I’ve been an Android devotee for the last couple of years and I don’t plan on ever switching back to iOS. But we’re not here to talk about that: we’re here to talk about what Apple needs to do in order to be more competitive with Android’s ever increasing popularity.
As you and the whole Internet knows by this point, Apple recently held a special event in which they unveiled the interestingly hypocritical iPad Pro (note Apple’s previous abhorrence of styluses), as well as the new Apple TV, some new Apple Watch stuff, and of course the new iPhones. The new iPhones are pretty great, don’t get me wrong, but there are definitely some things Apple should’ve borrowed from Android.
First off: battery! One of my main gripes about Apple devices has been the battery life. 1,715 mAh is all that the iPhone 6s nets you, and this is even less than last year! I understand Apple is trying to make thinner devices, but honestly I’d take a 2 inch thick phone with a 7 day battery over a bendable, thinner-than-a-pencil phone that dies before lunch. Not to mention, the battery isn’t even removable. (Now, I know that most Android devices don’t support this anymore, but I genuinely appreciate manufacturers such as LG who still include the feature in their flagships.)
Secondly, Apple really needs to work on the camera. This is gonna sound a bit odd to everyone who even knows a bit about iPhones since they have some of the best cameras out there, but it’s true. 12 megapixels really isn’t much, but at least they bumped it up from a goddamn 8 last year. Come on, Apple. Problem with bumping up the megapixels, though, is Apple will sound hypocritical once again. They’ve reiterated time and time again that megapixels don’t matter (halfway true, I might add), but then they go and change from 8 to 12, boasting about how the more megapixels help the whole time. So they’ve already sounded hypocritical with the camera, and I guess they don’t want to do it again. At least the iPhone can shoot in 4K now.
Wait a second. 4K on an iPhone means 4K on a phone that, for some stupid reason, still ships with a 16 GB base model? WTF, Apple?!? One minute of 4K video will pretty much take up 1/100 of your storage. Not much of a waste, you might be thinking. But how often do you really only take one video on your phone, and put nothing else on it? Let alone, how often do you only take one minute of video? In my eyes, this is just a shameless ploy on Apple’s part to rip you off even more by making you pay for a higher up model of the iPhone. Because, unlike some great Android alternatives, there’s no micro SD expansion slot.
Speaking of ripping you off, the iPhone has had ABSURD prices as have Apple’s other devices. Yes, you’re getting great build quality and a more seamless UX, but I’d rather not lose my house simply in order to get a new phone. With the average Android flagships starting around $4-700 off contract, it’s really hard to justify a loss of features in order to get a name brand phone. Consider this: The LG G4 is only about $550 off contract at Verizon, and it nets you a better camera, a removable battery, expandable storage, Quick Charge 2.0, a far better screen, and a base model with 32 GB of storage. The iPhone will cost about $650 (for the absolute base model), which gets you worse specs and 1/4 the storage. Now more than ever is the time to consider “why iPhone?”
To all you iOS-using readers out there, you might be a bit curious about what Quick Charge 2.0 is. If you can read, it’s kind of obvious: it enables a blazing fast charge, usually from 0 to 100% in a short span of about an hour and a half. This is perfect to top off your phone over lunch, or while you’re getting ready for that big meeting. Apple: with your way too small batteries, a Quick Charge-ish idea would be great. (Apple cannot directly use Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 since the iPhone doesn’t use a Qualcomm chip.)
To round out this “rant”, it’s time to let Apple know about displays. I realize full well that something even as low as 720p is still perfectly usable and often fine, but a resolution of at least 1080p is usually welcome. However, we’re talking flagships in this piece today, and Apple’s flagships really lag behind. The 6s has BARELY a 720p display (might I remind you, this is Apple’s best of the best, while Android devices tend to save these low resolutions for the disposable crappy devices). On the contrary, the 6s Plus has a really pleasant 1080p display. Great, you’re thinking. Think again. Android flagships out now have had 2K/1440p/Quad HD displays for some time now, which is four times the resolution of the iPhone 6s, and double the resolution of the iPhone 6s Plus. Here’s where pixels per inch really come into play to tell the whole story. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus have 326 and 401 ppi, respectively, while the two leading Android flagships (the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6) have 538 and 577 ppi, respectively. In summary of the screens, the larger screened Android devices beat out the smaller screened iPhone 6s, which isn’t at all how it should be. And the 6 Plus is basically an only-because-it’s-necessary resolution bump from the 6s.
Come on, Apple. Take a page out of Android’s book with your hardware. Do all your users a favor and make even better devices, ones that are completely relevant competitors with Android devices.
Let me know what you think below, and tell me if you agree or not. I’d love to hear your opinion on the matter.
Until next time!