By now, high-end Android phones are largely as good as the iPhone.
But there are still some key reasons to choose the iPhone over Android if you’re having trouble deciding.
Here’s why you should pick the iPhone over Android phones:
Guaranteed software updates for years.
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iOS is the only platform that guarantees you’ll get software updates with new features throughout the life of your device. In fact, Apple supports old iPhones long after most people stop using them. For example, the latest iOS 10 even works on the iPhone 5, which launched four years ago.
Android phones rarely get that kind of support. Many manufacturers stop issuing Android updates after a year or so, if you’re lucky. That means you’re likely to miss the latest and greatest features that come to Android each year.
The best apps, first.
Both Apple and Android have a robust selection of apps, but the iPhone still tends to get the best apps first.
Developers tend to make more money from iPhone apps, which is why they often get preference over Android.
The latest example? Nintendo’s first Mario game, “Super Mario Run,” will be an iPhone exclusive when it launches later this year.
No ‘crapware’ from your wireless carrier.
Carriers have a lot of control over what appears on Android phones, and they use that leverage to stuff the devices full of apps and services you don’t need. Even worse, those apps are often impossible to delete from your device.
The iPhone never comes with carrier crapware. The software is exactly the same no matter which carrier you buy your iPhone from.
The best support if you have a problem.
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Apple has a vast network for customer support. Just walk into an Apple Store and someone will help you with your issues.
It gets messy with Android phones, though. In most cases, you have to deal with your wireless carrier, not the manufacturer, if you have a problem with your phone, which means you’re working with people who aren’t as well versed in how your device works.
But if you hate Apple, here’s your best option.
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Google’s new Pixel phones, which launch in a few weeks, solve many of the Android problems listed here. For example, you get consistent software updates straight from Google, and there’s no carrier crapware.
(Well, unless you buy the phone from Verizon instead of unlocked from Google.)
The Pixel even has a built-in customer support feature that lets you chat with a Google representative to solve your problems. You can also share your screen with them so they can see what’s going on.