From David Goldman’s “The iPhone is for people who drive Toyota Camrys” posted Monday on CNN Business:
Since 2007, Apple has made the best, most popular smartphone on the planet. The company is expected to launch the new-and-improved iPhone 12 this week, and you can be assured it’ll come with the Apple-approved “it just works” experience Steve Jobs fought for.
In many ways, the iPhone is like a Toyota Camry, a machine that offers familiarity and reliability over fun, productivity, speed, performance, innovation and futuristic features.
That’s not a bad thing. The Camry is a good car, and Toyota sells boatloads of them every year to people who just want to get from point A to point B, without having to worry about what this button does or what driving mode they should switch to or whether their car is going to melt down while they’re stuck in rush hour traffic…
With phones that run the competing Android operating system, you’ve got far more options. You want a Ferrari? You can get a Samsung Note20 Ultra 5G, a $1,300 phone that has the top-of-the-line everything — a quad-HD screen with a super-high-refresh rate, up to 512 GB of storage with a truly insane 12 GB of RAM, a 108 megapixel camera and an onboard pen.
Seriously, there’s an Android for everything. The Asus ROG Phone 3 is the ultimate gaming machine, complete with RGB color-changing lights (it wouldn’t be gaming hardware without them) and a 144 Hz display. For photographers, the Sony Xperia 1 II has pro camera controls, and the Google (GOOGL)Pixel 5 looks like it will maintain the best-camera crown that earlier Pixel models earned.
Android phone makers even design the equivalent of concept cars, such as when Amazon put a no-glasses-required 3D screen on the Fire Phone or when Huawei put a freaking scale in the Mate S’ screen. LG’s WING phone has two screens right on top of one another, and the top screen turns 90 degrees to give you a second screen. Wild.
[T]he iPhone is designed for everyone. You can find an Android phone that feels like it was designed for you.
My take: I drive a Prius.