When the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro were announced, a joke circulated online about people selling their kidneys to buy the new phones.
The Thai Red Cross was so concerned that it posted a notice urging people to avoid such acts, condemning the prank as “unethical” and “inappropriate”.
Nowadays, it seems like getting a new iPhone will break the bank.
The latest iPhone 14, with the smaller storage option, will set you back S$1,299.
I remember spending months convincing myself that upgrading to a new iPhone was the right financial decision after my iPhone 7 made it clear that its time was almost up.
I looked at my bank balance and made sure that a new phone will serve me for many years.
“The cost will be diffuse”, I thought.
“New hardware, like camera upgrades, will be put to good use,” I mused.
Eventually, I bit the bullet and ordered the new phone.
Whether I will financially recover from this remains to be seen.
Turns out there is a way to get all the hardware upgrades from the new iPhone’sand remain financially responsible.
Buy an iPhone 13 instead
The way to do it is simple: buy an iPhone 13 instead of the latest iPhone 14.
In many ways, the two phone models are similar.
That is how:
1) Similar camera capabilities
Between the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, there are marginal differences in camera capabilities.
Sure, the iPhone 14 promises an “advanced dual-camera system” and a “photonic engine for incredible detail and color.”
It also comes with Action Mode, Apple’s new image stabilization feature for videography that recreates the effect of using a gimbal.
However, not everyone plans to film the latest blockbuster action movie on their phones.
Both models come equipped with a 12-megapixel camera and two-times optical zoom.
These should suffice for the everyday photographer who needs a handy tool to take photos or selfies as a keepsake.
2) 6.1-inch retina display on both models
Will Netflix or YouTube videos look better on the new iPhone 14 than on an iPhone 13?
Well, things will probably look the same.
Both models come with a 6.1-inch retina display.
For the more technically inclined, the screens on both models seem to match in all other respects too:
3) Similar processing power
The iPhone 13 and 14 are equipped with the same A15 bionic chip.
The difference is that there is a “5-core GPU” in the iPhone 14 instead of a “4-core GPU” in the iPhone 13.
Unless you intend to run graphics-intensive software on your device, that one-core difference is unlikely to matter if you’re just browsing your social media feed.
If you, like me, have no idea what they mean, it’s even more likely that it’s something you don’t need.
4) Same storage space options
Both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 come with the same three storage options: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB.
Whether you’re running out of storage space quickly or keeping things in order, both models give you the same options.
5) It looks the same too
The two models look almost like mirror images of each other:
Both are made from “aerospace grade aluminum” and constructed of Ceramic Shield glass.
The only difference is the color combinations offered between the two models.
6) All the hardware advantages of the iPhone 14 but cheaper
If you’re thinking of getting the iPhone 14 to try out nifty new software features like Dynamic Island, there’s bad news.
Apple’s new Dynamic Island will only be featured on Pro models.
The iPhone 14 retains the same display cutout at the top of the screen instead of the new pill-shaped ones that the iPhone 14 Pro models are equipped with.
In other words, no dynamic island for the iPhone 14.
Some might argue that you’ll be missing out on longer battery life with the iPhone 13, but I daresay an hour isn’t much of a difference.
One of the longer nonstop flights in the world is from Singapore to New York, and the estimated flight time is around 18 hours and 50 minutes.
The iPhone 13 will last almost the entire flight, even if you decide to watch Netflix shows offline on your phone for the entire flight.
Other features missing from the iPhone 13 include accident detection or emergency SOS via satellite.
However, in the dense city of Singapore, there is more than likely to be help nearby if you run into trouble.
It’s safe to say that you won’t miss much with the iPhone 13.
In fact, you’ll walk away with almost all the latest hardware and a savings of S$150.
The 128GB iPhone 14 retails for S$1,299.
Its predecessor, for the same storage space, retails for S$1,149.
Save even more with CompAsia
If you want to save even more, get a second-hand iPhone 13.
CompAsia is now selling the second-hand iPhone 13 for just $919.
This more than doubles your cost savings without sacrificing hardware upgrades.
CompAsia assures you that cosmetically, the phone will be in excellent condition with minimal defects such as scratches.
Still, it’s understandable that apprehensions persist about using used phones, particularly about hardware conditions such as battery health.
After all, who wants to buy a new phone only to find that the battery life has deteriorated so much that you have to charge it so often?
The good news is that CompAsia carries out a 32-step quality control process on the phones it sells.
This includes checking things like the battery’s health to ensure it has at least 80 percent of its original capacity.
They also offer a free three-month warranty on your purchase.
If you’re still worried, you can also extend that warranty for another two years for around S$80.
Even with the add-on, your iPhone 13 will be cheaper than getting a new set and even cheaper than getting an iPhone 14.
CompAsia has also pre-loved macbook for those looking for a new laptop.
Not an Apple fan? Without worries.
The iPhone 13 is just one of many deals on CompAsia.
For Android fans, CompAsia also has pre-loved devices from Samsung and other brands for sale.
To top it off, CompAsia offers an exclusive discount just for you.
Enter the code MOTHER at checkout for a S$35 discount with a minimum spend of S$400.
This sponsored article made the writer reflect on his past financial decision to purchase a new phone without first considering a second-hand device.
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