iPhone vs. Android. It’s been an ongoing debate since the HTC Dream became the first commercially-available Android device in September 2008.
These days, I’m firmly on the Android side of the fence. I’ve owned iPhones, my wife is still an iPhone user, and I’m more than capable of appreciating just how revolutionary the iPhone was when it first released. Android is just better.
But beware! If you’re a fellow member of the Android master race, you’ve got an important responsibility not to upset our iOS-using brethren. With that in mind, here’s a handy guide of phrases you should never say to an iPhone user.
1. “What Do You Use Your Old Headphones For?”
iPhone’s lack of headphone jack inconveniences me on like a daily basis
— Jess (@jessichords) April 7, 2019
In 2016, Apple famously ditched the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Three years later, it’s still absent and showing no signs of a return.
Android users, of course, have felt the ripple effects. Many Android devices also now ship without the 3.5mm jack. But crucially, we have a choice. Notably, the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy S10 still a has a headphone jack.
So what did your friend do with her super-expensive wired headphones? It’s best not to ask. They might not have seen the Android light, but you still want to be friends with them (right?!).
To be extra safe, don’t mention anything about audio quality or lost earbuds either!
2. “Why Did You Buy a Case?”
Look, we get it, iPhones are seriously expensive. People want to protect their investment.
But there’s a juxtaposition at play. One of the biggest selling points of the iPhone—and one of the arguments that iOS advocates cite most frequently—is the design.
iPhones are gorgeous, not to mention that Apple has been on a never-ending quest to make its devices thinner, shaving off fractions of millimeters with each new release.
So why, therefore, do people insist on sticking their phone in a bulky case? Is that not undoing Apple’s hard work?
Ah right, it’s to stop the bending…
3. “Why Are You Late? I Sent You Directions!”
The party is in full swing. The introductory pleasantries are over, and the drink is flowing. But wait; where’s your friend? She was supposed to be here two hours ago.
Finally, she arrives. She’s wearing a furious expression. And the reason for her annoyance? Apple Maps. It’s the default map app on iOS, and you cannot change it.
And that’s bad news. As recently as November 2018, Apple Maps had more detail than Google Maps in just 3.1 percent of the US. Justin O’Beirne explained all this in infinitely more detail than we ever could in a blog post.
Instead of castigating your friend for relying on such a poor app, perhaps you should gently remind them that a traditional paper map is more reliable and just a fraction of the cost of a $1,000+ Apple phone.
4. “You Should Have Bought the 512GB Model”
The entry-level iPhone XS sells for $999, but it only has 64GB of storage. That’s a con—it’s nowhere near enough space for all your apps and media in 2019.
Consequently, most people opt for the 256GB model. It will set you back $1,149. If you want the maximum capacity 512GB version, you will need to shell out an eye-watering $1,349, and that’s before any other extras.
The price of the extra storage means iPhone users can be a bit touchy when they run out of space. They either need to wipe some of their data, or subscribe to an expensive iCloud plan.
To prevent them from getting even angrier, we don’t think it’s wise to mention that several Android phones have expandable memory thanks to an SD card slot. Definitely don’t mention that you can pick up a 200GB card on Amazon for $20-$30, depending on the brand.
5. “Can I Borrow Your Charger?”
I have one charger. It powers my phone, my Bluetooth speaker, my headphones, my MP3 player, my tablet, and my GoPro. And as the world transitions to USB-C, I’ll even be able to charge my laptop.
iPhone owners aren’t so lucky.
Remember my wife that I mentioned earlier? She has three different chargers for her 2015 MacBook Air, 2012 MacBook Pro, and iPhone 7. Her old iPod—which admittedly she rarely uses anymore—also has a different connection. It’s almost at the point where she needs to book an extra luggage allowance whenever we fly anywhere.
Again, any discussion of the cost of official/certified Apple chargers is also out of bounds. And don’t even think about raising the issue of dongles.
6. “Just Sideload It…”
There are lots of reasons why an app you want might not be available in the Google Play Store. It could be geo-blocked, perhaps it deals with adult content, or maybe it’s only available through one of the many third-party Android app stores.
When it happens, it’s frustrating. You have to use a reliable APK site to download the installation file, then sideload it onto your device.
But it’s a whole lot more frustrating for iOS users. It is technically possible to sideload apps, but it either requires some trickery with Apple developer certificates or, more commonly, jailbreaking the OS. Neither process is recommended.
7. “Siri, Why Is Google Assistant Better Than You?!”
Our final piece of advice isn’t so much something you shouldn’t say to an iPhone user; rather, it’s something you shouldn’t say in front of them.
To be fair, Siri has closed the gap on Google Assistant in the last couple of years, but the general consensus is that Google’s tool is still the better product.
Honestly, the question of which assistant is the best is somewhat moot. The differences are close enough that iOS users can make a genuine case for Siri.
So if you want to avoid a raging argument over the dinner table, quietly ask Siri to play some music and keep your opinions to yourself.
What Else Do You Keep Quiet About?
If you’re an Android user who has been nodding along to this article, we want to hear from you.
What else would you add to this list? Which sensitive topics do you avoid when you’re with your iOS-using buddies? Let us know in the comments.
And for more discussion about the differences between Android and iOS, check out why Android is more popular than iOS.