Getting a new smartphone after a few years with my trusty iPhone 4 was both a major event and a non-event. It was an incremental upgrade with new technology, much needed but the iPhone 6 is more or less fulfilling the same function as my old 4.
However, I’m including it on this list because I’m glad I finally made the plunge. Having a phone that actually works with some speed is wonderful, not to mention having more memory, Siri, an LTE connection, and other fancy tools. Plus, an extra .7 inch of screen real estate has made Kindle reading and other activities easier.
Yes, part of me wishes that I could break out of the Apple ecosystem, although I’d be trading that for Google’s or Amazon’s and what’s the difference when it’s all big unfeeling corporations anyway? But I know how Apple works on my mobile devices, at least, and appreciate the sleek design and apps that I’ve already paid for.