Originally Posted by billbartuska
People who buy iPhones are not "techies" and iPhones are pretty technical pieces of hardware, so when something goes wrong they don't know how to fix it. Combine that with the fact that there aren't near as many techie help sites devoted to iPhones as there are for Androids and you have a recipe for disaster for the general population!
I spent years modding and hacking non apple phones and I got an iPhone because I couldn't
mod/hack it. Yeah, I've had problems, but being a teckie I kind of know where to go to get info, and there's always the Apple store where they an fix anything
iPhones are popular because when they're working, like all Apple products, they do what they're supposed to do, no more, no less.
My 2 cents.........
To straight up say that people who own iPhones are not techies is ridiculous. I am an iPhone owner and have been for years.
Originally Posted by arctia
Once you are stuck with an Eco system, it's pretty hard to switch. Personally I use android for easy Google sync, and the ability to tinker with my phone.
This is very true. The Apple ecosystem is pretty nice once you're inside. As an owner of an iPhone, iPad, several iPods, a MacBook Pro, AppleTV, Time Capsule, and many others, they all work BEAUTIFULLY together and I am very happy with that.
Originally Posted by connectwise
Well firstly their phones are gorgeous. Let's be honest, it looks very sleek and very well built, even though that's usually not the case (ala poor reception if you held it wrong, bad battery life etc). Secondly the OS experience has always been buttery smooth. For the average consumer you didn't have the frustration of dealing with device lag that android had until recently. Third the plethora of apps means they have a built in audience. And finally, marketing marketing marketing; Exploiting people's consumerism for flashy toys and being with the it crowd.
Gorgeous, yes. Usually not the case with build quality? No idea what you're talking about. In my own experience the build quality is superb. The vast majority of battery issues can be fixed with software troubleshooting and don't even try to correct me on this, I used to train Apple Tech support. OS is buttery smooth, that's for damn sure.
And the plethora of apps is very true. But it isn't just the sheer number, but it's the quality of those apps. You can find loads of apps in other ecosystems as well but they always feel - at least to me - clumsy and of poor quality.
Originally Posted by brucethemoose
All that BS about an iPhone "just working"... If you're saying that, you're either really lucky or haven't owned a particular iPhone for a long time. Without a reset, they slow down like crazy over their life, and the flash wears out with resets.
Our old iPod touch an iPad are basically unusable right now. One hasn't been nuked and is running an old iOS because Apple MAKES you update
. The other is updated, but is slow as molasses because it's running a newer iOS. I've had 1 iPhone and a friend's iPhone get their antennas messed up, and one iPhone had a mic that constantly broke.
Not to say that Android is any better. It's certainly easier to screw up, and I'm sure it degrades just as much over time. But at least you can flash older version of android.
I am sitting here right now listening to a first generation iPod nano. Still works like a champ. Beside that is my iPad 2, also still works like a champ. I've had my iPhone 5 since launch and I've never had to restore it. The only times I've ever had to do anything software wise was due to beta testing and what are you talking about the "flash wears out with resets"?
Also, Apple doesn't MAKE you update..software/hardware eventually becomes obsolete. Apple would of course prefer that you stay up to date for a number of reasons but you don't HAVE to do anything.