In this post, I’ll go through all of the major advantages and disadvantages (Pros and Cons of iPhone) of owning an iPhone based on my personal experience.
iPhone Advantages: These are the Advantages of an iPhone. (Pros of iPhone)
1. Ease of Use
The iPhone is simple to use. Many people argue that the iPhone isn’t customizable, but that’s part of its appeal. On the surface, iOS is simple but easy to use — anyone, young or old, can use it without being intimidated by technology. But, behind its apparent simplicity, iOS is the most effective mobile operating system on the planet.
2. Beautiful Design
The iPhone is the design pioneer in the phone industry. Every phone manufacturer follows the design lead set by the iPhone. The touchscreen phone was invented by Apple. The iPhone was the first to introduce the full bezel to bezel screen, and everyone else quickly followed suit. They were also the first to delete the headphone port, which is now copied by others. In addition, the iPhone introduced the first bidirectional port — the lighting cable. Other companies later developed and introduced the USB-C port in response.
Apple still includes a high-quality camera in its iPhones.
4. High Build Quality
Every iPhone has an excellent build quality from the start. The glass and metal architecture demonstrates how high-end an iPhone is. No other phone maker can compete with an iPhone’s fit and finish. Just recently has a major Android phone manufacturer begun to offer a phone with a higher build quality.
5. Highest Application and Hardware Security
The security of the iPhone is superior to that of Android phones. It is normal to read in the news that law enforcement officers are having difficulty unlocking a potential criminal’s iPhone. But have you ever heard that the FBI or police are having difficulty unlocking an Android phone? No, it does not. The iPhone is the world’s most secure phone.
6. Excellent Performance
No mobile operating system can match the performance of iOS — the operating system of the iPhone. It’s not uncommon for an old iPhone to outperform or equal the output of a new Android flagship handset. Furthermore, an iPhone outperforms a flagship Android smartphone in performance scores despite having fewer hardware. It’s a pleasure to use an iPhone. The iPhone’s overall responsiveness, fluidity, and minimalistic OS style are amazing.
Switching between applications, opening and closing apps, scrolling, and so on are all quite enjoyable on the iPhone. An Android computer, on the other hand, fails to run smoothly. A new Android device will perform flawlessly at first, but after a few months, the Android device may fail to perform flawlessly. This is my own experience. It was ideal when I purchased a Galaxy S7 edge. After a few months, however, I began to find choppiness in the Samsung Android OS. After two years, this Galaxy S7 Edge is no longer available. Opening or switching between apps takes forever; recording a video for five minutes causes the phone to become extremely hot; GPS does not function properly; apps crash on a regular basis; and there are several other problems. An old iPhone, on the other hand, will never experience these problems.
7. Frequent Software Updates from Apple
Apple offers software updates to its older iPhones on a regular basis. And if your iPhone is five years old, you can receive an upgrade. In comparison, consider Samsung. I had a lot of Samsung phones. After just 18 to 24 months, Samsung ceases to provide software updates.
8. Free of Malware and Viruses due to Security
The iPhone is fully malware-free. Apple has close control of the app store. Apple inspects each app before allowing it to be downloaded from the App Store. Malware does not possibly pass this screening procedure. Furthermore, Apple’s iOS protection is excellent in terms of preventing any kind of security vulnerability posed by third-party users.
9. Free of Bloatware
On the iPhone, Apple does not bug its users with uninstallable bloatware. Every iPhone includes a fantastic calendar, email client, maps, and other useful applications. If you don’t like any of the preinstalled apps, you can quickly uninstall them to free up space on your iPhone.
Samsung and other Android phones, on the other hand, come preloaded with duplicated games. For example, if you purchase a Samsung phone, it will come preinstalled with Google apps such as Google Email, Chrome, YouTube, and the Google AppStore. Simultaneously, Samsung preinstalls its applications such as Samsung Email, Samsung Web Browser, Samsung AppStore, SmartThings, and so on. In addition, Samsung preinstalls supported third-party applications such as Flipboard, Facebook, and others. These extra apps, too, cannot be uninstalled.
10. Excellent Optimized Battery Life
iPhones have the best battery management system in the industry, outperforming any other mobile operating system.
Let me use the iPhone’s battery management system as an example. When I turn on the GPS on an Android device and then turn off the phone, the GPS drains the battery. Even if the computer is turned off and no apps are open, the GPS continues to run in the background. It is the user’s duty to switch off GPS when it is not needed. Everyone is unaware of this, especially older people who are not tech-savvy.
On the other hand, you have no control over GPS on the iPhone. The iPhone operating system handles everything for you, including turning on and off the GPS as required. Furthermore, you can monitor the GPS permissions for applications on a per-app basis. This overall device keeps the iPhone battery charged for a longer period of time.
11. Apple Pay
You can use Apple Pay almost anywhere. There is no longer any need to hold a credit card. But for the iPhone, no other phone maker has a reliable payment system that can compete with Apple Pay. I’m aware of Samsung Pay, but its success pales in comparison to Apple Pay.
12. Strong Resale Value
The iPhone has a higher resale value than comparable Android flagship phones. It’s clear by looking at the value of older iPhones in Ebay!
Apple’s ecosystem is the best thing of owning an iPhone. Anything works flawlessly, like Macbooks, AirPods, Apple TVs, and iMacs. Apple Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Facetime, Airdrops, and other applications function flawlessly across iPhones and Macs. Data and filesharing between different Android devices, on the other hand, is not seamless.
13. Apps of High Quality
The apps available for iPhone on the Apple AppStore are of higher quality than those available on the Google PlayStore. An iPhone and a Mac machine are needed to create an app for iOS devices. Furthermore, Apple’s app store developer fee is almost four times that of Google’s. Because of the high initial cost barrier, many low-quality software developers are unable to create an app for the iPhone.
iPhone Disadvantages: These are the Disadvantages of an iPhone. (Cons of iPhone)
iPhones are exorbitantly priced. Even a two-year-old iPhone is more expensive than a new high-end Android flagship smartphone. Yes, the user interface and hardware integration with the apps on the iPhone are superior to those on Android phones. However, this does not excuse the exorbitant iPhone costs.
2. No Headphone Jack
While more OEMs are following the no-headphone-jack trend, having a 3.5mm headphone jack makes life simpler. The iPhone has only one lighting port. I have the choice of charging my iPhone or listening to music. I won’t be able to do both at the same time. I’m aware that I can use AirPods, but they’re pricey. As of the time of publishing, the cheapest Airpod costs $160. Third-party Bluetooth headphones are also expensive.
3. Not customizable
An Android phone is extremely customizable. It is very simple to install a custom ROM and root an Android user. Furthermore, installing a third-party program, custom launcher, and widget is easy. Many of these things are not possible on the iPhone. The widget system on the iPhone is subpar. Rooting — or jailbreaking — an iPhone is incredibly difficult. In short, the iPhone is completely uncustomizable.
4. Expensive Accessories
It goes without saying that iPhone accessories are expensive. Airpods, phone cases, Apple pencils, lightning cables, and anything else made by Apple is expensive.
5. Locked to the App Store
You must install each app from the Apple Appstore. Other than the Apple Appstore, there is no legal way to download and install an App from the internet. For example, in Android, if an app — KeepVid — is removed from the Google Play store but you need it, you can download the app APK from a trusted source and install it. Installing a third-party app store, such as Amazon AppStore, which has hundreds of thousands of applications, is also an option. It is not possible on the iPhone.
6. No External Storage
The iPhone does not support SD cards. There is no SD card slot on any iPhone. Even if you attach an SD card reader to your iPhone and insert an SD card, your iPhone will only allow you to move images and not other documents or media files.
7. No Right to Repair (Yet!)
This is an ongoing legal battle across the world. It’s clear that users want the right-to-repair iPhones. iPhone repairs are costly. A simple iPhone screen replacement would set you back hundreds of dollars. Check out the Apple Website for a list of screen replacement prices.
The iPhone, like anything else, has advantages and disadvantages. However, the benefits of the iPhone outweigh the drawbacks. Furthermore, the iPhone has a superior user experience.