facts why the iPhone is no longer the best smartphone
It is worth noting that the author of this article is an inveterate “apple” who writes all this on his MacBook Pro in the Pages editor not for the sake of another “sketch”, but to indicate the sad reality.
Not the best screen
Of course, this happened a long time ago. However. let’s just remember that when the very first iPhone came along, it had one of the largest screens in a phone. Then there was the iPhone 4 with its Retina Display. the best pixel density in smartphones at the time. After that, due to illness, Steve Jobs had to retire from business, unfortunately, forever, and Tim Cook took the helm of Apple. And away we go.
Today, the “budget” iPhone only has an HD screen. The top versions switched to the “enemy” AMOLED, while, again, not getting the same density as the screens of much cheaper smartphones.
iPhone XR and Samsung Galaxy S9 cost the same, but we all know who has the best screen
Okay, in the XS Max, they didn’t save on the display, there is nothing to complain about, except for the resolution. they say, why do you need more (maybe you really don’t need it, but then why is it so expensive?). But somehow you can’t say that about XR, you don’t think?
You can take almost any competitor, any flagship Android smartphone, and the screen there will be better in all respects than almost all iPhones. Even the color quality is no longer Apple’s advantage. LG, Nokia, Sony, Google have no worse screens.
Not the most reliable operating system
iOS has always been not as functional as competitors, but it was the most stable and worked faster than others. First, Windows Mobile (5-6 versions more, long before the appearance of Windows Phone) and Symbian realized that there was no point in competing with iOS and Android, then BlackBerry OS died, and after it the young Windows Phone. All this time, iOS has remained a symbol of reliability and stability, but times are changing. as the operating system itself is changing, alas, not for the better.
Here, of course, it is also important that the strongest competitor. Android. is gradually getting rid of its shortcomings.
What’s going on with iOS now? Well, first of all, constant updates that break something all the time. An update was released, a patch with patches comes out in a couple of days, and a week later. new patch. And this is on the release version!
Secondly, some users (in particular, the author of this text) have duplicate tracks in iTunes. Tracks purchased from iTunes itself absolutely legally. For several years now, the company has offered only one solution for this. reset the library. Not only is the solution, generally speaking, crooked and from a series of “solve your problems yourself” (where is that simple and ingenious Apple-way?), But the problem appears after a while and again. So what. dump the library like this every time?
In addition, the standard player still does not support high-quality sound in the FLAC codec, only Apple’s proprietary ALAC. Do you want FLAC and that the tracks are not duplicated? Download a third-party player that won’t be able to work with your iTunes library, even if the songs have already been downloaded to your smartphone. Yes, it has always been that way, but before at least a standard player did not raise any questions.
Third, the absolutely terrible notification system, it seems, does not even think about fixing it in any way. Well, why not peep how it was made in Android, since the idea itself was taken from there?
The one thing that iOS has so far really done the best. this is the design of a standard mail client.
Not the best camera
Until recently, Apple boasted that the iPhone was the most popular camera in the world. Well, it’s hard to argue with popularity so far, but only numerous tests and reviews prove that the quality of images on competitors’ cameras is better. In addition, not so long ago an annoying fact became known. The selfie cameras of the new XS and XS Max kind of blur the picture slightly and selfies turn out to be less natural. This is not bad for those who are used to using various “beautifiers”, since the effect is somewhat similar, but this should be optional.
In terms of the number of cameras in a smartphone, Apple is not the leader either. Nokia and Huawei have more “multi-eyed” cameras. And a believable background blur effect (bokeh) could have been done on Google Pixel with one rear camera.
Steve Jobs also loved to troll the Android community. they say, there is a continuous mess and a bunch of different devices with different characteristics. But it was that Steve Jobs, in which the iPhone, even after receiving the Retina screen, remained faithful to the original aspect ratio, and the new resolution was exactly a multiple of 4 times (twice along each axis). Even if the application developers did not redraw the interface, it still looked decent, albeit pixelated.
Will I buy myself an iPhone
For most users, the capabilities of the iPhone are more than enough. But I need Android too.
Yes, either 13 or 13 mini as soon as they come out. Another question is that I no longer want to give up Android completely, I am too deeply imbued with the Google Pixel. I will use both smartphones in my mood, because each of them copes well with its tasks.
The iPhone is still not ideal for me, and I explained this in a separate article.
In general, both there and there are compromises. But it’s not so boring.
The most convenient way to transfer data between devices.
One of the main tricks you get when using multiple Apple devices. With AirDrop, you can quickly transfer files between your devices (or send to friends) wirelessly. The function uses Bluetooth to search for gadgets, and Wi-Fi to transfer data. As a result, even a hundred photos from a party can be thrown onto another device in a few minutes.
Android has a similar technology. Beam, but it is not compatible with Apple technology in any way. Given the fact that I still have a MacBook Pro 16 and an iPad 10.2 in my household, the disadvantage is noticeable.
Why iOS Is Better Than Android
Fortunately, now there are cloud storages, but sometimes it is more convenient to transfer some files manually.
iOS 14 has brought a stunning feature to all Airpods Pro and Airpods Max owners. Together with the iPhone, they got the opportunity to watch movies and TV series with surround sound. The effect is comparable to being in a movie theater.
You turn your head, and virtual sound sources are also shifted relative to you. Incredible.
Initially, the trick worked only with the Apple TV app and content supporting Dolby Atmos, now there is surround sound in Netflix, KinoPoisk and other services. Android lacks this feature.
Sometimes I watch movies and TV shows on my phone and out of habit I start listening to this “cinema effect” in my Airpods Pro. But he’s not there.
I’ve been using Android for six months and already miss my iPhone. 7 things I miss on Google
Exactly six months ago, I decided on a terrible thing. After a few years of using the iPhone, I bought a Google Pixel and started using it as my primary device. I liked the smartphone and eventually sold the iPhone.
Several objective things prompted me to such a digital migration, which I presented in a separate article.
I still love the Google Pixel, and it suits me in every way. But I miss the iPhone. Still there are things that I miss.
Beautiful operating system and nothing to add.
Let’s be honest, we love the iPhone primarily because of iOS, because it’s beautiful, simple, and stylish. In Android, I felt the fragmentation. the developers sculpt the design the way they want. In this sense, the App Store editors strictly follow the adherence to the guidelines, and all applications, coupled with the system, feel organically.
I hope that with the arrival of Material You in Android 12, the situation will somehow improve. No kidding, some Android app designs got stuck in 2012. Of course, this does not apply to large services.
Apple TV and Apple Arcade
It’s amazing what Apple does, both devices, software, and content.
Apple TV today is a treasure trove of cool TV shows and movies. The app recently appeared for Android TV consoles, but it’s still not available for Android smartphones, which is a pity.
Apple Arcade is also the best platform in its segment. Yes, there are no AAA projects, but I miss those simple arcades that allow me to pass the time on the road or relax in the evening after a hard day. I play on iPad, but I would like to play some of these games on my smartphone.
But in the future I want to see more large projects in the library.
Google Play Pass is not a panacea. The subscription includes several well-known games, but there are no exclusives like Apple Arcade. But there are applications, but none of them stuck on my smartphone.
I would also like to note that for “i-gadgets” there is a lucrative Apple One subscription (365 rubles / month). It includes Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple TV and 50GB iCloud. I advise everyone.
It’s cool that Apple is evolving as a content provider. I wish Google the same.
iPhones are slowly becoming obsolete and always remain in demand in the secondary market: after a couple of years of use, they can easily be sold for 60% of the original cost. The demand for old Android phones is quite low, and it is difficult to sell them even for 40% in a year.
Each year, both Google and Apple release new operating systems. However, there are a great many Android smartphones, and not all manufacturers supply fresh system updates for their devices. Only iPhone owners (released in the last three years) are guaranteed to receive the new version of iOS, as the developers specifically optimize the system for older models.
10 ways iPhones are just better
To begin with, when you buy an iPhone, you get a high-quality modern device that supports the most useful modern applications. iStore is the first to receive the most relevant applications (for example, Instagram, Starcard were released for the iPhone a year earlier than for Android), which undergo strict moderation, are guaranteed to be free from pornography, viruses and other unfavorable content. This is so because application manufacturers are primarily focused on the paying audience who chooses the iPhone, which is the first to receive the freshest and highest quality software.
GooglePlay from Android is a “dump” where various applications of dubious quality, untested by anyone, with an inadequate rating system flock (unexpectedly, the most “incredible” programs may appear in the top). Android is also very vulnerable to viruses. This will force you to buy an antivirus and spend the resources of your smartphone on its work, while the iPhone does just fine without antivirus.
Why iPhone is better than Android?
Android and iPhone have been competing in the smartphone market for years. Since the release of both giants, the world has split into two camps. However, the iPhone has always been one step ahead of its rival in literally everything. Let’s figure it out together why this is so?
IOS 7 introduces an active anti-theft feature that reliably protects and makes your iPhone much less attractive to thieves. Using Activation Lock in conjunction with the Find My iPhone service, you can easily locate a missing gadget and remotely block access to it. over, this lock cannot be removed by flashing until you enter your Apple ID and password. Various similar third-party applications for Android cannot boast of anything like that. Plus, they can be easily removed when the system is reset.
The difference in operating systems in performance especially affects the speed of launching applications and surfing the Internet via Wi-Fi. And the iPhone also has an excellent battery and keeps the battery charge longer than other smartphones.
Why is the iPhone better than the Android smartphone? Five examples
Ten days ago, we decided to go over the disadvantages of iOS and the advantages of Android. It’s time to “mirror” the situation and show how Apple’s mobile platform is superior to Google’s operating system.
Megadlong device update cycle. Think about it: iOS 14 will be available to iPhone 6s owners! This is official information, if anything. check on the Apple website. That is, the device, released in the fall of 2015 and running on iOS 9, receives five annual system updates.
over, these are not just some minor updates or security updates, but large update packages that include new features, new design of some elements, and so on. Only the owners of Google Pixel can count on this, and the same Samsung is guaranteed to update its smartphones only for two years.
The Apple ecosystem includes not only smartphones, but also tablets and computers. You can start editing a document or read text on one device, quickly switch to another, you can save a password that will be available on all devices (not only in browsers, but also in applications). Samsung and. recently. Huawei. I would like to wish them good luck, because there is competition. it’s always good.
ESIM technology that Apple is promoting in its smartphones. it is actually a great boon. The ability to store several virtual SIM cards in the device memory in addition to one physical one. it is very convenient. For example, travelers can buy traffic abroad through eSIM operators: Airalo, RedteaGo and others. It costs pennies compared to roaming costs and does not require the purchase of a physical SIM card and the conclusion of a contract with the operator. You just installed the application, bought traffic and use it. On Android smartphones sold in Russia, this option is available only in Samsung Galaxy Z Flip and Samsung Galaxy Fold, as well as in devices of the Google Pixel 4 line.
In Russia, for Android smartphones with eSIM support start at 55 thousand rubles (Google Pixel), and the cheapest iPhone with an electronic SIM card is available for 34 thousand rubles from unofficial.
IOS devices have an insanely smooth interface, fast launching of applications and other options that are responsible for the feeling of “finally working fine”. All this splendor is achieved, of course, by rather aggressive unloading of unused applications, but it is thanks to this approach that the iPhone has a reputation for smartphones that do not slow down and do not enrage. And even old and cheap models.
iPhones lose much less in price. The top 3 most profitable devices include the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. all of them have depreciated by 67-57 percent in two years from the date of purchase. And the next Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 and Galaxy Note 9 lost 72-75 percent of the original price.
Let’s get down to specifics
Here the developer has already made more obvious arguments.
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Recording 60 frames per second. The newest iPhones can shoot at 4K60FPS on all cameras. For Android smartphone manufacturers, the situation is different: in 99% of cases 4K60FPS is available only in standard applications, for third-party applications the restriction is in [email protected]
There are rare exceptions, but they still give access to this feature only with “crutches”.
Digital stabilization. Apple allows you to enable digital and optical stabilization in any application. In the Android world, this feature is only available from Sony and Huawei.
Other companies have access to these options only if the devices themselves are on hand.
The funny thing is that this functionality is designated in the Camera2 API as provided and working, but in fact we have what we have.
HDR video recording. The iPhone allows you to record 10-bit HDR video, lets you turn off metadata and leave only 10-bit. Android doesn’t always let you write 10 bits. Even in situations where there is a necessary hardware codec in the device.
To activate HDR, documented settings are not always provided. Sometimes there are no such functions at all.
Disable noise reduction and sharpness. Apple does not allow regulation of these features, but not all Android makers abuse them. For example Samsung and Huawei.
Manual exposure adjustment. The iPhone has a manual exposure setting, but there is a problem with the automatic HDR operation. Its third-party developer cannot regulate.
However, this is also the case with Android manufacturers:
It is often not even clear why the image changes so unexpectedly. Either the system decided to highlight the frame for better focusing, or the white balance of the scene changed so dramatically, or it works the same HDR. The problem most often occurs on Xiaomi devices.
There is one more problem in the camp of the “green robot”. the work of autofocus. On some Chinese cameras, autofocus stops working as soon as the manual exposure mode is activated. Plus, autofocus turns out to be worse in third-party applications than in native ones.
Focus. Apple has no problem with this: developers have access to automatic and manual focus.
In Android, a common problem is that autofocus will decide to lock “at infinity”. and in the manual focus mode, it is simply not available, and it is not possible to focus on distant objects.
The error is observed on all Chinese Android gadgets except Huawei. Samsung does not work at all.
Manual white balance. Here the situation was not in favor of Huawei due to the solution with RYYB sensors. They had to disable the setting for third-party apps because Android doesn’t know such sensors exist.
Secondary cameras. Apple gives access to all cameras immediately after release, and manufacturers of Android gadgets try to hide access to them.
So, Samsung has been hiding the telephoto camera for many years, because it is very limited in its capabilities. OnePlus has closed access to all cameras except the main one. Xiaomi does not officially give access to secondary sensors, but at the same time it does not block them tightly. Only Sony does the same as Apple.
24/25 fps recording. Devices from Huawei may declare support and not support in fact. OnePlus devices ignore these frequencies as unnecessary. Xiaomi does not officially support anything.
And here again Sony stood out, which has the corresponding support.
The expert explains why the iPhone shoots video better than any Android smartphone
Android app developer mcpro24fps shares his observations of why iPhone shoots video better than any other Android smartphone.
In his opinion, the problem is not at all in the operating system, but in how manufacturers provide access to the functions of their devices. The OS itself provides the necessary access, but some options are somehow unavailable during the creation of the application.
Professional video shooting is shooting with the maximum number of manual adjustments, analyzers and other solutions that allow the operator and director to achieve the desired shot. Everything that, as a rule, is absent or is frankly poorly implemented in stock applications from device manufacturers.
In the world of mobile cinema, there are several recognized leaders among this kind of applications. However, even those of them who seem to be doing just fine with their functionality on iOS begin to stumble and fall specifically when trying to create their own Android versions.
The best apps often only exist on the iPhone. And this applies to almost all applications belonging to the category of creativity. Be it sound, be it video, be it drawing.
The whole tragedy of the Android world lies in the inappropriate attitude of phone manufacturers to Android API documentation.
They ignore all the possibilities, with a stubborn desire to replace the existing mechanisms with their own “crutches”, which they also do not seek to document and generally advertise to the developers of third-party applications.
Apple, unlike other manufacturers, does not restrict access to its devices. On the contrary, the company gives developers the will to be creative and create unique programs. Let them be even better than the built-in ones.
Any function of the camera is available to everyone. There is no such thing in the Android world.
As a result, Android is bad with cameras for third-party developers.
Every company in the Android world has some kind of limitation. They will not give access to a number of functions or try to hide them when building applications. This even applies to Google.
The only one that matches the Android API documentation is Sony. But she also has some indulgences against the background of the Cupertinians. [Habr]