Throughout friday of last week and this past weekend, many of you replied and told the truth about why you bought an Android phone.
Today I wanted to consolidate what we learned about why people buy Android Phones and to remind people that Android is awesome and nothing Apple fanboys say can take away from that.
Reasons to buy Android phones:
* iPhones are too expensive
@Sauron has stated:
I don't like wasting money.
Price. I'm not going over $850 for a smartphone.
I'm a very light user when it comes to my phone, and I always buy my phone outright and go with a pre-paid plan, so I wanted a cheaper option for the handset.
Because I don't need the latest and greatest overpriced device slightly better than last year just so I can browse reddit all day
* IOS is buggy
@Morgan MLGman writes:
I've used both iPhones and Android devices and I was tired of Apple's iOS, buggy updates and battery issues.
iOS is so simplified that some aspects of it are harder to use effectively.
The cluttered home screen is hideous.
iOS's UI has a persistent slightly blurry look.
iPhones have always had worse reception in Idaho, and LTE speeds are usually slower.
- Far better customization to my liking. Launchers, widgets, skins, you name it.
- I can buy the phone depending on my needs, and get far more in departments that matter to me, for less.
- Open source - more free apps to test, if I like them I pay for them, if they have that option. Also far better community support.
- Much better ROM support, per se.
- Not locked so hard in one ecosystem. Google pushes their stuff, but you can mostly get away with it. So much easier to transfer file with other PCs. Just f****** drag and drop.
- Chargers. I am not kidding.
- Freedom to explore the literally whole phone.
I only have one big reason why I've been using Android for all this while, and it's a pretty big one.
The choice factor.
What do I mean?
- The choice of what features I want
- The choice of what type of phone I want
- The choice of how I want my software UX to look like (mostly Samsung phones)
- The choice of whether I want an iPhone wannabee or something different.
But no option has all of that at a similar price point.
* Because Apple is Evil and Because Apple are dicks
Because I do not like Apple's products, I do not like their way of trying really frickin' hard to lock you into their stuff only and I do not want someone telling me which apps I am allowed to use
@aki adaki states:
I hate apple as a company, I do not support their practice.
I'll tell you why I didn't buy an iPhone
I fckin hate iOS and iTunes.
* Because Apple doesn't care about what you think or want - It's their way or the highway.
I bought an Android phone because its the only type of smartphone I actually get to own...
You can't actually own an iPhone
* Because Android is Open
Android AOSP is Open Source software - I fundamentally dislike proprietary software and if given the choice between something which is open source and something which is propreitary, 9 times out of 10 I would pick the open source choice if it was as good as the proprietary choice.
Overall Android was more free and open in terms of Phone selection, Roms, flavors of Android and so fourth. Iphone was nice, but it was lacking in most departments. The iphones had too much of a liniar upgrade path with no branching. Something i was dissatisfied with.
Thanks for participating in last week's discussion! The thread is still open: