Remember that we are still getting iOS14 on iPhone 6s, a Sep 2015 phone. If this device drops off update next year, that mean you would have a securely updated device for 6 years. Now name me an Android device that can match that? Only Samsung, Oneplus and Pixel line promise 3 years. Like OnePlus 5, a 2017 phone is still a very powerful phone today but it already loses security updates unless you go out to get custom roms.Feels Good Man wrote: ↑ That was more of the case a few years back with Android but not really the case nowadays unless you go with a company that doesn’t put support their phones or go for a non-flagship.
Samsung now has guaranteed updates for 3 years and then some with security updates and even then the update situation is a bit different between iOS and Android. Android has apps (eg Google Play Services) that can push updates that add features that you can only really get with a system update on iOS. For example, iOS needed a system update to support the COVID tracing app where Android just needed Google Play Services to update. Same with getting the new Nearby feature on Android (Android equivalent to Airdrop).
As for chip design, I agree. That’s the huge benefit to iOS since Apple pretty much has control from the hard way all the way down to optimizing their entire line of devices. As for day to day... would you even notice that much of a difference? The chips these days have been so powerful to run basic apps that you probably won’t even notice any performance issues even a few years down the line.
And safely using an iPhone for 5-6 years is pretty generous. There have been a ton of complains of people unhappy that their phones slow down after a few years and after updates. There’s the whole planned obsolescence thing that people on older iPhones complain about.
For accessories, the iPhone has a bigger choice but since it’s Samsung’s you’ll probably get a healthy amount. Idk about this FE version though but I feel their flagships are pretty decent in accessory choice. Not as much as iPhones, but decent enough.
And as for the App Store, I honestly dont really see that much of a difference between the two after using iOS for a few months now. There are some games not available on Android but the apps I use, I can usually find an Android equivalent of it. And the pro apps like LumaFusion would be pretty bad on a phone screen and yeah, not on Android.
As for app ecosystem, they are all the same. But since Apple owns the app store, they can afford to keep phones out there as gateways for their subscription services. So it doesn't really matter how long they keep phones running out there. Meanwhile Samsung doesn't have any app store revenue, there isn't any incentives to keep phones updated and running for a long time.
As for accessories, I don't mean the amount of accessories out there but the revenue that Apples get via Apple tax. Everything gadget that use lightning port requires to pay Apple a licensing fee. MFi program also collect a lot of fees. Same can't be said with Android world.
That's why Google is updating Android's OS update mechanism hoping to increase longevity of Android phones out there to beat Apple as their manufacturing partner have 0 incentive to do so.