Originally Posted by Superplush
On the other hand, I don't know why people buy Apple phones when there are cheaper and better products on the market made by more reputable companies. Like an enthusiast buying an Alienware PC, it boggles my mind.
That analogy is way off. A smartphone enthusiast buying an iPhone is nothing like a PC enthusiast buying an Alienware. Because an Alienware PC gives you a literally identical experience as a custom PC with the same hardware, just at a much higher price.
An iPhone experience is nothing like even a high-end Android experience. iPhones are smooth, fluid, sleek, responsive, and pretty. Androids are choppy, stuttery, sluggish, laggy, and not as pretty. To me, the iPhone feels refined, while Android feels tacky. It may sound ridiculous but scrolling at 60 fps on iOS feels much better than scrolling at 30 fps on an Android. An iPhone with less powerful hardware than a good android can do this because of the synergy between software and hardware on the iPhone, while Android is basically Java running on a virtual machine instead of natively.
In addition to things like 60fps animations and constant responsiveness, iOS has always looked prettier. Steve Jobs once said (about Mac OS) that he wanted to make people want to lick the screen. He accomplished that, and did it with the iPhone too. The appearance of iOS 7 may have some mixed opinions but the theme is still there. People may criticize the simplicity of Apple products but Apple knows the mainstream will trade complexity for a pretty interface and smooth performance. It's these kinds of things that drive the crazy Apple fanaticism and produce insane wait lines.
An Apple fanboy friend of mine once said "Most products are just made. Apple products are designed." Now that statement is overflowing with fanboyism, but there is some truth to it...Edited by iamhollywood5 - 9/24/13 at 7:56pm