When it comes to a comparison of iPhone and iOS to anything Samsung and Android, you often hear the sheeple argument as to why Apple’s customers are so loyal. Do you own an Apple product? Are you a member of the sheeple class?
Of course not. Those are lame, insulting arguments trotted out by what can only be called rabid trolls who like to compare meaningless bullet points which are not easily compared in real use. For example, it’s Android vs. iPhone. That’s the same invalid comparison of Windows vs. Mac.
Keep It Real
Dealing with reality is difficult enough for most people without product shills bending and twisting worthless bullet points into an invalid argument. Android is an OS for mobile devices. iPhone is a smartphone. Windows 10 is an OS for desktops and notebooks. The Mac is a personal computer line.
How then, does one compare products, features, benefits, usability, and functionality in a fair way? Sorry. It cannot be done. Either you love the device you use, or you use it and don’t think about it as a love affair. Generally speaking, most Android device owners and Windows PC users do not love their devices. They use them. That’s not quite the case with Apple’s Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch line. Apple does something with the mix of hardware and software that creates what can only be described as a love affair.
Last year my company bought me a Galaxy Note 7. It was one of those that did not explode or catch fire. I used it a few months and gave it to a co-worker who eventually gave it back to Samsung. This year he has a shiny new Galaxy Note 8 which he dearly loves. What’s not to like? big screen. Fast CPU. Micro-bezel design. The latest Android version. Dual cameras. OLED display to die for.
Funny thing. True story, too. My co-worker has iPhone X envy.
Over the past week we’ve swapped phones for hours at a time and conducted a few side-by-side comparison tests. You can guess what my response is to iPhone X, but the Galaxy Note 8 is good. Very good. What kills it for usage is that it’s not quite as good at anything as iPhone X. Except maybe stylus usage. The dual camera isn’t quite as good, the iris scanner face recognition positively sucks, the colors on the display are typical Samsung and awash in an unreal color vibrance that can only be described as Kodachrome on steroids, the fingerprint scanner is in the wrong place, battery life is less than expected considering the gigantic size, and, as ever, it runs Android.
Look at all you get from Samsung for less money than an iPhone X.
What does my co-worker like about iPhone X?
Everything. The OLED display is manufactured by Samsung but to Apple’s design specifications, hence the “visually indistinguishable from perfect” rating. iPhone X is smaller but fits in the hand better than Galaxy Note 8. While most of us may have difficulty determining which professional camera takes the best photos under the same conditions, my co-worker is a wedding photographer and he can’t tell much difference between iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8, and what he’s seen of Google’s Pixel 2 XL except what he can see on iPhone X’s screen looks better.
Simply put, when it comes to a comparison agains some hefty competition, iPhone X’s screen looks better. iOS is easier to use and more secure. Battery life is about the same but Galaxy Note 8 can charge faster although a 12W plug improves iPhone X’s time. Face ID works better than anything Samsung uses to secure a Galaxy device.
Those are the basics. This year is not much of a contest between Galaxy-whatever and iPhone X. iPhone X owners have been wooed by the best to create a technology love affair. Therein lies the most visible difference between iPhone customers and Android device owners. It’s just like Windows vs. the Mac.
Most Windows PC owners simply use their devices; often because they are forced to at work. Mac customers make a very distinct choice to buy and go against the grain because they feel the experience and total cost of ownership is an improvement over Windows PCs.
Likewise, iPhone customers are anything but like the sheeple, the great unwashed masses of Android device owners who choose the lowest common denominator. Instead, they make an informed choice for an elegant and easy-to-use design, improved privacy and security options, better resale value, and a user experience that is more closely in tune to a love affair.