After owning multiple iPhones and bringing my well-loved, aging MacBook Pro back from the edge of death, there’s no doubt that I loved the Apple products I owned. It’s why I kept going back. The $1800 I spent on my laptop in 2011 has been more than worth it, and my battered iPhone 5 is still trucking it, cracked screen, broken speakers and all. Of course, just when I was finally breaking down, preparing to get a new phone, they had to do it.
Apple finally made me snort, shake my head and laugh, “oh, hell no.”
If there’s one sure way to turn a fan away from your brand, it’s letting your product drain their wallet a bit too much, and with the release of the iPhone X, Apple’s done just that. For this formerly loyal customer, $1000 is far too damn much for a phone. That’s over half of what I paid for my MacBook Pro!
Let’s be clear: Despite being an Apple fan, the main reason I got my previous iPhones was due to the discount deals from my cell phone contract. But that was back when I needed a good data contract because I didn’t work at home. Now that I’m a Project Fi subscriber? I’ve lived on T-Mobile instead of using their carrier switching, which allowed me to use my ragged, free iPhone…after my used Nexus 5x died the month I got it. (BEWARE the dreaded bootloop!)
I mean, if I’m not going to spend $700 on a Pixel, I’m surely not going to splurge for an iPhone that costs even more. Hell, I bitch all day because Project Fi doesn’t have a $250-range phone!
I do admit, I was a bit disappointed that the new iPhone costs so much. I’ve owned iPhones so long that I was seriously considering biting the bullet. Familiarity, you know? Instead, I went on the hunt to see what I could get that was cheap. That’s where I found just the thing I needed: a low-cost Android that barely touches the money in my bank.
Yes, I bought a damn Amazon Prime Exclusive Alcatel A30 Plus. Go ahead, judge me.
For $80, this is what I got:
- 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 16 GB internal memory – option for 32 GB expandable memory via microSD
- 5.5″ HD display
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 5 megapixel front-facing camera
Scoff all you want, phone snobs, but I use my phone maybe once a day. I mostly surf the web on it when laying in bed at night. I could honestly use a damn old-school flip phone and it wouldn’t matter as little as I use a phone, but you know what? It never hurts to splurge a little. I do love to play pool, SimCity and slots, after all.
All joking aside, I’m really surprised at how decent the phone is for so cheap. It won’t surprise me if it dies in a year or starts having issues in the near future. I know what I paid for, and it isn’t high quality. The one thing it is, however, is more flexible than my iPhone.
Nintendo emulator on my phone? Yes please!
Blue light filter? Holy hell, there’s one built in?
You mean I can restore my barely used Nexus 5x info from my Google backup? Niiiccceee.
Dude, my phone has facial recognition? WTF do I need a $1000 iPhone with Face ID then?
I didn’t have my Nexus long, but after using an iPhone again for months and coming back to an Android, I have to admit that I love it. That’s right. This former Apple fan girl has turned to the dark side.
I’m sure some of you will give me hell for taking so long.
Others will tell me that I’ll regret it.
The one thing I know is this: I just saved hundreds of dollars by switching to Android.
I know, I know, I know. They say the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. But right now? My wallet sure is!