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The date has been set. The iPhone 6 approaches. On September 9, 2014, Apple will unveil its latest iDevice, and the tech press will fill reams of pages with news and views on the new smartphone from Cupertino. The only question is, will you be buying one?

PS4 Beats PC In Battle Of Acronyms

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Which Games Console Will Win Out? PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Which Games Console Will Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Which Games Console Will Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] The PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U are all available to buy in most major territories. So, which games console will ultimately win the war that is currently raging? Read More

Out of a total of 605 votes, 36.9% chose PS4, 19.5% chose Xbox One, 8.1% chose Wii U, 30.6% chose Who Cares… PC FTW!, and 5% chose I Prefer An Older Console.

This means there is, according to the MakeUseOf readership, a definite pecking order in terms of the current-gen games consoles. The PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The PS4 E3 2013 marked the moment when the next-generation truly began, with all three contenders -- the PlayStation 4 (PS4), Xbox One, and Wii U -- revealed in full. The Wii U is already on the... Read More won by a considerable margin over the Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One PS4 vs Xbox One: 5 Reasons To Buy The Xbox One This year's E3 felt almost like it was over before it began. Though the conference lasts for days, both Microsoft and Sony made their announcements before the doors opened, showing not just hardware but also... Read More , with the Wii U Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Nintendo Wii U Review and Giveaway Despite the increasing shift to mobile gaming, consoles are still very popular devices for playing immersive, graphics-intensive games; and that won’t change anytime soon as long as the major console makers continue to improve with... Read More limping to third place. Which suggests the majority of people see the current sales continuing on in the same vein for some time to come.

However, the PC gaming brigade Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained Switching From Console To PC Gaming: 8 Big Differences Explained PCs and consoles may be closer than ever -- after all, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are basically just gaming PCs -- but there are still huge differences. Read More almost spoiled the party by racking up over 30 percent of the vote. We cannot really blame them, as we invited PC gamers to take part. And take part is exactly what they did.

In fact, the best comment of the week, as chosen by us, was all about PC gaming, and how and why it’s superior to console gaming. Opinions are far more valid when backed up by solid arguments. And there were some solid arguments being bandied about during this discussion.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Pieter, Adrian, and David. Comment Of The Week goes to Amrit K, who won with this comment PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Which Games Console Will Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] PS4 vs. Xbox One vs. Wii U: Which Games Console Will Win Out? [MakeUseOf Poll] The PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U are all available to buy in most major territories. So, which games console will ultimately win the war that is currently raging? Read More :

The new consoles may be making headlines right now, but I won’t be buying one.
I haven’t bought any till date (although I have tried all of them).

Why? I already have a gaming machine with better graphics, a better controller, and more flexibility, and it didn’t cost much, either.

I’m talking, of course, about a PC.

“Keyboard-and-Mouse” is a better controller than any other “Controller”. May be Controller gives you sit-back-on-the-couch experience (I agree that it is more relaxing than sitting at your desk with a keyboard and mouse) but Keyboard-and-Mouse has a much better degree of precision. Can you imagine a game having PC gamers vs Console gamers match?
It’d be a slaughter and all thanks to the mouse and keyboard.

PCs have higher graphics potential.On a midrange hardware you can play a game with sharper textures, less aliasing, and farther view distances than you do on your consoles.
Even Battlefield 4 is noticeably better on PC than on the brand new PS4.

PCs are more flexible and upgradable. On PC you can upgrade the hardware as often as you want. And all of above you can tweak your graphics settings on a PC and decide what’s important to you.

Don’t want shadows? Turn it off.
Don’t want water effects? Turn it off.
Don’t want lightning effects? Turn it off.
Don’t want High resolution texture? Turn it off.
With few tweaks your old PC can run new game.

PC gamers can Mod, and Mods make your games infinitely more awesome.
Remember Counter-Strike? It was started as a Half-Life Mod.
Even if you don’t remember it have you ever played Skryim with mods? Playing it’s console version afterwards feels like you’re playing Morrowind.

But it’s not just graphics, either. You can add new quests and missions, new items and armor, new game mechanics, UI elements, and just about anything else you can think of.
Install a few mods on older games and make your games look amazing.

And lastly….

Oh and I forgot the best part…
We get PC game giveaways too often!!! :D
On steam we get freebie every now and then ,
On GOG everyone gets freebie during their summer sale, winter sale and their anniversary ,
On origin we have On the house (which is has Wing Commander III for now and Earlier it gave Battlefield 3 , Dead Space & Sims 2).

So, I don’t need any XYZ-box or PS-456!!!

We chose this comment because it’s an impassioned argument for why PC gaming is, and always will be, superior to console gaming. Whether you buy into it or not, you cannot deny the strength of this comment. Which is what it’s all about. You don’t have to be right, you just have to be committed.

Apple Anticipation/Apathy

And so, onto this week’s question.

Apple has invited the biggest and brightest tech journalists to a press event on September 9 Windows XP Gets Service Pack 4, Google Tests Delivery Drones, And More... [Tech News Digest] Windows XP Gets Service Pack 4, Google Tests Delivery Drones, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, the iPhone scores a hot date, the Surface Pro 3 comes to more territories, the Coolest Cooler breaks Kickstarter record, a visual representation of the Internet, and Microsoft commissions a bizarre recruitment video. Read More . This can only mean one thing: the iPhone 6 is about to be revealed. And about time too, as we have all been subjected to the countless rumors swilling around about the new iPhone ever since the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c 10 YouTube Videos Exploring The New iPhone 5s and 5c 10 YouTube Videos Exploring The New iPhone 5s and 5c Assuming you haven't been living under a rock, located deep in a forest, surrounded by a very tall wall; you'll be aware that Apple has unveiled its latest smartphone. Read More were released this time last year.

It is very likely the iPhone 6 will be the biggest iPhone yet released Apple Supersizes iPhone & iPad, Instagram Hyperlapse Turns Heads, And More... [Tech News Digest] Apple Supersizes iPhone & iPad, Instagram Hyperlapse Turns Heads, And More... [Tech News Digest] HP didn't start the fire, Uber goes on lunch break, the Sounds of Street View are melodious, the sounds of typewriters typing are annoying, and reasons to never take selfies in front of people. Read More , with rumors of two options, one measuring in at 4.7-inches, the other at 5.5-inches. Beyond that, it’s all conjecture. So, will you be buying the iPhone 6? It’s a simple Yes/No question, but we’ve thrown a Maybe into the mix to add a bit of color.

Please vote on your intentions with regards to the iPhone 6 in the poll above, and then take to the comments section below to tell us the reasoning behind your selection. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. Athif Khan
    September 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    iPhone sucks Great Time...No Where Close to "VALUE FOR MONEY"....You Gotta Just Sit And Laugh At The iPhone 6 Hardware(Itz 2014 heck!) And the Price LOL!..And Chinmay Bro You Cant Win..iPhone Never Comes Close A super Smartphone In Any TeRms!

    • Chinmay S
      September 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

      I think you need to do a little research on iPhones. See this comparison on Yahoo and AnandTech.

      "iPhone Never Comes Close A super Smartphone In Any TeRms!"
      I agree that iPhones can never come close to any other smartphone because iPhones are already far ahead in the race.

  2. dragonmouth
    September 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    So much for the big Fruitco unveiling of the iPhone 6 and iWatch. The investors were SOOOO impressed with these items that not only did Fruitco stock drop but the rest of the market took a dive, too. From what I hear there was no mad rush at Apple stores. Even a live concert by U2 did not help. What we've got here is a couple of iDuds.

    • Chinmay S
      September 15, 2014 at 10:34 am

      It looks like you were on a galaxy tour on Sept. 9 because clearly you don't know about the rush outside Apple stores.

      Here's a line from
      "Unfortunately, you're going to have to go to the back of an already long line, unless you're willing to pay a little extra."
      Read the full article here.

      Read this one also.

  3. Kumar
    September 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

    "Competition is always a good thing. It forces us to do our best. A monopoly renders people complacent and satisfied with mediocrity."

    -Nancy Pearcey.

  4. Dewa C
    September 4, 2014 at 4:28 am

    not interesting...

    except it's as a give :)

    i still want a live longer smartphone

  5. tonie
    September 3, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Sorry but I'm jumping off the iPhone train. I have had 3 different models and i can't take it anymore. A friend and big apple fan asked me at work the other day what would make me buy an iPhone 6 and i told him it would have to be bigger and two other most important features one being a stylus, yes i want a stylus to use for a quick way of taking notes and what not.. Im always looking for a pen and something to write on when I'm on the phone. Hello galaxy note 4!
    And 2. apple would have to loosen up a bit on the reins and let me make my own decision on how i want my home screen to look and oh did i mention there were actually three things Lol..
    i want expandable storage and to be able to change a freshly charged battery, wait was that three or four things, oh well Hello Galaxy note 4!

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      It sounds like the Galaxy Note 4 is absolutely ideal for your needs. Is there anything Apple could do to make you change your mind?

  6. Stijn J
    September 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    I have no clue why people would already decide to buy something they have never seen. Ok, we know what iOS 8 will look like, but that has been nothing more than a short presentation, never a 'hands on' review. And that's just the software we're talking about.

    Hardware-wise it's nothing but based on (false) rumours like the infamous sapphire glass. Even if they deliver it, don't think that Apple once again won the holy grail of innovation. You can already pick up phones with sapphire glass. (Huawei e.g.)

    I hope one day the blind followers will open their eyes and see that there's more fish in the sea than what Cupertino is throwing them.

    For me, and that's just personally, dealbreakers are: the obliged iTunes to sync/copy files to a pc, no SD-card, no multi-users (on tablets), no thai keyboard for my wife and the lack of changing to a different launcher once in a while (I like change). I also like the cleaniness of my homescreen with just one or two widgets (full week calendar and weather/time) telling me the information I need.

    • Chinmay S
      September 3, 2014 at 7:38 am

      That's the magic of iPhone. It has not been launched but people still want to buy it. Even if Apple sells empty iPhones, people will buy it. The next week belongs to iPhone 6. Everywhere you will hear only about iPhone 6.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I must admit I wondered whether to ask this question now or wait until after the iPhone 6 was revealed. In the end I thought it would be more interesting to see how many people would admit to be planning on buying one without even seeing the hardware.

      Fandom is a mysterious thing.

    • dragonmouth
      September 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      @Chinmay S:
      "Even if Apple sells empty iPhones, people will buy it. "
      And that summarizes perfectly the mindlessness of the Fruitco Sheep. Even lemmings are more sentient.

  7. Mathew P
    September 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    I was an early adopter of Android (back to v1.6), and I purchased most of my app in the Google Play ecosystem.

    I have an iPhone provided by my employer, but I barely use it (I actually forward phone calls from my iPhone to my Android phone), as I don't want to carry two phones. To me I don't see the appeal of using an iPhone while Android serves me well. To each their own.

  8. ibolyapk
    September 2, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Any company that has to have netting so their employees can be caught when they suicide...Every time Apple (Crapple-love that) releases a new iphone some defect is discovered because they are in such a rush to release to their mindless fans who willing pay premium bucks (no matter what). Why do their fans pay those prices when there are many new phones with more reasonable pricing? Apple insists on their own chargers when they could go universal but they won't. They stopped being special years ago!

    • Chinmay S
      September 3, 2014 at 5:07 am

      The base of smartphones is apps & games. Tell me any phone available on this or any other planet that offers "great" and "quality" apps like iOS.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      I don't understand the desire to lock consumers into using special chargers and software either. I'm sure it helps keep the devoted customers locked in, but everyone else sees it as pointless and petty.

    • dragonmouth
      September 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      "I don’t understand the desire to lock consumers into using special chargers and software either."
      To guarantee a steady revenue stream.

  9. J M
    September 1, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    @ Chinmay S:

    1) May I point you in the direction of the OnePlus One?

    2) That includes me too. I find it highly amusing that I can lend my microUSB charger to all of my friends (Windows Phone too) except the ones using iPhones. And even they can't always share chargers because of the introduction of the Lightning connector. Also, it takes a maximum of two attempts to plug a microUSB cable in without looking; one attempt if you pay attention to the logo on the cable, which should face up.

    4) Personal preference. Which the OnePlus One allows with the ability to choose between on-screen or hardware buttons. Which light up so they're not "invisible".

    5) Until recently I owned an iPod Touch 5th Gen. I switched from Windows 7 to Linux Mint, which iTunes does not support. Therefore I couldn't perform the basic task of placing music onto my music player. All you have to do with an Android is connect the phone to your computer and select "mass storage" in the Storage settings to mount the phone's internal storage (and microSD card if it has one) as flash memory. Then you simply drag and drop your files over to your phone. That's ANY files, by the way.

    6) Overclocking is optional, not required. A cheap old Android phone can be made to feel like new by overclocking it and upgrading the OS by changing to Cyanogenmod.

    Also, you can hardly recommend the iPhone 6 when it hasn't even been released yet. The specs are not certain and no one has reviewed it. This is a plain example of the blind obedience you see so much of with many Apple customers.

    • Chinmay S
      September 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

      1) OnePlus is a new company. You can't compare it with world-leading company just yet. If it can establish itself in the coming years and also if it provides satisfactory customer service then no doubt, it's products will become blockbuster in markets like India.

      2) On iPhone it takes a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1 attempt to plug. So, iPhone wins here.

      4) On Android, there are a lot of buttons. 1 for back, 1 for home and 1 for running apps. On iPhone, you just don't have to search for different buttons. 1 button does the task efficiently.

      5) You can install iTunes on Linux. Just install Wine and then download iTunes. View this site for more details.

      6) That's the main problem with Android users. First they buy cheap phones and then they modify it and expect it to run like iPhone. 90% of Android users have never bought iPhone and still criticize it without even using it.

      When you know that every iPhone was a success, then you can recommend it without actually seeing it. If you wish, I can even recommed you iPhone 10.

    • J M
      September 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      1) I was talking from a pure specs-for-price point of view. Granted, they are not yet established. We shall wait and see.

      2) That may be so, but it takes so little time that in my opinion it isn't even an issue.

      4) In terms of hardware buttons, both typical Androids and iPhones have: volume up, volume down, home and power. The other buttons you speak of are not physical in the sense of being actual buttons, and in most cases where these buttons are found on a phone the backlight can be switched off and they become almost invisible. The point here is it's YOUR choice - not Apple's or anyone else's.

      5) Thanks for the link but I could never get my iPod 5th Gen to connect and have since sold it to spare me the inconvenience. Still, on an Android this is not an issue due to the choice of protocols for file transfer. No special bloated software is required.

      6) How is flexibility and customisation a problem? Again, the big bonus for Android is choice. YOUR choice. And I'd like to know where you are getting these statistics from.

      Once again this is blind obedience to Apple that I see so frequently with their customers. You can't even guarantee there WILL be an iPhone 10 in the future. And regardless of their history I find it ridiculous that you are prepared to recommend products that haven't been released yet, or simply don't even EXIST. Do you realise how silly that sounds?

    • Chinmay S
      September 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

      iPhone 10 will be released in 2022 or may be earlier if they change the naming convention. And I don't think iPhone will fade to oblivion in 8 years or so.

      "Do you realise how silly that sounds?"
      Nothing sounds silly when the topic is iPhone. When iPhone 6 will be unveiled on Sept. 9, people will start searching iPhone 6S the next day.

    • J M
      September 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      That may be so, but it is rather ridiculous to assume it's happening when you simply can't know that, and even more ridiculous on top of that to recommend a product that might not even exist for another eight years. They might've changed a lot by then and you can't say now that you'll still like it. Unless of course you're prepared to blindly purchase and "love" every new iPhone they throw at you.

      And no, sorry, you sound really silly. People will always want to get their hands on a new and exciting product, iPhone or otherwise.

      But if you're ok with just buying whatever new crap Apple want to throw at you, casting away the old product that you loved oh so much and declaring your undying love for this new one, playing out their planned obsolescence like a puppet, and wildly chucking your money at them, then so be it. We clearly aren't going to reach a middle ground with this discussion.

    • Chinmay S
      September 15, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Who on earth told you that iPhones are not exciting?

  10. ejms
    September 1, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I won't be buying the new iPhone because I am not made of money. I like Apple hardware but the Must Keep Up ethic behind premature obsolescence is making it less and less likely that I will be buying any more anytime soon.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      How often do you upgrade then? I know we have asked this previously.

  11. Sam
    September 1, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I had an iPhone 4 for two years, and I absolutely hated the closed feeling of iOS. However, I do still love the design and build quality of the iPhone. I have a Galaxy Note 3 running CM11 and I love it, but my (albeit unrealistic) dream would be for a dual booting iPhone 6 running android and iOS, but I won't hold my breath ;).

    Maybe in the future, someone will find an incredibly convenient exploit to make this happen, haha.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Whatever one thinks of iOS and Apple's ecosystem, it's hard to fault the hardware itself.

  12. Jon Heil
    September 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Ha.. Crapple are for sheep... nope I love my Android here, no need to use crap that doesn't even let you drop music to your phone without using some stupid software.. that's why Crapple is behind the times.

    • Mathew P
      September 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      I prefer my Android phone, but I wouldn't call the iPhone a piece of crap. It might not be as open as Android, but it still works for a lot of mobile users.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      I wish Apple would kill iTunes and just let people load music onto their devices as they see fit.

    • dragonmouth
      September 6, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      "I wish Apple would kill iTunes"
      WHAT?! And give up revenue?!

    • Chinmay S
      September 28, 2014 at 10:43 am


      If someone already has many songs then they can just put it on iPhone. And Apple won't get any revenue from that. So basically, iTunes has nothing to do with revenue unless you buy it directly from iTunes.

  13. MrX
    September 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I've been an Android user for as long as smartphones have existed, but I switched to the iPhone 5s due to its form factor. I've fallen in love with it. Great piece of hardware. I will not buy the new iPhone since the size of good android phones was mainly what made me switch. I think that the size of these phones is getting ridicules. The 4.7" iphone has the same surface footprint as my old Galaxy S4 and it has a 5.0" screen. Now why would i use a just as big phone but with a smaller screen?

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Smartphones are getting larger, but do you feel Apple should be keeping a smaller version of the iPhone 6 around to appease those who prefer smaller screens?

    • MrX
      September 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      I do. I think that a lot of people prefer a smaller device. Or at least something that can be used with one hand at all times.

  14. Stijn J
    September 1, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    How could anyone decide to buy somethingthat he or she hasn't seen yet, solely based on (false) rumours like the, by now, infamous sapphire glass ( ?

    Ok, there's a few things we do know, like what iOS 8 will look like, but still no 'hands on' review. Speaking of buying a cat in a bag...

  15. Xoandre M
    September 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    No, I will not be buying the iPhone 6.

    In about 5 years, the Apple iPhone 4S might be within my budget of affordability. Even then, I would not bother using it, because I am not a fan of Apple products.

    I will not bore you with the endless Apple-hate that could be written here.

    Simply put, Apple is too expensive. Samsung is too expensive. Contract agreements are insane profit margins for Sprint, AT&T, and all the others. They have a tug of war going on with promotional deals that all have hidden fees, which work out to them sucking away all the money they can for a product they will be replacing in 18 months.

    I'll stick with my prepaid service, which works great for me.

    I know, I know: many millions of customers love their contracts and their high-end phones, and - sure - I have issues with how slow and buggy Android 4.4 Kitkat is, but my ZTE Valet 7665C is within my budget and it works as a TELEPHONE.

    Regardless of how fancy, how many new tricks, or how much faster, bigger, better, and more responsive the device is, if I cannot afford to buy one, I will not.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      So, are you even interested in the new hardware? Will you be watching the iPhone 6 keynote speech, for instance?

    • Xoandre M
      September 7, 2014 at 5:17 am

      As part of my job, I do need to stay aware of what local companies are doing (as in the Apple store in my neighborhood) so that I can try to solicit them for purchases (of food for their employee lunches during big events).

      I have no idea how I would watch the keynote speech. I have never seen one by any company. Not really interested in any Apple product at all. I just do not like their pricing strategy, exclusivity, and am not an iGeek.

      All I care about is making my phone work faster, better, and respond to touches within 2 seconds of me pressing a spot on the touch-screen or on the home/ back/ settings/options buttons on bottom of the screen. It works as a phone. I can call people, receive calls, and text my boss when he is busy (and cannot answer his phone)...

      I really do not need internet, outside of facebook and meetup. Twitter is just a supplemental thing to my facebook posts, because I write long posts of substance like I am writing here. Twitter does not allow that, so I only use it if I have to. My facebook posts auto-post to twitter as well.

      If I do not have the NEED for something that costs $800 or so (which is a month's salary for me) PLUS $70/month for the continued operation and use of said device, why should I spend that amount of money (which I could never afford anyway) on something that is not worth even 1/3rd that value to me in the first place?

      I am not harping on Apple or their loyal devotees. I am just stating my needs, wants, and apathy for a series of products that hold no value in my sphere of life.

    • Xoandre M
      September 7, 2014 at 5:25 am

      In addition:

      Yes, I am curious about the products, but I just have better things to do with my time than fool around with (what I consider to be) an insanely over-priced toy.

      Sure, it may be a TOOL to some people. However, unless I were given one free of charge and a contract to use it at the rate I pay now (that's an average of $8 a month all inclusive), I will continue to be a critic of the things that hold not one cent of value to people in my situation.

      Certainly, there are millions of dollars invested and spent on Apple products every single day. I am not questioning the value of those products to their target consumer: the person who MUST ALWAYS be connected and who can AFFORD to spend the amount of money it takes to own and operate such a device. I'm just not one of those.

  16. likefunbutnot
    September 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    In another recent poll, I suggested that iOS could be improved by heartfelt apology and ritual suicide of its developers. I stand by that remark. I'm not going to rant about it because I can see that other people have already done that, but the world is actually worse for having Apple phones in it.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Ooh, that's harsh. iOS appeals to a certain section of the tech community and it really is each to their own in terms of operating systems.

    • dragonmouth
      September 6, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      " iOS appeals to a certain section of the tech community "
      So did Bob, Win ME, Vista. Edsel also appealed to a certain section of auto community.

  17. Alonzo
    September 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Android user through and through. Apple products are generally way overpriced, but their idiotic disciples keep lapping them up.

    Plus - the actual phone element of the Iphones so far, have been crap. Whenever I talk to someone who's using an Iphone, I can barely hear them.

    • Chinmay S
      September 1, 2014 at 1:44 pm

      Comment from Androidiotic people like you always make me feel that iPhone is the best smartphone. Have you ever used an iPhone? First use it and then talk about things like "overpriced".

  18. OldCodger
    September 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Won't buy one because initially I am not impressed with Apple anything - except Apple Sauce with a bit of cinnamon. Simply stated, I don't really have a use for any new technology. I don't play games. I use a phone primarily for what it is designed for: simple communications. I was the guy that was still using DOS in Y2K.

    Technology changes all the time. Unless it can serve me to the point that it fulfills a genuine "need" in my life, there is no sense in spending the money for it now.

  19. Dann A
    September 1, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I've been a dedicated Android guy for quite a while now, but I'll be buying the iPhone 6 when it comes out. I love my Galaxy S3, and I very nearly decided to go with an HTC One M8 or S5, but I think I'm finally going to switch to the iPhone. Why? One simple reason: because I've never had one.

    Sure, there are options, but the big war is iOS vs. Android. I've sided with Android mostly out of a bit of antipathy toward Apple, even though I own just about all of their other produts. What it comes down to is that Apple provides an outstanding user experience (as well as gorgeous metal-and-glass aesthetics), and I'd like to see if that trumps customizability. Only one way to find out: try it!

    • Sam
      September 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      I personally switched to Android because I hated iOS, but I definitely agree with you that the iPhone looks *really* nice from an aesthetic point of view.

      Lucky for you, if you don't like the iPhone, you can easily sell since they have incredible resale value.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 2:39 pm

      Won't you be committing to a 2-year contract though? That makes the notion of "trying" an iPhone 6 a tough one. I'd spend a few hours in an Apple Store with one first if it was me.

    • dragonmouth
      September 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      @Dann A:
      "I’m finally going to switch to the iPhone. Why? One simple reason: because I’ve never had one."
      I've never had pneumonia but that does not mean I want to experience it. :-)

    • Dann A
      September 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Dave, I plan on buying it outright and then getting a pay-as-you-go plan or a monthly SIM plan. I did the calculations and I'll save quite a bit of money over two years. When I planned it all out, I think I figured I would break even if I spent something like £800 on a phone. So I won't be locked in.

      Also, my fiance has an iPhone, and I've used it quite a bit, so I have a good idea of what it's like to have one. And I've been an iPad user for a while, so I feel like I know the system enough. I'm quite confident that I'll like it.

    • Dann A
      September 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      dragonmouth . . . well why not? :-)

    • Vipul J
      September 14, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Dann A, I'd love to hear your thoughts after a few months. You can maybe post your views on the MUO Facebook page. Because this is a very rare occasion when someone familiar with the open Android system is choosing a closed system like iOS.
      I would really like to know how you adjust (I hope you used widgets and everything though and maybe even tinkered around with CM).

      And I do agree, the iPhones look stunning! But at that price point I just can't afford a gamble! :D

    • Dann A
      September 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm

      Vipul, I'll definitely share my thoughts after I spend some time with the phone. Maybe I'll even write an article about it. Stay tuned!

    • Chinmay S
      October 2, 2014 at 9:33 am

      @Vipul J

      Someone choosing iOS after using Android is not at all rare. Someone choosing Android after using iOS is extremely rare because once you have used iPhone, you can't use any other device and even if people like you do so, then chances are that you won't like the new ecosystem.

    • Dann Albright
      October 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

      Interesting obvservation, Chinmay. I only know one other person who's switched between the two, and it was from Android to iOS. He seems quite happy with it. Do you know a lot of people who have switched?

    • Chinmay S
      October 10, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      My brother switched from Blackberry to iOS, my father switched from feature phone to iOS, my cousin switched from Android to iOS and they just love the new platform. They find iOS much simpler and very easy to use.

  20. hg
    August 31, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Overpriced and overrated. No.

  21. Captain Obvious
    August 31, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    (looks in mirror) Nope, there's no "SUCKER" tattoo on my forehead.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I'm not gonna lie, that made me laugh pretty hard.

  22. Archer1
    August 31, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Its a telephone! it rings, I answer, my 3310 works just fine.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Good for you! Feature phones still have their place.

  23. unlocked
    August 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Friends don't let friends buy overpriced garbage. Android or Windows Phone is the way to go.

    • Chinmay S
      September 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      First go and learn the meaning of garbage. After that go and buy iPhone and finally you will understand which phone is garbage. Many Android phones cannot be upgraded because it's "garbade" hardware doesn't permit. On the other hand, if you have an iPhone which is less than 4 years old, you are guaranteed an upgrade.
      A 4 year kid can operate iPhone but he cannot use "other" smartphone and you call iPhone garbage. Simply wow.

  24. UltraTroll
    August 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I spent $200 a year and a half ago on a new iPod touch (4th gen). I was constantly disappointed with that piece of crap. I got a Nexus 7 and ever since then I just can't imagine ever buying crap from Apple again.

    My problems with Apple: after less than six months from buying current hardware, my device wasn't even supported. I couldn't get the new iOS and I wasn't even able to install things like the podcast app. On six month old hardware. On Android in contrast, my devices are unlocked and I can install new updates myself if the manufacturer abandons me.

    My apple device was full of bugs that were never patched. Don't tell me Android is unstable, my Android devices are much more stable than my iPod ever was.

    The hardware on my iPod was pathetic. 256mb of RAM (incredible multitasking potential right there). Tiny screen. Etc.
    I finally got fed up and sold it on eBay. I got just over $150 for it. I then used about HALF the money to get myself a brand new moto g. Can you say overpriced hardware?

    On my iPod touch I even tried jailbreaking. Only result was even buggier software and crashing like crazy.
    My pathetic iPod could barely run a gameboy emulator.

    I am now extremely satisfied with my android devices. They can just do so much more. I now have expandable memory, I can plug in a mouse and keyboard if I want, I have them unlocked and am not limited to stock android.

    Does Apple have any products that I ever think about buying? No. My moto g cost $80 with no contract. I could buy eight for the price of one iPhone.

    If the iPhone 6 can sideload apps from places other than the app store and I can install any firmware I want, if it has a micro USB port, and cost less than $250 unlocked, then I just might be interested, until then I really couldn't care less.

    • Chinmay S
      September 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      iPod Touch is not a smartphone, it's just something without calling facility. Originally, it was meant just for music but then Apple added touch screen and finally apps and games. It won't have great hardware, so you shouldn't expect much from iPod Touch.

      If you want an amazing experience, then buy iPhone 6.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      The iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone without the ability to call, so I'd suggest UltraTroll knows now whether he would enjoy using an iPhone 6 or not.

  25. Amrit K
    August 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Although I already have a basic cellphone which (still) provides good battery backup still I will vote for android.

    There was time when cell phones were used just for communications.
    Then came SMS, games, colour, internet, cameras and other functions.
    As the time passed cellphones started to evolve into smartphones.
    Now a smartphone can perform any basic task done by a computer.

    Now coming to the point why I support Android?

    First of all Apple doesn’t make budget devices, and the latest iPhone is always among the most expensive handsets on the market ( I can build a mid-range gaming PC and a android smartphone at the price of an iPhone.)
    Now Microsoft’s main hardware partner Nokia (which it now owns) has always been good at producing quality hardware at relatively low prices. There are a wide range of Windows Phones at varying price points.
    Still nothing competes with Android.
    There’s a huge choice of low budget handsets from a wide variety of different manufacturers and the platform has been optimized to run on low end hardware.
    The fact that Android also leads the field in free apps makes it the natural choice for the budget-conscious.
    Chances are, if it’s a smartphone by HTC, Samsung, Sony, ZTE, Huawei, or LG, it’s running Android.

    Now coming to interface Interface all three platforms have moved to a minimalist, flat, fast, colorful user interface.
    The big difference is that many Android manufacturers have added their own user interfaces on top of stock Android and so your speed will vary.
    The basic structure with customizable home screens, an app drawer, and pull down notifications is standard, but there’s much more variation on Android than you’ll find on the other two platforms.
    As for iPhone, under the new paint job, this will still be the same iOS that came out in 2007.
    Windows Phone is based on a grid of “Live Tiles” which can be arranged and resized to suit the owner. It looks and acts much like Windows 8 PCs and tablets, but there’s no Desktop here.
    Windows Phone can sometimes feel overly stylish and sluggish compared to iOS and Android.

    The Google Play Store still has a higher percentage of free apps than the Apple App Store.

    iPhone has lost a lot of ground in the battery wars as it lacks a battery saving app or mode.
    While on Android has battery saver apps and on windows phone we can tweak it as per our requirement.

    Both iOS and Windows Phone offer limited customization options while you can customize your Android experience in a variety of ways.

    For simplicity there has been a misconception that Android is more complicated than iOS. There’s no need to dive into the customization options if you don’t want to.
    All three platforms offer a good range of accessibility features.

    Android is a great all-rounder which offers by far the greatest choice.
    Thanks to great support from companies like Samsung and LG, there are more handsets at different price points, a much wider variety of customization options, and greater freedom to tweak your device if you choose to do so.
    For Windows smartphones we can’t overlook the lack of apps and the lack of quality in the apps that do exist when compared to Android and iOS.
    The downside for iOS is the premium price tag, lack of customization options, and the underdeveloped cloud services.

    Although iOS has many flaws still I agree with fact that iPhone is more secure than that of Android and Windows smartphones (see even hackers are not interested in it :P ).

    • Chinmay S
      September 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Google Play may have higher percentage of free apps than App Store but the thing that matters is quality. There is a huge number of quality apps on iOS. Even if you add the quality apps of all other stores combined, you can't match the standard of iOS quality apps.

    • Amrit K
      September 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      A 400$ iPhone needs "Quality App" of 2.99$?
      No Thanks, "Quality App" can not make me buy an over rated Apple product.

    • Chinmay S
      September 3, 2014 at 5:13 am

      If you buy something for $400 that doesn't means that you will get every other thing for free.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      If you're a consumer on a budget then Apple doesn't want or need you. They cater to high-end consumers, rightly or wrongly.

  26. Mikki M
    August 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I am not a fan of cell phones. I carry a Samsung Convoy Flip Phone and it does all I need it to do, communicate with the wife when she needs something for me to do.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      What would it take for you to update to something newer, iPhone 6 or otherwise.

  27. Joao Oliveira
    August 31, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    In my opinion, Windows Phone is much more stable than Android/Ios.
    Of course, that is "tastes" of the people.
    Windows Phone devices costs much more less, are usefull, stable, and haves multiple functions.
    I'm well served with my 120€ Nokia Lumia than the 700€ Apple ordinary phone.
    It's my opinion, you have to respect that.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      I respect that totally. Windows Phone is a solid option which I wish was getting the market share it deserves. Watch out for an opinion piece on this very subject in the near future.

  28. Roger C
    August 31, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Yes, I currently have a 4S and the battery capacity is declining. Also, what's sure to be a bigger screen will be a boost for those of us Gen-U's.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      To be fair I'm impressed the battery has lasted as long as it has, so you are probably due an upgrade!

  29. Mikemcgb
    August 31, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I enjoy my Iphone 4s. for me, I've had no reson to switch from Apple to Android. It's been over 3 years and I'm ready for an upgrade. I use a Mac at work and like how all of my devices work seamlessly together. I am not a fan of Google's privacy policies (or lack thereof)

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      Are you keen to see what improvements Apple has made to the iPhone with the 6? Or are you likely to upgrade anyway regardless of what the hardware is like?

  30. Vipul J
    August 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    hahahahahahaha! I'm sorry I had to mention how hard I laughed at this poll.
    That aside, no, of course not I will not buy the iPhone 6 or any iPhone for that matter.
    The reason being, I'm an Android fan and have several reasons which I'm tired of listing & Apple fans must be tired of defending, but still they exist.
    Those reasons are

    1) Premium pricing, living off a brand image and still providing hardware that's available for half the price (or even less) and software that's so restrictive that you never feel like you own the device.

    2) What is up with the charging port on the iPhones. When everyone, EVERYONE has accepted the micro USB port, staying away with your lightning port is plain stupidity.

    3) You can't even have a proper wallpaper on your device for god's sake, forget about widgets for easy access.

    4) This is a personal point, I hate if people close apps by pressing the home button. The first thing I check in a new app/game is if it has an exit button or can be closed using the back button. So living with a device that has only 1 button makes me cringe really!

    5) People should be allowed to add music without having to install 3rd party software everywhere. Not every one uses Apple and would have iTunes on board.

    6) No custom ROM's and kernels to overclock or theme your device the way you like. You live exactly how Apple wants you to.

    The sole fact that I can transform my Android into an Apple device, from the boot animation till the very lock screen, and meanwhile Apple is adding Android features into their ecosystem (the last update with the notification center), justifies why I would never leave Android for Apple.

    • Chinmay S
      September 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      I too laughed hard at your comment.

      1) Apple's products are not at all overpriced. If you want to get great hardware, then you need to pay the price.

      2) EVERYONE includes you and only you. People have to waste half of their life in figuring out the correct way to insert cable in the USB port.

      3) What do you mean by "you can't have proper wallpaper"? Wallpaper can be changed on Apple products.

      4) You have problem with 1 button. That's ridiculous. Who got the time to search for exit button in the app or "invisible" crap hardware buttons to go back?

      5) If you use Apple product then you will definitely have iTunes and even if you don't have any apple product then also you may have iTunes. I have never met any person in my entire life who doesn't have iTunes installed on his/her PC/laptop.

      6) You admitted that you need to "overclock" device to get better performance. It simply means no Android owner is satisfied with the crap hardware performance they get by default. On iPhone, you already get superior performance by default.

      I will suggest you to buy Apple products as they are far superior than any other competitor. If you have never used any Apple product in your entire life, then I would recommend you to buy iPhone 6.

      It will change your thoughts and your life.

    • Vipul J
      September 1, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      I'm not an Android fanboy, I'm a rational person.
      And your counter argument has no substantial content at all. These are mere 'fanboy' statements.

      1) You might want to take a look under the hood of an iPhone, then you'd realize that how overpriced it really is.
      Even the iPhone 5s selling at $800 offers a measly 1GB DDR3 RAM, a "Dual Core" ARMv8 processor, a 8MP shooter (though I admit the quality is great). Now pick up any Android in this price bracket and you'll know the meaning of the term, overpriced.

      2) Really? I mean really are you that blind?
      Maybe read some articles time to time to actually see what's the global trend. Eg:

      3) I meant I can't see a wallpaper clearly, there will always be app icon on top of it. I mean Apple has no homescreen for easy access widgets, shortcuts like Android has. Do iPhones even have live wallpapers, because a quick Google search suggests otherwise.

      4) I started with, this is a personal point. So yes I find 1 button annoying. Also who has to search for anything. Three buttons - home, back & menu/recent apps are right there on the phone. RIGHT THERE!

      5) Again, I suggest do some reading. Why would a non-apple user have iTunes. The probability of that happening is less than 5%. So according to the above mentioned market data, iTunes is available scarcely. So anytime you want a song from a non-Apple friend, you make him download a 60-70mb software then transfer the 5mb file.
      Because oh-oh, we can't share files via Bluetooth either. For that you need to Jailbreak & then again BUY an app, I think.

      6) Firstly you skipped the theme part, because there is no counter argument to that. And nextly, overclocking is not a requirement or needed, it's an option. It's an option that says - You own this device, do whatever the hell you want with it, because you paid for it!
      Unlike Apple - You own this device but you will use it within our framework & set guidelines, because, we are Apple!

      So as a conclusion, I'll copy what you said.
      Read once a while, "It will change your thoughts and your life."

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Whether something is overpriced is down to personal opinion (and disposable income) but Apple products are expensive. Even Apple accepts this, as they're actively trying to cater to the high-end market.

      On the question of iTunes... that's the one thing that has so far kept me away from buying any Apple products. I have tried it and I hate it. It's not fit for purpose.

    • Chinmay S
      September 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      1) Have you ever compared processor performance of iPhone with any other phone? A single core processor performance test by PC Advisor reveals that iPhone has the best processor with a score of 1409. All other phones don't even have a score in 1000s.

      2) Don't post links without reading it. Go read that page first and then you will know the truth. Apple sold 35.2 million phones in the last quarter, an increase of 4 million. Android sales may also be increasing because they are available in all ranges. Android have all types of smartphones - one which can't be updated because of their "low" specs and other high end flagship phones with also can't be updated at "home".
      And that 4 million figure is just for iPhone and the Android figure comes from all Android phones. Now I hope you can see the "global trend".

      3) On Android you have 2 screens, one "empty" screen which you want to stare at and other screen for accessing all apps.
      iPhone just has one screen and there is even spotlight on every page so you can search apps from almost anywhere.

      4) iTunes music can be transferred to Android device. Read

      5) Overclocking can be done on iOS device as well. You just need to jailbreak it. But there is a phone that has dynamic clock scaling that ensures that you get the maximum performance possible. That phone is iPhone 5.

      I will repeat myself:-
      "It will change your thoughts and your life."

    • Vipul J
      September 14, 2014 at 11:15 am

      1) I agree with you on this now, I looked up a few cross-platform benchmark tests to see that the iPhones do have some amazing processors even though they might just be dual cores.

      2) What does that even mean? Will you say that because Hyundai i20's sales are less than Audi A8's, Audi has a bigger market share and is a global leader? No! Because Hyundai has a huge portfolio and hence covers all the segments (low, mid, upper). While Audi is all about the upper segment. A global trend isn't decided by one segment! The masses decide that. And in this case as listed, Android clearly is the popular choice. Which is why making ports different from it just to be 'different' is stupid!

      3) Actually on Android I can have n number of screens. I use 4 though. One for my tasks widget, one for calendar, one for my music player and some shortcuts and one for general news & weather. And then besides that I have a button that takes me into my app drawer where all the apps are.
      While iPhones have only that App drawer!
      They didn't even notification panels until last update, I guess they're learning, which is good.

      4) The point is I don't need iTunes! As even Dave said, it is unfit for use. It's good that there's a way for iPhone users to switch to Android though without losing their music!
      Also I said because of this iTunes drama, you can't even get a 5MB song from someone who isn't an Apple user.
      Because on Windows/Ubuntu you need to download the iTunes software first.
      On Android, well how can you send it, Bluetooth file transfer doesn't work on iPhones. (last i checked, you had to Jailbreak and then "PAY" to get a software to do this basic thing)

      5) Clearly you have no answer to theming, which is why you're stuck on Overclocking. So my mentioning all the other stuff that you can do after rooting seems pointless!

    • Chinmay S
      September 15, 2014 at 5:43 am

      Forget Android: the iPhone Is a Better Phone for Hacking, Tweaking, and Customization
      Read this article on LifeHacker, it will clear all your doubts on "theming".

  31. Chinmay S
    August 31, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Yes. On September 9, this planet will witness the greatest smartphone ever built.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      That's a bold statement!

    • FreeThinker
      September 8, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      .....yeah, no. It'll look and act just like all the iPhones before it. I would rather pay a higher price for almost any flagship Android device. iPeople are people who like shiny things, simplicity, less choice, do you see a trend? Basically, they like to embody all the reasons that America is falling apart. Inaction, inability to think for themselves.

  32. Anonymous
    August 31, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Love my iPhone 4 but it's a phone. Until it dies or something irresistible comes out, I'll keep my money. Maybe because I don't use it to replace a tablet or laptop unless I'm out. At home and work, it's only for messages, calls and using a few apps.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Is there anything your iPhone 4 struggle to cope with?

  33. dragonmouth
    August 31, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Of course not. I'm not a fan of smartphones, no matter who makes them.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      I assume you're sticking with a feature phone, so what, if anything, would make you buy a smartphone?

    • dragonmouth
      September 6, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      There is only one thing that a smartphone can offer me and that is the ability to make a phone call. The only way I can justify even a plain cell phone is that telcos have removed the vast majority of pay phones. All I need a phone to do is to connect me with the person I'm calling. I do not need it to cook me dinner, sing me to sleep, broadcast my whereabouts to anybody and everybody, track me wherever I go, play games with me, be a TV, a PC or a radio (remember those?).

    • Chinmay S
      September 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I don't understand why you have so much hate for Apple. There are many Apple lovers out there. Have you seen the craze for iPhone 6? People are standing in lines for days to buy the great phone. That is more than enough to prove it's superiority.

    • dragonmouth
      September 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      "I don’t understand why you have so much hate for Apple."
      I don't understand why you blindly drink Fruitco Kool-Aid. So that makes us even.

      IF you re-read my posts carefully, I did not single out Fruitco. I keep saying "smartphone" and by that I mean ALL smartphones. Although, based on your "you hate Apple" comment, it is obvious that to you iPhone is a generic term for smartphone, just as coke is generic for cola, xerox is a generic term for copy and kleenex is generic for nose tissue.

      "There are many Apple lovers out there"
      There's no accounting for people's tastes.

      "Have you seen the craze for iPhone 6?
      There was also a hula hoop craze, Cabagge Patch Kids craze, Teckle-Me-Elmo craze, a flag-pole sitting craze. I rest my case.

      "People are standing in lines for days "
      People stood in lines for days for tickets to Hanna Montana concerts.

      "That is more than enough to prove it’s superiority."
      No. The only thing that proves is that Fruitco Faithful have no life and and have nothing better to do than stand in lines for days.

      I'll grant you that, since Steve Jobs took the company over from Gil Amelio, Apple product have been esthetically pleasing. However, to maximize profits, Apple, just like every other high volume electronics manufacturer, uses the least expensive components it can get away with to make its products. A penny or two saved on each unit translates into extra $millions in revenue.

      BTW - I have owned various Fruitco products since 1982.

    • Chinmay S
      September 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      This article is not about hula hoop craze, neither about Cabagge Patch Kids craze nor about Teckle-Me-Elmo craze or about any other craze. Tell me any other "smartphone" which people love so much.

  34. Maff
    August 31, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I'm an Android fan, I got an iPhone, tried it for 3 months but it was too restrictive for me. Far too expensive for such low specs and I don't agree with the whole locked in ecosystem (iMessage, for example, bring only for Apple users)

    • Aibek E
      August 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm

      re: low specs
      iPhone may not have the top specs now but it always does on the launch date.

    • Treypheos
      August 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I agree with Maff. My personal phone is an Android and has been for years. Company phone is an iPhone and I really miss the flexibility of the Android system. That iOS keyboard simple sucks.

    • Dave P
      September 6, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Owning an iPhone does mean accepting certain restrictions. That is undeniable. Which is why we should all be thankful Android offers an alternative.

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