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Will You Be Buying Either a “Gold” iPhone or “Cheap” iPhone? [You Told Us]

Dave Parrack 28-08-2013

As we enter September, we edge ever closer to Apple’s latest press event; during which the company is expected to reveal the latest iPhone, or, more accurately, iPhones. Apple always draws a crowd, but this press event is sure to draw even more than the usual levels of attention.


Apple has, according to many, fallen a little short of expectations in recent years. Since the driving force of Steve Jobs Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the... Read More shuffled off this mortal coil, the hardware releases have become a little safe and stale. Apple seems to have lost some of its ability to innovate, to gamble, to take risks on the new.

So, were the rumored upgrades (if they can be called upgrades) enough to persuade the MakeUseOf readership commit to making a purchase?

The Results

We asked you, Will You Be Buying Either A “Gold” iPhone Or “Cheap” iPhone? The gold iPhone is actually a champagne-colored iPhone rumored to be added to the mix. The cheap iPhone is a cut-price model featuring a plastic (rather than aluminium) case also rumored to be added to the mix.

The responses ranged from “Neither” to “Both,” with pretty much all variations between the two extremes. Overall, more people were interested in the gold iPhone than the cheap iPhone, but then I suspect they’re all existing Apple fans who just want an excuse to hand more of their hard-earned cash over to Cupertino.

The big boss of MakeUseOf commented to link to a concept iPhone 6 Could This Be The Next Apple iPhone? How realistic is this concept mockup of an edge-to-edge iPhone 6? If you look closely, you'll find several elements currently present in iOS 7: the signal strength indicator, the font, the flat icons, even the... Read More , and it has to be said it’s a fantastic concept. Unfortunately the true iPhone 5S may be a little less dazzling. Still, the plasticky iPhone 5C looks set to gain some fans, with one particularly insightful commenter who would prefer a durable material asking, “Who ever thought putting glass on the back of a phone was a good idea in the first place?” It’s a damn good question.


Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of D. Reid, John O., and porkpie, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Vipul J, who, as well as the respect of myself and hopefully everybody reading this, receives a T-shirt for this comment:

Considering Apple’s pricing strategy in the past,
1 Gold iPhone = 4 Decent Android smartphones.
1 Budget iPhone = 2 Decent Android smartphones.
But I only need one phone.
So I’ll just buy 1 decent Android smartphone.. :D
This might seem very objective, but even after endless debate you cannot justify Apple’s pricing considering and comparing it with an Android smartphone with the same basic features.

We liked this comment because it’s funny, mainly, but it also has more than a grain of truth to it. Apple’s pricing strategy has gained the company plenty of fans; fans who like the fact that they’re buying an expensive, premium product. But there are more people out there who reject spending so much money on something for which similar alternatives exist. Namely the best Android and Windows Phone handsets.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to the MakeUseOf readership. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

Image Credit: Yutaka Tsutano


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  1. Chinmay S
    August 30, 2013 at 7:39 am

    iPhones are not expensive. Such quality phones should be of more price.
    And secondly there is no alternative to iPhone.

  2. jiggy way
    August 29, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    As long as I can watch my Pr0nz.... I'll use any phone....

    • Dave P
      August 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Imagine watching the Pr0n on a shiny gold iPhone though! ;)

  3. Xoandre
    August 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    I will not be buying an iPhone of any design - ever.

    I stand to inherit an iPhone 5 in the coming months and plan to sell it or trade it for a DROID or Windows Phone.

    I have no desire to own an Apple phone, just because it is overpriced, trendy, and belligerent in and of itself.

    Why would I trade off such a huge piece of technology? First, it is incapable of satisfying my needs for something as large as a Samsung Note. Second, it will be incompatible with my Windows 7 OS setup, which hangs every time I have to try loading Quicktime and crashed (to the point of complete reinstallation of Windows) the last time I tried installing iTunes, which is essential to do anything related to your computer interacting with an iPhone.

    I know this is unusual, but I refuse to fall for the pricey, trendy, incompatible, Apple-based system that I just have found too shiny, too dumbed-down for stupid people to be of any real use to me.

    I am a graphic designer, website designer, animator, and film maker. Sure, the iTunes store has apps for some of the things I would need to do on my phone/tablet. But an iPhone is also so limited in RAM and customization that I just cannot consider it an option for my business or lifestyle.

    • Dave P
      August 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Yes, Windows and Apple software don't play nicely together. I suspect on purpose.

  4. Michael Bolens
    August 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Obviously, I will be buying neither.

  5. Candy Crush Level 76
    August 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Obviously, I will go with Gold Iphone.

    • Dave P
      August 30, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Obviously? Why obviously?