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Yes, Android smartphones may not be at all as “cool” as iPhones, but I don’t care. Here are the seven reasons why I will never buy an Apple phone.

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  • I’ve never owned an iPhone. I don’t plan on buying one anytime soon either.

  • iPhones aren’t cheap. It’s a big investment that I personally don’t think is worth it.

  • They say once you have an iPhone, you’ll never go back. I don’t want to get stuck in that episode.

I’ve never owned an iPhone — and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon

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My first phone, like many people born in the 90s, was a “brick” Nokia. Since then, I’ve cycled through several other phone makers — Samsung, Huawei, Motorola — but I’ve never given up on Tim Cook’s empire.

Here’s why.

They don’t come cheap

iPhone 14 on display inside the Apple Store in Marunouchi, Tokyo

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Price is probably the biggest consideration when buying a new phone. And iPhones aren’t cheap.

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

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

If you want a more basic version with less functionality but a lower price, you’re out of luck. Unlike other phone makers, Apple does not sell an updated but lower budget version of its phones, instead redirecting customers to its older models.

By contrast, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G sells for under $500, along with higher-end models like flip and foldable phones.

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

There is no headphone jack…

AirPods are on display at the Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino

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

Instead, since 2016, iPhones have been 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 expensive AirPods or buy a set of headphones with a special adapter that plugs into the charging jack — which means 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 website start at $129.

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

I once saw someone chase their AirPod down the sidewalk after being hit in the ear by a gust of wind during a thunderstorm. It was an image I will never forget.

My current Samsung phone came with a free pair of Galaxy Buds Live, but I haven’t used them once. I actually had the option to get a newer version of my existing phone for about $30 more, but chose not to because it didn’t include a headphone jack.

…and they don’t come with a charger

A Lightning cable and the Apple logo are seen on an iPhone in this pictorial photo taken in Krakow, Poland on September 25, 2021

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iPhones no longer come with wall chargers either. Since the Model 12, iPhones have simply come with a USB C to Lightning cable, which Apple says allows them to create smaller and therefore more sustainable cases.

You can just plug your phone into your laptop or an adapter that should already be charging — but if you want an adapter from Apple to plug it into, you’ll have to pay an extra $19.

Considering it used to be provided for free, the extra fee is annoying for first-time iPhone users who may not have other adapters they can connect their cable to.

Then there’s Batterygate.

An Apple iPhone connected to a Lightning cable is shown in this illustration photo taken in Poland on September 25, 2021.

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Battery life on the iPhone isn’t that great either, and Apple has been sued for its past practice of intentionally slowing down older iPhones.

Dubbed the “Batterygate” Apple scandal, it began in 2017 when Apple admitted that it was slowing down customers’ devices when they downloaded new versions of its software, saying it was to prevent their old batteries from shutting down phones randomly. However, some critics questioned whether this was a move to induce people to buy newer, more expensive models.

“We have never done — and never will — anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or diminish the user experience to drive customer upgrades,” a spokesperson previously told Insider. “Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that.”

In November 2020, Apple agreed to pay $113 million to settle an investigation in the United States over the matter and paid $500 million in a class action lawsuit in March.

There is not much difference between each model

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The differences between each iPhone model are not that great. Even Eve Jobs agrees.

Insider’s Sam Tabahriti wrote that he regrets trading his iPhone 13 Pro Max for an iPhone 14 Pro Max.

“While the latest series of smartphones has many new software features, I am disappointed that more are not available,” he wrote.

“Having got my iPhone 13 Pro Max, I can’t see a difference that would really make it worth upgrading, except for Dynamic Island. Maybe the smartphone is simply as good as it’s basically going to be?”

I don’t care about the iPhone as a status item

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iPhones are now the norm: Counterpoint Research says they make up about half of the phones bought in the US. Even the brand jargon around them encroaches on our everyday conversation: “AirPods” are sometimes used for non-Apple wireless earbuds; People say “FaceTime” even if they’re video calling using other software; My roommate even recently said to me, when he went to look for something, “Let me check it on my iPhone.”

But I don’t care about iPhones as a status item. Like designer clothes and sports cars, your phone model doesn’t say anything interesting about you as a person.

Once you have an iPhone, you’ll never go back

Icons of pre-installed iOS apps are seen displayed on a phone's screen in this pictogram taken in Krakow, Poland on September 21, 2021.

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It’s a mantra I’ve heard many times. And I don’t want to be tempted and then stuck in that loop.

A lot of iPhone owners tend to gravitate towards other Apple products as well, and they end up with a complete set complete with their Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV as well. I am very happy as I am.

I’ll stay with my Android device

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Sometimes not having an iPhone can be annoying.

I’ve never FaceTimed or iMessaged anyone, and there are some apps that I have access to lately or even not at all on Android. There are also some great features included with newer models, such as crash detection software.

But for me, personally, I can do without one. I’m stubborn in my ways, and an iPhone is a big investment that I personally don’t think is worth it.

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