charlitos saidHere is my rebuttal to your list.....
DudeInNOVA saidI wonder if any of that is due to being locked into one company? If you buy iTunes music, apps, or iBooks, your stuck for life. It's one thing I hate about iProducts.
As an Apple user you are not forced to buy everything off iTunes, you can make all your music purchases through amazon if you want to. As for apps, you will be locked in no matter what system you go with, you will be locked in with Windows Phone, you will be locked in with Android and you will be locked in with iOS. The advantage with Android is that you get more hardware options, but with more hardware options you also get slow upgrades and apps that can behave unexpectedly depending on what phone you have. This is not really a problem in iOS due to the incredible consistency among all iPhones built to date.
The reason why Apple customers are so loyal to their brand is due to:
2- Fast upgrades
3- Amazing customer service(plenty of Apple Stores around the world)
4- Compatibility with already owned Apple devices(considering that iPads dominate the tablet market by far)
5- iTunes(iTunes has the biggest music library and movie rental service)
6- Reliability and stability of their apps(despite the fact that there are more Android handsets out there, more iOS users actually pay for apps and are not so afraid of doing so)
7- Simplicity of iOS(Android has way too many layers that in most cases are unnecessary such as widgets, everybody loves widgets but nobody pays attention to their widgets except for the weather forecast)
8- The feeling of owning something that looks beautifully designed(glass and aluminum) unlike android phones that are mainly just plastic(more durable than glass but it feels cheap).
9 - Soon enough iCloud will also be be a reason for iOS users to re purchase an iPhone
As you can notice iTunes is listed in the reasons as you mentioned. I didnt list purchased Apps cause this effect is not inherent to iOS but to any smartphone OS out there. Truth is if 40% of Android users willing to switch systems will most likely go iPhone.
- Well there is only a few idevices to choose from so its easier to be more consistent when compared to Android plethora of devices. Some people may think this is a disadvantage rather than a advantage because most people love choice.
2. Fast Upgrades
- Most Androids have fast upgrades also.
3. Amazing customer service....
- Subjective... Beside, there are no Apple stores near me so they are not everywhere.
4. Compatibility with already owned Apple device...
- Same can be said about Android. If you purchased an app for your phone, you can port them to your Android Tablet or Google Television.
- Android also have an extensive Movie, Book, and App library. They even just launched their Music service.
6. Reliability and stability of Apps
- I will give you this although I think this argument is drastically over exaggerated. 98% of the apps I install work wonderfully on my phone. It really depend on your phone. If you purchase an el cheapo buy one get one free type of deals, then don't expect to run the latest and greatest apps. You get what you pay for. You can't compare the performance of a $300 subsidized iPhone to a $49 subsidized Kyocera running last year's Android Version. Besides, Google gives you 15 minutes to try out an app. If it doesn't work you can get a refund. Secondly, the Android Market allows developers to block certain devices from purchasing their app if they don't meet certain spec requirements.
7. Simplicity of iOS?Widgets and etc
- How does widgets make Android more difficult to operate? Novice users do not have to use widgets if they don't know how to use them. Which isn't that difficult to use in the first place. Also, who are you to say Widgets are unnecessary. Many people would beg differ.
- First off, looks are subjective because I know people who hate the design of the iPhone. Secondly, sweeping generalization much??? Are you saying all Android phones are built cheap and are made out of plastic? There are many well built Android device. I own a few. Again, you pay what you get.
Android been doing the cloud thing for years. Apple is just now catching up.