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Edit : Why I Use An iPhone

Ok, so before I begin with this article, let me clarify that I haven’t been paid by Apple to write this, I don’t hate Android phones, and I most certainly am not a “fanboy”. Also, I am not Bharat Nagpal (I know most of you came here expecting Bharat to finally reveal why he uses an iPhone). 

The question is simple yet one of the most debatable one this side of the century, “Why do you use an iPhone?” 

Some background details first

working at iGyaan has its perks!
I currently use a 16GB iPhone 4s, my first iPhone, which I’ve been using since January, 2012. Before this I had a Nokia 5230 “Express Music”, a Samsung Corby, a Samsung Metro, a Motorola flip phone (don’t remember its name now) and a Nokia 1100 (which I had to crush with a brick and then drown in a bucket full of water to make sure it was dead). Oh, and a couple of Android devices here and there (working at iGyaan has its perks!). 

iPhone

Now the Crux

So, it took me only 1 day to realize that I had a phone in my hand that is perfect for me. Why so? Easy, because it’s is simple and uncomplicated!  I work around technology on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean I want my products and services to be unnecessarily complex.  In fact, I tend to go the opposite way – I spend a lot of time working with wireless devices, dealing with random issues, playing with settings, and the likes.  In my time off, I’ll always migrate to the solution that’s the easiest.

I want a device that works the same way every single time.  When I open an app, I expect it to take the same amount of time to open each and every time, when it doesn’t, it aggravates me.

Having a sluggish phone with a 1.5 GHz dual-core is like having a Pulsar that moves like a Rajdhoot.
The iPhone is consistent, fast and ridiculously smooth! While you’ll never have a device that’s 100 percent fail-free, I’ve yet to find another device that performs as fluidly as the iPhone 4S. 

One of the primary reasons I love the iPhone is the large selection of high quality apps. Even though more apps come to Android every day, I still prefer to buy (cough!) most of my apps and games on the iPhone.

Not only do most of these apps look better, but i don’t have the same buyer’s (cough again!) remorse as I do with many Android apps I purchase. When given the choice between the same app on Android and on iPhone, I choose the iPhone app. I can’t recall looking at an Android app and complimenting its looks in comparison to its iOS and Windows Phone counterparts. 

Daily Usage

iPhoneTyping is a breeze with the auto-correct (though i have suffered some more than embarrassing moments due to it). The phone literally learns as you use it. Overtime Siri picked up on my “Indian Accent”and autocorrect started suggesting Hinglish words. I use dictation on the iPhone 4S to write entire articles with enough accuracy that only minimal editing needed. In fact, I am writing this article through the WordPress app on my phone! The new Voice Actions in Android 4.0 include many of the same features and work just as well as Siri and Dictation on the iPhone, but it is less polished. There is no use of relationships and Voice Actions doesn’t prompt for the message, requiring taps on-screen instead.

Through iCloud, I have all my emails, contacts, data backed up effortlessly and accessible from anywhere. I don’t have to worry about subscription renewal or periodic updates. All I had to do was create an iCloud account and I was good to go!

Camera and portability

iPhoneThe camera is definitely the best I’ve seen on a mobile phone (do not mention the PureView!). It has eliminated the need to carry a separate camera while on a vacation. I am more than satisfied with it!

One of the biggest feature of a phone for me is the screen, and the iPhone delivers in that aspect! The Retina display is a treat to use! Bright, vivid colours, great viewing angles, outdoor visibility and no pixilation at all! Texts are as crisp as they can be and even though the screen may not be the biggest, it definitely is the best for my needs.

 

Jailbreak

For all the things that Apple didn’t include in the iOS, there’s JailBreak!
You can do anything, literally, once you’ve jailbroken your phone! Be it applying a custom theme (I am using the Windows 8 theme currently), add toggles to the homescreen and download unlimited apps for free!

Out of all of the smartphones I’ve used, battery life continues to shine on the iPhone 4S in comparison to Android and Windows Phone equivalents.  It has taken a hit for sure with iOS 5 and the 4S’ dual-core processor, but it still outperforms other smartphones I’ve used. It charges ridiculously fast!

Conclusion (The Only Answer)

So basically, the iPhone has a smooth and fluid OS (I cannot emphasize this enough!), adequately powerful hardware, and tons of great features! Not to mention it looks great and I don’t have to deal with “minor bug fixes” now and then! So why should I switch to some other phone just because it has ridiculously speedy quad-core processor and an awfully powerful GPU when at the end of the day I have a phone which does what I need perfectly!

Is it the best phone ever? Nope.  Would I go around recommending it to everyone?  Nope.  I can go off on a tirade of things I don’t like about it.  Email management has been especially bugging me. There’s a ton of features on the Android that I wish I had access to on my iPhone, and there’s no doubt that Android will continue to develop over time, but right now, I just want a phone that pretty much manages itself, so I can enjoy it, without having to worry about if I need to update permissions on my phone.  But for today, it’s the device that allows me to check off the most number of features on my list, so it stays!




38 comments
harishchengaiah
harishchengaiah

i have a very big doubt, how does the iphone 4s manage to do all the butter smooth multitasking and playing very graphic intensive 3d games and do all types of high end usage with only 800 mHz of dual core processor and a 512 MB RAM !! , this mystery was poking me all the time because any other device with similar RAM and CPU will miserably fail in performance but iphone 4s did not, bharat and shivaank can you explain me the science behind this techno-wizardry

harishchengaiah
harishchengaiah

i have a very big doubt, how does the iphone 4s manage to do all the butter smooth multitasking and playing very graphic intensive 3d games and do all types of high end usage with only 800 mHz of dual core processor and a 512 MB RAM !! , this mystery was poking me all the time because any other device with similar RAM and CPU will miserably fail in performance but iphone 4s did not, bharat and shivaank can you explain me the science behind this techno-wizardry

Shivaank
Shivaank

Both the Twitter and Facebook links have been fixed :)

axs
axs

Forget the PureView, you cant seriously tell me that the camera is better than the N8!

terminalboss
terminalboss

Under the Jailbreak section, 4th line you said "unlimited apps for free", I think you missed a (cough) there !

Niks
Niks

i think u dint like the user interface much of the iphone so u use the custom theme.... like windows n all.. :P

Sourabh Shrotriya
Sourabh Shrotriya

Being an Indian always want to pick the logical choice instead of convenience or luxury, that's why Indian have their edge over others. If not a Value for money any phone how so ever good it is not worth a Indian pocket. Over and above this, please try Jelly bean on any decent hardware it is more than any value buyer can ask for. also give some times for Apps to take its advantage as not like apple Google gives up updates the day they release them if they follow apple's footsteps release jelly bean today and give updates to users in next 6 month then the apps will be optimized and also they will need to become Hitler(Apple) to impose guidelines thus crushing new developers who are not so professional but yet write great apps. And if you agree the fact that IOS does not need big quad cores to run then great apple does not have much manufacturing cost and the Iphone should come for as little as 15-18K INR. which their Greed will not permit.

sandy
sandy

what i dont like is .. Bluetooth restriction and syncing ..

Nishant
Nishant

the reason why you still use an iphone you bought it for almost 45000 rupees and since you are broke you just clench your teeth with people flaunting their galaxy s2(that is half the price) and s3 and oneX(which are a 10000 cheaper) becuase your are broke now and you have to keep telling yourself that your purchase is justified

paras
paras

Try using a windows phone, I got mine as a present and I was going to sell it and get an iPhone after using it for two days i was addicted. Everthing is a breeze, my phone never got stuck.

Ganesh
Ganesh

Emails are Way better than Android in IOS ... IOS might not have not of features however the Push mails are just great when compared to Android

lonestar
lonestar

Yeah games look great on the tiny 3.5 inch screen...and web browsing is also great on the minuscule iphone screen .... and the phone is not at all overpriced for what it is ...and the amount of customization we can do on iphone puff android can never reach their with their fancy custom roms and all...therefore iphone is the best

Innogriti
Innogriti

What an Wonderful Review of my Favourite Device, The Words are put in real way , ofc i feel this is unbiased review, coz something if it is better , it is better no matter what. Thanks Shivank Great Article

Syed Muhammad Baqir
Syed Muhammad Baqir

Very good and Unbiased review (Cough) :). Sanket Dhingra has drawn a very point regarding Apple. Apple and other Smartphone which are highly expensives are all equal to me except the fact that android has allowed the mediocre people to lay their hands on so called SMARTPHONES : even though they lack the premium things yet full filling the need of everyone.

Sumit Sharma
Sumit Sharma

I have been using iPhones since 2007 and currently own an iPhone4. I also have a Galaxy S2 and an Omnia W. I can certainly vouch for iPhone's superiority over other phones and platforms in terms of ease of use, OS smoothness/robustness, quality apps, elegant looks, great battery life and of course peace of mind.

Abir
Abir

Come On.. Put the Iphone 4s beside my Note... Its a tiny creature.. :)

Sanket Dhingra
Sanket Dhingra

A very honest effort from your side, bro. The fact that you acknowledged that the iPhone is not everyone's cup of tea illustrates the sincere unbiased review from your side. But there are a lot more angles to it than just finding a phone that does everything you want in the simplest possible way. For instance, Apple has a tight policy for gate-keeping both its users and developers. Further, its stubborn attitude to keep rudimentary feature like bluetooth between the species of its own genre defeat the freedom of its proud owners. Moreover, something as stupid as syncing is truly frowned upon when you have a solution as simple as Mass Storage. How can we celebrate the true spirit of openness and Independence Day when we are tight-guarded for a phone that is unfitting of its name iPhone. I, for one, cannot live with a phone manufactured by a company that refused to acknowledge the unending benefits of jailbreaking even after a US court rules it to be legal. I still cannot understand why the Silicon Valley giant fails to expand its range. When I compare it to any other phone having any other OS lineups, I clearly notice that the iOS truly lacks in flexibility of phone models by launching just one phone every time when everyone knows that it can claim claim not only the cream of the smartphone market but even affordable smartphone market by launching 2-3 variants of ranging specifications. The company has an incredible history and resources to its name and still the true potential of it is yet uncovered, thanks to the adamant nature of Apple to its policies. To sum it up, I just have one thing to say, "Innovation opens the door to success but adapting to change and voice and needs of users is what will keep it open."

djmuzi
djmuzi

in the "About the Author" box your Twitter link is not working :-/ I woluld like to follow you

Shivaank
Shivaank

I'm back to the default iOS theme now :) I was impressed by the Windows 8 "Metro" theme so I gave it a try!

Nishant
Nishant

yet locked bluetooth and no file manager and expandable storage means you are with a device no better than an iphone other than a bigger screen

Nishant
Nishant

have you ever tried syncing an adnroid device ever i have my MS exchange fully synced and i can choose the refresh interval

chandre
chandre

didn't you read the part where he said he often uses android sometimes?? android fanboys go crazy when someone puts an effort on writing his experience. I use android myself and there are many things I like/dislike about iphone but that does not mean I go around criticizing every iphone user for their choice. Nobody needs to lecture others on what to like, the sales record decides what people like and what they don't. And according to that, iphone is earning more than android.

Shivaank
Shivaank

"Android has allowed the mediocre people to lay their hands on so called SMARTPHONES" I fully agree with that.

Nishant
Nishant

no u don't you are lying

djmuzi
djmuzi

I have iPhone 4 and recently had the Note for a few days. At the beginning it was a amazing feeling. But neither the Android OS nor the apps were designed to support this huge display properly. It was only big. To my surprise the web browser was much worse than the Safari: Small text on websites was still readable on the iPhone display, on the Note I had to zoom! And the overall speed appeared slower than the on the single core iPhone 4. So the Note went back to the reseller. I like Samsung very muck too, but the iPhone is still a class of its own IMHO.

Shivaank
Shivaank

An interesting point of view. While I agree with what you've said, it must be understood that at the end if the day, most people would not think of what Apple has done as "restriction". It is after all a private organisation, one which is looking to maximize its profits! Apple can't openly allow jailbreaking for it would mean cutting down on their revenue from Apps.

superdry
superdry

Thanks for the well though article n do share your views as for a person who is technologically challenged like me prefers an easier but stable device n iPhone ensures that , cheers ...

Lonestar
Lonestar

I am not criticizing any user ..i m just saying android offers much more at lesser price .... u have to see jelly bean and then you will realize how much android have evolved ... I use nexus and my sister uses I-phone... Peace bro

Guest
Guest

You cannot long for freedom until you have tasted it. Those who have never tried any open source OS will always continue to stay loyal to Apple but once you do try it out and see how flexible, customizable and feature friendly they (e.g Android) are, you will perceive Apple's ecosystem as restricted. Of course even Android has its own shortcomings but that certainly does not explain why Apple Inc fails to expand its range. There is no patent required for you to expand the number of devices. And for the record, even Google is a private organization, still it puts the growth and openness before actually thinking about profits and see where it got Google. Rooting is kind of jailbreaking for Android but I have never seen Google suing CyanogenMod or AOKP. Moreover, most of the Play Store's paid apps can be found for free on Google's search engine only, still Google never whined like a child on its revenue being cut by disabling those links on its search engine. Today Google does not only have the sales and profits but also the respects of the developer and manufacturer community. Like they say, in the end, consumers won't remember what you made, what you said or did, what they will remember is how you made them feel and what you did for them. I have respect for Google for trying to go the extra mile which Apple failed to do. Apple should learn from what history teaches us : Hitler was a great leader and the world feared him but today he is a quoted as an example of autocracy and domination even before his leadership skills are evaluated.

logentryguy
logentryguy

It will not be smooth and refined until the day Google makes Android a closed ecosystem and watches over who or what publishes an app (just like Apple or Microsoft does). So that OEM’s would not put any bloat ware on their devices and the devices would be more equal like all having a XYZ company’s chipset. But that’s the essence of Android that it is free to use and exploit. Even with project butter Android have miles to go.

Shivaank
Shivaank

Very well said. But like I mentioned in the article, I have tried Android too. And while I do not question Android's flexibility when it comes to personalizing and tweaking, I find iOS at present to be very refined and smooth as compared to Android.