Many months ago I spent 37.5% of the price of 128GB Iphone 6s to buy an android flagship

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It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything. Why do you buy Iphone 6s/6s plus but not much cheaper android phone? I think this is a very interesting Psychology question.
 
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It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything. Why do you buy Iphone 6s/6s plus but not much cheaper android phone? I think this is a very interesting Psychology question.
You should buy a phone that does what you need it to do. That's what I do. If an LG G pro 2 does what you need it to do, then that's what you should buy. Why do you care what anybody else buys?
 

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For a device that I'm using basically all day, everyday, I want the best on the market. That happens to be the iPhone. So it's worth my money. The other part is that there is no alternative to the iPhone for using iOS. While one can get a similar experience to a high-end Android from a much cheaper device, there is no such equivalent with iOS. I've tried cheap Androids and other alternatives in the past and they just don't compare.

Understandable however, if some can't afford it or don't use their phones enough to justify Apple's prices. That's why those alternatives exist.
 

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It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything. Why do you buy Iphone 6s/6s plus but not much cheaper android phone? I think this is a very interesting Psychology question.
What percentage of income an iPhone represents to one has a large impact on the rationalization for purchasing a cheaper device instead of the industry leader.

It wouldn't make sense for someone looking to get connected with the best hardware specs possible at the lowest cost to get an iPhone. The difference for Apple's premium target market is negligible, though; why would any significant number of people who could easily afford the premium product get a less secure, lower build quality, poorly supported product instead?

Personally the assurance that I can get security updates on day one without carriers getting in the way, plus support for my iPhone in Apple Stores worldwide if anything goes wrong is worth the delta in price alone. Good luck trying to get help with a US Samsung phone in China.
 
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It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything. Why do you buy Iphone 6s/6s plus but not much cheaper android phone? I think this is a very interesting Psychology question.
To be honest, it's because iPhone is the most fashionable and sexy device out there.

Same reason why I buy Mercedes- to show off.
 

haruhiko

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Why would your company not pay you minimum wages while they can hire a person with a brain for that price? Why would you have that premium? "I think this is a very interesting psychology question"
 
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iOS ecosystem. And a couple,of small things that make the iPhone a joy to use. GPS accuracy is one, and it connects very fast. Have you used an android before? It's very slow.
 

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I actually told myself I would do this if the 6s plus didn't blow me away. I use android on a work phone and don't hate it. iPhone has always been my personal smartphone, but the 6 plus just made me sad. Apple fave me a phone I could love again though.
Why you dont like 6 plus? I think 6s plus fix important part like not easy bend anymore, but just nothing really new and creative.
 

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For a device that I'm using basically all day, everyday, I want the best on the market. That happens to be the iPhone. So it's worth my money. The other part is that there is no alternative to the iPhone for using iOS. While one can get a similar experience to a high-end Android from a much cheaper device, there is no such equivalent with iOS. I've tried cheap Androids and other alternatives in the past and they just don't compare.

Understandable however, if some can't afford it or don't use their phones enough to justify Apple's prices. That's why those alternatives exist.
The iPhone being the best on the market is debatable. Best for you, sure, but there's a ton of disagreement on what is the "best" smartphone. Some say iPhone, some say the Note 5, some say the Moto X etc. etc.

I've been on iPhone since 2009 and Android since 2010. Android has gotten a lot better over the years, as has the iPhone. At this point, most Android phones with the proper modifications work just as well as the iPhone.

I've had a Note 4 for a few months, almost gave up on it to go full Apple again with the iPhone 6S+. Instead I did a complete restore, installed a different launcher (interface) and the thing runs flawlessly. Just as well as my iPhone 6+ did. The camera is just as good, if not better in certain situations. The display is fantastic (easily better in terms of brightness/saturation to my eyes than my 6+ was). Having the ability to swap batteries, plus extra storage (through the microSD), and now a phone that just works...I'm not entirely sure I'll ever go full Apple again.

The days of Android being WAY behind iOS in terms of reliability are behind us. Again, with proper modifications, Android runs just as well as iOS. I also use an app to "mirror" and "send/receive" texts across multiple devices, just like iMessage.

In short, choose what's best for you. In my case, Android is doing me well for my smartphone usage, while I can't think of any reason to ever give up my MacBook as my primary laptop.
 
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Price is very low on my list of reasons to buy a phone. Feel free to judge that decision, but I am unapologetic about it. I choose my phones based on many things, and sometimes that's an Android phone, and sometimes it's an iPhone. At this particular point in time, it's both: I have an iPhone 6s Plus and a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and they are both great phones. The cheaper Android phones are great in their own right, but they normally have some sort of compromises I'm not willing to live with.
 

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to use iOS. really not much of an alternative option

i think a better question is are you proposing that spending ~40% of a new iPhone to buy a cheap, almost outdated Android phone with average hardware is a good deal?

It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything. Why do you buy Iphone 6s/6s plus but not much cheaper android phone? I think this is a very interesting Psychology question.
 
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It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything. Why do you buy Iphone 6s/6s plus but not much cheaper android phone? I think this is a very interesting Psychology question.
After using the LG phone for a year, you probably won't be able to sell it for any meaningful money. A one year old iPhone is worth a lot more money. So the actual amount you've lost during 1 year of usage is not that different.
 
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To be honest, it's because iPhone is the most fashionable and sexy device out there.

Same reason why I buy Mercedes- to show off.
That is why Apple are making the money they are. Well that and not paying tax as well.

The next bit is not in any way pointed at you Hieveryone by the way.

Just because something is perceived as best doesn't make it best. It is like when people buy a BMW or Mercedes with a poverty spec because they can't afford a high spec model but they still want the perceived look of wealth. Personally I would rather get a cheaper model and spec it up to have all the toys.

There's no best phone for everyone.
 

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I want cutting edge when it comes to the device I use almost every minute of every day. My phone is important to me and I like to keep it cutting edge.

I think that iOS is good at being invisible. For most tasks iOS just doesn't get in your way. You tap an easy to find icon on a familiar layout and you're done. Installing and uninstalling is simple. Backing up, transferring data, moving from Mac to Phone to Tablet is as seamless as you can get. Basically it just doesn't get in my way.

Android is more customizable and to an extent even more powerful but I feel you loose a lot of that transparency. It feels like the OS is there. It is more difficult to navigate and overall just more difficult to manage. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I'm in iOS more often but android just doesn't feel right to me.

These two reasons mean I'm typically rocking the new iPhone.
 

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I've tried android phones before. Twice, in fact. My favorite was the Nexus 5, which I still have. It's important to note that I liked the unadulterated android device -- most other android phones have been skinned, and not for the better (touchwiz is a horrible, ugly joke)

If you already have an apple product (say, a MacBook), having an iPhone is a no-brainer. The integration of iOS and OS is unmatched.
 
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haruhiko

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Why would your company not pay you minimum wages while they can hire a person with a brain for that price? Why would you have that premium? "I think this is a very interesting psychology question"
It's also interesting that people like OP think that they bought an Android phone with almost outdated average hardware for a cheaper price = outsmarted all the iPhone users and feel the need to start a thread like this in an Apple-centric forum to save all the idiots here :p Interesting psychological question.
 

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Well this is a easy question. The Android's I was using in the past were all laggy and slow. Hell, even when playing with my friends OnePlusOne and Nexus 5's were all slow at loading apps compared to my iPhone 5.

Another reason, is simplicity. Like what HippieMagic said, doing anything on the iOS is pretty much fool-proof. It's easy and simply. Also the chances of bricking your phone is a lot lower compared to Android devices.

Lastly, Apple customer service. They're top notch.
 
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I prefer iOS to Android after using a Galaxy S4 for 2 years and iPhones previously for a similar amount of time.

There are many Android phones, But if I want iOS then my choices are either iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Therefore if I want the phone I want then I must buy iPhone.
 
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I had an Android phone I had the Samsung Galaxy S5 for awhile. There were several reasons I went back to iPhone. The first is bloatware, there was tons of carrier bloat that I couldn't erase on my Android phone that took up precious space. The second was software updates, as an iPhone user, I get to have the latest and greatest software update for my phone as soon as it comes out along with every other iPhone user. With Android I have to wait for carrier and phone manufacturer to get it together and that often took a very long time, even for security updates. I certainly appreciate Android for what it is, but I would much rather have the iPhone.
 
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