1. liljummie's Avatar
    So my father is finally switching from android (droid turbo) to an iPhone. He is still on an older Verizon plan that still gets upgrades every two years. He can get an iPhone 6 plus 64gb for $1. Does anyone forsee an issue with him using this for two years? He's only using the device for the basics; email, call, text, photos and Facebook. My main concern is with updates and slowing the phone to a crawl.
    08-29-2016 11:38 PM
  2. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    The 6 should last at least two years, probably longer. It's a great phone, even today.
    08-29-2016 11:41 PM
  3. Bazza1's Avatar
    Hey, I'm a mid-50s guy who has been fairly ambidextrous when it comes to Android and iPhones - I've currently got the iPhone 64GB and I've not noticed any significant speed issues (even with iOS updates) on it.

    Bear in mind that with iPhones, there is not the almost infinite number of variants that the Android OS has, so apps (and their developers) don't have to struggle as hard to make sure the app works as intended on the iPhone. By theory, that should make the apps less crash-prone and operate as efficiently as possible on the iPhone. And mostly, that's the case - certainly no worse than with Android.

    The 'basics' as you describe should certainly not stress out the 6 at all. There are apps out there for the current OS that demand significantly more 'horsepower' from the OS and 6 than your father's needs. He may even find some of them over time.

    Of course, with any piece of electronics, 'stuff happens' - hardware issue or customer accident may occur. iPhone comes with a one year hardware warranty (one year short of the upgrade date) - up to your father whether the AppleCare+ warranty expense is worth it. This would offer a second year of hardware, plus two instances of customer 'oops' care (say, dropping the phone and screen breaking), with a deductible that is cheaper than most of the repairs with Apple off-warranty. Given he's getting the phone for a $1 on this 2 year Plan, might be worth it? Or not. He could almost certainly get a cheap unlocked Android phone for about (or less than) the price of the Applecare + at, say, a Staples, if the unthinkable happens.

    If anything, I'd recommend him getting a rigid case for the iPhone (yes, they really can bend - mine did a tiny bit before I got a chance to get it a case) and a screen protector, if the case doesn't include that. And battery drain was a bit surprising for me - big phone, more drain - and I wasn't prepared to hobble all the features that cause the drain (and make the phone convenient for me), so I sorted that out with a rigid case that included a battery pack (not Apple's and not Mophie - works just fine).

    Two years should be just fine for your father. Heck, my backup if something goes wrong is an iPhone 4 which, up until 'upgrading' was still working just fine with all the apps I have on my current phone. And the 4 came out in 2010...
    08-31-2016 04:15 PM
  4. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    So my father is finally switching from android (droid turbo) to an iPhone. He is still on an older Verizon plan that still gets upgrades every two years. He can get an iPhone 6 plus 64gb for $1. Does anyone forsee an issue with him using this for two years? He's only using the device for the basics; email, call, text, photos and Facebook. My main concern is with updates and slowing the phone to a crawl.
    He shouldn't have any problem over the next two years with the aforementioned device.
    08-31-2016 05:10 PM
  5. anon(9776449)'s Avatar
    Every iPhone should last at least 3 years before you buy another one according to Apple. So don't worry about the updates and don't think of it's gonna slow the device. The iPhone 6 Plus still a great product. I have many friends who bought it recently and they are completely fine with it. Plus, they don't use it for just the basics. So if he is going to use for the basics need go ahead and buy it. Totally recommend.
    08-31-2016 05:34 PM
  6. liljummie's Avatar
    Ended up with a 6s plus. Thanks for the input!
    mariusfilip likes this.
    09-03-2016 09:26 PM
  7. Ariza16's Avatar
    Can never go wrong with a 6S Plus
    09-03-2016 09:35 PM

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