I have had quite a few people ask me what I would choose for my next phone if I had a choice. I really had a hard time trying to give a straight answer. I have had, and tested a number of phones on different platforms and I still had a hard time coming up with a straight answer. I thought I was a die hard Android fan, but when it came down to actually trying to decide what to get for myself when my contract was up, I found that the question was much harder to answer than I thought. Here is a few of the reasons I decided to go iPhone, specifically the iPhone 5c.
As most people who use smartphones know, these days it is not just about how the phone works as a phone, but also the many other things we use our phones for these days, Facebook, Twitter, our camera, our calendar, and the list goes on. So apps play a big part in what phone or platform you should go with (Android, iOS, Windows). That being said, when I looked at apps I thought about who makes the best and how many are there. That pretty much ruled out Windows as they don't have many apps and the ones that I used the most were fairly poorly made and almost all were made by third parties.
The Android apps came in a close second, there were alot of them, but almost too many. Because the operating system code is open source and almost anyone can create and post an app, there is no shortage of choice, for example a calendar app. There are a ton, some paid, some free, and most aren't worth downloading. I also found when I had an Android phone, you really had to watch what you were downloading. You really had to read the comments to find out if there were viruses, malware, ads that would just pop up at random, or if the app, once installed would just start adding other apps to your home screen. You could really get some great apps, I am not saying that they were all bad. There are some people out there creating some amazing content, some even for free. It just almost seems that Google doesn't care who puts what out there.
Apple does seem to have tight guidelines as to what kind of apps get published to their app store. I think overall if you care about what goes on your phones, you should care about the quality of apps that go on it. The apps may be a bit more pricey than Android but they aren't that expensive (average about $2 – $5) but they are usually worth it. The other thing is that they just work. I have yet to have one give me ads all over my phone, push malware or apps that I don't want.
I secondly had to take a good look as to what I would use my phone for. Mainly I use my phone for texting, quick status updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and as a camera. The big phones such as the Note, Galaxy S5, Lumia 1020, are nice but for me too big for what I need. If I want to write a blog post, watch video, send and recieve emails, I would much rather do it on my iPad Mini.
The Android phones look great and the displays are amazing but way more than I need or will ever use. While they have all the gadgets, bells and whistles, I found that they were more of a novelty for me rather than something that I would actually use on a daily basis.
This last issue was propbably the most important to me. I have had numerous phones that never really made it all the way to the end of my service contract. It could be a battery issue, slow down issue (to the point where it wasn't even useable), or just wear and tear. I don't think I am especially abusive to my electronics, I just don't seem to be able to keep them alive for a long time.
I look at other people who have iPhones and have seen the lasting three to four years and come out of the case looking brand new and running at the same speed as when they came out of the box. To me that says something about the product. For example the iPhone 4S came out in October 2011 and as of October 2014 is still available in most retailers.
Now as for why I went for the iPhone 5C, especially when the new iPhone 6 was about to be released it is as simple as the fact that it was free and I didn't want to spend any money on a new phone, especially when it is only a two year contract. I could have spent an extra $100.00 on the 5S but I didn't think the extra features were worth the extra money.
I have had this phone now a little over a month now and I love it. I never thought I would have gone with an Apple product but this is a great change. It is not as fancy and technologically advanced as an Android phone but it works for what I want it to work for, and it feels like it will last for longer than I need it to and that is what matters to me.
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