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Randy helps you to narrow down the smartphone that’s perfect for your mother!

Why did we use this thumbnail? Because it makes no sense and it looks ridiculous!

Mom is ready for a new phone. What do you get her?

  • Smartphones mainly come down to two Operating Systems: iOS and Android
    • The iPhone runs on the iOS Operating System’. Apple oversees the production of their own phones and their OS, which means the have tight control over every aspect.
      • There aren’t many iPhone models to choose from, but this could be a good thing when shopping from Mom. It’s generally easier to support a device when there aren’t 1,000s of other custom versions of it floating around, like Android has.
      • Mom might be a current iPhone user with an iPhone 6s, so perhaps she’s not ready to lose the home button..which Apple killed for a couple years and then finally brought it back with the latest iPhone SE 2020.
    • Android is an operating system that can run on so many different brands’ smartphone hardware.
      • Brands such as Samsung, LG, Motorola, OnePlus, Google, all use the Android Operating system. You just need to find the right combination.
        • If you’re looking for “Pure Android”, you’ll want to get mom a Google-branded Android Phone, known as the Google Pixel smartphone line.
  • For a long as I can remember, Android phones were always thought of as a “cheaper” phone and were not overpriced like Apple devices..aka, didn’t have the Apple Tax.
    • I still believe it to be true in some ways, such as Apple cutting corners by including a crappy 5-watt charger with their “basic” iPhone 11 smartphones that start at $700. Android phones often come with a better charger out of the box, that will charge your phone much, much quicker.
      • But why is the price argument getting harder? Because of the iPhone SE 2020. It competes with the “affordable”/comparable Android lines…sort of. I’ll lay out the differences.
        https://www.apple.com/iphone-se/
        • Android has a $400 phone called the Google Pixel 3a, which they’ll soon be refreshing with the upcoming 4a. Compared to Apple’s cheapest iPhone SE 2020 – the Pixel 3a has a much more capable camera – with night mode and runs Google’s lightweight stock Android. It’s all about the camera with Pixel phones. https://store.google.com/product/pixel_3a
        • Apple’s iPhone SE 2020 does not have night mode like the iPhone 11/11Pro/Pro Max have. However, it surprisingly includes wireless charging, which kind of caught me off guard, seeing that in a budget phone from apple. The camera is not bad and, sure it won’t take still photos like the Pixel can but, in my experience, I feel Apple tends to make up for it in Video recording smoothness. The iPhone SE 2020 includes the same joke of a charger, 5-watts. https://www.apple.com/iphone-se/
    • Wait for pixel 4a, which is rumored to be released around May 22nd? Or Buy a currently-discounted Pixel 4:
    • 6.3-inch Pixel 4XL with 128GB of storage for $699 (reduced from $999). This is Google’s top-line premium model, while the 64GB is $599.
    • 5.7-inch Pixel 4 128GB for $599 (discounted from $899), 64GB is $499.
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