LA Presentation D128 (Why is iPhone the better than an Android (iPhone…
LA Presentation D128
Why is iPhone the better than an Android
iPhone Apps Are First and Better Looking
Most of the popular apps are on both platforms, but many top games and apps still come to iPhone first. We’re seeing more apps come to both Android and iPhone at the same time, but there are still way more iPhone only apps that we see than Android only.
When apps are available on iPhone and Android we still often see a better design on the iPhone version than on Android.
For example, we still see some new Snapchat features and Spotify features come to iPhone before Android.
We are also seeing major new apps come only to the iPhone with AR support. Machines is one of the blockbuster Augmented Reality games that is coming to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X first.
Fast iPhone Updates for All
iPhone owners enjoy quick and regular iOS updates for the iPhone no matter what carrier they use.
Android updates take months to arrive on all the devices. After an Android device is 18 months old, you may need to wait for a new Android smartphone to get the latest software.
Apple delivers iPhone updates to devices that are three years old. Apple offers iPhone 4s iOS 9 support. It is unheard of to see support for an Android phone that old. iOS 10 is available for the iPhone 5 and iOS 11 is available on the iPhone 5s.
Apple does not allow carriers to hold up the updates. As soon as the update is available from Apple it is available on every carrier.
If you really want Android Oreo or Android P, you may need to simply buy a new Android phone.
Works Great with All Your Devices
If you own an iPhone, iPad and Mac your information flows smoothly from one device to the other. You can quickly sync photos to all of your devices, answer a phone call on your iPad or Mac and send text messages from your other devices. There is also support for Handoff that allows you to start a task on your iPhone and continue on your iPad or Mac.
Overall the connectivity between these devices is something Android doesn’t yet match without relying on a collection of third-party applications and services to hodgepodge together a similar feature.
Sharing a file from your iPhone to your Mac is also faster and easier thanks to AirDrop. This built-in service sends the file wirelessly directly to the Mac, even when there is no other WiFi around.
Every time we try to use Android, and we do on a regular basis, we miss how well the iPhone interacts with the MacBook and simplifies tasks we perform multiple times every day.
AppleCare+ iPhone Warranty
Apple offers an iPhone warranty for $99 to $129 that extends the manufacturer’s warranty to two years, adds two years of accidental damage coverage and support by phone or in store. This is AppleCare+ and it is a service that you need to buy, but it is something that most Android phones don’t come with.
Apple’s option is a better value than what you will find from most carriers and from what you will find for most Android phones. With the new $29 screen repair option and $99, repair deductible AppleCare+ is an even better value.
Sharing to other iPhones
When your friends have iPhones sharing everything is a bit easier. For instance, if you want to share your location with friends on iPhone it only takes a tap or two from the message you are sending to share it. Sharing a photo, link or file is also simple with AirDrop.
This seems like a small thing, but once a friend switches to Android you’ll quickly find out that you need to download several apps to maintain the same level of sharing that Apple builds in.
Samsung is making it easier to share between Samsung phones and Android Marshmallow started the trend of doing a better job of Android to Android sharing, but the odds are some of your friends will still be a phone behind you or an update behind you. When we want to share a video or a photo from the Galaxy S8 to a MacBook it’s a chore compared to using AirDrop.
Worth more when you resell
The iPhone holds its value better than an Android phone. If you sell your one-year-old or two-year-old Android smartphone, even a flagship device, you will often get much less than you paid.
When you sell an older iPhone, it is easy to find offers of almost double the value of an Android phone that came out at the same time.
For instance, an entry-level Galaxy S6 from 2015 is worth $90 in flawless condition on Gazelle. The iPhone 6s that came out a few months later is worth $135 in flawless condition.
With better build quality and higher demand on more recent Android devices, this is changing in some instances, but for now, the iPhone still offers a better resale value over time.
Apple stores for support
When something goes wrong or you break your iPhone and need a replacement fast, there is no substitute for the Apple Store.
If you need to replace your iPhone a trip to the Apple Store can resolve the problem in a few hours instead of waiting a day or two without an iPhone.
Apple Store staff can also use some flexibility in helping users who need a replacement device and there are even out of warranty replacements that are significantly cheaper than buying an iPhone off contract.