1. BIGGER PHONES IN TWO CHOICES
Until 2014, the largest iPhone you could get had a 4-inch display. Then came the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; the first time Apple chose to release a pair of new phones.
These were meant to compete against Android hardware that provided more screen size choices all the way up to 6-inches. In fact, I remember getting my Galaxy Note 2 with 5.5-inch display back in 2012 partially because I had outgrown my puny iPhone screen.
configure with apps appear when tapping the Share button. Android simply shows all possible or compatible apps installed, sometimes making for a long, unwieldy list.
2. SHARING DATA BETWEEN APPS IS MORE ANDROID-LIKE
Last year also saw the release of iOS 8, bringing a new way to share information between apps on an iPhone. When that happened in June 2014, I noted that the changes would entice some Android folks to make the switch.
And why not? Android has long boasted this functionality with its intents framework and it’s a standout feature. Apple finally opened up its apps to do the same with iOS 8 although it did so in an Apple-y way: Tap the Share button in iOS and choose where to share information.
3. YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING WITH APPLE
Shop right now for Android phone and there’s a dizzying array of choices ranging from screen size, to processor used to memory installed and camera sensors. Sure, choice is good but it can also overwhelm and confuse.
4. FAST SOFTWARE AND SECURITY UPGRADES DIRECT FROM APPLE
Although I think Apple is a little disingenuous when touting its iOS upgrade rates compared to Android’s — Google Play Services shouldn’t be ignored by Apple, but is — there’s a reason Tim Cook and company continue to tout them: They’re a key benefit to going with an iPhone.
The company can push updates directly to iPhones without the weeks or months of carrier testing used for Android updates.
5. IT’S STILL AN IOS-FIRST WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO NEW MOBILE APPS
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of fantastic mobiles for both iPhones and Android handsets. Nearly all of them, however, share one commonality: They launched first on iOS.
Indeed, I’d be hard pressed to name a handful of fantastic apps that launched first on Android. Eventually, iOS developers bring their software to Android — or they launch simultaneously in some cases — but Apple’s iPhone still has huge first-mover advantage for programmers and offers one of the best ways to make a solid return on the investment.