So this is sparked by the surprising coincidence of some friends starting to use iPhones, as their main phone. I’m not unduly worried or concerned – the iPhone does have its good points. It has a good camera, it has fast reaction times and it has a good app memory management system. It’s as fast as a top end Android phone, it probably doesn’t top the Samsung S7 cameras, and the top end Nexus is probably mostly equally fast. It doesn’t really even do everything better, nor is it cheaper. It’s just an all round good phone, still. And you can walk into shops and buy it easily, and all the telcos have it at a good discount. I can see how someone might be turned off by Samsung’s touchwiz, by HTC’s unreliability, by Motorola’s chinese takeover, by Xiaomi’s copying of apple, by Huawei’s obscurity, by the Nexus’ poor worldwide warranty support, imperfect specs, and difficulty of access, by Oneplus’ bad moves. There’s just no android phone that is an easy go-to recommendation right now.
But I think Android is about making a choice, and buying into a concept of freedom-of-choice, that not everything is about being tied into the Apple ecosystem, that interoperability is important, that you are supporting a company that is interested in helping your data help you in smarter ways, that selling premium hardware doesn’t mean you should sell it at an overpriced profit.
If Apple made an electric car, it would all be for the ultimate comfort, ultimate design, and probably not so much for being environmentally friendly.
Or alternatively we look at it as the iPhone just being a physical phone. After all, every popular app now runs on both Android and iOS platforms. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Line, Whatsapp, Viber, Weibo, Youtube, Gmail, Outlook, and really all other top 1000 apps. So you can use the physical iPhone, and do the same things, mostly.
But seriously, do you want to use iCloud? Apple photo storage? Apple email service? Apple Maps? iMessage? You gotta be kidding because Apple’s cloud services are hopeless. But it would be remiss to forget that all the “free” services are supported by things that we pay for, and that includes paid apps, advertisements we watch, phones we buy, platforms we support. What if Android dies and Google dies and we are forced to use Apple photos and fb photos? What if we are forced to use iMessage? I don’t want to live in that world.
And look at how geeky Android is, whereas Apple is an emotionless pretentious wannabe. Yuck. It’s not about how good the hardware is, it’s about how sucky the whole package is.