The Apple Marketing Machine
I am simply in awe of the Apple marketing machine, which has turned their tech product in to a quasi-cult. The best illustration of this is the features being predicted and hyped for the 10th Anniversary iPhone. The most common feature prediction is ... wireless charging. Wireless charging is something I have had on not just my last but my last 2 android phones. Apple was clearly the innovator who really invented the modern smartphone but for years they have been coasting on transferring features already proven in the android market and selling them at a premium to their loyal user base.
There are a lot of things to love about Apple products. The worst thing about Android is the way individual handset makers clutter up the interface with their own (often inferior) user interface and bloatware. Apple's walled garden is much more in control. My last two phones have been a Nexxus (made by Google) and a Droid Turbo (also essentially made by Google) which avoided this third party BS, though I will say Samsung has gotten a lot better about this.
There are several things I think Android does better:
- The cloud. The cloud just seems to work so much better on Android. It integrates with my Google drive. Photo uploading to the cloud works logically.
- Email. The Apple email client sucks, so lots of Apple users use Gmail, but gmail and Apple seem to have an incompatibility every year or two. Gmail and the google Calendar is always going to work with android.
- Music. I love my old 160 GB ipod. In fact, I have a second one I bought before Apple discontinued them. If you want your music to reside on your device, then Apple is way way better than Android. When I travel, this is the way I go. But, if you are ok with streaming, Android is better. For free I uploaded my 50,00o song library to Google, it sits on their servers, and I can stream any part of it any time on my android devices.
- Kindle. I read all my books nowadays on the Kindle. Apple has banned book sales from the Kindle (ie when you finish part 1 and want to buy part 2). Android apparently has not.