The reasons I prefer to use an iPhone as my “daily driver” over Android devices have less to do with familiarity and even features than you might think. Accusations like, “You’re just used to it,” or, “You’re a sucker for the marketing,” just aren’t accurate. For me, it comes down to some intangibles like polish, trust, ease and cohesion. These are at least some of the underlying reasons why I generally love Apple and iPhones; they’re also things people rarely mention in the iOS vs Android debate, perhaps because they’re somewhat hard to put a finger on.
There have been a slew of new Android devices announced recently. The OnePlus 2, the Samsung Note 5 and the new Galaxy Edge, etc. And I’m intrigued by a few of the features: being able to pull out a stylus on the new Note and just write on the screen without having to launch any apps is interesting and so is the curved glass of the Edge.
But… there’s also an iPhone announcement just around the corner. It’s coming next month if the rumors are true. In light of this, please allow me to ramble for a paragraph or so because that’s the thing about phone features: there’s always another announcement right around the corner. So if iOS gets a cool new feature this round, Android might have something similar or newly compelling in the next round. It’s truly a back and forth game and whoever is “winning” the feature war at any given time can be hard to discern in any meaningful way. And that’s why features aren’t a big enough pull to shift me from Apple to Android.
Apple has shown that they care the most about user privacy. That matters in today’s world.
Android phones have a history of throwing in gimmicky-feeling “features” that somehow make manufacturers like Samsung appear desperate and their devices somewhat toy-like.
Apple is known for having devices — and an ecosystem — that more often than not “just works.”
Android is fragmented with different phone makers skinning Android how they see fit. True, more phones are launching with default or near default Android installs, and that’s nice, but because Android is more “open,” there really isn’t a “default” Android experience. Just one look at the Google Play store and you’ll see all ...