I have such a love hate relationship with smart phones it is almost comical. On one hand, I love being able to do work and be productive from almost anywhere in the world. I can check my company’s Slack, email, Salesforce, and more while I wait in line for coffee. For someone who works from home, its an essential part of my everyday life.
Other the other hand, every time I see someone buried in their phone during a social situation… a little part of me dies inside. I was at a Rockies baseball game recently and I looked around and saw around 50 people Instagramming, Facebooking, Snap Chatting, Tindering, and whatever else kids do these days. I get baseball isn’t the most exciting game in the world but still… put your phone down, grab a beer, talk with a friend, and enjoy being outside.
Still, a smart phone is a must for me and I am deep into the Apple eco-system. We are talking iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and Apple TVs. Android people are probably puking right now. I never understood the hatred Android fans have against Apple and vice versa. If it makes you happy, who cares what product you use? Anyways…
I needed a new phone after my current phone was stolen out of my car. There were a ton of options at my disposal but I knew I was going to stick with an iPhone. I also knew I wanted an iPhone 6s or newer because the iPhone 6 has only 1GB RAM and that just wasn’t going to cut it for my work needs.
I headed to Best Buy to try out all the phones to see which one I liked the best. At first, I was set on either the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. I thought I would treat myself to the latest and greatest because I thought they would offer so much more than 2 or 3 year old phones. *Spoiler Alert* I was wrong.
I played with the iPhone X for a little bit and thought it was great. I loved that it was basically the same size as the iPhone 8 but with a much bigger screen. Face ID seemed to work great at the store and the rep even sold me on a wireless charging pad. I pulled the trigger, dropped over a grand, and walked out with the latest and greatest phone in my hands. The whole way home trying to think of how I can justify this purchase to my wife.
After using the iPhone X for a week, there were some things that annoyed me. Face ID work most of the time but, occasionally, I felt like I was having a stare down with my phone waiting for the little lock to pop open. It almost never worked in the morning either. It was like Apple was telling you to clean yourself up and get some coffee and maybe I will unlock for you.
Multi-tasking was weird as well. Trying to get the app in the right position to bring up all the rest of the apps. Then having to hold down and then swipe to close the app out. It just seemed like it took twice as many gestures for some things and it had me home (button) sick.
As great at the iPhone X was… I didn’t feel like it justified a $1,000 price tag. I mean, my MacBook Pro was close to that price! I decided to look at the other end of the spectrum and see if I could get a cheap iPhone 6s on eBay to compare it to the iPhone X.
Sure enough, I found a sale for a brand new iPhone 6s for less than $400 and pulled the trigger. I was expecting a huge downgrade in performance from something 3 years older and $600 less. When it showed up, I was very impressed with how light and sleek it was compared to the iPhone X. I plugged it in and updated it to iOS 11 to compare speed.
Check out this video of the comparison between iPhone X and iPhone 6s on iOS 11:
To summarize, I was BLOWN AWAY by how well the iPhone 6s held its own against the iPhone X on iOS11. When I booted them up together, they both reached the lock screen at almost the same time. I went through and started open the same apps at the same time and they would be within a second of each other almost every time.
Now, the display on the iPhone 6s is no where near as nice as the iPhone X. It is much smaller, less bright, and doesn’t have the OLED technology like the iPhone X. So if display means everything to you, than the rest of this probably won’t matter. I jotted down some pros and cons for the iPhone 6s vs the iPhone X and here is what I put:
- Weight: Much lighter than iPhone X
- Materials: I liked the aluminum over the glass back
- Speed: Boots up and loads apps within a second of the iPhone X
- Home Button: I forgot how much I love a physical button
- Touch ID: I prefer this over Face ID
- Battery: Lasted about as long as iPhone X
- Display: Smaller and not as bright
- Water Resistant: Can’t take it swimming
- Wireless Charging: Have to plug it in
You can see, the pros outweighed the cons for me. I do miss the display on the iPhone X but saving $600 makes it just a little more bearable. Water resistance would be nice but I have never dropped a phone is water and wireless charging isn’t a huge seller for me. You still have to keep your phone on a pad anyway for it to charge so I am not sure how “wireless” it really is.
Now, I am not saying the iPhone 6s is a better phone than the iPhone X. But, I am saying that it is a better bang for your buck. Still, if you have a $1,000 that is just burning a hole in your pocket than get the iPhone X. But, if you are looking for a great phone on a budget than you should seriously consider the iPhone 6s or iPhone SE (which is basically the 6s in a smaller form factor).
I have been using the 6s for about 2 months now and haven’t looked back. I am hoping to get maybe 2 more years out of it and then look for an upgrade. When it does come time to upgrade again, you can bet I will be checking out older phones first… Unless money is no longer a factor (fingers crossed).