A decade ago, the smartphone market was dominated by the Finnish-giant Nokia. Back then, touch screen phones were based on resistive display tech, which worked with stylus. These smartphones were quite ridiculous to use if you ask me. In June 2007, Apple stirred the tech space with its iPhone. This handset offered capacitive touch screen, which was convenient to get along with. Failing to compete with the iPhone, Nokia’s Symbian Empire started crumbling. Soon after that, Google entered the smartphone market by acquiring Android Inc. The search-giant enabled mobile manufacturers to deliver iPhone-like experience at lower price points. Fast forward it to present day, and we’ve got Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, and Lenovo produce top-end Android hardware. However, when it comes to buying a handset, most experts still recommend the iPhone over its Android counterparts. If you wonder why, here are the reasons.
Right Screen Size
Unable to come up with design innovations, Samsung brought in variety in the form of screen sizes. The Korean brand started the hideous “phablet” segment with its Note series. Unfortunately, due to the herd mentality in Android camp, every brand followed their suit. Apple and to some extend Nokia, are currently the only brands to release high-end phones with sensible screen size. The latest iPhone 5s sports a 4-inch screen, which shows that Apple believes in usability rather than blindly following the current fad. The folks at Cupertino know that bigger is not always better. The iPhone 5s is the best handset when it comes to single-handed usage.
In today’s market, Android phones aren’t just an affordable alternative to the iPhone. Samsung GALAXY S5, LG G Pro 2, Note 3, and LG G Flex are as expensive if not pricier than Apple’s handset. Despite the premium price tag though, all these phones look plasticky. If that wasn’t bad enough, most of these Korean brands come up with faux metal finish that goes away in a month’s use. You don’t have to be an expert to figure out that the iPhone’s elegant metallic design helps it stand out in the crowd. Very few companies can match the attention to detail you get to see on the iPhone. Long story short, if you’re looking to buy a classy handset, iPhone is the way to go.
The iPhone may not have plethora of features, but whatever it has to offer is easily accessible. Right from the first iPhone, Apple has made sure not to fiddle around with the core user interface. This means that an iPhone 4S user wouldn’t have any problem using the latest iPhone 5s. On the other hand, Android OS lacks uniformity due to rampant customisation. Some Android phones come with ‘four key’ layout, while others settle for three. A few manufacturers have moved to the software keys, while the rest including Samsung are still holding onto physical buttons. Take for instance LG — a Nexus 5 user will take days to get used to G2; although both handsets are built by the same company.
Unlike its competitors, Apple doesn’t talk much about the hardware specifications such as processor clock speed and the amount of RAM. Rightly so, because all these numbers doesn’t meant anything. Expensive Android handsets may beat the iPhone on paper. But, when it comes to real world performance, Android OS simply cannot match the stability and smoothness of Apple’s mobile OS. Be it a hexa or octa-core processor, Android phones stutter and lag. Ever wondered why? Well, that’s because like any open-source software Android OS is not optimized, whereas the iOS is fine-tuned for delivering pleasant user experience.
Rich App Store
It was the iPhone that truly begun the app revolution. Little wonder then, the developers give priority to the iOS platform. I have access to all three major smartphone platforms (Android, iOS, Windows Phone), and I can confidently say that most apps and games debut on iOS. Roll out to Google and Microsoft’s app repositories happen much later. Take for instance, the popular hipster app Instagram – it took more than a year after the iOS launch to land on Android. Moreover, there are still many games including Infinity Blade, Doom Resurrection, Command & Conquer: Red Alert, and Metal Gear Solid are still missing on the Android platform. So those who want a continuous flow of quality apps and games, the iPhone is still the best option.
Long Battery Life
As mentioned earlier in this article, Google’s mobile platform isn’t optimised and therefore Android phones stutter and lag. To get rid of this issue, manufacturers cram in absurdly powerful processors. This addresses one problem, but gives rise to another. All these quad, hexa, octa core processors suck your smartphone’s battery dry. That’s why you always come across Android users cribbing about their smartphone’s dismal battery performance. Since Apple’s mobile operating system is efficient, the iPhone performs well on dual-core processors that go easy on battery. Because of this, despite sounding underwhelming on paper, the 1560 mAh battery in the iPhone offers amazing 10+ hours of video playback and almost 11 hours of talk time.
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