I’ve never owned an iPhone. I don’t even plan to buy one anytime soon.
iPhones don’t come cheap. They are a large investment that I personally don’t think are worth it.
They say once you have an iPhone, you never go back. I don’t want to get stuck in that loop.
I’ve never owned an iPhone and I don’t plan on changing it any time soon
My first phone, like many born in the 90s, was a so-called “brick” Nokia. Since then, I’ve cycled through various other phone makers — Samsung, Huawei, Motorola — but I’ve never succumbed to Tim Cook’s empire.
They don’t come cheap
Perhaps the biggest consideration people take into consideration when buying a new phone is the price. And iPhones aren’t cheap.
The newest model, the iPhone 14, costs a whopping $799 for the cheapest version. And the Pro version, which includes other perks like a better camera and the new Dynamic Island feature, starts at $999.
Add $100 if you want to upgrade one of the models to the Plus or Max version, which has a bigger screen. The most expensive version of the iPhone 14 available for purchase, the Pro Max with a terabyte of storage, comes in at $1,599.
If you want a simpler version with fewer features but a lower price, you’re out of luck. Unlike other phone makers, Apple doesn’t sell an updated but low-budget version of its phones and instead redirects customers to its older models.
Samsung, by contrast, sells the Galaxy A53 5G for under $500, along with much higher-end models like its foldable and flip phones.
My current phone, a Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G, isn’t perfect and there are things that can frustrate me, but at least I know I haven’t spent a lot of money on it.
There is no headphone jack…
I have a largely unwarranted hatred for AirPods, but Apple doesn’t offer buyers of its latest models the option to avoid wireless earbuds.
Instead, since 2016, iPhones have arrived without headphone jacks, leaving users with limited options if they don’t want to blast their music loudly for reluctant subway passengers. They can invest in expensive AirPods or buy a set of headphones with a special adapter that plugs into the charging jack, meaning you can’t charge your phone and listen to music at the same time, unless you have a wireless charger.
The cheapest AirPods on Apple’s site start at $129.
I personally hate the concept of AirPods. True, sometimes the headphone wires get caught in your hair or become disconnected if you forget and get up for a coffee, but these are fixable problems. I worry enough about losing jewelry or my scarf when I’m out and about — I don’t want to worry about a dropped AirPod as well.
I once saw a person chasing an AirPod down the sidewalk after a gust of wind blew it from his ear during a thunderstorm. It was an image I will never forget.
My current Samsung phone came with a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live, but I haven’t used them once. I actually had a chance to get a newer version of my current phone for about $30 more, but I decided against it because it didn’t include a headphone jack.
…and they don’t come with chargers
Even iPhones no longer come with wall chargers. Since the 12 model, iPhones are simply equipped with a USB C to Lightning cable, which Apple says allows for smaller and therefore more sustainable packaging.
You can just plug your phone into your laptop or an adapter that you already need to charge, but if you want an Apple adapter to plug it in, you have to shell out the extra $19.
Considering that it came free, the extra cost is annoying for first-time iPhone users who may not have other adapters to plug the cable into.
Then there’s the “battery gate”
Battery life on iPhones isn’t great either, and Apple has been sued for its past practice of intentionally slowing down older iPhones.
Apple’s so-called “batterygate” scandal began in 2017 when Apple admitted it was slowing down customers’ devices when they downloaded new versions of its software, saying it was to stop their old batteries from randomly shutting down their phones. Some critics, however, questioned whether it was a move to get people to buy newer, more expensive models.
“We have never done — and never would — anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” a spokesperson previously told Insider. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is a big part of that.”
In November 2020, Apple agreed to pay $113 million to settle a US investigation into the matter, and paid $500 million in a class action lawsuit in March.
There is not much difference between each model
The differences between each iPhone model are not that big. Even Eve Jobs agrees.
Insider’s Sam Tabahriti wrote that he regrets trading his iPhone 13 Pro Max for an iPhone 14 Pro Max.
“Although the latest series of smartphones has several new software features, I’m disappointed that there’s nothing more,” he wrote.
“Having had the iPhone 13 Pro Max, I can’t see any difference that it’s really worth an upgrade, other than Dynamic Island. Maybe the smartphone has just gotten as good as it’s basically going to get?”
I don’t care about the iPhone as a status item
iPhones are now the norm: Counterpoint Research says they make up about half of the phones bought in the US. The brand-specific terminology around them is even invading our everyday conversation: “AirPods” are sometimes used for non-Apple wireless earbuds; people say “FaceTime” even if they are video calling using other software; and my roommate even told me recently when he went looking for something, “Let me check my iPhone.”
But I don’t care about the iPhone as a status item. Like designer clothes and sports cars, what model of phone you have says nothing interesting about you as a person.
Once you have an iPhone, you never go back
It’s a mantra I’ve heard many times. And I don’t want to be tempted, and then get stuck in that loop.
Many iPhone owners tend to gravitate towards other Apple products as well and end up with an entire full suite of Macs, Apple Watches and Apple TVs. I’m quite happy the way I am.
I will continue with my android
Sometimes not having an iPhone can be annoying.
I’ve never FaceTimed or iMessaged anyone, and there are some apps that I log into lag or even not at all on Android. There are also some great features included in the newer models, such as crash detection software.
But for me, personally, I can do without it. I’m stubborn in my ways and an iPhone is a big investment that I personally don’t think is worth it.
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