If I had a dollar every time I hear people say that iPhones are the best…
I’d have lots of money in my bank account.
Just enough to buy…
I don’t know, 3 iPhones or something…
Sure, iPhones can be good.
But there are also many reasons to dislike them.
Continue reading to find out:
- 17 reasons why iPhones aren’t as great as they say.
- 3 mid-range smartphones with comparable specs to iPhones.
- 7 flagship Android devices with twice the memory of the iPhone 13 Pro.
- And this is just the beginning…
- 17 reasons why iPhone sucks
- #1: Expensive
- #2: No entry-level variants
- #3: Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones
- #4: No headphone jack
- #5: No longer comes with a free charger
- #6: Low memory capacity compared to other flagship phones
- #7: Relatively poor battery performance
- #8: Fewer designs to choose from
- #9: Front camera notch
- #10: Closed ecosystem
- #11: Still relies on Lightning cables
- #12: Siri isn’t as good as Google Assistant
- #13: No dedicated Back button
- #14: No option to expand storage capacity
- #15: Slightly more expensive cloud storage
- #16: Fewer apps on App Store compared to Play Store
- #17: Dual SIM variants are hard to find
17 reasons why iPhone sucks
In early 2022, Apple became the first company to reach a market capitalization of $3 trillion.
Its closest competitor?
Google’s parent company, Alphabet. With a market cap of $2.5 trillion.
And you don’t get to become the most valuable company on the planet by selling cheap products.
Of course, the king among Apple devices is the iPhone. With its sales accounting for about half of Apple’s total revenue.
Now iPhones are really good smartphones. And I just know that a few will argue with that.
But they’re also expensive. Too expensive, according to some.
For instance, the cheapest iPhone 13 you can buy is around $700.
And the truth is…
You can find mid-range Android phones with comparable specs. At less than half the price.
Here are just a few:
That’s why many will tell you that iPhones aren’t even worth their price tag. And I tend to agree.
#2: No entry-level variants
To be fair to Apple, they’re not the only ones selling expensive smartphones.
As an example, Samsung Galaxy S22’s also at around $700.
Google Pixel 6’s at just a shade under $600.
And OnePlus 10 Pro is selling at $900.
The difference between them and Apple?
They all have entry-level or mid-range variants. Apple doesn’t.
Here are a few examples:
I suppose you can consider iPhone SE 2022 as a somewhat mid-range phone.
But at $430?
With a design that looks like something from 2016?
No, thank you.
So really, if you’ve never had an iPhone…
And you’d like to try owning one…
You’ll have no choice but to shell out a significant amount of money.
#3: Apple admitted to slowing down older iPhones
In 2017, Apple made headlines for the wrong reason.
The company admitted releasing a software update built to slow down older iPhones. This is what they called planned obsolescence.
And what’s worse?
They never informed the users about this.
So those that unwittingly installed that update suddenly had a laggy iPhone.
According to Apple, the update was mainly to help preserve older batteries.
But many also suspect that it was Apple’s way of forcing users to upgrade to a new phone.
The company did end up paying millions of dollars in fines for that act.
#4: No headphone jack
Do you remember when Apple decided to do away with headphone jacks?
That was in 2016. And the iPhone 7 was the first model not to have one.
Not so coincidentally, it was also the year they released the first-generation AirPods.
So essentially, Apple forced its users to shell out more money. As if the iPhones weren’t expensive enough already.
And if you still want a pair of earphones but would rather not buy AirPods?
Then you’ll have to purchase your own earphone and Lightning connector. Because they also don’t come free with current iPhones.
Of course, it’s worth noting that Google has followed suit. Their mid-range Google Pixel 6A also no longer has a headphone jack.
Good thing you can still find one on many other Android devices.
#5: No longer comes with a free charger
I just talked about Apple doing away with headphone jacks in 2016.
Well, 4 years later, iPhones decided to stop including chargers on iPhone purchases.
So again, you’ll have to buy that separately.
Apple cites environmental concerns.
The company recognizes that a lot of iPhone buyers are upgraders. So they already have their own charger from previous models.
And all these surplus chargers won’t be good for the environment.
But if you’re a first-time iPhone buyer…
Just be ready to spend more.
#6: Low memory capacity compared to other flagship phones
Flagship Apple phones such as the iPhone 13 Pro have 6GB of RAM at most.
Actually, that’s good enough for multi-tasking. Especially when you consider that Apple has optimized all App Store apps for its devices.
It’s just that it pales in comparison to other flagship phones.
For example, the Google Pixel 6 Pro has double the RAM at 12GB.
The same applies to Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.
And here are some other phones with at least 12GB of RAM:
Take note. All of those phones have lower prices compared to the iPhone 13 plus.
So again, you have to ask yourself.
Are you really getting your money’s worth with an iPhone?
#7: Relatively poor battery performance
iPhones typically come with a non-removable lithium-ion battery. With an average capacity of around 3000 to 3100 mAh.
Not bad. Even with heavy usage, that capacity should be enough to last around 12 hours.
But check the specs of mid-range phones. And you’ll find many with a battery capacity of up to 5000 mAh.
Dig even deeper. And you’ll find budget phones with a similar 5000 mAh battery capacity.
So if we’re talking solely about battery performance…
Even budget and mid-range Android phones can beat an iPhone.
#8: Fewer designs to choose from
Looks may not be everything. But they do matter. Even with smartphones.
And even iPhone lovers will admit that they don’t have much choice when it comes to design.
You probably remember all the memes that came out when Apple unveiled the iPhone 11.
Where the internet had a field day poking fun at the camera design. With some comparing it to a stovetop.
But for iOS users, they had no choice but to embrace the new look.
You’ll never run out of choices. With hundreds of designs from various manufacturers.
#9: Front camera notch
The release of the iPhone X in late 2017 was groundbreaking.
Among other things, Apple introduced an overhauled design. With a fuller screen and a notch in the top portion of the phone.
And many manufacturers followed suit.
Since then, many have also moved on to other front camera designs. Such as:
Meanwhile, iPhones today still have that same notch from 2017.
According to Apple, it’s still the best design for their front-facing camera.
An under-the-screen camera design will struggle to capture images accurately.
Thereby potentially causing problems for iPhones Face ID technology.
But still, it’s a rather outdated design. And many iOS users are clamoring for a change.
#10: Closed ecosystem
The tech world mockingly calls Apple’s ecosystem a walled garden.
That’s because it’s almost impossible to connect Apple gadgets to non-Apple devices.
And it’s why many iPhone users also end up buying other Apple products. Such as iPads and MacBooks.
In addition, many Apple apps also won’t work in other ecosystems. And vice versa.
It also doesn’t help that Apple made it extremely difficult to sideload apps.
So you’ll have to resort to jailbreaking or some other means to install 3rd party apps.
Now compare that to Android devices that only require a Google account.
Basically, you won’t have to worry about brands.
For instance, you can easily access your Google Pixel account and files on a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
An app that works on OnePlus will also work on Xiaomi.
In other words, if you’re an Android user…
You won’t have to worry much about compatibilities and restrictions.
#11: Still relies on Lightning cables
Since 2012, iPhones have been using Lightning cables to connect to other devices.
Which is fine. Except the USB-C cables came out in 2014. And are superior in every way to Lightning.
For instance, Lightning cables have a transfer speed of up to 480 Mbps.
The USB-C cables?
Almost 100 times that. At around 40 Gbps.
Which begs the question…
Why do Apple devices still rely on Lightning cables?
Again, Apple points to environmental concerns. They’d rather not create more electronic waste by ditching the Lightning altogether.
#12: Siri isn’t as good as Google Assistant
When comparing voice assistants, Siri still lags behind Google Assistant.
Whether its speed or accuracy, Google Assistant is superior.
In addition, Google Assistant is compatible with a lot more smart home devices. To the point where you’re better off installing Alexa on your iPhone.
So this is yet another aspect where Android handily beats iOS.
If you’re curious to see a more detailed head-to-head comparison, watch this video below:
One of the biggest differences between iOS and Android is the back button.
iPhones just don’t have one.
So navigating between apps is a bit trickier.
With iPhones, you’ll have to swipe left or swipe up to toggle between apps.
It’s not exactly difficult. But still, a back button would be nice.
#14: No option to expand storage capacity
iPhones don’t have a slot for microSD cards. They mainly use internal storage.
So if you want to expand your iPhone’s memory, you’re out of luck.
Now, of course, you can get as much as 1TB of storage with the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
But as you may have expected, it’ll cost a fortune. $1499 to be more precise.
Compare that with Android phones. Where even entry-level ones are compatible with microSD cards. So expanding the storage capacity won’t set you back much.
#15: Slightly more expensive cloud storage
Still on the topic of storage…
This time let’s move to cloud storage.
iPhones have iCloud. Android devices have Google Drive.
Apple offers a free iCloud storage of up to 5GB. In comparison, Google offers up to 15GB of free Google Drive storage.
Now you can expand your iCloud storage to 50GB. But it’ll cost you $0.99 per month.
$2.99 per month for 200GB. And $9.99 monthly for 2TB of storage.
With Google Drive, you can upgrade to 100GB. With a monthly fee of $2.99. And $19.99 if you choose the yearly plan.
Their 2TB plan is also $9.99 monthly. But you can also get it at $99.99 annually.
In other words, whatever plan you choose, Google Drive will always come out cheaper.
#16: Fewer apps on App Store compared to Play Store
As of early 2022, there are over 2.1 million apps on the Apple App Store.
On the other hand, Google Play Store has over 3.3 million apps.
So yes, that’s over 1 million apps more compared to the App Store.
Now granted, it’s impossible to go through all these apps. And the App Store’s volume should be more than enough.
However, it’s still better to have more choices available. So that’s another point for Android over iOS.
#17: Dual SIM variants are hard to find
Most Android phones have dual SIM capability.
You’d have a difficult time finding one.
That’s because there are only 3 places where you can buy dual SIM-capable iPhones.
- Hong Kong.
- Mainland China.
So you’d have no choice but to order your iPhone from there if you’d need to use 2 SIM cards.