Well, this is going to a post that will separate a lot of you… So, let’s start off with a confession that many will see as blasphemy; I do not own a single Apple product. In our house we have laptops, a desktop computer, two tablets and two phones – none of them are made by Apple.
I wonder how many people are screaming at their monitors or phones right now because of that? Well, if you are, then this next bit will be even worse for you to read… I don’t want or like Apple products.
But there’s actually a few reasons for it, which is exactly what this post is going to talk about. You see, it’s not just a blind “I don’t want to follow the crowd” or anything like that. I mean, I’m the furthest from a hipster you could get! No, my reasons are more to do with the abilities of the devices, the specifications and the value for money. So, let’s get into this, shall we?
Reason 1: The Specifications
We’ll start with one of the biggest reasons why I don’t use Apple products (which will also tie nicely into the second). To put it simply, with Apple you pay for the brand rather than the power and specifications of the phone or computer. You are paying for the logo, and that I really don’t agree with.
I like to know that what I am buying has the specifications to carry out all the tasks I want to use it for. I really don’t care about the style anywhere near as much as the practicality of the product. That’s why the specifications of a phone or computer are so important to me. I use my phone on a daily basis for task management, communication, gaming on the go and much more… So it needs to be powerful enough to cope with all of that. The iPhone, when compared to an equivalent Android phone, just doesn’t stack up in this department. The following table will help show you what I mean.
Everything from the amount of memory that the iPhone X has, to the screen resolution and even the camera fall short of the Samsung Galaxy S8+, which is the equivalent model. Oh, and the Galaxy S8+ costs around an RRP of £779 (on Amazon) whilst the iPhone X costs a whopping RRP of £999+ (also on Amazon). So, you pay over £200 more for a weaker phone that fails in terms of a specifications comparison, just because it has an Apple logo on it…
This is the same when it comes to PCs… You can spend over £1,000 on an iMac and get a 2.3Ghz dual-core processor, 8gb of memory and a basic internal graphics card… Or, you can spend £600-800 on a PC and get a 3.6+ quad-core processor, 16GB+ of memory and a dedicated graphics card of 2-4GB! In fact, in terms of graphics cards alone, you can get a far stronger graphics card for less than £100! So, in terms of the actual specifications of both phones and computers, Apple just cannot compare… It doesn’t even come close to a Windows/Linux computer or an Android phone, which brings me neatly into my next reason.
Reason 2: Value for Money
I think I’ve probably already made it pretty clear why Apple products do not offer value for money based on their specifications, but what about other aspects?
Well, let’s start with apps, shall we? The Google Play Store has a tonne more apps than the Apple Store, for one simple reason; Android is open source. I’ve tried making apps for both Android and iOS, and I can tell you know, it is far easier to develop an app on Android because the operating system doesn’t lock you out of basically everything you need to make an app work. Apple’s iOS is so heavily locked down that making anything remotely unique is more than a chore.
And you’re probably thinking that this lockdown is for security, right? Wrong. It is done specifically because Apple has never allowed people outside of Apple to know the real internals of the operating system. They are very, very secretive about their operating system. But this just ends up making life harder for developers, and that’s why Android has so many more apps!
In fact, I was having a conversation with a co-worker today who said he wouldn’t get an Android phone because it doesn’t have iMessage on it… Well, actually, it does…
That’s what is so great about an open-source operating system like Android; developers can create almost anything you need, including apps that will do exactly what Apple-made apps do. So, no matter what apps are keeping you on your iPhone, you’ll be able to use them on an Android anyway!
In terms of computers, I would say the biggest issue with Apple iMacs and Macbooks is basically the same thing. Because the operating system is so locked down due to “corporate secrets”, developers have a really hard time getting programs to work on the system. A great example is the phenomenal online RPG, Final Fantasy XIV. This game runs on multiple systems, all using the same game servers… It works on the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita! And it works so well that people on all of these different devices play together.
The developers (Square Enix) decided that they wanted to release this masterpiece of gaming design and development onto the Mac as well, and after a year and a half of development, they did. It lasted a couple of months before they had to refund everyone who bought it on Mac. Why? Because no matter what they did, they could not get it to work on iOS, because iOS wouldn’t give them access to the systems they needed. And this is a team of developers who got that very game working on 4 different types of devices with 4 different operating systems!
Even if you look at the reasons why most people use iMacs, like Photoshop, these programs are actually just as good if not better on Windows PCs now, simply because they are very resource hungry applications and Windows PCs allow you to get more powerful computers for less! So, even the unique selling point of Macs has fallen apart with the advances in technology.
If you want to try and talk about “value for money” for Macs; there is none.
Reason 3: Style and Design Parts
This is probably one of the main reasons why people go for Apple products; they think they are the pinnacle of design and development. Because Apple makes such huge announcements and keynotes about their products, everyone thinks they are at the forefront of technical development. But they’re really not. Take a look at these facts to get an idea of what I mean;
- Water and dust resistance – This was released with the iPhone 7, a full 2 years after Android phones had it.
- Also, the iPhone 7 was only IP67 certified, whilst the equivalent Galaxy S7 was IP68!
- Wireless charging – This is a big thing for the iPhone X… Android phones have been doing this for years…
- Haptic feedback – A big upgrade for the iPhone 7, again 2 years after it was available on Android
- Facial recognition – One of the iPhone X’s biggest selling points, but it uses the parts developed by Samsung because Apple couldn’t make it work…
Pretty much everything that the Apple announces as “brand new and innovative technology” for their iPhones has either already been available on Android phones, or was developed by other companies for Android and iPhone. The thing is, there are so many different Android phone companies that none of them make as much of a big noise as Apple does. Apple shouts the loudest, so everyone believes they are the best and the most innovative when really, most of their technology is already available on Android phones.
When it comes to computers, Apple fans always complain that Windows computers look ugly because of the towers and separate monitors. But you can get all-in-one PCs that work just like an iMac but still have better specifications, so that’s really a non-argument. Even if you didn’t want an all-in-one PC, Windows computers are so customisable and configurable that you could buy a really beautiful tower and put the computer parts into that. For example, take a look at this steampunk Window laptop below – it’s a work of art!
You can’t do that with an Apple computer, at least nowhere near as easily, as the iMacs and Macbooks are designed not to be altered. And that, again, leads nicely to the final point in this post (although I could go on for more)…
Reason 4: Customisation
This one is more about phones than computers, just so you all know. The iPhone has a pretty enough interface if a bit basic. The thing is, apart from your wallpaper, your iPhone’s homescreen and menus will look identical to everyone else’s. There’s nothing you can do to make it “yours”… And I know many people are going to argue that you can change the app layouts and wallpapers and what have you. But take a look at the following comparison. The image on the left is the “default”, out of the box Android homescreen. The image on the right is my homescreen right now.
As you can see, they are vastly different… But believe me, they are both screenshots of the same version of Android.
That’s the beauty of Android; because it open source you are able to customise how the phone looks, down to the way the apps work, the way messages show or ever the style of the keyboard! Want a typewriter style keyboard? No problem! How about one that looks like it’s from The Lord of The Rings? Go right ahead!
The levels of customisation that you can get (for free) on Android is utterly insane. Oh, and Android allows you to do one of the most basic things ever, than iPhone doesn’t; you can add your own MP3s as files and set them as your ringtones. This has been a staple of phone design since the Nokia 3310, yet you cannot do it on iPhones. That’s just ridiculous! My ringtone is “Rumors of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated” by Rise Against – Apple users reading this, which great song have you added as a ringtone? Oh wait, you can’t…. Sorry… But it’s pretty stupid, right?
And That’s All Folks
Honestly, I could go on and on like this. There are so many reasons why Windows and Android phones are better options than Apple products… Even if you tried to argue about connectivity between devices, my Android phone is connected to my Windows PC, my Windows laptop, my PS4 (as a second controller), the iMac that I am forced to use at work, and my tablet. So whilst Apple devices can only connect to other Apple devices, I’ve got my Android phone connected to everything. So it wins there as well.
But I’m not stupid or ignorant enough to think that me explaining all of these reasons will get people to switch away from Apple. All I want to do is make sure you guys have make some educated decisions the next time you want to get a new phone or computer. Knowing the reality, rather than just Apple’s clever marketing and misdirection, could help you save money and get more for the money you do spend.
Which type of phone or computer do you use and why? Let me know in the comments below!