12 reasons to buy an iPhone; is Apple scared of the Android competition?

12 reasons to buy an iPhone; is Apple scared of the Android competition?We have three rather impressive Android flagships at the moment, namely the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z. Fans of Google’s ubiquitous OS are really spoiled for choice.

But don’t forget the iPhone! That’s what Apple’s effectively saying, with a spanking new Why iPhone microsite. Poor chaps.

The smartphone world has been very much focused on the Samsung Galaxy S4 over the past week, and to a lesser extent the HTC One and Sony Xperia Z.

All three are impressive in their own right (the HTC One is a sexy beast; the Sony Xperia Z looks great and is waterproof; the Samsung Galaxy S4 has, er, loads of features), and many a buyer appears to be furiously mulling over the trio of options.

But Apple has issued a reminder as to why you should also keep the iPhone in mind. Indeed, on its microsite, Apple suggests: “There’s iPhone. And then there’s everything else.”

Maybe it’s just me, but the site doesn’t exactly reek of Apple’s trademark confidence. Au contraire, it almost seems like a desperate cry for attention.

In any case, Apple is facing its stiffest competition to date, and it’s only going to get worse – with the Motorola X-Phone and Samsung Galaxy Note 3 touching down later this year.

In the meantime, here’s why Apple says you should consider the iPhone. Bullet points? You got it:

  • Various JD Power awards for customer satisfaction
  • The attention to detail in the design (love it or hate it, there’s no denying the iPhone 5 looks good)
  • The Retina display (which now has a ton of 1080p competition)
  • Great battery life without a massive battery (yeah, I can generally go over a day on a single charge)
  • The powerful A6 chip – “but not power hungry
  • Ultrafast wireless and LTE (not exactly unique features)
  • The world’s most popular camera (according to flickr)
  • iTunes and the App Store (all apps are “reviewed by Apple to guard against malware”, haha! Who is that aimed at?)
  • iOS 6 (which of course introduced Apple Maps, ahem)
  • Siri (don’t know a single person who’s used it other than to ask silly questions on the first day of ownership)
  • iCloud and Photo Stream
  • Customer support “from real people” (as opposed to, uhm, robots?)

And that’s why you should buy an iPhone. Love always, Apple.

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Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:06

Damn that's one weakass list. Is this the advertising you mentioned earlier Jan?

I don't think the iphone looks good tbh. Anyway surely they must change the look this year?

B1zarr0Prim3  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:11

I think the iPhone looks pants.
As for battery life, my 920 can go just over 2 days.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:20

Yep, that's the list I mentioned earlier pffft... It's almost as sad as what HTC's reps pulled off last year.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:29

Hope Apples year follows their lead then, yeah that's likely ;)

Definitely lost style points for that effort anyway. Should stick to silly dancing ipods.

universe1992  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:30

1 reason not to buy an iphone it's made by over priced apple.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:33

Well, Bizzaro, I don't like the iPhone 5 or iPad Mini's design, either - but appearances are subjected to subjectiveness... I find Samsung's "design language" gibberish. Touchwiz, imho, is the ugliest UI. Ever. And as sturdy as their phones are, they look, to me, like €90 Chinese copies of knock-offs... It's all personal.
The iPhone 5''s battery did impress me when I had one for 3 weeks. Not since the BB 9780 or the Moto Pro+ has a smartphone given me 2 days - regardless of "power savings plan".

The rest? Seriously, Apple - who cares what you call your screen or chip or your "voice assistant"?!

Sometimes silence is the best approach.

Pondlife  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:41

Oh come now the Motorola effort as seen in their razr hd and m launches was uglier and more garish. :)
http://www.mobot.net/motorola-unveils-trio-razr-smartphones-47137

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 16:51

No

AhmadCentral  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:16

What the hell is this crap?

I know some people are just gonna believe this like it's gospel though.

SpeedyG  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:30

No

YES

Moto are worse still atm ;)

Apple want attention

Apple need some juice? Need a bottle?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:47

No

YES

Moto are worse still atm ;)

Apple want attention

Apple need some juice? Need a bottle?


You do realise I mentioned the Moto Pro+ - a qwerty device - only because of its good battery life?
That is a YES. Is it pretty? Hell, NO. Is its main PLUS, the QWERTY, good? Hell, NO.
But it gets me through 2 days plus - with 3 email accounts on poll, 2 busy Twitter accounts on push. Not many Android phones can do that.

And bite me, but I prefer any of the RAZRs' designs to ANY Samsung phone. Purely aesthetically... I had Samsung phones. It's not that I feel paralysed by the designs, but the Galaxies are to me the embodiment of yuck. And Touchwiz is like the first attempt at a Symbian theme by some dev from 2006....

And there is nothing to debate. Because this is all a matter of taste. And has nothing to do with the devices' performance. The fact that iOS or webOS or "MeeGo" are visually more appealing to me than Android means exactly nothing in the larger scheme of things.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:47

Various JD Power awards for customer satisfaction
The attention to detail in the design (love it or hate it, there’s no denying the iPhone 5 looks good)
The Retina display (which now has a ton of 1080p competition)
Great battery life without a massive battery (yeah, I can generally go over a day on a single charge)
The powerful A6 chip – “but not power hungry”
Ultrafast wireless and LTE (not exactly unique features)
The world’s most popular camera (according to flickr)
iTunes and the App Store (all apps are “reviewed by Apple to guard against malware”, haha! Who is that aimed at?)
iOS 6 (which of course introduced Apple Maps, ahem)
Siri (don’t know a single person who’s used it other than to ask silly questions on the first day of ownership)
iCloud and Photo Stream
Customer support “from real people” (as opposed to, uhm, robots?)

I'll give them point 1, it seems valid.
Subjective
1080p @ 5" has a much higher PPI
I can still beat it with my Note 2
At full tilt, it's power hungry
LTE, wowwww...like all the other 4G phones in the world (some of which far predate the iP5)
The App Store is good, but the Play Store is hardly pathetic
Subjective
Siri is pointless, as is Google now. The concept is flawed, not the execution
Wowww, amazing. Hardly a huge selling point
As said in the article, as opposed to what? My cat? Robots? Aliens?

/Rant

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 18, 2013 at 17:59

All true... When HTC's reps were caught last year handing out flyers to phonestore staff that 'explained' why the One X beat the SGS3, I thought we had reached a low. But these Apple ads are just as bad. Maybe even worse.
It's like saying milk chocolate is better than dark chocolate because it has milk in it... Or whatever.... It seems quite embarrassing to me...almost as if Apple currently have nothing to follow up with?!

sicktwaaa  Mar. 19, 2013 at 09:17

I think the iPhone looks pants.
As for battery life, my 920 can go just over 2 days.

That's because its a hideous brick that weighs a tonne.

Stelph  Mar. 19, 2013 at 10:22

Various JD Power awards for customer satisfaction
The attention to detail in the design (love it or hate it, there’s no denying the iPhone 5 looks good)
The Retina display (which now has a ton of 1080p competition)
Great battery life without a massive battery (yeah, I can generally go over a day on a single charge)
The powerful A6 chip – “but not power hungry”
Ultrafast wireless and LTE (not exactly unique features)
The world’s most popular camera (according to flickr)
iTunes and the App Store (all apps are “reviewed by Apple to guard against malware”, haha! Who is that aimed at?)
iOS 6 (which of course introduced Apple Maps, ahem)
Siri (don’t know a single person who’s used it other than to ask silly questions on the first day of ownership)
iCloud and Photo Stream
Customer support “from real people” (as opposed to, uhm, robots?)

I'll give them point 1, it seems valid.
Subjective
1080p @ 5" has a much higher PPI
I can still beat it with my Note 2
At full tilt, it's power hungry
LTE, wowwww...like all the other 4G phones in the world (some of which far predate the iP5)
The App Store is good, but the Play Store is hardly pathetic
Subjective
Siri is pointless, as is Google now. The concept is flawed, not the execution
Wowww, amazing. Hardly a huge selling point
As said in the article, as opposed to what? My cat? Robots? Aliens?

/Rant


1. Ill also give them that one
2. Not sure what attention to detail there is in a black/white touchscreen slab but there you go, tbh the old "curved" back was a more comforable shape than the current one
3. How ironic, they state Retina but not that its a propriotory name and so part of the reason they're the only phone to have Retina is because they'd sue the pants off anyone who tried to put a "retina" screen in their phone
4. Now be fair, iOS is considerably better than Android with regards to power management, especially in sleep mode where android just doesnt seem to have got this sorted yet
5. Dunno about that with the chip, I do have to say that quad core (and octo core) are completely wasted until content creation apps catch up and provide real abilities in this area, so with this in mind the dual core with quad core graphics is actually a better option IMO
6. Not a feature that makes it stand out
7. The camera is good tbf, apple seem to have the right idea of putting good lens' in the phone rather than OMG MORRRRRRR PIXELLLLSSSS
8. App store is good, and the walled garden approach is an excellent feature for those people who are happy to accept the "rules" (i.e. that apple rules all)
9. Not really a feature, or at least not one thats significant enough to raise as a seperate point
10. Oh god, Siri. Please dont bring that up again
11. iCloud and photo stream is clever, thats a fair point
12. Real people, however in my experience with them they havent been able to do much more than the average customer phone service does

All in all not the best list, Apple didnt really need to do this

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