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September 2, 2014

Stealing Apple’s Thunder: New Releases that Could Overshadow the iPhone 6 Release

With every new release of an iPhone, Apple gets worldwide fanfare unlike any other device. The company is currently revving up for its fall release of the iPhone 6, however, there are now a growing number of Windows and Android enthusiasts that are more excited about other new device releases. Although some think there isn’t a cloud big enough to overshadow anything Apple does, there is a chance that the iPhone 6 could get lost in the mix this fall with so many banner releases. Here is a look at some of the fall 2014 releases and how they could change up the industry, or cast a shadow over Apple’s big moment.

Moto X+1

The 2013 Moto X received relatively good reviews as well as improving Sony’s share of the Smartphone market, but it still wasn’t quite a contender for the older iPhone models. With the newest Moto +1 model (release date set for late fall 2014), all of the specs have been improved from top to bottom. This includes the new Snapdragon 800 chip for lightning fast multi-tasking as well as the ability to customize the appearance of the phone straight from the store, an option that the iPhone 6 lacks almost entirely.

Sony Xperia Z3

The tentative release date for the Xperia Z3 is around the end September, which gives it the perfect position to compete with the iPhone 6. The Z3 is slated to come out with upgrades on almost all hardware and software including the Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB of RAM, and a forward-facing camera rated at more than 20 megapixels. The truly standout feature of this phone is its water and dust resistance with an Ingress protection rating of IP67, one of the highest on the market and a great option for the adventurous user.

Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 now finds itself in the relatively new “phablet” market with a display that measures nearly six inches from corner to corner. This makes it an unwieldy option for some, but the perfect product for those that would like a more functional tablet that is able to make and receive calls. The standout feature is either going to be the iris scanner, or finger the scanner, both of which have been mentioned by Samsung as a possible security addition not seen on many other Smartphones.

Nexus 6

Much like Apple, Google makes a habit out of shrouding their biggest releases in mystery, and this includes the upcoming Nexus which has been dubbed the Nexus 6. With a release date most likely in October, the Nexus 6 will be another major holiday Smartphone contender with seamless integration to all of Google’s most popular software and hardware. The standout feature for the Nexus 6 is the upcoming Android L operating system, which will offer performance boosts on almost all attached hardware.

The competition for the iPhone 6 is now streaming in from dozens of Smartphone manufacturers, and this makes the fall 2014 season an exciting time for those with a finger on the pulse of this industry.


Article by Dixie Somers. The information for this article was provided by the Smartphone experts at, where you can trade in your iPhone if it is outdated, or even broken.