I’ve never owned an iPhone. I don’t plan to buy one anytime soon, either.
iPhones don’t come cheap. They’re a big investment that I personally don’t think is worth it.
They say that once you get an iPhone, you never go back. I don’t want to get stuck in that loop.

I’ve never owned an iPhone – and I don’t plan to change that anytime soon

My first phone, like many people born in the ’90s, was a so-called Nokia “brick.” Since then, I’ve cycled through various other phone makers — Samsung, Huawei, Motorola — but I’ve never succumbed to Tim Cook’s empire.

Here’s why.

They don’t come cheap

Possibly the biggest consideration that people take into account when buying a new phone is the price. And iPhones aren’t cheap.

The newest model, the iPhone 14, costs a hefty $799 for the cheapest version. And the Pro version, which comes with other perks like a better camera and the new Dynamic Island feature, starts at $999.

You add $100 if you want to upgrade either model for the Plus or Max version, which has a bigger screen. The most expensive version of the iPhone 14 available for purchase, the Pro Max with a terabyte of storage, comes in at $1,599.

If you want a more basic version with less functionality but a smaller price tag, you’re out of luck. Unlike other phone makers, Apple doesn’t sell an updated but low-budget version of its phones, and instead redirects customers to its older models.

Samsung, in contrast, sells the Galaxy A53 5G for under $500, alongside much higher-end models like its fold and flip phones.

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My current phone — a Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G — isn’t perfect, and there are things about it that can frustrate me, but at least I know I haven’t spent a lot of money on it.

There’s no headphone jack …

I have a largely unjustified hatred for AirPods — but Apple doesn’t give the buyers of its latest models the option to shun the wireless earbuds.

Instead, since 2016, iPhones have come without a headphone jack, leaving users with limited options if they don’t want to blast their music out loud to unwilling passengers on the subway. They can either invest in pricey AirPods or buy a set of headphones with a special adapter that can be inserted into the charging jack – meaning you can’t charge your phone and listen to music at the same time, unless you have a wireless charger.

The cheapest AirPods on Apple’s site start at $129.

I personally hate the concept of AirPods. True, sometimes headphone wires get caught in your hair or unplug if you forget and stand up to get a coffee, but these are solvable problems. I worry enough about losing jewelry or my scarf when I’m out and about – I don’t want to have to worry about an AirPod falling out, too.

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Source:: Business Insider


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