Android vs Apple, advice for a co-worker

Recently a co-worker asked me for advice on what phone she should get since I like most on this site am I technology enthusiast.  However, I am an ardent Apple hater. I hate their approach to technology (hardware over software, form over function etc.)  which leaves me as a little biased as a resource.

She stated that she currently is a Droid user and is not invested in the Apple ecosystem.  The only feature that matters for her is the camera.  

My advice to her was since she was not invested in the Apple ecosystem and camera was her main feature, get a Nexus 6p or a Pixel.   Iphones are solid, but know if you get one you need to get everything Apple to get the best experiences.  However in hindsight I feel that my bias shows through (which was mentioned before I gave her my thoughts).  

What is this community’s opinion?  I hope to eliminate my biased in her decision by using other’s more informed opinions on this site.  Thanks in advance. 

Conversation 4 comments

  • 289

    Premium Member
    20 January, 2017 - 11:18 am

    <p>You might also ask a few other questions:</p>
    <p>What do her friends and family use? &nbsp;If most of them have an iPhone then she might want to give that a try. It gives her a built-in support network and more shared experiences. &nbsp;I am constantly running into issues with group messages because I’m the only Android user in my immediate circle. &nbsp;</p>
    <p>Is she taking advantage of the flexibility of Android (does she use a custom launcher, icon packs, create gesture controls, run things like Tasker, etc.) or is she just using it as a camera and an app launcher. &nbsp;If it’s the latter there’s not much downside to iOS.</p>
    <p>As far as needing to "get everything Apple", you’d need to ask about what other devices she uses to understand whether this is an issue. &nbsp;Unless she’s running something like Pushbullet I’m not sure that there’s any advantage to using an Android phone rather than an iPhone with a Windows PC. &nbsp;I doubt she has an Android tablet.</p>
    <p>Google support for Nexus and Pixel is pretty good, but being able to walk into any Apple Store and get assistance is nice.</p>
    <p>Personally I prefer Android, but in most cases I would steer the average consumer towards iPhone unless they had a clear reason not to (e.g. price sensitivity or&nbsp;a passion for tinkering).</p>
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  • 7209

    20 January, 2017 - 12:02 pm

    <p>I always recommend iPhone for non technical people. Apple just does a better job of hand holding for non technical people. I also recommend Apple Care so they have good tech support. The combination of those two things will allow your co worker to NEVER BOTHER YOU FOR TECH SUPPORT.</p>

  • 5664

    Premium Member
    20 January, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    <p>I say go iPhone because the devices are supported longer. Even Google doesn’t do the right thing and guarantee updates for as long as Apple just quietly does.</p>
    <p>I’d really love to like Android, I really would, I just always worry about the hardware being supported!</p>

  • 1063

    Premium Member
    20 January, 2017 - 1:46 pm

    <p>I see my Apple anti-bias runs deep. &nbsp;Thanks for the input I will pass that along. &nbsp;I’m surprised that no one feels that the walled garden approach as a troubling one in regards to the average consumer. &nbsp;Is this an exaggerated issue?</p>
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