Let’s talk iPhone prices!

It’s no secret that iPhones and Apple products in general are expensive. But you often get what you pay for. The higher prices, the durability, the stability etc were many of those selling points I had that made me switch over to iOS and the Apple ecosystem in 2018. I have not regretted it since. Like I written in my last post, the obsession of getting more Apple products instead keeps getting bigger and bigger. It won’t stop sometimes until I have every last product available to me with the  logo on it, or at least it’s starting to feel like that. But what’s keeping me from buying more stuff from Apple? Well, money and the general idea that I actually (and really) already have whatever it is that I need from them. I have a pretty big collection today of Apple products and I love them and the feeling of having them.

If I could decide 100% about everything we own in this household, basically all technological stuff would be an Apple product wherever possible. The reason? Well, stability, durability and longevity. But those prices… The only thing I’d consider cheap in the Apple product line is the Apple TV. The reason for that is because our crappy collection of Android TV’s (Nvidia Shield) are really crappy and more expensive than an Apple TV. We have three of them, and one just died and we had to swop it out for a new one. Another one, has started to lag, glitch, it keeps restarting and crashing and it has always – from the beginning crashed whenever we watch a movie on it. At least 9 of 10 times that happens. It’s considered a miracle when it does not happen, or something. The third one we barely use, but the few times I’ve tried it’s been basically unusable, so I am not impressed and I’m pretty tired of bad products. I only want stuff that works, reliably, and Apple has a bigger tendency (from rumors and experience) to build stuff that lasts without issues and that’s one of the main reasons I switched from Android and Windows to the Apple ecosystem.

Then there’s the epic story of me always wanting a new phone. Or at least a phone that does what it should that I can rely on no matter what. A phone that lasts and keeps me satisfied for years. Since the Google Nexus line vanished, that’s been a true obsession, because I haven’t really had it. For the past years, that’s been hard, and my reasons for “hating” on the iPhone SE are so tiny, that it’s almost hilarious. I stand by loving my phone, but like I mentioned in the last post, it’s just to tiny in every way, but the iPhone prices are a huge deal for me as of now, and that’s the main thing keeping me from getting a new one. Also I do not want to get one on contract, even though it is “oh, so tempting” these days. But no. The reason for that is that I’ve made my financial mistakes in the past and whenever I stopped making them, I have money. Go figure?! If you don’t spend it on unnecessary shit, you have money… Who could’ve thought? If you don’t spend it on crap, you can actually pay rent. You can have food on the table and live a good life. Just don’t spend it on shit you don’t need. So I’ve stopped. Also I’ve had many phones on contract, and sooner rather than later, I’d like to get a new phone and then I’m still locked in with no way to pay it off without losing my left arm or something. Surely, it’s not that bad today. That’s why it’s sort of tempting to buy on contract because I can pay it off whenever I want. Like I wrote in my last post, I’m just extremely cautious with my money these days and I don’t like having anxiety over what I’ve spent it on. I do spend money, mostly on food, but that’s more important to me today than just getting a new phone every year or something. And now on to the actual post topic. The iPhone prices…

If you’ve hidden under a rock since this blog started, or just don’t read my stuff very well or perhaps you’re here for the first time – you might have missed that I am a Swedish person living in Sweden. My home country is a huge fan of iPhones. Almost 60% or so of all the smartphones sold here are iPhones. Still, we as many other countries such as Canada pay the so called “Apple tax” so the Apple products here are more expensive than in the U.S and some other countries that do not pay this specific tax. In the U.S, many of the Apple products in my book are considered cheap, or at least cheap enough to not break the bank. The iPhone X that came out in 2017 was priced in Sweden about $1300 with today’s money value (jan 2019). That was really expensive, but this year, it’s even worse. Now the cheapest option for getting an iPhone Xs 64 GB is priced at $1400 in the Apple store. If you’re lucky you can save about $100 at other places, but let’s go with the Apple Store prices for now. The “cheaper” iPhone Xr costs about $1070 at the Apple store, and for that phone it’s really expensive as well. These prices are ridiculous, but I personally do not blame Apple for these huge prices. I know it’s because our Swedish crown is worse against the dollar today. Adding to the U.S and those tariffs or whatever, also hikes the prices a whole lot for many countries. But it still sucks.

In a more “normal” world, the correct prices should be at least $150 less. As Swedes buying a lot of Apple products, we’re happy to pay the price for those amazing phones. If the iPhone Xs cost around $1100 that would be a whole lot better. Even $1200 with today’s money would be an ok price, even though it’s “holy-shit-that’s-expensive” price, it would be better. If the iPhone Xr actually cost what what it should, about $899, it would sell out faster than I don’t know what. It’s this year’s price hikes that have failed customers a lot. There are still many people at the Apple Store, and many are buying iPhones still, but I have yet to see an iPhone Xr on the train. All I see are mainly older iPhones or iPhone X’s from 2017. Those sold a lot!

If I should mentioned, like I said before – it is possible to save about $100 if you buy the latest phones from other stores than the Apple Store, and that’s good. The cheapest available for the Xr is just above $1000, but for me, it’s still a bit too steep for a phone of that kind. I at least thought so before I played around with it and realized that the phone is awesome, so now I’m not so sure. The real differences are minuscule, really so if you’re not as obsessive about black backgrounds as I am, you’d be stupid almost not to get the Xr and save a few in the process.

Also I do not know for how much longer I’ll be able to keep my iPhone SE, but I shall try and try and try until I go blue in the face to not buy a new one because of everything and more that I wrote about in my last post. It is driving me nuts, but I should also point out that everything in my head goes in like Speedy Gonzales speed or something, so I can make up my mind fast, and if I generally “take some time to think about it” it mostly means that I’ve made a decision in like 2 hours where many think about it for days or months. The biggest enemy I’m fighting is time, really because everything goes so slowly outside my stupid brain. I feel like I do think about stuff for a long time, but all I do after I’ve come to a conclusion is repeat myself until the problem is solved, and that’s my current situation with all Apple products, but mainly iPhones. And that can go on for years!

It’s like a current loop. I’ve come to the conclusion a while back that I want a new phone, for stupid reasons. Still, I want one. The things I’m contemplating until I’ve actually bought one are:

  • Is the iPhone Xr camera enough? It sure is in every other way…
  • Is the Xr too big? I want a bigger screen, yes, but I hesitate with the phablet aspect.
  • Will the Xs battery life be too small, even though it has all the camera features? No matter what it’s almost guaranteed to be better than the iPhone SE… Anything would be better than the SE’s battery life!
  • Can the Xr take cat selfies with Portrait Lighting using the TrueDepth camera? If so, it’s a given winner – but nothing online says so 🤔
  • How fast can I get myself a custom case made after I’ve actually bought the new device?
  • Will I hate myself if I buy a new phone too early? (probably not, I’d most likely be relieved.)
  • Will the $340 price difference (in Sweden) between the Xr and Xs matter if I really can keep my next phone for like 3 years? Probably not…

After I played around with the Xr and the Xs at the Apple Store the other day, I thought of the amazing idea that I could actually put my cat, Maja (pronounced [Mah-ya]) against an even background, put the Xr on a stand on the floor, set a timer for portrait photos and just go to town with burst mode. Hopefully that way I’ll get a couple of nice photos of her when I need too, and for rear portrait mode photos, there’s an app called Halide or something, and I’d easily get that one if possible. If this plan works, aka that the iPhone Xr actually can take selfies with pets using those portrait lighting and studio effects, my biggest problem is solved. I tried the camera in the store, photographing my hand and another phone and I’ve got some great results, and there is an easy way to get bokeh effects with a normal camera as well, just get the subject close enough and you’re done or something. Below you can se what I mean, all photos are taken with my iPhone SE.

The only thing I’d really think I’d want for those rear camera photos are portrait lightning of my cat Maja and perhaps other people in my life, because they can be so full of expressions, with that amazing background. But I don’t know if I’m being too greedy or something with the choice between the Xr and the Xs. The battery life of the Xs and the bigger price tag is what will decide it for sure, but I’m pretty sure I’d be more than satisfied with the Xr after the last post and experience at the Apple Store. I just wanna make sure that I’m 100% satisfied with the purchase of my next phone – no matter what. That way I won’t be that easily persuaded to upgrade yet again when the new iPhones come out next year etc. No, the next one must absolutely be the phone of choice. The phone to master them all. The phone that is the best of the bunch in all different ways that could easily have or get enough camera features that I would not care that much about newer models. Like I felt when I bought the latest Nexus phones. I’d love to have that feeling again. A phone I’m so extremely satisfied with that I won’t budge, even if I’m a little bit curious… I wonder. Is that the iPhone Xr, the Xs or some other phone?

I can say right now that with the rumors of the iPhone X1 getting 3 cameras on the back seems a lot like overkill, so that’s why I sort of feel like upgrading now. I am not interested in a phone with 3 cameras on the back, no matter what that extra lens could do…

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I played around with the new iPhones today…

And oh, fuck – do I want a bigger phone! Seriously. It’s crazy. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely love my iPhone SE, since it’s probably the best phone I’ve ever had, but it’s so tiny and I hate writing on it, because all words are so often misspelled. By the best I mean that’s it’s the most reliable phone I’ve had so far. I’ve written about this before, when I first got my iPhone SE, so read more in that post to know more. However, this iPhone and Apple obsession never seems to end. It just goes on and on and on. And I do not know why! Isn’t it enough now? Apparently not. I need to have more than just an iPhone, Macbook Pro, Mac Mini and an iPad with the Apple Pencil. I tried the AirPods and I’ve also bought a magic mouse. Sadly the AirPods did not work well enough for my ears, so I returned them after a few weeks. Now I use the OnePlus Wireless Bullets instead. They work fine, but I’d much rather try a pair of BeatsX bullets instead, since they have the W1 chip. That chip is great, because it means I can easily switch between the Apple products I have, but with the OP bullets, not so much. I’m seriously thinking of giving those to my BF and buy myself a pair of BeatsX instead, but we’ll see what happens. No matter what, I want (need) this Apple obsession to stop. Like seriously stop!

One photo of me taken with the iPhone Xr from an Apple Store. I love the black background effect!

Like the title of this post, I do have to tell you about my experience today, playing around for a bit with the new phones. I just had to! It was totally necessary so I could know more. I played with all of them, but mostly the Xr. All the photos in this post are from that phone, including the featured image. The reason for that was because I wanted to try taking black background selfies with all of the cameras, but when I played around with the next one, the Xs, the camera features threw me off a bit. That was because of I noticed that I couldn’t take those light studio photos of objects, only of people and because of that I forgot to take selfies with it. Later, it turned out that it was because of the environment of the store and lack of good backgrounds that was the issue, but still, I’m sad that I couldn’t take any selfies with the Xs. I wanted to know if the camera differences really are such a big deal, because I’d really like to get a cheaper phone if possible, next time I buy one. As of now, it seems even more that the Xr is more than good enough for me, but the three big differences still remain.

ModelXrXsXs Max
PriceWinnerSomewhat winsToo expensive!
SizeSomewhat winsWinnerToo big, but best for typing
Camera featuresMisses portrait lightning on rear camera and no “bokeh” effect for petsHas all the featuresHas all the features
Battery lifeAbsolute winner according to many sourcesProbably worstWinner

With the table above you can see my reasoning of all the devices. At first I have to point out that they are all too expensive, but since they have different price tags, one must be cheaper and one more expensive. In Sweden the prices are outrageous, but that’s a topic for another day. The Xs max was most likely way too big, but sure it was absolutely best for typing. It’s also too expensive, unless I’d get it from somewhere else and I can pay the same price as a normal Xs, so that’s ok. But it’s too big and the Xs Max is most likely out of the picture now. the Xr wins easily with it’s price and the size is ok. As of today as a 8 month-ish iPhone SE user, it felt a bit too big as well, but I liked it and everything about it was a whole lot better than I first anticipated. I did not notice the bigger bezels or the notch. All I cared about was the camera and typing experience. If I’d someday decide to get that one, I’m sure I’ll be more than satisfied with it. The Xs felt best to hold in the hand, but worst at typing, due to the smallest screen, but the screen size was more than enough either way. The LCD screen was also amazing on the Xr, so that would be no problem for me whatsoever.

The three biggest deals for me are price, camera features and battery life. I need a phone that lasts me through a whole day while I’m at school and preferably longer. This means I need it to have enough battery left when I get home so I don’t feel like panicking. Panic occurs when I have less than 50% and it’s before 6PM or something like that. I guess I’m lucky that way? I need the phone to withstand at least 1 hour as hotspot, 2-3 hours of wireless bluetooth listening to Spotify while on the train and be used while I surf the web and go through social media. It’s not necessarily needed for gaming, since I only use my iPad for that these days. It would also be nice if I could take many photos and a video or two without loosing too much battery. With my iPhone SE I have less than 30% often when I have days like that and I’ve been to school and I fucking hate it! And often on those days, I’ve only been away for like 5 hours and I get home at 2 PM. I do not think that’s normal behavior for a phone. Maybe for a phone with that tiny battery, but still, it’s not good. Also the typing experience on the SE sucks! Especially in Swedish, so I am doing everything I can to type on it as little as possible. In order for me to write on it properly I have to use so much energy to make sure I hit the right keys and still, it wouldn’t work that good. I really dislike it but I am still ashamed of thinking of a new phone because of many things and I shall write about those next:

I got my iPhone SE as a gift from my BF for getting a passing grade in math in june 2018. That was amazing! I’ve told myself from the start that I hope this phone will last, and it will, as long as I never leave the apartment and only browse the internet, or something like that. If I use it for anything more, especially out of the house it’s a problem within minutes of use. I hate to be bothered by it, but at the same time I can’t stop thinking about getting myself a better device. If I wasn’t attending college right now, I probably would not care that much, but since I am, and I’m finally doing something with my time, my tiny phone with its tiny screen and tiniest battery in the world is really an issue for me. It makes it hard for me to focus on other things if I’m not doing something really important, like studying, but right now, I’m on the Christmas break, so I’ve gotten more than needed time to think about getting a new phone. Even though I don’t “really” need it.

There are solutions, of course. Always bring my charger with me while on foot. Use a computer to chat whenever possible, and since I’m not an active vlogger on YouTube or that active of a blogger on WordPress, there’s really no need for a fantastic camera in my pocket, since what I have absolutely does the job. I do all of that today and I save my money and I will continue to do so as long as possible. But still, I can’t stop thinking about it and it drives me nuts! I seriously hope I can solve this or stop thinking about this without buying a new phone before it’s time to upgrade anyway. No matter what I will upgrade this year, because I can’t stand these “tiny” issues, because they are tiny. Even as a pun. Tiny as being unnecessary feelings and tiny because everything about the SE is tiny!

As long as I can continue to not buy a new phone just because “I can”, I am considering myself to be a hero or something. You have seriously no idea how much energy and will I have to use in order for me to stop these “buying” feelings… And it’s only gonna get harder after today with this new experience. If I wasn’t so greedy when it comes to money, or cheap, or just simply “I do not want to spend money if I absolutely do not have to” as a person, I’d have an 8 plus, X, Xs, Xr or any other expensive and new(ish) iPhone in my pocket already. However, in my life as of now, since living most of my days rather poorly since I left home in 2001 – I love to save money and not spend it. Like Scrooge MacDuck, without being a billionaire. As of now I’m just a “poor student”.

Spending money makes me nervous if spent on the wrong thing, because I’ve done so way too much when I was younger. I do not want to repeat those mistakes again, so I want to make sure that everything I buy these days are worth while, even though I’m not considered poor by any means any longer, because now I save instead of spend. I bought my iPad with my own money when I started school, and luckily that purchase has not caused me any anxiety whatsoever. I even think about it as a “free” device since I’ve then gotten all that money back by saving each month and I use it on a daily basis for both school, and many other things and I love it. If I perhaps can think of my next iPhone the same way, by continuing to save money and eventually getting it back (by continuing to save money), it will be a lot easier? What do you think? What would you do if you were in my shoes?

Another photo of me with a black background. This time, my face is in color.

My thoughts regarding the 6.1″ iPhone 2018 rumors…

Ok, as per usual – let’s talk more Apple products! It’s not like I can’t do anything else so… I’ve had some thoughts about the rumored 6.1″ iPhone that’s scheduled to be released in the fall of 2018. I, personally hope that this rumor isn’t true, but if it is, I hope that it’s gonna have something more (or less) to offer, depending on how you see it.

If the rumors are true, I wonder – why is that? I mean, why release a bigger iPhone X, but with cheaper specs, probably no 3D touch, lcd screen instead of OLED, and just a single camera? I mean, I have nothing against a cheaper model of the iPhone’s but I don’t understand if it’s going to be bigger than the X from last year. That just seems kinda pointless and weird. Ok, after listening through some podcasts about this topic (mainly Tailosive Tech, of course😍) and watching several videos about it, I know a little bit more, but I still feel that it is such a weird thing for Apple to release. Usually it’s always the smallest phone that is the more “budget friendly” option, so why this change if it’s true?

In my personal view, and also with some of the Tailosive team’s view from an older episode of the podcast, it feels more of a “scam” or something. I mean, it’s more likely that Apple has purposefully released false rumors to throw off the scent from other rumors about the upcoming iPhones leaking out. Also, people got fired from Apple last year – because of the rumors of the iPhone X, so why not spread false rumors?

In my personal view it would also make more sense if Apple would release 3 phones this year, but instead of the 6.1″ phone, they’d release somewhat of a merge between the rumored iPhone SE 2 and the 6.1″ phone.

I mean, I’d preferably see an updated iPhone SE rather than the budget 6.1″ iPhone. At least if the rumors turn out to be true. I will not buy it anyway, since I just got the original SE a couple of weeks back. If the SE 2 would look like the iPhone X, with the notch, had wireless charging, and maybe dual cameras and a starting price of like $500-600, that would probably be a better deal for many instead of the rumored budget version. Unless they actually release both, but I probably see that as very unlikely at this moment. Anyways, with the SE 2 looking like the X, it would most likely have a 5.5″ screen as well. Below you can see what I most likely hope to see when the new iPhones will be released in September. I also think that the names of the phone in my case would be

  • iPhone Mini (former SE with 5,5″ screen)
  • iPhone X (2018 with 5,8″ screen)
  • iPhone X Plus (with 6,5″ screen)

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This is what I think Apple would release in September 2018. Depicted from the left, the iPhone Mini, followed by an updated iPhone X and then the iPhone X Plus. Photo was found on technobezz.com.

If the rumors about the 6.1″ iPhone are true, I really do hope that it will not be a cheaper model. I sincerely hope that it will just be a slightly bigger iPhone X with all the specs, but when I’m writing that, it does not make sense. I mean, why would you want the same phone, but just “slightly” bigger than the 5.8″ version? If it’s only the size that matters, then I guess it would only make sense that Apple would release a newer version of the X and then an X plus and no more, right? Or perhaps add a refreshed SE to the mix with the so called “iPhone 8 treatment”. That means that the SE 2 would get the A11 chip, glass back for wireless charging and an upgraded camera or something, but nothing spectacular. The screen would also remain at 4″ with kept Touch-ID. The price would most likely be kept low, just like it has with the SE since its release.

iPhone X vs iPhone SE
Screenshot between the iPhone X and iPhone SE. It’s a huge size difference even between these two models. Screenshot was taken on phonearena.com 

All and all, I think it’s important for a lot of people that Apple will always have a tinier phone like the SE. That’s because of many reasons, I think. Due to the small form factor, to remember Steve Jobs by and many other reasons. Otherwise I believe that Apple will have a huge problem with customers who refuse to buy a bigger phone, just because of “reasons, tho'”.

I’ve stated before, that the phone I’d be buying is the cheapest one where I’d get “everything”. Also, after using the SE for a while, I’d preferably keep the smaller phone factor. But that won’t happen until another few years down the line. Everything also means, the best battery life, the best camera features and the best specs I can get for the cheapest price possible for a a new iPhone. Or old, depending on where I’m at and where Apple is at when it’s time to upgrade.

Also, to point out – I am not a tech reviewer. This is the first time ever I’ve blogged or wrote about my suspicions regarding the next iPhone. I’ve had over the years, of course, learned about the rumors of the next iPhone, but I’ve never discussed them myself, since I’ve never really planned on buying one, but here we are… Finally, right?😂

This is also one of the shortest posts I’ve written in like a year I think. What an accomplishment!

I’m in love with the iPhone SE!

Yep. It’s true. This little thing has started to grow on me like crazy. It does what it should. It’s easy enough to type on and even though the battery is tiny it is only a problem while I’m on the road. As long as I’m home or at least on a great WiFi connection and use the phone normally, I’ll get like 5-6 hours SOT with about 40-50% battery left when it’s time to sleep. That’s pretty good!

I also really like the tiny format in other ways. First of all, it’s easy to hold and handle with one hand. Mostly though, I’ve been using both hands for most tasks, but that’s mainly because I’m used to that. The camera is amazing! iOS 11 is amazing! Everything is basically amazing!

Close up of some sushi I had yesterday. Look at this amazing quality! #mindblown

I got the new custom case as well last Monday and that has made me love the phone even more. You can see the result of my custom case in the featured image of this post. It is awesome to be able to share to the world that I can put whatever I want on a case and make the phone I own even more personal. I love sticking out from a crowd 😉! I love that feeling and the case I got feels like premium stuff! Then being able to put apps wherever I want on the home screen doesn’t matter as much. I really do not miss android. I still do however feel like iOS and Apple are a bit too locked down when it comes to notifications and custom sounds. Personally, I’ve managed to fix all the issues with notifications so far so now I’m all good, but for those who do not know this can be done, it sure is a difficult process to achieve.

I got a bit shocked when I learned that the alarm volume is tied with the ringer and alert volume. However, I’ve managed to solve that issue. I created the song I wanted in GarageBand and the basics of that was that I lowered the output volume in GarageBand to like 20% or something like that and made sure it exported in that volume as well. Then I put the song I wanted as an iTunes song on my phone and then I just had to choose the right song and problem solved! Somehow this is also possible to do in iTunes itself, but I wasn’t able to make it work and after some more testing I’ve concluded that it does not work for turning down alarm volume. It however works for playing songs in a lower volume while listening to music added via iTunes on a computer. A disclaimer however is probably needed. In order to have an alarm with a lower volume, it only works with non-native songs or sounds you’ve created yourself somehow. If you like the native sounds and alarms that come with your phone, you’re stuck since I do not know how you otherwise can access them and then edit them. The sound I used was found on zedge.net (the website, not the app!) and as far as I know it is legal to use. If not, I’m not to blame, the uploader of the sound is.

Also I am writing, mainly the whole post, on my iPhone SE and it works great! The typing experience is far better in English though, since it’s predictable and autocorrect works like a charm. Writing in Swedish works well too, but since I have some problems with my fingers, I have a tendency to spell words wrong more in Swedish than in English. The problem I have, is that instead of pressing the space bar, I instead hit the “b” or “v” button. It’s really annoying but I have that problem no matter what phone I’ve used with a touchscreen. I don’t know why this happens, though but I do not like it. It also usually happens more when I have sweatier fingers. As far as I know I had the same problem with the blackberry sometimes as well so it is entirely my issue and not a touchscreen issue. I have fibromyalgia and I am stiff all over generally all the time, so having trouble typing is just something I’ve gotten used too. I’ve always had trouble using my hands and fingers for basically everything… It’s amazing that I can tie my own shoes and brush my hair, or something. That’s basically how bad my hands and fingers work, or at least that’s how I feel about it. I also have trouble with touchscreens in general if the touch sensitivity is too low and I’ve noticed on this phone that I have to either press harder or hit the right spot more if I want to go back or just do whatever. It could be an iOS issue or just an issue with this phone but I figured out early how to press and where so that’s not that big of a deal anymore.

All and all I loving this phone and I am so happy that I got it! I’m so happy that my boyfriend bought me an iPhone and I love the custom case options I’ll have for a long future to come! As of now I’m happy with the size, but I’m still curious if the iPhone SE 2 will come this fall and what other iPhones will be released as well. No matter what I’ll keep this one for now and I hope that will be enough. It sure is for now, at least!

It is also rumoured that a bigger iPhone with a 6.1″ screen will be released and that it will be a lot cheaper than both the X and the rumoured X Plus. If I play around with the idea that I get to upgrade this year, I’m only interested in the cheapest phone. Or should I say the cheapest one with the biggest battery that also carries the portrait mode and portrait light features.

If that’s the X, the X Plus or the cheaper rumoured 6.1″ X Lite or whatever it’ll be called, I don’t care. The phone with the cheapest price will win me over IF (and that’s a big IF) the other stuff comes with it as well. Otherwise I’ll might buy an old iPhone X in a few years when it’s time to upgrade. Or the latest one if I’m “rich” by then… Like I’ve said before, those portrait photo things and a bigger battery is basically everything I’d want for now in this phone. I have no complaints otherwise. I love this tiny little thing!

Do you have the iPhone SE? If so, what do you think about it? Write a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

My thoughts about Android… (as a new iPhone user)

In one of my recent posts I wrote that I really dislike Android. That is not really true and I felt after writing that post that I need to clarify my statement a bit further. Hopefully this won’t be a really long 2000 word post, but I can’t promise anything here. Ok, here we go!

I’ve been an android user since 2010 or so. After having an iPhone 3GS I sort of left and never looked back and I’ve been a happy android user for many years. While that might not be the case as of now, it has been a fun ride and I am sad that I feel the way I do about android these days. I wish I could just ignore these feelings and continue being a happy customer, but I can’t. Not any more, and all of my readers that actually care about my posts know all about it by now.

To sum it up, I like (or rather love) Android for what it is in itself. It’s a mobile Operating System that is open source, flexible and very customisable. With Android you can go naked, or Vanilla (aka pure Android) or with a bazillion other features if you go with Samsung for example. Or just Android with the double amounts of apps for the same thing. No matter what, you have a lot of choices and that’s a good thing. There’s a phone for every wallet. Maybe even a perfect phone for everybody? Android as an OS is awesome and I’d probably prefer to keep using it, but here’s the catch:

From all of you who’ve read all my posts about Apple, privacy concerns, Google I/O and also all the fuckups from Google that’s been done for the past years etc. you know what I mean. Android is not what it used to be and I think that’s sad. Although, even though it was not mentioned at all in the Keynote for Google I/O, Android P will enhance many features regarding security and privacy, but from what I’ve learned – I do not trust Google anymore, and therefor I can’t trust Android either. Yeah, Android P might enhance your privacy, and that’s great, but Google as a company still thrives and lives off of your personal data and with all the AI and Machine Learning (ML) they’ve started focusing on, I do not believe that the Android experience will be a lot better, probably only worse. However, if iOS does this better than Android is for me hard to tell, because I haven’t used my iPhone SE for that long. I use a mac mini (late 2012 version) as of now and I play around with a 5+ year old iPad mini 2, and that alone has not taught me the differences regarding privacy and AI/ML stuff. All I know from that is that I really like macOS and that iOS might be limiting, but it’s reliable and have a bunch of nifty features I wish Android would have. The only thing that feels weird when it comes to iOS vs Android is I now have to use the home button and the apps are not placed like they were in my last Android phones, so that makes it a tiny bit harder to find the apps faster, but I’ll get used to that! There are also a lot of hacks and workarounds to get iOS more pleasant, but I’ve figured out most of them for my personal use. Most of them have to do with custom ringtones.

There is also the whole thing about stability that also makes me wanna sway away from Android. The Nexus line from Google is no more. The Pixel phones do not sell officially in Sweden. Samsung puts mainly garbage on their phones and other have their skin on top of Android. If I would have stayed an Android user I’d firstly try out the One Plus 6, since that seem to be the closest reliable phone you could get in the Android world. It would be awesome to have the best of both worlds, a reliable Android phone that lasts like it’s new for like 3+ years, instead of me feeling like the phone needs an upgrade after like a year. The reason why I say that is because of experience. And because I love technology 😉.

Android phones lag, stutters, slows down, crashes, become unresponsive etc and that’s something that usually happens within the first year of purchase. Usually as well, there are no updates to fix the issues. No, its better to just buy a new phone! Not all customers might experience this, but it’s really common. Or they do, but learn to live with it and accept it, or do not realise that it’s a problem. From what I’ve come to learn about iOS devices, that does not really happen, until many years more and then Apple slows down the devices in order to save the batteries. With iOS 12, they’ll probably fix that problem as well and older devices will become a lot snappier again. Also my iPhone SE works a whole lot better than my Lenovo P2, but the battery life sucks when I use it. It’s great on stand-by, but otherwise I’d probably have to charge it twice a day with my usage. That’s also due to me normally starting to panic when I get closer to 50% battery during the day and there’s like 6+ hours until bedtime. I know I don’t have to charge the phone, probably but I most likely do that anyways since I really don’t like it when the battery status is too low.

That brings us to updates and manufacturers of Android devices care of their consumers. Only 6% of android devices have the latest upgraded version of the OS, which is Android Oreo 8. That version was released last fall. That’s mind boggling and I find it absurd that it’s like that low if you go with a more open platform. For iOS devices, it’s basically always been at least 75% of all users within a few months of the release. As of may 31st, 81% of devices run iOS 11. That’s amazing!

And now for the main part – customisation. iOS is known for being limited, hard to customise, but I see it a bit differently from what I’ve learned and tried out for the past week or so. Yes, some things with iOS is really limiting, like how hard it is to change ringtones for certain apps, but in general I have come to believe that the way you customise iOS are in many ways a lot more cooler than the way you can do it with Android. Yes, in Android, you can put the icons where ever you want on the home screen, put them in folders etc. You choose backgrounds and it’s easy to get a custom ringtone for basically every app on your phone. But, where it could matter more is how your phone looks on the outside. Now, unless you have a Samsung phone, your phone is most likely black and boring and looks like every other android device out there. For Samsung phones, it’s easy to get great looking accessories to make your phone shine and look cool. My last android was a “never-even-heard-of” Lenovo P2 phone, so finding a case I liked was really hard. I had to buy one on eBay and wait for weeks to get it and it was not even available in the colour I wanted. That’s because I live in Sweden, and eBay is not available here officially. I also haven’t found a single website online where I could safely create a custom case with a photo or image of my own choice. No, you need a way more popular android phone for that. At least d-brand offers skins for the OP6, but that’s not enough, at least not for me. However, I’m fully aware that there were so called wallet cases for my Lenovo P2, but my sister in law bought one for her phone (she has the same android as my last one). I tried to put that gigantic wallet case in my pocket and found it to be very uncomfortable. Also I am not that interested of replacing a real wallet with a wallet case that also contains my phone. If I’d drop it, I’d also lose my phone in the process. That would not be a good thing.

There’s also the learning curve. iOS is really simple and intuitive, and I’m blown away by the  ecosystem. It’s absolutely amazing how seamless everything is! Before I started to play around with the iPad during the fall of 2017, I thought that the simplicity made iOS also way more complicated than it needs to be. From what I’ve learned and now know, I’ve almost come to prefer iOS over Android, because no matter what device – I know where to find all the settings. For every Android device, it’s always different. I feel sorry for all those non-techy people that have no clue on where to handle their phones. With iOS it’s a simple process and switching to a new iPhone is almost too easy. Especially if you keep a backup in iCloud, because then you could get the exact same setup on the new device as you had on your old one. That’s cool! Not to mention useful. That’s why I prefer to use the Google Now launcher, even though I’ve been using the Evie Launcher for a month or so. when I was still using Android, that is. I prefer Google Now, over Evie, but it’s a little bit better for privacy at least. It was also extremely easy to switch from Android to iOS with the special app, that Apple provides for Android users.

All and all, I like Android for what it is, but I am now an iOS user and I have no plans whatsoever to ever go back willingly. I hope that my iPhone SE will last me at least two years as well.

Also, you should know that I wrote this post several days before posting it, and then I saw this video on YouTube, which basically sums up all my current thoughts about Android in a few minutes. Please watch!

What are your thoughts on Android vs iOS? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

Guess what?! It did end with an iPhone!!!

Yes, what you’ve read in the title is true. I am now an iPhone user and it happened in a way I never thought was possible. My boyfriend bought me one! He’s said that I won’t be getting another phone from him, but since I managed to pass my math class, I got one as a gift last Thursday and I couldn’t be happier. Well, I could, but like I wrote in my last post about payment plans, you know where I stand. I got an iPhone SE, and because that’s an iPhone – I am thrilled! I love it, and I’ve gotten used to the tiny size of it.

How it happened…

Last Thursday, the day after I found out that I passed math, I spent the afternoon with a friend of mine who was gonna babysit our cat over the weekend. We went to the mall that’s nearby, bought a smoothie and I spent most likely a half an hour nagging about how iOS would be so much better than Android for so many reasons and why I wanna switch over to it. My BF was on his way home and I had a secret plan of going into the Apple store and play around with all the stuff in there, but I still felt a bit ashamed of my Apple obsession, but in the end I never went in to the store. A few minutes later me and my friend met up with my BF. He said he could be a bit late and when we met him he said that he’d been to a store to look for a thing. My first thought was – “Did he just buy me an iPhone?! Nah…” I still hoped it was true, but I figured that it was probably something else he bought. If I was wrong, I did not want to feel disappointed. My memory sucks these days so I could very easily have been wrong. When we got home a bit later, the first thing that happened after we went into the kitchen was that he handed me the box that contained an iPhone SE. I was so happy I cried and jumped around like crazy!!!

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The Space Gray iPhone SE is now mine! I was so happy that he got me the right colour as well! I do not like the white front on iPhones that much…

The photo above is from when I got it out of the box. You cannot believe the happiness I felt!!! It was so tiny and it weighed nothing compared to my Lenovo P2, but I spent the whole evening, basically setting the phone up. It went great, apart from me not getting the chat history from WhatsApp in it. Apparently it can’t be done without some no-name software that I do not want to download, so I guess I just have to start from scratch with my conversations with the BF on that platform, but that’s fine.

So far the phone works great, but I’ve had some hiccups with it. Most of the disturbances lies within the battery life. That sucks! But it’s probably because I’m used to not having to worry about it. Also I sort of can’t stop using it which drains the battery faster as well. The stand-by time is however great. If I don’t use it, basically no battery is used (unless I listen to podcasts for some reason?!), but if I start to do anything it drops really fast. I’ve had to charge it twice, pretty much daily except for Saturday, because then we were at a wedding all day and I didn’t wanna be rude and stare at my phone all day then. The other hiccups I’ve noticed is that it’s sometimes hard to press buttons to go back, but I’ve guess I figured out that I’m pressing wrong. I’m used to pressing exactly on the “X” or whatever button there is, but apparently you’re supposed to press a little bit on the right or the left of it if you want to go back or exit from where you are. Also I’ve notices that some apps tend, not to crash, but I have to press some apps multiple times in order to get in to the app. This mostly happens with communication apps, like FB messenger and WhatsApp if I open them from the lock screen or right after unlocking the phone. It’s a bit strange, but it hasn’t happened for a few days so that could’ve been temporary.

I’ve also gotten used to the size of it now. I tried using my BF’s phone the other day because I wanted to look for something on Android, and his phone felt huge. A few minutes later I used the iPad and that felt enormous! The iPad still feels enormous! Having a tiny phone has its advantages, though, but if I could I’d really go back to having a bigger one. Maybe not iPhone 8 plus size, but at least a bit bigger then the SE. If not for the bigger screen, then at least for the battery life. I am however sick and tired of constantly getting new phones, so I’m hoping and planning that the SE will last me at least two years or so and then I hope I’m able to buy a bigger iPhone – if I’m still that pleased with the experience. By then Apple would most likely have released several improved versions of the iPhone X and hopefully the price will be better in the future for all iPhones. And it actually fits in my pocket!

So far, over all I’m in love with it. The seamlessness between the iPad and other Macs is amazing! We were traveling over the weekend and with a click I could share the wi-fi with the iPad from my iPhone. Absolutely amazing! Among a bazillion other cool stuff I’ve noticed. Apps in general look gorgeous on the iPhone!

The typing experience has also been pretty much amazing. iOS in itself does a better job with typing then Google’s Gboard. The only thing that feels weird while typing is that it’s a whole lot different from the iPad. The iPad has so called “key flicks” or something like that, which makes typing letters, numbers and other special characters a whole lot faster. The iPhone does not have that and even the “.” character is nowhere to be found, normally when chatting with a friend. I guess that’s also something to get used to and I have and overall it’s working beautifully to type on such a tiny screen!

Last Friday, after arriving in Stockholm I went right into a store and bought a case for it. Of course I could find a super pink one in silicone for cheap, and so I bought it. I’ve also today ordered a custom printed case with one of the biggest cuddle bugs ever on it, Gandalf – the Great Dane with a glass screen protector. I’m looking forward to having that case. The pink silicone one works ok. It does not sit that tight as I want it to, but it looks gorgeous and feels great in the hand. I personally prefer silicone cases to my phones, and I hope that the custom case I’ve ordered is in better quality then the pink one. I’ll of course save the pink case and switch between them whenever I feel like it and it feels great to have a phone that’s easy to accessorise.

I’ve switched around as well with the app placements and now I believe I’m sort of finished with that. All my apps are in different folders on the first home screen and categorised and that’s great! I could sure use some widgets, but I guess you can’t have everything…

It basically all feels like a dream, and now I finally feel like I can relax a bit. My obsession with Apple will not cease to exist anytime soon, but what I mean is that it’s now “fine” or whatever to talk Apple products, watch Youtube videos and listen to podcasts etc about Apple without feeling that much shame. It has helped my mind to focus on this anyways and it’s been a silent motivator to help passing with math class and looking forward to the future. Also my mom got an older Macbook Pro as a birthday gift the other week and we helped her out with setting everything up and that felt great. I was able to freely talk about Apple products and even my parents several times mentioned why they are so happy with Apple. The reason for it is because it is simple, reliable and works seamlessly between devices. Before, my mom had a really bad Windows laptop and she’s gone nuts with using that computer. It’s basically due to the laptop not having enough RAM or an SSD, but even with macOS, everything will be a lot easier for her and the family. And that’s something I’m looking forward to as well, because if I can decide as of now, I’ll officially never go back to using Android and Windows full-time ever again. Of course I’ll keep my old desktop PC, because who knows how long the Mac mini will hold, but I’m hoping it will last until I myself have the money to buy an iMac or something in about 3-4 years depending on what will happen the upcoming years for me.

I am now “fully emerged” into the Apple ecosystem except for the Apple Watch, AirPods and an Apple TV, but who’s counting?! However, I don’t think it would be that hard to leave it as of now. As long as I keep being an iPhone user, everything should be fine. The only thing I’d miss as of now is iMessage and the seamless experience that’s come with that since getting an iPhone. It’s absolutely amazing to answer phone calls and SMS on my computer, just because I have an iPhone! On the other hand, I still use Google drive for documents and I can reach those wherever I am anyways and iTunes is available for Windows as well. Also the seamless experience I’ve noticed using photos is also pretty great. It makes me somewhat interested to stop using Google photos and start using iCloud instead, but if I do that I’d have to pay for it. However, in the future when I might afford it and I know I’m staying with Apple I might switch, but for now I’m pleased with having Google Photos, since it’s a free service and works fairly well. The only downside to it is that it takes ages for it to sync across all my devices. iCloud photos syncs seamlessly without me barely noticing. Also,  the iCloud photo sharing and photo stream thing works anyways, without me officially storing all the photos in iCloud so that’s a great workaround as of now as well.

Well, I’m happy as hell. How about you? What were your thoughts if you’ve ever switched from Android to iOS? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Desperate thoughts requires a great payment plan?

I’ll continue with my obsessive iOS, Apple vs Android talk. I can’t stop, as you might as well know. And it’s all getting worse as time moves on. It doesn’t help that I know I can’t spend money on new things. It does not help either that I’ve sort of found a way to get an iPhone 8 plus without breaking the bank too much. And also, it certainly does not help that I lost my job and will become “poorer” even if I’m a student in the fall.

It would be a lifelong dream come true, since I’ve always wanted to work and/or study computer science. My dream of doing that this years hangs on a really thin thread however. If I’ll be able to get a passing grade in my math class I’ve been struggling with during this spring, I might have a teeny, tiny chance of getting accepted to one of the college applications I’ve made, but I guess it’d take a miracle for both those things to happen. If I will be able to get in to college in the fall, I’d be happy as hell, even with less money. Then it would all be worth it. As life is right now it is just “meh.” and I do not like it. Besides that I have wonderful people in my life and food on my table and other stuff without having to worry, there are so many other things I’m longing for right now and I’m so sick and tired of waiting.

If I do not get in, I’m either unemployed until I get a new job or get in to college during the next fall, or I’ll keep studying and go do math for a 4th time. Yeah, in case you didn’t know – this is the 3rd time I’m taking this class! The first two times, however, I wasn’t serious about it and didn’t need it. I just took the class for fun, but now it’s like life or death scenario. I’m kicking myself pretty hard these days for not knowing back then how much I really do needed it for my future. If I had a passing grade already in math, I’d already most likely be a developer of some sorts, but I am not and because of crappy choices I’ve made I have to go back to school, 4 years after graduation because I will not get a full-time, passionate job otherwise. With my current situation, I’ll only be able to work part-time with administration or something and I’d like to try and do more with my life and earn a lot more money to boot.

It all depends on a passing grade in math right now. And all I can think of is that I want an iPhone. It’s a bad feeling. I hate it. It should be a miracle that I managed to keep using the Mac mini as my main computer and that i have an iPad to play around with, but no. That’s not enough… I desperately want an iPhone. No other phone will do right now. I really dislike Android. I do not trust Google. You can read why here, in case you’ve missed my reasons for all that.

When I say I want an iPhone, it’s not hugely important that it’s an iPhone 8 plus. Of course, that’s the phone I’d most likely get if I get the chance, but I’m also contemplating getting the SE, even though it’s so frickin’ tiny. I’ve stated in my last post that it’s not a bad phone, but I really dislike the size of the screen and Apple did not release a new rumoured version of the SE either at WWDC 2018. It’s sort of like this:

Benefits of the iPhone 8 plus:

  • Bigger screen
  • It’s the latest iPhone to get (besides the X, of course)
  • It has wireless charging
  • No headphone jack (yeah, I’d probably wouldn’t mind skipping that one)
  • Easier to type? (because of the bigger screen?)
  • Better camera (Studio Light, Portrait mode etc)
  • Better battery life (than both the X and the SE)
  • Perhaps also better reception due to the glass back?

Benefits of the iPhone SE:

  • Cheap as hell (could buy it in one go without to much financial damage, or just get a cheap payment plan, without breaking the bank)
  • Easier to hold?
  • it’s an iPhone!

Downside of the iPhone 8 plus:

  • More expensive
  • Might be too big and/or heavy? It’s the same size as the Nexus 6P and that one was almost too big, but you get use to it. I’d rather have a bigger phone, now that I know I have pants with big enough pockets to fit the phone in.

Downsides of the iPhone SE:

  • So tiny with huge bezels!
  • Great camera, but no special benefits like Portrait mode etc
  • It’s an older model, two years+ as of writing this

Benefits of both phones:

  • They’re iPhones
  • They’re not Android crap! Aka I’ll probably get a more reliable smartphone experience
  • I’ll get better privacy options
  • iMessage & FaceTime! Huge benefit in regards to communicating with my family. They all have iPhones!
  • Both will be supported and fully functional for many years to come. The SE will most likely get iOS updates for at least 3-4 more years and the 8 plus for at least 4-5 years.
  • I can talk to Siri and/or dictate in Swedish with my accent. That does not work with Android!
  • Both work seamlessly with the Mac mini and iMovie etc. It’s amazing, really! ecosystem for the win! Android and Windows can not even compare!
  • A gazillion other reasons, such as all the cases and accessories you could get and customise them on the outside. It’s a bit hard to do that unless you have a crappy Samsung phone if you go with android… I’d love to have a phone that I could show off with a personal logo, or a favourite photo of mine etc. See an example below:

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Wouldn’t this be an amazing case for a smartphone? It’s a photo of the biggest cuddlebugs out there. A Great Dane called Gandalf!

So what’s the conclusion, then?

Well. I do not know. Not until I get an OK from the BF that I can spend money on a new phone I won’t get either one. I’m sort of to scared to talk to him about it, because of whatever reasons. It’s my money to spend, of course, but I’m guessing that he’d both understand why I want this and also feel a bit betrayed because I’m spending “promised” money on something I don’t really need. And I have mentioned his dislikes about Apple products, but we’ll se. I will not do anything without his approval. Now, that might seem that he rules over me like I’m his slave or something, but nothing could be further from the truth. I owe him a lot. He’s a great boyfriend and I would be nothing without him and I’d basically do anything for him. It means a lot for me to do things with his approval. About 99% of the time we agree on everything we should do or buy, so why not in this case? Because I made a promise – that’s why! Even though it was my own choice… And you already know how “ashamed” I feel about my Apple obsession that just won’t stop.

But that bugs me daily and it keeps me from focusing on other things besides math. More on that later. At the moment it feels like basically everything we own breaks or does not work properly. Besides the Mac mini then, and the iPad that is… My Android phone is buggy, lags and stutters like crazy, and it is unresponsive several times a day. Also with the knowledge that I now have of Google makes me wanna puke and get everybody I know to switch to Apple. It’s so sickening with this privacy and AI crap. Apple can do all that without spying on peopleC’mon Google! WTF?! 

I should also point out that exploring macOS and using the iPad for various stuff has been really great. I feel it has helped me to focus more on the math class, since I no longer wonder what macOS is like and how to use iMessage etc. It’s a lot of fun, and I like that iTunes and the Podcast app syncs as well and the built-in email client in macOS has helped me use Gmail without thinking about the privacy issues, so that’s also great.

Ok, if I check the list and explain a little bit more of my obsession with this it should go a little bit like this:

I’d love to have an iPhone and I am certain that no matter what phone I would get, I’d be happy with it. I mean, anything would probably be better than Android right now. I also have to mention a thing I’ve found out that totally changes everything. It’s not uncommon that people these days get smartphones a long with a payment plan. It’s how a lot of people manage to afford the iPhone X, for example.

For me, it’s a little bit different, for basically two reasons. The first reason is that I’ve sort of made a promise to myself that I would never, ever again get anything on a payment plan. Besides the obvious that is, like a mortgage etc. The promise is basically that I will never ever again get a payment plan for technology or stuff. That’s because of one of my ex boyfriends that fucked up my life totally money-wise.

It’s all fine and dandy as of now and it has been for over 5-6 years or so, even though I’m getting poor again, because of lack of jobs and hopefully becoming a student. I’m the “poor” one now, but together with the awesome current BF of almost 10 years, our lives are great and we are more rich than poor, really. The other reason for not getting payment plans for smartphones or technology is due to money and me being smart about spending it.

I prefer saving up and buying the stuff without having a bunch of loans etc to pay off. It’s cheaper in the long run. Also, I am a person who rarely makes phone calls and do 95% of surfing the web on wi-fi, so my phone bill is really low. It’s generally between $12 and $18 per month and I’d like it to not exceed that, if I’m honest. Basically all my phone calls go to family members as well and all of them (except the BF) have iPhones! At least the family on my side…

Most payment plans for an iPhone in Sweden right now is somewhere between $37 and $55 depending if you’d get the X or the 8 plus. And on top of that is often a really high phone bill of at least $22 or so depending on your carrier of choice. The “low” price of $22 is a set amount “all-you-can-spend” phone buffet per month, but many carriers in Sweden usually have at least doubled that price. It’s more likely the norm to have a phone bill these days around $100, including a payment plan for a smartphone so I’m really on the low-end here.

I have gone with one of the cheaper carriers, so that’s why I’ve managed to have such a low phone bill. Basically, my point is that a payment plan with a set amount is at least $60 or so, and that’s not cheap. For me, personally that means I’ll get $40 less to save every month, so it’s not really an option for me.

However, the thing I’ve come to know is really mind boggling. It’s something I thought wasn’t possible to do any longer in Sweden, but it turns out it is. It is possible to make a down payment on your payment plan and also you could pay the rest of it whenever you’d like as well and keep your original and current plan with the carrier. It’s sort of amazing. That means that I’m in a situation that sort of looks like this:

Scenario 1, I’ll get the iPhone 8 plus:

  • I’ll make a down payment of $608 or so (which is the equivalent to what I’d spend on the OnePlus 6 if I should have gotten that one instead)
  • The rest, which is $400 or so without AppleCare+ I’d setup in a payment plan that spans for 24 months and/or pay it off before that when I feel I can afford to.
  • The monthly bill for my phone bill would then be the original $17 plus an additional $16 or so, which would be more satisfactory for my wallet. I don’t spend much money and that I’d personally could live with. Having a working phone is like all I ever need, or something so that in itself is not that expensive.

Scenario 2, I’ll get the iPhone SE:

  • I’ll get the whole phone on a payment plan and do not pay anything upfront, except for maybe 25 cents or so. Then the monthly bill would be a total of $27 for 24 months, unless I’d pay it off in advance.
  • Or, I’ll buy the whole phone at once which I could get for as little as $367, which is a lot less than $608 that I’d originally plan to spend on an iPhone if I’d get one.

What would you choose if you were in my shoes?

No matter what, I’d get a customised case and a screen protector for my phone, just because I can and because it’s a must. I do not know id I’d get AppleCare, but it would surely be recommended if I’d end up getting the 8 Plus.

And this was another long post. I might have to change my tagline… Long rants about veganism and Apple?😂