I had a discussion last week with someone at work, a person who hated Apple and who said he would never buy an Apple product.
I don’t know him that well, but he pegged me as a fanboy because I had an iPhone in my hand and an Apple Watch on my wrist. Fortunately, I didn’t have a pair of AirPods on to complete the look and the perception.
So, I asked him why he hates Apple and the usual arguments about price came up, but for him it was the lack of control and that, in his mind, Apple gave him no space to use an iPhone in the same way he could use his Galaxy S7.
I failed to get my point over about Samsung not being much different to Apple when it comes to ethics and so I asked him what he could do with the S7 that I could not do with my iPhone 7. Here is a rough summary-
I can use themes and change the icons and have widgets on the home screen.
The screen wraps around the edges. Just look at it, it’s amazing!
I can use memory cards.
Wireless charging! I don’t really use it because it is slow, but I can do it!
Cables are cheaper.
And so it went on with a list of features that made him choose the S7. He was very excited about the S8 just because and I then asked him again.
“What can your phone do that mine cannot? And by that I mean, what actual use does it offer that results in something having been done or created?”
The discussion that followed was one of those when two people are talking about the same thing, but from such different positions that you never get to the heart of the matter.
No matter how I look at it, I continually see and hear arguments that Android is better because of the silly stuff that sits on top of what you are actually doing. Yes, widgets on the home screen would be useful, but the swipe from the top of the screen on iOS is so embedded in my mind that it happens unconsciously. And my home screen stays as familiar as can be which is a time saving in itself.
Things like memory cards, wireless charging, screens that wrap around the edge and cheaper cables do not actually do anything tangible that helps you get through a day more efficiently. They are nice for sure, but they don’t actually do anything and sometime the simpler approach works best.
I’m not an Apple fanboy, but I am seriously invested in the iPhone and iOS as a platform. It has been too long and the only risk I see to that is if a selection of very important apps disappear overnight which is actually possible the way things are going.