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Friday, March 2, 2018

"iPhones cost a lot more than Android phones"

This is yet another myth that I wanted to tackle. most other myths...has some truth to it but is mostly false.

Let's take a look at T-Mobile's website for some phones they have for sale at the moment.

As of writing this, it is currently March 2, 2018 at 2:25 p.m. PST. Here is a screenshot from this moment from T-Mobile's website showing the most popular selection of phones.

Please disregard the smallest price values as those are not a true representation of the phone you are looking to purchase. This is dependent on the phone carrier you choose and will look differently for each one. We are focusing on the smaller number beside them, the full retail price of the phone.

There are some things we need to take note of before we directly compare prices.

The iPhone X was released on November 3, 2017. The iPhone 8 was released on September 22, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be released on March 11, 2018.

The dates are important due to how new a product is. If you have ever been to a car dealership, you may understand how this is similar. A 2017 model car will be cheaper than a 2018 model car, even if you compare the same car with the exact same features, color, and mileage all because of that date. You may even notice that a base model 2018 car may be more expensive than a fully loaded model car from the year before in some rare cases too. The same is true for phones in an even more drastic way.

The other thing we have to notice is the storage and other features. The best thing to do is to compare the base model of the phone. In the Samsung Galaxy S9's case, this would be the 64 GB option, which seems to be the only option for the Plus and regular S9. In the iPhone's case, we'll start with the X. We have two options, those being the 64 GB and the 256 GB option. And in the iPhone 8's case, for both the 8 and the 8 Plus, we have 64 and 256 GB options as well.

Given the different screen dimensions, it would be unfair to, say, compare the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to that of the iPhone 8 or to compare the iPhone X 256 GB to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus at 64 GB.

The most fair way to do this is to get similar dimensions and storage sizes. In this case, since the S9 only comes in 64 GB, we will have to compare the Samsung Galaxy S9 64 GB to the iPhone 8 64 GB and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64 GB to the iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB. I know that Samsung does do promotions at times for a free 256 GB SD card and they do have an option for removable storage, but again, we are only comparing what is given to you at time of checkout without any added bonuses.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 at 64 GB will start at $720.00 at 5.8 inch screen size.
  • iPhone 8 at 64 GB starts at $699.99 with a 4.7 inch screen size. On release, its full price was $700, according to Business Insider just before the actual release date.
Between these two, you can see that the Samsung Galaxy S9 is more expensive by about $20.01. You do need to take this at these being prices for my location and not including tax. Still, the prices will fluctuate around the same for anywhere else in the world and will have just as much of a difference with tax included.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus at 64 GB will start at $840.00 at 6.2 inch screen size.
  • iPhone 8 Plus at 64 GB starts at $799.99 with a 5.5 inch screen size. On release, its full price was $800, according to Business Insider just before the actual release date.
  • iPhone X at 64 GB starts at $999.99 with a 5.8 inch screen size.
Again, we see a similar pattern here. The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is more expensive than the iPhone 8 Plus by about $40.01.

However, there is an important piece to note in all of these comparisons which is the screen size. The iPhone X is at 5.8 inches in screen size which is much more comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S9 at 5.8 inches in screen size as well.

To be completely fair, it is best to judge these two prices since they are so very similar in just about every area. With that, we see a price difference of $279.99 where the iPhone X is the more expensive option.

It is very difficult to get a good idea of how to gauge this "Who is more expensive?" because of so many different features and differences that balance each other out. Where iPhone shines, Galaxy may not and where Galaxy shines, iPhone may not as well. And you do have overlap where each share equal shines in certain areas or have decreases in both. A lot of this is also relative, such as one person liking a bigger device whereas another person not liking a bigger device.

But back to the topic at hand, are iPhones more expensive than Android devices? As I said before, there is truth to this and there is a false part to it as well.

As we saw through our comparison, it looked as if Galaxy was more expensive than iPhone until we compared screen sizes and noticed that the one with the more comparable screen size was more expensive, that being the iPhone X even though it is considered a much higher end version than the 8 or 8 Plus. Through that, one could make the (not completely true) argument that iPhones are less expensive than Galaxy's.

Another important point to make here is that you cannot go based on numbers given by the manufacturer. In this case, we are dealing with an iPhone 8 and iPhone X (pronounced 10) and a Galaxy S9. Some people would say it is unfair because it is one number behind, but in actuality, this is what is the generation. We are comparing phones from the same generation and Samsung and Apple do not share the same time frame for generations so it makes this comparison a little more complicated, hence why I added the link citing how much the iPhones were when released almost 6 months ago.

To be truthful, it's not so black and white and it is clear why that is based on what I have written above.

Another thing to note is that this is just one Android device and there are many more out there. But I chose Galaxy S9 because it is what is known as a flagship phone just like the iPhones are. Flagship models are basically the luxury brand of the cell phone market.

It would be like comparing a Lamborghini to a Ferrari. We all know this is a comparable scenario for most of their vehicles due to similar pricing and performance. Whereas we would consider a comparison between a Ford Fiesta and a Ferrari California to be ludicrous.

Most Android phones sold on the market are not flagship phones. But if you get the average of all Android phones out there and compare it to the average price of all available iPhone models, you would see iPhone being more expensive because you are lumping in lower end phones that can sometimes cost between $20 and $150 to devices that cost almost $1,000.

The conclusion of all this is that there are situations where iPhones can be more expensive than Android devices but there are also Android devices that are more expensive than iPhones and it's a very complicated matter that cannot be boiled down to a single sentence.

Do I have to pay for apps, games, and music on an iPhone?

There's a fairly popular myth that I hear from a lot of people with regards to iPhones.

Lots of people ask me

Doesn't everything cost money on an iPhone?

The short answer to this question is, no. Most things you do on an iPhone will not cost you money.

Pretty much anything you do on an Android phone (HTC, Samsung, etc.), is the same thing you can do on an iPhone at the same price. All those popular apps and games from Facebook to Instagram, from Snapchat to Twitter, and Spotify to YouTube, do not cost anything to download. You do have some apps and games that have premium features built into the app that cost money such as Spotify and YouTube, but to download these apps is free regardless whether it is an iPhone or an Android device.

The same is true for apps and games that cost money. Minecraft, for instance, costs money regardless whether it's on iPhone or on Android.

Now, when you get to music, this is where it differs a little bit.

The short answer, again, is that, no, it does not always have to cost you money to get music onto your iPhone. No more money than it would for an Android phone. However, it can be a bit more time consuming.

Lots of people I know have downloaded some type of app that allows them to download music for free. Usually, these apps are illegally downloading music and this is not the way you want to go if you want to support your favorite artist. You can buy music in the Google Play Store, the same place where you can download and purchase various games and apps. Once you purchase a song or album through the store, this song or album is available to you no matter what device you have. They are also available to you on iPhones with the Google Play Music app.

You can also do it the older way where you physically link your Android phone to your computer. Now, lots of people don't have computers because they do everything with their phone. But if you do happen to have a computer, you can still transfer music the old fashioned way by using a USB cable and connecting it to your computer and dragging and dropping music files onto your SD card or into the phone's internal memory. This would be preferable for people who have purchased music through Amazon or iTunes and want to transfer that music over to their Android device very easily. Or if you have CD's and you want to transfer those mp3 files to the SD card or the phone's internal memory. could illegally download music to your PC and share it to your phone that same way.

With iPhones, not all of these methods exist. The easiest method, and the one that Apple would probably recommend, is for you to purchase music through their iTunes Store music app on your iPhone. Much like the Google Play Store, once you have purchased the song or album here, it is now available on any of your other iDevices such as an iPad or iPod Touch and it is also available to you in iTunes where you have linked your iCloud account. However, as of this moment, I am not aware of any way where you can easily transfer music you have purchased through iTunes Store app to an Android phone without going through a computer, so there is a drawback there for people who may switch sometime in the future but want to keep their music as easily as Google has made it. You can still retrieve your songs through iTunes on a computer and move them over to an Android phone if the Android phone is compatible with that music file.

But with iPhones, Apple has locked down the device for its own protection which greatly limits the ease of using a third party app to download free songs directly to your iPhone. The only methods as of now are to jailbreak or sideload an app onto your iPhone. If you don't know what either of those terms mean, this won't be a route for you. The reason for this is that Apple wants to make sure that iPhones have as little of a chance at being exploited as possible.

One such way is to prevent people from downloading files, such as music mp3 files, from any website on the internet and moving them to the phone. While this doesn't always happen, there are some websites that will insert malicious code into certain files to hopefully gain control of the system. Apple has decided that this is just too great of a risk and has made it near impossible to do this on iPhones.

To get music you want onto your iPhone that is free, you would have to go through iTunes on your computer. This is about the only way to do this for the average iPhone user. But with this method, you can sync just about any song that you want to your iPhone. It does not have to have been purchased through iTunes to be transferred to your iPhone in this method. Most of my own music has been from CD's I have bought over the years and have transferred to my iPhone. I also have friends who still use torrents to illegally download music and transfer them to their iPhone using iTunes.

So the bottom line is that, no, again, you do not have to buy music to put on your iPhone.

The conclusion for this myth is that it is simply not true. 99% of the free apps and games that you get on your Android phone that are available on iPhone as well are also free for iPhones. The same is true for music as well, it will just be a little bit more tedious of a process to get that free music onto your iPhone.