There's a similar thread on this topic but I think my perspective is different and deals with different concerns and my conclusions are different. I had an iphone 4 since it first came out in 2010 and I used it daily for business and personal for 4 years. For most of its life I loved it, it served its purpose and was reliable. Near the end of its life I began to hate it only because it was getting slow, after being forced to update to newer and newer ios versions due to app compatibility. Pros: -apple product build quality is best or (arguably) equal best (and the equals aren't significantly cheaper, e.g. the HTC flagships are only 20% cheaper) -IOS is more polished - no significant bugs - does its main jobs successfully as a smartphone -Properly set up out of the box (as a person who is busy with productive shit, I don't have time finding the best 3rd party apps for basic functionality like predictive typing, which the default android keyboard is so inexcusably terrible at.) Cons: -Apple's business practices I'll elaborate more on this - basically Apple is in the business of maximising the size of their ecosystem so they make their systems very closed and practically a PITA to use with devices not part of this system. e.g. need the bloated iTunes just so you can add music to the phone. Their game is in building up the size of their customers and keep them dependent on their line of products due to the ecosystem, and as a result they can continue milking their cash cow customer base and maintain high margins. Another way to see it is Apple is analogous to Mac (no brainer there) whereas Android is analogous to PC - by separating software and hardware as with PCs (like what Android has done), it's allowed PC hardware to be heavily commoditised and market forces and open competition erodes margins down until we have cheap PC hardware like we do today - the same cannot be said for Macs, but people still buy them for the software-hardware integrated experience and the implied guarantee that things just work (albeit you pay a high premium for this fact). So there's heaps of competition driving prices of android phones down relative to apple, but apple is the only choice if you want to avoid android - again they can maintain margins and 'rip you off' if you want to avoid android. But anyway, I got what I paid for, 4 years for a phone is fantastic no matter how you see it, but it was too old and slow and it was time I got a new phone. Now, considering I am against wasting money and being dependent on an ecosystem and I am quite tech savvy, Android sounded like a great idea. It was the PC of phones - hardware was already heavily commoditised (e.g. if Samsung decides to charge too high, well fuck em I'll get a HTC / LG / Huawei / Xiaomi / OPO etc etc - so much choice). Plus, stronger google integration and general compatibility and openness is fantastic as well - e.g. drag and drop music into the phone, something so simple that you can't do in an iphone. Build quality (alot of people don't care about this but I really care - I appreciate good workmanship in the things I buy) is inferior in general but there are some acceptable choices. Now, in 2014 I settled on a Oneplus One off ebay. I was eager in doing research, eager in buying it, and was excited and positive in using it when I first got it. However this all changed after the first few weeks - here's why: (not sure whether these issues are specific to the OPO or android in general but I have a feeling it's android in general) 1) the default camera app DOES NOT SAVE photos if you lock your phone right after taking the photo (as you would). Instead you need to wait for the loading cursor to screw off before locking the phone and pocketing it, else you LOSE your photo. I discovered this while overseas on holiday - after I lost several photos already. What the fuck Google - for a multibillion dollar company, get your shit together! My friend who is an Android loyalist who will probably read this, told me "that's what you get for buying a cheap chinese phone" well mate, I don't think so - hardware is hardware, this seems like a software issue or at least a compatibility issue that shouldn't have passed QA. His solution is to find a third party camera app - which I'll now have to do to achieve usability of the camera, but I think I'm reasonable in thinking that this is an inexcusable flaw. 2) the default keyboard is TERRIBLE at predicting correct typing. It's so bad I have to retype 1 out of 3 words. After asking the above friend 'wat the f' I find out that practically every android user downloads and uses this app called Swiftkey. I get the app and it's good - much better than the default, and it's acceptable. But again, I think I'm reasonable to think that this is another inexcusable flaw of a multibillion dollar company's product. Many people argue "yeah Android may not just work out of the box like IOS but it's for tech savvy people who want extreme customisation instead of mums and dads" well mate, customisability and 'working out of the box' (or as I call it, rudimentary quality control) ISNT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE - why can't Android be great in default, but also be customisable? 3) the lock rotate icon in the swipedown menu DOES NOTHING. It does not lock the orientation of the phone when on or off. Again, what the fuck Android! you made it to version 4.whatever and no one found out that there's a button that does nothing? 4) After just a few months of ownership of the OPO phone, I'm now seeing other sort of dodgy bugs that I cannot reliably reproduce, e.g. soundloops, crashes etc. I cannot fully blame android on this because from the above 3 points I've been throwing my phone alot out of rage and hatred. Fuck this phone so much. On second thought, it is Android's fault. I will be hocking this on ebay or gumtree soon and returning to Apple phones. I don't have the time to fuck around with finding 3rd party apps to make basic functionality usable. I'm not in high school anymore with loads of time to muck around with this stuff. IN CONCLUSION Apple sounds terrible in theory - you buy one shit and then realise it doesn't work practically with non-Apple shit and you may end up buying more Apple shit and then you're a sap. But the product itself works. Android sounds GREAT in theory - separation of hardware and software, market forces and competition drives innovation faster, lower prices and more choice. But the product actually doesn't work (mayyybe if you had heaps of time to make it work it will work). It's a polish issue - lots of little latent hinderances and QA issues start to surface as you use it. So Apple, while being a terrible choice, is the only choice, for me.