When Apple presented the iPhone Xr this year I was tempted to buy it as soon as possible. This was in total contrast to what I wanted to do before the announcement—not buying a new phone this year.

Every two years my contract with Vodafone renews and gives me the chance to get a new smartphone. And every time Apple holds a keynote they achieve to convince people that their new product is more amazing than what we currently have. I have an iPhone 7 and it still feels great.

The new iPhone Xr I’d mainly bought for its camera. In fact, I upgraded from the iPhone 5 to 6 for the camera. I upgraded from the iPhone 6 to the 7 for the camera.

But let’s face the fact. I have a 120cm x 80cm gloss-paper landscape nature photo hanging in my bedroom that shows no pixels or artifacts and has an amazing brilliance. I’d say it’s no different than a bought photo from a professional. And as I had found out during printing, this was captured on my iPhone 6.

When I struggled whether to upgrade from the 7 to the Xr, I realized it would be a better camera but I don’t need it. I have a Nikon D500 which is a professional camera and an iPhone with a camera that already has an amazing capabilities.

Last week I renewed my contract. I decided to keep my two years old phone. This now saves me 46€ each month. My invoice will drop from 78€ to 33€ each month for the same data and phone plan.

I’m glad I made this decision but I admit it was hard.