X Reasons Not to Buy an iPhone
X Reasons Not to Buy an iPhone

Apple has done many things right through the years. And if you’ve talked with me about iPhone vs Android you know I’ve usually been the biggest Apple-promoter in any room. But people change and the iPhone, well, hasn’t. Here I’ll cover X (10) reasons why you should move on for your next phone purchase.

1. Design

Little over a year ago I saw a cinema ad with a phone viewing a movie with a girl boxing. At a specific drumbeat, she hit the home button away from the phone. Next up is a drummer pushing away the side bezel. This punching goes on until the phone is almost completely bezel-free. The Samsung Infinity Display looked stunning. After a year came the iPhone X. It was supposed to be this beautiful all-screen-device but compared to the Samsung S8 the iPhone X looked like something Steve Jobs would have stopped even in the design phase. Not only were the screen not maxing out space in the width, it included this huge notch at the top…

Watch the ad: Samsung Breaking-Out ad

iPhone XS vs Samsung S9

iPhone Xs and Samsung S9 comparison

2. Innovation

Apple isn’t leading the mobile phone development anymore. Look at the video ad below for examples of that. One of the latest feature Samsung beat Apple on is to use the phone as a desktop computer. All you need is an adapter, mouse, keyboard, and screen and you’re up and running. You might say, well, Apple doesn’t lead but when they release a new feature they do a great job. The only problem is, Samsung and many others do a great job too. And often even surpassing Apple. Yes, iCloud, I’m looking at you.

Other innovations Samsung beaten Apple to: Samsung Galaxy - Growing Up

Samsung DEX

Interested? Take a look here: Samsung - Desktop EXperience (DEX)

3. Price

In Sweden by 30th of September 2018 an iPhone XS with 64 GB costs 12’489 SEK ($1’405), Samsung S9 with 64 GB costs 6’090 SEK ($685). So basically half the money. If the iPhone would be superior I would get it but I’m arguing it’s the opposite. I would say it’s twice the price for an inferior phone. The Samsung S9 even comes with a memory card reader making its storage expandable. The day you need more space you can add it, not spending an extra 3’000 SEK upfront to get 192 GB more. 200 GB extra for a Samsung S9 would cost under 400 SEK. Not only is that close to 1/10 of the price, but you can also reuse your MicroSD card in your next phone/camera too.

iPhone XS vs Samsung S9 price comparisson

1 & 2) As reported by Prisjakt 2018-09-30. See today’s iPhone XS prices here, and today’s Samsung S9 prices here.

4. Unlocking

Ever tried to open an iPhone X(S/R) with part of your face covered by your pillow? Or while sneak-peaking at it from an angle? Face-ID is a great marketing tool but truth be told there are better ways to unlock your phone. Samsung has Face-ID technologies too but also includes a fingerprint reader on the back which I found far superior. While lifting my phone I can activate it just by holding it and the phone unlocks even before my eyes reach it making the otherwise mandatory “selfie look” at the iPhone X unnecessary. Just count how many times you unlock your phone every day and count the extra seconds it costs you. iPhones don’t present your apps directly either but gives you your “lock screen”-unlocked which makes even more seconds tick.

Samsung S9 fingerprint reader

Samsung’s fingerprint reader is located at the back, handy for your pinky while grabbing your phone

5. Dongle-hell

Apple’s got a lot of complaints for letting the headphone jack go. And they should. When Bluetooth headphones run out of juice, why do they force us to dongle-up? However, adding to the dongle situation is that the new USB-C standard (shipping in the majority of new Android phones) is far superior to Apple’s lightning connector. USB-C can be used for charging, video output and more. And what’s more, even power adaptors for computers can now charge your phone and vice-versa. Give it a year or two mostly all new devices will ship with USB-C too, meaning any camera or keyboard you buy will plug-in right to your phone as well.

Apple's dongles

Want to charge and listen to music? Or just listening on your Bluetooth headset that just ran out on juice. No problem, just bring one or two adapters to your iPhone.

6. Payments

If you ask around you might be surprised how many stores support Samsung Pay but not Apple Pay. Every card reader that supports RFID (meaning that you can just hover your card to pay with it) also supports Samsung Pay. Hey, Coop stores even support RFID bank cards but put your Samsung Pay-phone to it and it works! Very handy for all you guys wanting to leave the wallet home and just take a stroll with your phone. Apple Pay has no way near the same accessibility, especially not if you look at what banks support Apple Pay in Sweden.

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay vs Apple Pay supported services

Supported services in Sweden 2018-09-30. Unfortunately for Apple Pay users, the MasterCard and VISA logo doesn’t mean any VISA or MasterCard work. Nope. I’ve tried. So, Nordea’s and ST1 cards are the only ones supported for now. See today’s Apple Pay’s supported services here, and today’s Samsung Pay’s supported services here.

7. Multitasking

Ever wanted to see that amount while making the bank transfer? Or see the number while dialing it? Or let the Youtube-video keep on playing while texting. Well with an iPhone you still can’t. They have something they call “Fast App Switching” but’s nothing like Multitasking on an Android phone.

Samsung making a bit of fun of it here: Samsung - Ingenious Multitasking

Samsung Pay vs Apple Pay supported services

Android comes with true multitasking. Here I have a Youtube-clip hovering my “Calendar and Keep app”-split view.

8. Open platform

Ever tried to add a custom ringtone on an iPhone, a tone not bought on iTunes? Ever tried to change the default keyboard (without the Apple standard keyboard preloading in the background)? Use Chrome as your standard browser to sync history and bookmarks on all your devices? Well, then you know Apple’s iPhone is locked down. It might not be a surprise, but you might get surprised when you try the freedom on the other side of the fence. We even have apps on the Android side to automate sending SMS/emails at certain times, turn on wifi when leaving the house, dim the screen even further and the list goes on and on.

Power apps you'll probably never find on an iPhone

Power apps you’ll probably never see on an iPhone: From the left: Automator – Let’s you automate phone features depending on location and more; Do it later – Schedule your phone to SMS/email etc at another time; Memo Reminder – Turns Memos into nifty Android-notifications meaning you’ll always see them (for really important things to remember).

9. iCloud vs everyone-else’s-Cloud

When iCloud was first released I was stunned by its beauty. But it didn’t take long to realize you can’t access it on a mobile device. So, want to read your mail on a friend’s or a company phone? Well, you can’t. But Apple’s cloud problems don’t end there. Imagine you want to send SMS through a computer. Works great if it’s a Mac right!? Nope, it gotta be a Mac where you’ve registered your iCloud account. Meaning creating a new user and setting it up to iCloud and so forth. My point being, Apple’s mentality of locking things down is hurting their cloud solutions. On an Android phone I can open any browser and connect to my phone if it’s on the same network. Or even open my Gmail on any device!

AirDroid to control your phone through the browser

Through AirDroid you can, for instance, send SMSs through your browser. A thing you only can do with your dedicated Mac if you have an iPhone.

10. Better off alone?

When you’re out shopping for workout clothes you probably end up buying a training bag from Under Armour, shoes from Nike and no-brand shorts because the sport clothes industry is diversified. No brand are superior at all categories which is why we choose the products we like the most in each category, not locked into a specific brand. I mean that the same should be true for mobile phones. Today each category of hardware, cloud and software is getting harder and harder to compete in. In an iPhone you get Apples take at all of those, but if you choose an Android phone you can choose the hardware, software, backup, assistants, app launchers etc that suits you.

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To conclude…

If you’re happy with your iPhone and want a smooth transition to something “old-new” go ahead get a new one. My only aim is to make everyone aware that things have changed over recent years. Even if it’s some hassle switching, the experience replacing my iPhone with a Samsung Android was like switching from my old SonyEricsson to my first iPhone 3G back in the day. You may need to move some contacts to your Gmail-account and install the apps you use again and setting them up, but if you’re up for it’s worth the challenge.

Josef Norlin
October 12, 2018

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