10 Reasons Why You Would Consider an iPhone over an Android Phone

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We are essentially in a duopoly market for smartphones. When people are either upgrading or buying a new smartphone, they consider either to get an Android phone or an iPhone. The two platforms have matured to the point where it is all a matter of taste when you are choosing your next smartphone.

We cover a lot of Android phones on Techweez because in Kenya, a majority of people use Android phones. However, some Kenyans out there use iPhones a lot and others would love to jump ship. If you were wondering whether you need an iPhone, this article might help.

They are easy to use



iOS is easy to use. It is one of the customer forward design philosophies Apple had for the smartphone and it makes sense. If it had to work as an everyday consumer device, it has to be simple to use. The majority are not tech nerds and they want things to work all of the time.

iPhones usually have a standard user interface across all iPhones, unlike on Android. Most regular people would never believe that a Huawei or a Samsung phone share the same operating system because they sometimes look so drastically different. This is never the case for iPhones and although this is not suitable for some, that sense of consistency will be appealing to some.

iPhones excel at this and if you are a person that doesn’t like a complicated gadget, an iPhone would be suitable for you.

iPhones hold their value

iPhones are not cheap phones. They are flagship phones and are priced to fit the bill. They used to start at $600 but the iPhone X changed that where the top iPhones start at $1000.

The great thing about iPhones is that although they seem expensive at first, they generally hold their value for longer. It is not uncommon to see an iPhone that was released the previous year at $1,000 being sold for $900.

They will generally retain their value for long and this is rare on the Android side. Samsung flagships for example will lose roughly 30% of their value after 6-12 months of release.

Updates

iOS is the operating system that runs on iPhones and Apple has a great track record of updating its phones.

The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6S have each gotten 5 straight years of software updates which is unheard of on Android. The most you can see on Android is consistent 2 years of updates.

Apple can do this because they control the software and the hardware aspects of the phone and that is why they are able to maintain them for longer.

Longer update cycles means that your old phone will get new features, better emoji support and security support.

This means that if you buy a new generation of iPhone this year, it won’t be a surprise if you end up upgrading yours in 2024 or 2025 after it stops getting updates. That initial high price will be painful at first but for a phone that will last you for at least 4 years of updates will sound like a good deal.

Apple A series chips are generations ahead

Apple uses their own custom ARM chips to power iPhones. They are the series of chips and the newest iPhones sport the A13 chip.

Ever since Apple debuted the 64bit A7 chip with the iPhone 5S, other manufacturers have been playing catchup. They are usually at least 2 generations ahead on CPU performance and have been the leaders since 2013.

Since these chips are so powerful, they also extend the life of the smartphone. You can stay with your iPhone for like 4 years and still be more powerful than new Android phones that are released yearly.

Photo and video quality

It is no surprise that iPhones have great cameras. I like the fact that they provide consistent image quality with accurate skintones and class leading video quality.

It is also true that they are not the best when it comes to photo quality. The Pixel phones handily beat them pound for pound. However, with the new iPhone 11 and the 11 Pro, they have caught up which means Apple should work on a way to  beat or match the Pixel with the iPhone 12.

However, when it comes to video on smartphones, iPhones are class leading. Thanks to extended HDR, their video quality is unmatched. This is true for both the front and back cameras and it is shown very well with the new iPhone 11.

For the best balanced camera experience, you’d probably want to choose an iPhone, preferably the latest iPhones.

Build quality

iPhones usually feel premium because they are premium smartphones. Apple uses aluminium and stainless steel which makes these phones feel premium in the hand.

If you are going to shell over $700 on a smartphone, it sure needs to feel like it and iPhones do not disappoint.

Display quality

It is quite odd to single this one out but Apple is particularly good at calibrating displays. They have shown this time and time again with their computers and smartphones.

Their latest smartphone, the iPhone 11 Pro visibly demonstrates this. The HDR OLED screen has class leading real world sustained brightness of 800 nits, far higher than what Samsung has with the Note 10. The funny thing is that Samsung makes these panels which proves that Apple is using custom controllers  to sustain such high brightness while still maintaining great colour accuracy. iPhones also have very low touch latency which improves the perception of speed when you use the phone.

Most normal people won’t care about such information but having a great display is important on a smartphone. Photos look better, HDR content like video looks excellent and browsing is such a breeze.

Better app support

Most of the apps we use are American apps and since iPhones are incedibly popular in the United States, developers give priority to them. Some features end up getting pushed to iOS devices first then Android phones later on.

In some cases, some apps perform better than their Android counterparts. A good example is Snapchat. Snapchat on iPhone is so much better than on Android,

Also, the App Store has better quality apps than on the Play Store. This is due to Apple’s standards for apps and it has benefited the App Store greatly.

iPhones consistently feel fast

No one likes a slow laggy device. It hampers your user experience to the point of annoyance.

Fortunately this is rarely the case on iPhones. iPhones usually feel incredibly snappy even if on paper they seem to have middling amounts of RAM.

This is thanks to their snappy CPUs, class leading fast internal storage and displays with very low touch latencies.

The Ecosystem

The Apple ecosystem is one of the many reasons people are unwilling to move to other platforms.

Every device they make works seamlessly with one another. It is designed for you to prefer Apple devices over any other.

For example, AirPods work almost seamlessly with iPhones. You just open the case and the notification to pair it up with your iPhone appears. Such ease of use makes it easy for people to live in the ecoystem. The Apple Watch works extremely well with the iPhone.

The ecosystem also works well between Apple products. Thanks to Continuity, you can be reading a webpage on your iPhone and continue on your Mac. You could use iMessage on your phone and continue on your Mac. You can AirDrop content between iPhones and Macs.

The seamless integration between Apple products is one of the most attractive things about their ecosystem and for some, it is all the reason to jump ship or be in the ship.

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8 COMMENTS


  1. LG manufacture’s OLED display not Samsung plus ROG ASUS 2 beats iPhone in all those hardware components you’ve mentioned software part is the only one they can’t coz that is on Android part


  2. I am still using an iPhone 6s Plus, because it’s the last iPhone model with a headphone jack. When Apple stops supporting it, I will switch to an Android that still has one. The omission of the headphone socket is a no-go for me.


  3. This is just stupid, The person who wrote this artice clearly didn’t know what he/she was talking about. To those who wonder, the reason apples iphones can be as fast as otger phones is bot because of some god speed prosessor, its because of how simple the operating system is. It takes one third of the processing power to run ios than to run android, and this is just because apple doesent give you choices. They consider what you might use and bans all that they dont think you need, and since there is nothing to do there is nothing to load. Yes they do have a fast chipset, but not stronger than any regular samsung chip.

    To those who consider buying an iphone: Do not.

    The only reason you should is if you allready have all the latest apple products and want to add something.

    They used the reselling price as an argument, and if you think someone would buy a 1000 dollar phone for 900 dollars after a year, well, then I will politely ask you to wake up from the dream you’re living in. Unless its unused, unopened, and in mint condition, the best you could get for an iphone after a year is around 400 bucks.

    If you’re one of those who believed that the iphone can last you 5 years and still be relevant, than im sorry, steve jobs is deceased, and the iphone 5 is no longer something to brag about. And those consistent updates? Well, not more than a year ago apple got exposed for sending out updates to older phones that would slow them down, until they were eventually unusable, and you became forced to buy a new phone.

    Do not buy from this company.
    Yes they make decent products, but they’ll never be worth paying 500 dollars extra for.
    The sooner people stop cheering them on, the sooner they’ll get of their cash bound high horse.


  4. Stupid ishit, whoever posted this post should be hanged to death for misguiding the people… Do apple have 120hz refresh rate ?? Do apple has 30W fast charging? Do apple has any customizable software?? I hate apple…. Love Samsung and OnePlus


  5. Techie stuff aside., iPhones are simply easier to use for normal use. When you buy a phone you just want the basics gotten right; easy navigation, smooth running apps, great pics. This is something that iOS initially beat Android at, but Android caught up. Only that with Apple’s closed ecosystem you get the advantage of better software support and great build quality with hardware that generally lasts longer. I admit that the pricing of Apple products is exaggerated., but for some people it really doesn’t matter to them, so long as they have a device that they feel works for them. I know someone who’s had an iPhone 6 plus since 2014 and they’ve only had to change the battery and screen, it’s only last year after they announced that her phone isn’t going to be getting iOS 13 that she started considering getting a newer iPhone
    Bottomline, just go for what works best for you, we still use the same Internet

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