GT99 wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:14 pm
I'm an Android user, DW is an iPhone user. Here is how I would compare them:
1. Capabilities (what can you do with it) - No real differentiation. 98% of what you can do on one, you can do on the either. And that 2% is mostly highly specialized stuff that most users don't use.
2. User experience - I do personally prefer Android here (I like the consistent native buttons), but I think whichever you use first is going to be your preference. Again, no notable differentiation IMO.
3. "Customizability" - Android has a big advantage here, BUT I don't think 95% of users take much advantage of this anyway.
4. "Flakiness" - I'm defining flakiness as unexpected behaviors (like freezes), often requiring a reboot. Up until my current phone, this was the biggest differentiator I saw - my phones have always had orders of magnitude more flakiness than my wife's phones, especially after the first 6 months or so. My current phone is a Galaxy S8+ and it does not have anywhere near the flakiness I experienced with prior phones (LG G3, Galaxy S3, HTC Thunderbolt, original Motorola Droid).
5. Build Quality and longevity - iPhone wins big here against most Android phones. My Galaxy S8 is the first I've had make it to 2 years before dying (still going strong at 2.5 yrs).
6. Price - Android has many more cheap options.
Personally, I have no interest in moving to the Apple ecosystem. And I'm quite sure if I'd started in the Apple ecosystem, I wouldn't be interested in changing. For all the debates over who is best, I don't think there's that much true differentiation.
I like your balanced post.
For OP, I'm not a tech person, I'm just pretty much a typical normal person in life. I've often wondered why there seems to be such a following for apple products when for a typical average person "how much does it really matter apple vs. the alternative? As an example, last xmas I had a teenage nephew who was getting his 1st iphone (it was a $1000 phone per his parent) and he seemed rather peer pressured obsessed that one must have an iphone. Apparently, all the cool kids only had iphones. I said "wow that's alot of money for a phone" and asked an honest question that I did not know the answer: "What makes that phone so much more valuable over a less expensive iphone? Is there something I can't do with my much less expensive android phone? He did not seem to have an answer. Again, these were just honest questions I wondered about.
OP, I'll answer your question in the opposite sense. I did not buy an iphone because I could find a vastly less expensive android phone that seems to be able to text message, take pictures, get on the internet, and seems to run every application that I have a need for via this less expensive phone, and it can actually make a phone call on occasion. Additionally, the sports and life activities I do seems to commonly end up with me breaking the screen on a regular basis and I also don't like having to tote along a large phone (no matter what operating system).
I also bought a tablet that is android (Samsung), it was $125 a year ago at Costco. It was vastly less expensive than an apple product. It also seems to run every program that I need for a typical average person in life.
I'm not against apple products. I do suspect there are honestly some pro's to them, as well as some cons to them. I do think they have done a much better marketing job of making it seem to the average person, especially younger ones, that is superior to own an apple product.
What is important to me is that I make the most of my hard earned money in life. I'll buy something if it's more expensive it I feel it objectively and truly has an advantage in my situation over a lesser priced product. It's no different at all levels, starting at the supermarket when I compare a generic product to a brand product, does the more expensive product truly provide a better product. If it does in my situation I'll spend the extra money, if it doesn't then I won't. But then again, I'm probably not as influenced as most by marketing.
Edit: I also have a teenager that recently upgraded his gaming laptop to an gaming desktop that he built up. We (parents) did not have any influence on what computer/operating system he should be looking at to "get the job done." FWIW, he didn't choose an Apple computer to maximize his gaming pleasure. But perhaps he was also just looking at what provided the best value to get the job done.