPhone just felt significantly slower. My X right now, can it be measurable slower than an 11 Pro Max by a stopwatch? Sure. But in day-to-day use, I didn't feel a significant increase in the Pro Max when I was at the store, certainly nowhere near justifying $1500, but also more telling: it didn't trigger my upgraditis. Those who've known me longest know that's a super-easy thing to trigger.
So I'm guessing that for the majority of people, 3 years from now the performance of an 11 vs. a Pro/Max version will both still be very viable in terms of everyday usage.
Picked up the 11 Pro Max Green
Better to have and not need than need and not have I always say.
Guess what? Elephant butt!
Nice pics! I think I can guess where they're from...
Had a quick look-see at BestBuy (while picking up Spider-Man Far From Home blu-ray). I like the 11. Good size. In a big-box store with max screen brightness under bright lights, if anything the LED screen looks better than the OLED: better whites. The size is fine. The bezels are fine.
But...I use the 2x lens on my 8+. My wife *really* uses that telephoto lens. So as we talk about phones, it may be necessary to go to the Pro line. And so we're settling into the idea of keeping the 8+ for a third year and upgrading in 2020. (and I know that for some waiting three years is a crazy eternity and for others that's an aggressive upgrade schedule... )
I can afford thousand-dollar smartphones. But I don't want to have to just yet. A pair of them is big money. And I've got major home project to do this year. So some toys should be delayed for now.
And if I say this out loud enough, maybe I'll convince myself to stick to this plan.
Stay strong Dave! I'm the most weak-willed tech consumerist...if I can hold off, so can you! Let's make a pledge...no iPhone upgrade until the notch is gone!
If 2020 is the Notchless Year, then that's a great goal!
Aren't you the guy who told me to go big or go home?!?
Here's a couple more "pawtraits" I took this afternoon:
I'm pretty impressed with the details and "magic" of these images.
Really enjoyed looking at the photos, Sam and Mike. These cameras really take great pictures.
The elephant butt is now seared into my memory.
My work here is done! =)
Here's two different pix I took on my iPhone 11 yesterday:
My therapy dog Ernest and two of his first-grade reading buddies:
And a visit from a Painted Lady butterfly:
Your dogs sure do pose well. Handsome dudes.