Apple Iphone dumped for Nokia windows phone, Why Brett Arends did this, Cost versus benefit, Why I never bought Apple computers and phones
I read the article this morning with delight. Another enlightened soul, another pragmatic businessman who understands cost versus benefit.
I have never bought an Apple product even though they are generally quality devices.
Cost versus benefit.
They are overpriced.
They may have been more user friendly and less problem prone in the past, but I do not believe that to be true now.
I have encountered as many or more problems with Apple computers in my sphere of influence.
From Market Watch October 8, 2015.
“Why I dumped my Apple iPhone for a Microsoft phone
Oh, and I’m not comparing the latest, most high-end models either. I’m not talking about the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, nor about the latest Windows alternative.
I wanted a solid smartphone for work, including email and various online, social media and professional applications, and a few other things.
At this point, the rate of evolution is such that even basic smartphones would be considered amazingly advanced pocket computers by the standards of a couple of years ago. I didn’t need the absolute latest so I went for the entry level.
I bought a brand-new iPhone 5c on eBay EBAY, +0.00% as soon as Apple discontinued their regular sales last month. The price dropped about 50% overnight. I chose the 5c because it basically does about the same as the 5s for about half the cost, and because the plastic body means it’ll cope better if I drop it. (The 5s looks really beautiful — until you enclose it one of those big, ugly plastic cases.)
Meanwhile, by happenstance I also found myself simultaneously the owner of a Nokia Lumia 635, which costs just $70, compared with around $250 for my discounted 5c, and $450 for a 5s from Apple.
And to my surprise, it’s the iPhone, not the Lumia, that I’m dumping.
The screen is much bigger. The phone is lighter. The keyboard works better for my fingers.
I can add all the memory I want through SD cards. The Windows Phone does absolutely everything I want, just as well as the iPhone or better — for a fraction of the cost. It also comes with Microsoft Office. And it will be updated to Windows Phone 10 later this year.
Oh, and it’s a minor point, but I don’t need to buy a special iPhone cable to charge it. The Nokia uses standard micro-USB. Apple must be the only phone company that still pulls that annoying proprietary-cable crap. Even Sony SNE, +1.63% has given in.”