And the award of being my next smartphone goes to…

After a few days of weighing all factors, I came to a final decision.SmartphoneReturn

Here are the factors that I considered before shipping one of the phones back:

Specs

There’s no doubt that when you’re truly shopping for a device no matter what it may be, you’re going to compare the specs.

At the end of the day, it is a personal choice as to what operating system and device is right for you. A few other things that came up in conversation also contributed to my final decision.

I asked my wife: “Would you ever switch to Android?”

Her answer: “No. I don’t do as much on a smartphone as you do – all I really do is take pictures and videos, surf a bit and text. To learn something new for what I use it for I can’t be bothered.

When I first asked her that question I thought there may be a glimmer of hope for her exact reasoning, but at the end of the day, I don’t blame her. She knows what she knows – no sense in disrupting that!

I also talked to a friend who said: “I was going to go Android, but since my wife uses an iPhone it’s just easier to stick with Apple.

hangoutsThis comment at first thought seemed to be reasonable, but after thinking about it, why would anyone settle for a device for this reason? Yes, there is family app and location sharing, etc… but with other apps (such as Google Hangouts) that are cross-platform unlike the siloed iMessaging and other Apple policies, anything is possible.

I was between two devices that really, I shouldn’t have been comparing directly at all. I should have been comparing the Nexus 6P to the iPhone 6S Plus, but at almost twice the price considering the storage difference, it was a no-brainer not to even bother.

After a little bit of back forth, I decided on the Google Nexus 6P, and I couldn’t be happier. As mentioned in my previous blog posts on this experience, it is an absolutely stunning device that holds it’s own against the competition. The specs above are debatable either way, and as I mentioned previously, it really does come down to personal preference. I have an open enough mindset to actually shop around rather than just upgrade to the next device in a brand’s line.

I’m happy that I did, as it has opened my eyes to so much that I didn’t really consider before.

Thank you for following my random blog 3-part series on my smartphone upgrade, and I hope that you found it if not a little bit informative, at least entertaining!

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