Remember that child from the classic story “The Emperor’s New Clothes?”. If he were around in modern times, he might have a thing or two to say about Apple, the modern emperor of shiny gadgets. Even though this company undeniably produces some interesting pieces of technology with high-quality manufacturing and extreme attention to detail, they always make a point of writing their price tags in grandiose numbers, and they’re just as skilled in enticing consumerist lust as they are in developing technological tools.
One might outright come out and say that Apple is a bit overrated as a brand, and some of its adopters clearly seem to mistake it for a religion while overpraising its effective strengths and overlooking its undeniable drawbacks. For the sake of clarity, we decided to write this article that lays out both the merits and downsides of the iPhone – the flagship product from this world-class giant. Hopefully, you’ll be able to make an informed decision after reading this article, whether you decide you’re best suited with an iPhone or a high-end Android.
Let’s start by looking at the real strengths of Apple and its iPhone series of products. There is something you have to admit no matter which side of the fence you’re sitting on: we’re looking at some extremely high-quality gadgets made with slick and reliable parts, and in particular, we’re looking at some extremely solid and well-put-together products which are painstakingly developed to deliver a near-flawless user experience. Further, Apple did introduce the concept of a smartphone; whether or not other companies have meanwhile outmarked then is another story, but the role of pioneer in this field is exclusive to Apple.
They are well-known innovators in the field who show a constant drive to keep refining and improving their products. But if we had to point out just the one key strength of Apple, it would be their obsessive attention to creating an appealing user experience; they spare no efforts to create products that are both intuitive to use and as reliable as technically possible. Achieving such lofty goals involves keeping a tight control of every aspect of development, from hardware to software. Unlike their Android-based competitors who use Google’s mobile operating system and mostly focus on developing new hardware, Apple develops their own operating system and puts sizeable resources in the design and usability departments. They don’t just make gadgets; they make gadgets that produce brilliant experiences and always look a cut above from all competitors.
But then you notice the price. No matter how infatuated you may be with their products, you just have to admit Apple’s prices are bold, to say the least; when you objectively look at hardware specs, iPhones are essentially everyday gadgets with price tags ranging from notably inflated to ridiculously exaggerated. They’re conspicuously meant to double as tools and status symbols. Sure enough, when you get such a luxurious piece of equipment, not everyone feels comfortable making such a big investment on a telephone, especially when you can get so much more for less by looking over to the Android side of the fence.
If you want a top quality smartphone that offers state of the art features and you don’t care much about the price tag, you just have to go for the latest iPhone. But if you’re a critical consumer who likes to pay for actual computing muscle rather than pretty marketing stories, then you might want to spend your money on a high-end Android device. No matter how you look at it, you can always find a technologically more advanced Android phone at a lower cost than the latest iPhone. Period.
There are actually simple and logical reasons for this. Since there are more brands developing new products based on Android products, that invariably means there are many more Android models to choose from than Apple products. This implies you should manage to find newer Androids with more recent and more advanced parts and comparatively lower price tags. Additionally, companies developing Android phones put all their weight in pushing out simply great products out fast, rather than fretting over absolute perfection like Apple does.
Android’s obsession with technology is the other side of the coin to Apple’s obsession with the user experience. Apple spends as much time as possible developing the coolest new iPhone, whereas Android developers clearly put more thought into putting together the most advanced phones and rushing them out to the market as soon as technically possible, even if that means occasionally cutting corners in terms of fine-tuning the user experience.
It’s up to you to decide which gadget suits you best: the best looking and most reliable with a higher price tag (Apple), or the most advanced and versatile that delivers the most value for money (Android)?