Usually people who own iPhones are pretty intense about them, and they say that they absolutely love them and would never switch to a different phone. They try to talk you into getting one because they are the greatest thing ever and your entire life will change if you buy one. I am a relatively new iPhone user after years of using Android phones and Windows phones, and while they are nice, there are definitely some specific pros and cons to using iPhones versus another brand.
Most people will immediately say Siri is the greatest thing about iPhones. The funny thing is, though, my Samsung Galaxy S5 had much better text to speech capabilities. I rarely texted, instead I’d hit the microphone button and I’d never have to correct the text. The same phone was used to look up directions as my friend was using Siri, and it wasn’t understanding her voice – the Galaxy came up with the address immediately while Siri was still saying “I don’t understand”. Now, this all depends on which version of the phones you have, but basically, while Siri is extremely helpful and can help you use your phone in a more hands-free setting, most Android phones can do that using the Google app, and Windows using Cortana. It shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
Personally I take a lot of photos so the camera was what was very important to me. Before I got this newer version of the iPhone, the camera couldn’t hold a candle to the Galaxy cameras. The photos would turn out so much better and that was ultimately why I chose to get the Galaxy instead of the iPhone. Now that the iPhones have been upgraded, the camera works just fine and it has both a front and rear-facing flash which is not always available. You can also take panoramic photos and use the slow motion video camera, which can be a lot of fun.
A lot of people love iMessages. I get it – you get confirmation that your message was delivered, read, and you can see if someone is typing back. One drawback to this, though, is that only iPhone users can get them. If you send a group message using iMessage, and one person has an Android, they will not receive the message. You have to go in and manually turn off your iMessage in settings, which is kind of a pain.
Facetime is pretty cool to use, although Android and Windows can get the Skype app and do the same thing. The only difference is that you can automatically Facetime any of your contacts without having to first ask their Skype ID, which is really nice and takes away some of the hassle. Plus, I’m not sure how many people really use voice calls with Skype on their phone.
This is a huge downfall of the iPhone. While it does have the cloud, you only have so much storage available on there. The more storage you want on your phone, the more the phone will cost, and iPhones do not have expandable storage – in other words, if you have a 32G micro SD card that is full of your music, you won’t be able to put it in your iPhone. This was more of a problem for me than I realized, and I had to delete some apps and photos a few times already because my storage was getting full. I rarely had this issue with my Android because I had the micro SD added, and could add more storage if necessary.
I’m fine with my iPhone and I do really like it, but I also liked my Android phone just fine too. It mostly depends on what you need, but as I stated, it really is a bummer not having the option to add more storage to the phone.