Unlike many of my colleagues on iPhones, I’m extremely cold about Android devices. The operating system, conceived as a free alternative to iOS, eventually turned into a spy for personal data.
The same idea was adopted by the smartphones themselves with Android on board. How many times did I try to walk with them instead of the iPhone and eventually became disappointed. I think I will not even try again.
Too much Apple is doing the right thing to give it up.
Apple does not forget about old smartphones
I like the approach of Apple when they release three smartphones a year. In this case, the phones are similar to each other and are about the same.
After the release of the new iPhone, the old one does not turn into a pumpkin. He has been receiving updates for another five years, and if some kind of breakdown occurs, it can be fixed in almost any service center.
new iPhone without problems will last for three years , and if the user is not very demanding, then the iPhone will please its owner for more than five years.
In the Android world, everything is different. Since the market is highly competitive, companies release new smartphones almost every month. Flagships come out less often – about every six months or once a year.
I will not compare the iPhone with some state employees, because it is stupid. It is necessary to compare smartphones that are comparable in price.
In 2015, the iPhone 6s Plus was released. At the same time, Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4 and Sony Xperia Z5 appeared on the market. Does anyone remember these smartphones? Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s Plus continues to receive updates, it works fast enough, it still has a great screen, a good camera and a recognizable design.
In 2019, it can easily be sold for 18-20 thousand rubles. Galaxy S6 and G4 give an average of 10 thousand rubles, although they come across ads for 7-8 thousand rubles.
Simply put, the iPhone is more profitable to buy . When he gets tired, you can easily sell it for good money.
The original design of the iPhone, which all unsuccessfully copy
Apple has always been a trendsetter in the world of smartphones. If something appeared in the iPhone, there is no doubt that in six months or a year it will be on most Android phones.
Especially this situation has intensified after the release of the iPhone X. Everybody began to copy the cutout and the location of the camera in the hope of getting a smartphone, which even a little bit like the “top ten”.
Other companies do not have their own vision. They only focus on Apple. Therefore, buying today any flagship, with the exception, perhaps, of Samsung, the buyer receives only a copy of the iPhone.
Only iPhone has unique technologies.
The iPhone has a number of technical advantages that no one has yet been able to copy. These are 3D Touch, Taptic Engine and Face ID .
Some companies have attempted to create an analogue of Face ID, but they failed. Apple has been developing this technology for several years and has a bunch of patents that are hard to get around.
3D Touch is one of the most useful iPhone chips for me. Every day using this technology, I open links, launch applications and view photos.
Taptic Engine – well, everything is simple. This is the best vibration motor. For some reason, no one bothered to make a similar vibration. Meizu made attempts, but now nobody needs Meizu smartphones.
Unique iOS, not a shell copy
To make the most of the iPhone, companies often use similar shells. MIUI, EMUI, Flyme – they are all one-on-one similar to iOS. A good exception is the Samsung One UI, but it is also an amateur. There is also a “pure” Android, but almost no one uses it.
So it turns out that buying almost any smartphone today, the owner receives a copy, not only outside, but inside.
The funny thing is that these shells can never reach the level of iOS. Even more amusing is the fact that developers prefer to release applications on Google guidelines, that is, in Material Design, which is not combined with manufacturers’ shells.
Updates on Android are always a lottery. It is not clear when the new version of the system will be released and when the phone will be updated, because manufacturers often roll out updates first in any one region.
As a rule, Android flagships receive updates within two years . Then they are forgotten. For example, the last time the Galaxy S6 was updated in 2017, a year after the release of Android 7.
Exclusive apps that will never be on Android
Android apps are a separate mockery. It annoys me that they are always more than necessary. If the browser, then be sure to standard and Google Chrome. Music player – standard and Google Play Music.
Google makes manufacturers install its applications, but I don’t have to worry about it as a buyer. I see two applications and for some reason I have to figure out how to use it.
There are no exclusive applications on Android, except for some useless file managers and stupid utilities. On iOS there are Pixelmator, Afterlight and Enlight, which will never be on Android. Surely there are more similar applications, but I remembered only those that I use myself.
On iOS, excellent standard applications. Notes, Podcasts, Reminders, Calendar, Books, Safari and Mail – I use them regularly and don’t want to look for alternatives.
In addition, iOS and all standard applications are perfectly synchronized with macOS . Applications from the Play Market can not boast of this, if we are not talking about big developers.
Also on iOS there is iMessage and FaceTime. And if iMessage is rarely used here, then FaceTime is the perfect replacement for Skype for all iPhone owners.
With Apple Pay, you can forget about cash and cards
Apple Pay is one of the most useful iOS chips. I use Apple Pay every day in applications and in real life.
On Android with contactless payment, everything is complicated. There is Google Pay, which supports smaller applications and Samsung Pay, which does not work with applications at all.
In regular stores, most likely, you will be able to pay with Google Pay and Samsung Pay without any problems. But when paying in any application, you will have to manually enter the details of a bank card.
Habit and environment
Another important parameter when choosing a smartphone. Almost all of my friends and acquaintances have an iPhone. With some, I sometimes correspond in iMessage and talk on FaceTime. There were situations when we edited a note together and created playlists in Apple Music, and there was also a shared calendar with couples at the institute. If you need to charge the phone, someone has Lightning.
I’m used to iOS . I know exactly how to set the desired parameter. I have purchased apps in the App Store. The phone is constantly synchronized with the laptop.
With this immersion in the system, there is simply no point in changing the phone. I will spend more time changing habits and accepting weaknesses, and then disappoint in the purchase.
In the end, I stay with the iPhone
Android smartphones certainly have their advantages, but their disadvantages outweigh the advantages. When I use the phone on Android, I always want to pick up the iPhone , because everything works as it should. All elements are in place, applications look neat and there is nothing superfluous.
It may be a habit, but I didn’t succeed in getting used to Android and is unlikely to succeed. It’s hard to find a replacement for familiar applications, get used to ugly shells and accept the fact that the designer of the smartphone was looking at the iPhone when it was designed.