Originally Posted by jackeyjoe
They do it because they can. Their products are high quality and they just work, if you can charge more for it why wouldn't you? I'm not supporting it, I'm just stating why they do it and why people still buy them, if something costs more they expect it to be of higher quality(which it is).
If you get to be the devils advocate, then I must be the devil himself
While I'll agree that the iPhone isn't a bad phone, I wouldn't think that their price could ever be justified.
There are plenty of other phones that can match the quality of an iphone with a lesser cost. I'm not going to sit here and name them, but we all know they exist. The iPhone in terms of structual quality is no better than most others. Just plastic and a conductive screen
As for it "just working", almost every phone does that. Not without their little bumps and issues ofcourse, but the iPhone is in that same boat and they've had some bigger blunders thant they should have. I originally had a 3G which for the most part functioned well, however some apps would manage to crash the system and other times the 3G would just decide it's had enough and freeze up needing a 'hard' reset to get it back.
Then up until recently I was using the 3GS, again for the most part was functioning well but once again not without issues here and there. Wifi was a big one, it would often connect to the network for some time and then decide not to after a while. It was quite the process to get it connected and again and was relatively annoying.
As for the 4, I haven't owned one but we all know of the big antenna issue that made the rounds (no, users weren't holding them wrong Steve) and then there was the blunder with the white version not fitting in iphone 4 cases. Interestingly enough, apple didn't state anything about it until a 3rd party (aka the public) made the clear observation.
There's plenty of other manafacturers who have had problems, but we don't put them on pedestools and give them our money anyway like we tend to do with Apple and their iphone.
I now own and Ideos X5 (google it) running vanilla android 2.2 and am so far without issues. (not saying they don't exist, just haven't found them yet). I do now prefer android over iOS, but wouldn't jumpt to say it's better because an operating system is a preference and therefore subjective.
So why does apple charge more for their products?
Higher quality than everything else? No.
Works better than everything else? No.
Apple is a big name and can just get away with it? Most likely.
I'm done now