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#6 "iPhones are better made and are better quality."
This claim popped up because I wrote that I liked the replaceable plastic back of my Samsung Galaxy S4. Time will tell. While I have yet to have an iPhone fail on me, that certainly wasn't the case with the iPod nano (read What to do when your brand-new iPod nano fails...and it will).
My take on this is that the glass back on the back of the iPhone 4-series phones was simply a bad idea. I locked mine inside a tough Otterbox and that kept it from breaking. But the phone itself was glass. I could drop the plastic back of my S4 on concrete and it might have a scratch. But the glass back of the 4S? The Internet is filled with pictures of broken iPhones.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Not for earlier iPhones, certainly. Maybe new models. For that, we'll have to wait and see.
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#7 "It's old news."
No matter what the criticism, I'll often get back the comment "It's old news." No! If something is a poor design or causes stress among customers, even if you heard about it last year, that doesn't make it old news. That makes it one of the factors you need to consider when judging your next set of purchases.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Not even slightly.
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#8 "There's an app for that.
This "feel better" statement comes as a retort whenever I mention that the iPhone can't do something my S4 can. And, in many cases, my correspondents are right. However, the general concept that the Apple App store beats the Android market is now faulty.
Here are two stats. Wikipedia claims a million-plus Google Play apps vs. 900,000 iOS apps. More to the point, Google Apps have now surpassed iOS apps in terms of the number downloaded.
And, as my article, 25 things my new Android phone does that makes my iPhone feel like it comes from the 1990s, showed, there are a lot more things (like replacing the launcher completely) that you can do in Android (without rooting) than you can in iOS.
Should Apple users feel better about themselves because of this? Not anymore.
Image courtesy ZDNet.