I have never owned an iPhone in my life.
When I tell most people this, or when they learn that I don’t currently own one, they look at me like I have three heads. They’d gasp and ask me, “Why not?” “Are you insane?” or “What is wrong with you?” And then I’d just respond by saying that iPhones are overrated. But before long, I started to feel like I was the only person on this planet without an iPhone.
To this day, I don’t understand what the big fuss is about. While I’m well aware of what iPhones can do and of their good quality, I also know for a fact that most of the features introduced with each new model are things that have already been available on other phones for ages. I also know that the screen is pretty small, that you can’t add extra memory, and that it’s not very compatible when it comes to file sharing. So in short, I simply can’t fathom why people would spend over hundreds of dollars on a name brand phone that’s actually mediocre, especially when there are better and more affordable phones out there.
Now, for all you iPhone lovers out there, you might be thinking that I’m insane for having the nerve to say that iPhones actually suck. But in all honesty, there are so many awesome perks that you are missing out on, so just hear me out. Here are 12 reasons why iPhones are actually overrated.
1. You don’t have the freedom to install apps from outside of Apple.
Apple is so exclusive and I find it really insane. I mean, they feel like they know everything you’ll need, and so every single app has to be downloaded through the iTunes store. But if the store doesn’t have the app you that really want, you’re pretty much screwed.
2. You usually have fewer customization options.
On the Samsung and LG, you can install your own themes and add custom skins to give your phone a unique look. On Androids, you can choose from hundreds of personalization apps and cool widgets to add to your home screen. But with an apple iPhone you aren’t given as many options or as much freedom.
3. Copying files from your computer to an iPhone is a hassle.
When I connect my phone to any computer, I can easily drag and drop photos, documents, videos, music, and more. You can’t do any of that with an iPhone, because each device needs to have iTunes downloaded on it.
4. You can’t multitask on it.
The phone is unable to run two apps at once, which is a huge bummer. I mean, considering that it’s available on iPads, I’m surprised it’s not the same for iPhones as well.
5. You can’t use memory cards, meaning you have limited storage.
Unlike most smart phones, iPhones don’t give you the option of adding an SD card to expand memory, so you’re actually stuck with a certain amount of memory that continues to decrease every time you add new items.
6. The new specs have been available on different phones for ages.
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Well. Need I say more?
7. The screen resolution is not the best.
The latest iPhone’s screen resolution is 750 x 1334 pixels, while the Samsung Galaxy S5 has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, the Nexus 5x has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, and the LG G3has 1440 x 2560. Note that the phones I included here are actually older models that were released before iPhone 6. That says a lot.
8. It’s way overpriced.
If you want to purchase an iPhone without a contract, the cheapest that you can get for even the most basic iPhone is around $600. I don’t know about you, but that price is pretty steep to me.
9. The accessories are really expensive too.
The cost of iPhone chargers, cases, USBs, screen protectors, and headphones are usually up to three times more expensive than the average price of most phone accessories. That’s just ridiculous.
10. You can’t replace your battery.
All iPhones have a limited battery life, and while it can be recharged, the quality and capacity of the battery itself will continue to degrade. Within about two years, chances are you’ll have to pay more money to get the entire phone replaced, or go through the hassle of getting the phone repaired by a professional.
11. The keyboard settings actually suck.
There’s been a lot of buzz about keyboard glitches on the iPhone 6 when it goes into landscape mode. So for instance, the phone would become unresponsive or the screen would go completely black. Definitely not cool.
12. Siri isn’t that special.
Yes, it’s a pretty cool feature when you think about it, but Siri can be frustrating to use. It often forces you to repeat yourself several times because it can only answer questions in a certain format, and some of the most basic tasks can actually be done on your own.
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