The new iPhone 6 models are now out and there seems to be a feeling amongst Android users that Apple is playing catch up. In some ways they’re not even matching what Android had a year or more ago.
Look at screen resolution for example. The iPhone 6 has a 1334×750 pixel display. The Nexus 5, Google’s Android phone that came out a year ago, has a full 1920×1080 HD display in a phone that is within a whisker of the same size. It also sells for £300, more than £200 cheaper than the cheapest iPhone 6 model.
To get full HD you need to get the enormous iPhone 6 Plus – inconveniently big as a phone and competing in the phablet space that Samsung virtually pioneered with the Note. Catchup again.
To be fair screen resolution shouldn’t be a big deal. The standard iPhone 6 display is 326ppi (pixels per inch). Photo quality printing is considered to be 300dpi (dots per inch), the print equivalent of ppi, and is the point at which there’s no point in having finer detail as the human eye can’t resolve it anyway. The 445ppi screen of the Nexus 5 could therefore be seen as overkill – and overkill in a phone means unnecessary drain on the battery to power the screen. If the individual pixels are already to small to see, there’s no point in having more of them.
Apple don’t tend to play up the technical specs, focussing instead on the overall experience. That’s still the distinguishing feature. Android offers more or less than same set of features for less money, in much the same way that Windows does when compared to Mac OSX. With Apple you’re paying for the brand, and the sense that it “just works”, as well as the security advantages I’ve discussed in previous blogs.
Based on my initial impressions of the iPhone 6 though, I don’t see any compelling reasons to jump ship from Android… until yet another app suddenly demands unnecessary access to my text messages…