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Buying an iPhone 6: on a contract or outright?

26 May 2015
Julian - amaysim blogger

Julian R

amaysim's PR guy

Deciding whether to buy your phone outright or get it through a contract is serious business. Signing up to a telco can be like plunging headfirst into a marriage proposal immediately after you’ve swiped right.

On the other hand, buying an iPhone outright could put an immediate dent in your bank balance. With the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus looming, here are a few thoughts on buying the latest shiny smartphone outright versus signing up to a lock-in contract.

The future

One thing I hate about two year contracts (or any lock-in contract) is that I’m stuck, even if my financial situation changes (like I go on holiday, interest rates change or something else happens that hits my wallet where it hurts). Some providers let you upgrade to a larger plan, but downgrading can be a doozy. Getting a handset outright hurts initially, but gives me more flexibility in the long-term which I love. More importantly, I feel like I’m in control (I’m the kind of guy that researches green slip providers and hassles for a better health cover deal every year … painful, but worth the savings).

Read past the headline price

Don’t sign what looks like the cheapest contract just because you want a shiny new handset. Many plans that look low-cost come with small data allowances. When you want to use all the online awesomeness a new smartphone allows (and most new smartphones come with bigger screens that beg you to watch more videos and upload more pics), you could end up getting stung with data charges that make your monthly spend a lot more than what you thought you were signing up for.

Locked vs unlocked handsets

Getting a mobile phone through a plans means it’s usually locked to the carrier you’re on contract with. If you travel overseas and want to use a local SIM, this can be problematic. Buying outright means the phone is unlocked, so you can buy a travel SIM and save a packet.

Whether you buy your next phone outright or on a plan always take into account your personal and financial situation. A lot of research pointed me towards buying my phone outright when I first went down this path; the benefits have been great, because it suits my wallet and lifestyle. Before you embark on a similar journey, make sure you check out all your options. A few hours of research can make all the difference.

Telco websites can make it a headache to compare plans, so search for plan comparison tools that help do the job. Also check out forums to see what customers are saying about various plans. Remember to think about your usage needs, and what it’s going to cost you in the long run.

If you’ve decided to buy your next phone outright, tell me what sparked your switch.

Ged – amaysim’s PR & social guy

PS Still on the fence? Think about how you’ll be using your iPhone 6 and the amount of data you’ll need to get the most out of it. Then (gratuitous plug here) check out our UNLIMITED plans. That said, don’t take our word for it – check out this Lifehacker piece on ‘The cheapest way to buy the iPhone 6 outright in Australia’. It has some great comparisons that should help out.


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.