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 the ways you can customize an Android phone; things like lock screens can be changed which isn’t the case on iOS or via the Apple App Store.
At the end of the day I trust Apple more than I trust Google. I trust them more with my information and I trust that they will have me covered in terms of a great experience in the future.
I will say though that Apple seems to be slowly… losing focus. If Steve Jobs could see the Apple of 2020 would he feel compelled to gut programs like the Apple Car or whatever else might be launching in the near term as he once did when he famously returned to the company?
For now Apple is still producing great products and an overall excellent phone experience (in particular).
That might change someday in the relatively near future. I hope not. But those are my quick thoughts on why I’m still using an iPhone in light of all of the recently hyped Android phone launches.
Hopefully in some way this article helps to inform your own opinion about whether or not or why or why not you should switch from iOS to Android or vice versa.
If you’re an iPhone user thinking about switching over to Android (or an Android user thinking about switching over to iOS) please tell me your thought process. I’d be very interested to see where you’re coming from.