Chinese custom agents literally have their hands full with Apple’s iPhone 6, as they seize hundreds of units from smugglers attempting to bring them into the country.Apple has yet to start selling its newest smartphones in mainland China, but that hasn’t stopped local electronics dealers from buying the product elsewhere in the world, and then bringing it in for resale.
Vendors in China’s grey markets have said they’ve been receiving iPhone 6 from as far as the U.S. and Australia, but many are also relying on units coming from Hong Kong, the nearest city outside mainland China to officially sell the product.
I got some flack in July when I wrote that Apple’s iPhone 6 Already Has Tough Competition From LG’s G3, but now that I’ve had a chance to compare the 6 Plus with the G3, I’m feeling vindicated.
For the past week I’ve been carrying an iPhone 6 Plus in one pocket and the G3 in another and — after extensive use of both — I can see how each would have its fans and detractors. Both are excellent phones and while there is no clear winner, I’m leaning slightly in favor the LG G3.
Of course, if you love iOS or all things Apple than the iPhone is your personal winner. Only an iPhone can run Apple’s operating system so your decision is easy. But if you’re open to Android — which has finally matured into an operating system that’s truly competitive with iOS, then the G3 has some hardware features that might win you over.
One of the funniest moments in The Wire comes when Stringer Bell notices one of his gang’s members has been keeping minutes during a meeting about the foundation of a citywide alliance between rival drug dealers. Bell was obviously not pleased with this and incredulously asked him why he was “taking notes on a criminal f—ing conspiracy.” We were reminded of this scene when we stumbled upon a video of two kids from the U.K. who filmed themselves going into an Apple Store and bending its iPhone 6 models while thinking they would somehow never get caught even after they uploaded the video onto the Internet.
The two U.K. youths in question uploaded their video onto YouTube before quickly realizing the error of their ways and taking it down. Nonetheless, it was up there long enough for someone to download it and put it on a mirror site and we’ve happily uploaded back onto YouTube ourselves for your entertainment.