Going through my notes, I realized that I neglected to write about pricing and storage tiers in my iPhones 6 review. I really wanted to, and blame exhaustion for omitting it. I just went back and added it, but assuming most of you have already read my review, I’ll quote the new section here for your convenience:
Pricing decisions are sometimes subjective, but to me it feels
just right that the 6 Plus costs $100 more than the regular 6 at
each storage tier. The superior display quality, optical image
stabilizer, and larger battery seem like a fair deal for $100.
This also means this is the first year ever in which I’m not
buying myself the most expensive iPhone.
I’m glad to see Apple double the middle and high storage tiers,
from 32/64 to 64/128. I like to store my entire music library on
my iPhone, but with “only” 64 GB of total storage, that meant I
kept running out of space as I shot videos and took photos. (I
love panoramic photos, but they’re very large.)
But I don’t understand why the entry level storage tier remained
at a meager 16 GB. That seems downright punitive given how big
panoramic photos and slo-mo HD videos are, and it sticks out like
a sore thumb when you look at the three storage tiers together:
32/64/128 looks natural; 16/64/128 looks like a mistake. The
original iPhone, seven years and eight product generations ago,
had an 8 GB storage tier. The entry-level iPhones 6 are 85 times
faster than that original iPhone, but have only twice the storage
capacity. That’s just wrong. This is the single-most disappointing
aspect of the new phones.
(Don’t even get me started on the 8 GB iPhone 5C.)