Was wondering why you would want an iPhone if you’re not interested in the ecosystem? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an iPhone?
The Apple 'ecosystem' is largely an imaginary bubble for a lot of people. On a whim, I switched platforms a few years ago. I spent less than $20 to rebuy apps I had and most of the data was stored 'app side'. It's not like the old days where you were locked into a large amount of iTunes purchases that you 'lost' when you switched. Music was portable years ago and most people stream content now anyways.
Many people think if they switch platforms they will 'lose' a lot more than they do.
• To make phone callsWas wondering why you would want an iPhone if you’re not interested in the ecosystem? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an iPhone?
• To make phone calls
• To send emails when away from a computer
• To text someone
• To do light web browsing if out somewhere away from a computer
Why would I choose an iPhone for that when I could pick up any old crap phone and get the same result? Because I *generally* like the look and finished feeling of iOS. I jailbreak to fix what I don't like.
But I was never able to be a part of the Apple ecosystem to begin with. Apple killed support for PowerPC Macs, which I use, a long time ago.
People hate on Google, so far two in this thread, but Google has allowed me to stay relevant by *mostly* supporting the devices I use.
No the ecosystem is a bonus to already having an iPhoneWas wondering why you would want an iPhone if you’re not interested in the ecosystem? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an iPhone?
If you don't mind or actually prefer Google's tracking then look into a nice Android phone. You can't go wrong with SamsungI’m mostly in the Google ecosystem except for iCloud photos and iCloud contacts. Other than that I prefer the Google platform. People hate Google because of the non privacy but IMO I think that’s what makes Google better in a lot of instances. I don’t mind Google knowing my search habits and I like it when Google suggests this or that based on my habits.
I'm curious. One of the most stated reasons for current jailbreaking is to install a system-wide adblocker to remove in-app ads.Best hardware, best after sales support, best App Store (apps aren’t full of adverts or spyware), best resale value, longest support of software updates etc.
Sure, the ecosystem is an advantage of iPhone. But it is still a smartphone by itself, so we can look at its points as a smartphone. (Disclaimer, I use both iOS and Android).Was wondering why you would want an iPhone if you’re not interested in the ecosystem? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an iPhone?
Sure, the ecosystem is an advantage of iPhone. But it is still a smartphone by itself, so we can look at its points as a smartphone. (Disclaimer, I use both iOS and Android).
- Mail. I still find iOS default mail app to be superior than many other iterations of mail app. And it is compatible with enterprise features like Office 365 business and GSuite. I only use one default mail app in iOS, while on Android, I have several email apps (Gmail, outlook, etc) as they all lacks certain things or others.
- GPS and compass. With my various use of Android phones, I personally find the GPS on iPhones to be more accurate, and hardly ever need any calibration. On Android, even my flagship Huawei P30 GPS and compass are not as reliable as my iPhone.
- Encryption and security. iPhones are more secure by design. Looking from enterprise perspective, administering iPhones is a lot easier than Android. Worse, some Android skins don't even support encryption and thus not compatible with things like GSuite.
- Easy backup and restore. I can backup my iPhone, change to a new iPhone, restore, and it's like I never left the phone. On Android, it's very confusing and inconsistent amongst all brands. Even Google doesn't backup everything. It's definitely a lot more hassle. Samsung, Huawei, all are trying to do their version, but then there's the trust issue. Do you trust them with the whole content of your phone?
- Support and international warranty (where applicable). This makes the price premium of iPhones worth every penny. No Android OEMs can even match this. I have had my Verizon (US) iPhone 5 serviced in Japan, and my Japanese 6S serviced in Singapore and Australia. No questions asked. This may not matter for some, but it is for me.
- Still support all of Google's ecosystem. Even if you're a Google only user, the iPhone still has all the Google apps. And syncing contacts, calendar, etc from Google is not an issue at all. I know because I use Google for my contacts and calendar instead of iCloud.
- Having iMessage for your iPhone friends. I personally don't have anyone on iMessage (everybody's on whatsapp), but this can be a social dealbreaker if your friends are on iMessage and you're the only one who's not.
- Zero adware/carrier bloatware. Just like Windows, Android phones carriers a ton of unneeded baggage. Samsung has Microsoft apps pre-installed, taking up space. The Chinese phones like Huawei and Xiaomi have their own bloatware and duplicate app store, games, and other data collecting apps that you need to uninstall/disable. Then you have to deal with the carrier bloatware if you're in the US, or the local bloatware (some countries forced Android OEMs to pre-install some local bloatwares). Out of the box, it's just not a great experience. With iPhone, all I need to care is what Apple put in it.
Of course, Android phones their their own advantages, and I can make a list that is as long as the one here. But that's for another thread. iPhone is still a great phone even for someone not having any other Apple devices.
Sure.Wow thanks! I would like list of Androids advantages if you can.
It's just a device -- as long as it does what you need/want and you like it (for whatever reason) that's really what matters.Was wondering why you would want an iPhone if you’re not interested in the ecosystem? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an iPhone?
I used to get Nike shoes back in 1983. I was 12 or 13. Nobody at school was showing up in full Nike gear, which would been a tracksuit back then. No one at school was even aware of such a thing.Why would you want Nike shoes without buying a whole branded outfit?
You mean not owning a mac or anything? I have a PC and yet, I still own an iPhone.Was wondering why you would want an iPhone if you’re not interested in the ecosystem? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of having an iPhone?
Pretty much this, it's a phone, a camera, an internet access tool, a multi-media source of entertainment, and so on, and oh yeah, I also use a PC, and I still manage to accomplish what I intend to do. Go figure...You mean not owning a mac or anything? I have a PC and yet, I still own an iPhone.
What do you mean by ecosystem? I use my iPhone, have some apps, and I'm happy with what it does
Yeah, back when I came in (late 2011) iMessage and Facetime were the majors. iCloud was mainly backup and for allowing transfer of contacts and such. One of the biggest things that turned me off to the 'ecosystem' at that time was finding out that iCloud was only one way unless you had another iDevice.I guess it goes back to how long you've been in the "ecosystem". For me, when I got my first iPhone (a 4S), even though I had a MBP at the time, I still synced/managed it through my gaming rig/PC - none of the more modern conveniences (syncing iMessages/texting from macOS, iCloud Password keychain etc etc) were around yet.
If you had an iPhone, were satisfied at how it performed doing what you wanted and were able to live with all that, life was good - you didn't give any (or didn't give much) thought to any of the things it couldn't/didn't yet do (and the associated "ecosystem" Apple came to develop with successive software iterations)