Apple’s iPhone is regarded as one of the best smartphones on the market today. Critics say it offers the best-in-class performance, reliability, and usability — a combination made possible by the fact that Apple designs both the iPhone’s hardware and software. The vast majority of Android phones, on the other hand, are manufactured by several companies like Samsung and Huawei while Google is solely responsible for developing the Android platform their phones run on.
Because of the iPhone’s consistent quality, and the powerful brand that Apple has built over the years, iPhone owners are increasingly loyal to Apple, almost blindingly so, in fact. A 2014 survey of 2,000+ iPhone owners summarized that over 60% admitted being “blindly loyal” to the Apple iPhone brand!
I consider myself among these “blindly loyal” owners, as my last three phones were all iPhones.
When I bought my last iPhone, however, my mindset about buying the latest and greatest gadgets changed considerably. Starting north of Rs. 70,000, upgrading to the newest iPhone is an incredibly expensive exercise. It used to sound like a good decision back in 2011-2014 when every new smartphone would bring a bunch of exciting new features; however, in the last couple of the years, smartphones — especially the iPhone — have evolved at a much slower, less exciting pace. Combined with my discovery of the science behind the “the secret of happiness”: that happiness is in memorable experiences rather than material goods, and I no longer feel the urge to upgrade to the newest phone.
To illustrate this point, my team at PriceOye! took the iPhone 7’s price as a benchmark, and researched the best alternatives for it. For each price bracket, we suggest a great Android phone, and a memorable experience to go along with it from the money you save.
For example, if you forego an iPhone 7 and opt for budget offerings from Infinix instead, you can use the money to go on a budget trip to Thailand! For the other alternatives, I’ll leave readers to view the infographic for themselves, lest I spoil it: