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7 Things You Should Never Say to an iPhone User

Dan Price 15-04-2019

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?”

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”

iphone xs storage cost


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 The 5 Best Sites for Safe Android APK Downloads Need to download an APK to your Android device without the Google Play Store? Check out the best safe APK download sites. Read More 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 5 Reasons Why Android Is So Much More Popular Than iPhone You can debate whether Android or iOS is better, but Android has a major advantage in popularity. Why is this? Read More .

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  1. Angie
    January 1, 2020 at 2:54 am

    Apple devotees shill for their phones with a fervor once reserved for God, presidential candidates, and the Rolling Stones. Part of it is an attempt to drown out the buyer's remorse caused by having spent three month's worth of car payments on a phone so easily dropped into the nearest toilet. If they convince the rest of us to buy one, then it reinforces they made the correct decision.

    If you have to sell it that hard, I'm not buyin. Sorry not sorry, Apple.

  2. Woman
    September 4, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    I'll take that iPod your wife doesn't use.

  3. J R Celoni
    July 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Don't ask, "Why is it taking you so long to type that?"

    I love the Android keyboards, whether the default Samsung or Google, or Microsoft's SwiftKey (I don't know why they haven't worked into Windows yet), or others, where I can slide my fingers across letters, and aggregate my typing across all my devices to get better predictions. The (default) iOS keyboard tries to predict words (IMHO poorly) but lacks the "swipe" feature, though at least like with Maps, it now lets you install a 3rd-party keyboard app like Gboard (my favorite) or SwiftKey (no dictation on iOS as of this writing), but even with one of those the keyboard switches back or hides part of the screen.... *jim, MUO fan

  4. Cheyvonne Bower
    May 17, 2019 at 11:10 am

    I have just moved over to iPhone after being dedicated to Android for years. Mainly price and chargers being the reason I stayed so long. I now have an iPhone 7 Plus and after a week or so of panic and regret, I would never go back! The apps are so much better with Apple is one of the reasons. The reason I’m commenting is because I use Google Maps to navigate, yet it says above you can’t change it. I’m in the UK, I don’t know if that makes a difference.

  5. Jonathan
    April 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    I tried an iPhone once. Lasted about 30 days. I even tried an iPad and a MacBook Pro. The iPad and MacBook Pro sit on a shelf collecting dust. Thank god AT&T took the iPhone back or I would have gone mad.
    Currently I'm using a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and I've had every Note and I love them.
    The only beef I have with Android is when you have multiple Google devices and you say "OK Google" they all wake up. And I have for Google devices. Find me a fix for that and Android will be perfect.

    • Mark Tristan R. Ocampo
      April 18, 2019 at 7:29 am

      I usually just whisper directly and quietly to my Android device in such case. I also have my Google Home Mini to deal with. LOL.

  6. James Boothe
    April 16, 2019 at 3:53 am

    As much as I want to like Android, the GUI reminds me too much of my old Blackberry Storm, which I came to hate with a passion even God is incapable of conceiving. Really. I asked Her once.

    At the time I had said dreaded Storm, the iPod Touch had just came out. Less than a minute of playing with one at a big box store, I was hooked; navigating through apps and settings felt intuitive (something I kept hoping would happen with my Storm after a month of usage..then two months...six months....) I did try a Samsung tablet for comparison and kept going back to the Touch. And when I was finally able to upgrade out of my Storm, I switched to iPhone and haven't looked back since.

    Android IS better than iPhone in a lot of ways, and yet it doesn't change the fact that the best tech is the tech you're going to use because you LIKE it, not because it has more bells and whistles than a competing model.

  7. Hausjam
    April 15, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Well that’s 3 minutes of my day down the drain.

    • riz
      April 17, 2019 at 3:48 pm

      Does that include the time it took for you to log in and write that too?