When it comes to iPhones, opinions are tossed around in polar directions. In our previous articles we’ve covered up,all that we love about the new iPhones. In this section, we’re gonna try gather all the criticism we possibly can against these new models, voicing not only our perspective, but the perspectives of existing iPhone and Android users as well.
These are users who form the strongest of all opinions against the iPhone beholders. They feel an utmost sense of pride in being loyal android worshippers and won’t ever miss any chance for slamming the iPhone community, whom they lovingly refer to as the ‘iSheeps’.
- PRICE POINTS: Android folks have always known for ‘fact’ that Apple devices are ‘high on prices and low on specs’. Since the hardware proves to be a minimal upgrade once again, the same opinion is bound to extend here as well, with the new iphone’s sporting price tags higher than ever before. Many highly capable android flagships are available at less than halfthe prices of these new models, making them less appealing to android loyaliststhan ever before
- SOFTWARE: There is little reason for the android community to migrate to iOS. They find the OS to be as restricted as ever, with almost zero scope for customization and flexibility. Homescreen widgets have once again been overlooked by Apple, deeming the larger screen estate to waste. New additions to the OS such as allowance for 3rd party keyboards, cross app communications and a comprehensive notification center have been available on Android handsets for years now. Thus even with the software, it’s the same old ‘boring iOS’ from the past
- HARDWARE: There have been improvements in the processor, the display, the camera and even in the battery life. But most of them are just minor upgrades from the 5S and nothing to write home about. There is a dual core 1.4 GHz processor backed up by a single Gig of RAM. The display finally sports higher resolutions, yet it’s ‘only’a 750p HD panel on the iPhone 6 and a 1080p Full HD one of the 6 Plus. The camera is yet again an 8 MP shooter with a few adjustments made to the sensors and post image processing. Now, the Android community loves numbers. There aren’t any QHD displays, 3 Gigs of Ram, quad core/ octa core processors and 20 Megapixel shooters on these new devices. Neither are there facilities for wireless charging and water resistance. Android hardware is way too superior when it comes down to raw specifications and as such, they find the new Apple devices as being severely outdated at launch itself
- WEARABLES: Some people with android wear watches find them to be better than Apple’s watch in core functioning. And for them, there makes no sense in first purchasing an Apple watch and subsequently a shiny new iPhone 6 to make the watch work, when they have better alternativessupportedacross every android phone, at much cheaper price points. Plus android wear watches are not supported on the new iPhones, making an upgrade super costly and pointless
- BUILD QUALITY: There was a time when only the iphones had a great build quality. They were the only devices to be made of aluminum and no android ones could match them in build nor style. But nowadays, Sony, HTC and a ton of other manufacturers use aluminum on their phones and the build quality is top notch. Yet the prices are on the lower side relatively. The HTC ONE is an example of exceptional build quality and gorgeous designing from an android manufacturer. Thus those specifically looking for a great build quality on their smartphones, need not jump ship to Apple anymore
The above are reasons enough for android users to refrain from purchasing the new iPhones.
These are users who don’t care much about what’s underneath the hood. Being technical is not their cup of tea, as performance is what matters to them.They look down upon ‘lagdroids’ with much hate, apparently due to regular charges undertaken against them in groups.
- SIZE: A survey revealed that around 50% of iPhone users stick to Apple devices because they found 4 inches of screen size to be just perfect for them. The comparatively smaller screen estate, allows easier navigation, one handed operation and a comfortable fit in one’s pocket, thus attracting a large portion of women and adult population towards them. But the new iPhones sport huge screen sizes of 4.7’’ and 5.5’’ and are sure to cause discomfort among a substantial part of the existing iPhone community. Also, when screen sizes across different platforms merge together, customers start looking for innovations. It is then they’ll find that the iPhones aren’t actually ‘the very best’ money can buy them. Such a realization might prove pretty harmful for Apple as existing users may finally shy away from upgrading.
- SOFTWARE: Even after a long and patient wait ongoing for years, iOS still doesn’t support widgets and customizations. Consequently, the bigger screen estate on the iPhone 6 and the 6 Plus is not optimally utilized. There are ‘even more’rows of icons, keeping the software experience as mundane as ever. On the other hand, their Android counterparts are miles ahead, when it comes to keeping the software experience fresh. Power android users can make the OS look and feel as per their own desire. They enjoy tons of software enhancements such as split screen applications, a customizable UI, software independent data transfer and a huge array of sharing options made available to them since so many years.IOS 8 presents nothing groundbreaking and older devices are bound to receive the very same update anyway. On the other hand, Google is making leaps and bounds with Android, making it more stable and reliable every passing day. With Android L, the software experience is going to as near perfection as can be. Thus the software on its own, doesn’t present any viable justification for existing iPhone customers, to upgrade to the latest models
- HARDWARE:Although the android community begs to disagree, Apple’s ‘outdated’ hardware is much more than enough for its minimal OS to function optimally. Even the Apple folks know about it, hence the regular jabs against their spec rant. But what they actually do miss on, and they know it very well, is the funky hardware add-ons that comes on board, on many android devices. We’re pretty sure every apple fanboy would be craving for HTC’s exceptional front firing BOOM SOUND SPEAKERS, Dust and water resistance as on many Sony and Samsung products, wireless charging capabilities and super high res camera’s both on the rear and the front. Such meticulous hardware additions provide greater benefit to the customers and inculcate a sense of privilege among them. And as far records go, Apple customers won’t be getting such add-ons before late 2016 or so. Another reason to jump ship to Android!
- PRICE:Although iPhone users have never been much concerned when it comes to price, but the ‘high on specs and low on price’ trend among android devices coupledwith all the criticism gathered around the new iPhones, can finally make them question their buying decisions. After all no one likes being labelled as sheep!
Thus, all the points above, make it clear as to why jumping ship to Android can prove to be highly beneficial for even existing iPhone users.
An Analyst’s Perspective:
In 2007, with the launch of the original iPhone, Apple was the one who solely led a form factor revolution. It established new standards and set new trends for all to follow suit.
In 2014, seven years down the line, Apple follows the form factor revolution, now led by Samsung. With the introduction of bigger screen sizes in the new iPhone models, they have now entered a territory where Samsung and the rest of the Android army reign supreme.
Apple excavating unknown territories:
We believe that the 4.7’’ iPhone 6 will still have a target audience of its own. Thus it’s going to be the success that Apple envisions it to be. But the larger 5.5 inch iPhone 6 plus, is in direct competition with the phablet king, The Galaxy Note 4. The Note series have been extremely successful and have had ample time to prove their worth. The iPhone 6 plus,although almost similarly sized, lacks a ton of productivity features that come bundled along with the Note 4. Samsung knows that with a bigger screen estate, there is a possibility and even need for greater worth to the customer, and hence their phablet offering will prove way superior to Apple’s, whose iPhone 6 plus is simply put, ‘a super-sized iPhone’ .
With the sort of software on top the 6 plus, they may compete with HTC’s ONE MAX, but we’re pretty sure that they aren’t going to win much accolades for emerging victorious there.
It seems that Apple is well aware of all the above limitations they hold. With certain features like OIS, a full HD display and better battery life being exclusive to the larger iPhone, Apple is clearly directing customer excitement to their phablet. Whether they succeed or fail, only time can tell.
Who all would be upgrading without any second thoughts?
For the moment, users who recently sought refuge in the Android camp aftera long yet unfulfilled demand for bigger screen sizes are very likely to shift back to iOS with the new iPhones finally touting bigger displays. This is especially true if their short stay with android left a sour taste in their mouth. Whereas, out of the existing iOS users, those who have already made heavy investments in, andare comfortable with Apple’s ecosystem (MacBook’s, iTunes, iCloud and the iMac’s) would be highly likely to upgrade to these new iPhone models. All the rest are going to be thinking well and hard before doing the same.
Make no mistake, the new iPhones are going to sell like hot cakes. They already have sold 4 million iPhones on pre-order day itself, a record setting feat. But even with their latest and greatest offering yet, Apple might not be able to turn the tides when itcomes to market share, Much to Tim Cook’s dismay. There are many reasons behind the same. Smartphone adoption rates continue to peak every passing month. Both Apple and Google gain new customers. But Google gains much more than Apple gains, due to wider product appeal and considerate pricing. Daily device activations for Android exceed those of Apple’s by more than 4 times. Though the new iPhones from Apple might stir loyalties, yet the trend is most likely to continue nonetheless, with Apple losing more customers relatively, than it’ll be gaining.
What’s your take on the above criticisms? Which is the next smartphone you’re planning on? We look forward to your views in the comments section below!