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

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by j2ee, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. j2ee Suspended


    Apr 21, 2015
    It was an almost outdated LG G pro 2, cheap and the price is around an average hardware (not top) China brand android phone but good enough for anything.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.
  2. DoofenshmirtzEI macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    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?
  3. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    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.
  4. james-jones macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2011
    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.
  5. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    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.
  6. perkedel macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2014
    works with my Mac, iphone hardware performance, and most importantly: SOFTWARE UPDATES!
  7. haruhiko, Sep 29, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015

    haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    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"
  8. Black05Hemi macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2015
    Because I got tired of the Android lag, and inferior looking apps.
  9. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Why? I hate google.

    Don't trust them at all.
    Thats not the only reason but its a big one.
  10. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    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.
  11. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    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.
  12. j2ee thread starter Suspended


    Apr 21, 2015
    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.
  13. tigerfan41, Sep 29, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2015

    tigerfan41 macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2011
    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.
  14. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    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.
  15. James6s macrumors regular


    Sep 22, 2015
    Cumbria, UK
    I do not like Android!! I have tried using Android phones but always go back to the iPhone! iOS is far superior IMO.
  16. benzslrpee macrumors 6502


    Jan 1, 2007
    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?

  17. powerocool macrumors 6502


    Jun 5, 2007
    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.
  18. Will22 macrumors 65816


    Dec 4, 2011
    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.
  19. HippieMagic macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    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.
  20. fanta88 macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2015
    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.
  21. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
  22. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    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.
  23. JButtonMCL macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2014
    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.
  24. Macsidia macrumors regular


    Sep 6, 2015
    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.
  25. ggibson913 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    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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