Being smart about smartphones

Weekend readers share why they’d get a new iPhone, or not


THERE has been a cutthroat competition among smartphone manufacturers in recent years. Even though Apple falls behind Samsung, and was eclipsed by China’s Huawei in terms of sales in the second quarter of this year, for some inexplicable reason, people are still drawn to it like moths to a flame (or like Eve to that forbidden fruit). And now for the second consecutive year, Apple has released three new iPhones at once. With steep price tags that start at $749, and specs that are fairly identical save for a few slight differences, this new fleet demands some careful research to help you make the right choice — you are spending a fortune after all. These readers weigh in on which Apple is ripe for their picking.

Julienne Etulle, 25
Post Graduate Intern
Camp Lapu-Lapu Station Hospital

“I would pick the iPhone XS. It is perfectly sized, one-hand friendly and has a dual sim feature. Perfect for doctors who usually have two phones for personal and professional use. I could also enjoy two great features – the Smart HDR, which avoids overexposure in my photos, and Depth Control, which allows me to manually adjust the blur intensity. As for the price, it is relatively cheaper compared to XS Max. Although the XS max offers a larger screen, the iPhone XS still showcases the same vividness and quality of its display. With the iPhone XS I get handiness, HD-quality and value for my money.”

Julieanne Langcauon, 25
Marketing Officer
SM City Consolacion

“They all seem to have what I look for in a phone, big screens and long battery life, so I’d pick any one of them actually. I’m an Android gal, so having an iPhone, whatever series it is, is a total upgrade.”

Ingrid Silapan, 27
Software Developer
SUSH Mobile

“In terms of performance, battery life, display and camera upgrades, the latest 2018 iPhones offer much better specs than any of their predecessors overall. If I were to currently upgrade my iPhone 7 right now I would go for the iPhone XS. Though the iPhone XR would be a more practical choice because it still offers most of the same features, I think I wouldn’t be able to trade out the better OLED display and higher screen resolution, telephoto camera and 5G that are available on the XS.”

Bertoni Salazar, 31
Owner Tough Gear Sportswear

“The XS Max. The Super Retina OLED has the most accurate color display in the industry now. It has a larger screen, improved speakers, improved water resistance, and no home button. Definitely a new and better iPhone experience for business and leisure.”

Lyza Espina, 25
Registered Medical Technologist
Gonzalez Healthcare Systems

“None of the above because I think they’re mostly the same with their predecessors. Not worth an upgrade for me. Maybe I’ll just wait for its 20th anniversary (lol).”

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