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What makes you feel better?
Our readers are nothing if not opinionated. I enjoy writing on somewhat controversial topics (heck, I do the government column) because our readers get involved, both (or many) sides start discussing the issues, relative merits, and weaknesses of whatever is being discussed. The result is that I never fail to learn something new, and I'm sure that most of you derive the same benefit.
So here we go again. A few months ago, I traded in my aging iPhone 4S for a Samsung Galaxy S4 (yeah, I traded the 4S for an S4 -- gotta love the folks who name products). Anyway, after that, I realized that features in the new Android phone made my iPhone seem very dated. So I wrote, 25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s. The thing is, the iPhone also has its advantages, so I also wrote, 10 things I miss about my iPhone now that I'm on Android.
In the four or so weeks since, I've come to discover that a lot of the iOS users are absolutely convinced that the iOS devices are better (even if better is really an eye-of-the-beholder thing). I have gotten tweets, posts, emails, and discussion posts describing to me, with no shortage of detail, exactly why the iOS devices are better than anything Android (or BlackBerry or Windows or Kindle — you get the point).
After reading all these missives, it seemed to me they were more about justifying purchases and feeling better about the gear they carried than real details (although some of their points were dead on). I also noticed that a set of these points seemed to be common among many, many iOS users.
So, that's what follows. These are the 18 most common things iOS users say to feel better about themselves, their devices, and their choices.
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#1 "All iPhone users get the latest updates."
Many iPhone users are looking forward to iOS 7. Personally, one of the reasons I moved to Android was what I saw of iOS 7. You can read about that here: iOS 7: why I'm finally dumping my iPhone for an Android.
The assertion, "All iPhone users get the latest updates," like most other tech assertions, is somewhat true. All phones from the iPhone 4 and later will support iOS 7, but the old iPhone 3 and 3S won't be supported. Likewise, the original iPad won't upgrade to iOS 7 and is being effectively abandoned.
This problem occurs on the Android side of the house, of course. The Google-reference versions of phones and tablets get upgrades right away, but the devices made by other manufacturers may or may not ever get an upgrade. My year-plus old Nexus 7 got upgraded to Android 4.3, but my three-month-old Galaxy S4 is still running 4.2.x and there's no date for when that will upgrade.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Sure, if you are a recent purchaser. Otherwise, you're in the same boat as the Android folks.
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#2 "We have iMessage."
This is one of the most common statements I've heard, and it baffles me a bit. Of course, I send maybe ten text messages a month, so I'm not the target audience. If you dig into the comments here, you'll see a detailed, almost overblown discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of iMessage.
Android certainly has apps that bypass the pay-as-you-go SMS system, most notably Google Voice.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? I guess, if it makes you happy.
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