Or, so the story goes. As with the aforementioned competition from Google and Microsoft, Apple builds in what I will call stickiness; a growing list of options, features, and functions that make it difficult for an iPhone, iPad, or Mac user to switch to a different platform.
Is. That. Bad?
After all, it’s not as if it’s easy to move from Windows to Mac, either. You may need to buy new software and matching hardware, and learn how macOS Mojave differs from Windows 10. A similar issue exists if you’re on an Android device and decide to bite the bullet and switch to iPhone or iPad. In many respects, except for living All Google™, iOS is all new and different.
Opinions on anything these days are a dime a dozen and Harrison left iPhone and went elsewhere. So did his girlfriend Annie.
Harrison and I left our life in New York behind nine months ago to travel around the world full time for Business Insider. Traveling with a brand-new phone seemed like a bad idea, particularly when we considered that Apple’s top-of-the-line options — the iPhone X and its successor, the XS — felt ridiculously priced, at $999.
Ridiculous? This is like the marketshare meme; the least important of major metrics in business. Price is not cost. iPhones often end up with a lower cost than less expensive competitors because they can be resold for more money, so I don’t buy that. It’s a stupid argument, but remember– they work for Business Insider.
When we returned to New York in September, we both had to admit that it was time to retire our iPhone 6S devices. Both of our phones had stopped holding anything resembling a reasonable charge, calls and service were dropping regularly, and the cameras felt terribly outdated.
$29 and a little time at the Apple Store would get both Harrison and Annie a new battery to bring more live to their creakingly ancient iPhone 6S phones– which, unlike most Android smartphones of the same era– run the latest iOS version.
Why didn’t they mention that?
What else wasn’t mention? The Moto 6G smartphones they bought has about the same camera quality as the iPhone 6S they gave up.
How was life at Six Flags vs. Disneyland?
Like Harrison, I was able to get my phone quickly up and running with all the major apps I use (Instagram, WeChat, WhatsApp, Spotify, etc.), but there was one app missing that just wasn’t available on Android.
Here it comes. Stickiness.
As most of my friends and family are on iOS — and everyone is seemingly allergic to the “green bubbles” — I was suddenly in the unenviable position of trying to persuade my circle to use WhatsApp.
Where’s the consideration of price vs. cost? Where’s the consideration of usability? Where’s the consideration of anything that compares Apple’s walled garden with Android’s trailer park? As it turned out, Harrison sent back the Motorola Moto 6G and got something else with a better camera that also cost twice as much.
I think Annie would have saved plenty of money just by getting a new battery for her old iPhone, but it looked like she did good with an iPhone XR.
Stickiness is a thing everywhere. Apple is a walled garden of Disneyesque proportions for all residents, while too much of the Android platform is a trailer park.