Alright, you’re in the market for a new smartphone. Which one do you want? For most of us, there are two camps. Remember Windows vs. the Mac? That mismatch was repeated in Android vs. iPhone. If iPhone, the choices are less. If Android, the choices are many. Which one?
What you might want to see, if you haven’t already decided on a platform, or are coming from one or the other already, is a famous comparison shootout. You see them all the time. They. Are. Rubbish.
First, there just isn’t much to compare other than a few hardware features and price. Apple is notorious for being more expensive and not with as many hardware options, while Android smartphones come in a bewildering variety and with none of the handheld support you find in an Apple Store.
So, what do shootouts compare? The easy parts. Hardware and price.
Yet, what we use in our smartphones each day varies greatly from one platform to another. We use apps. We use an ecosystem. We use hardware basics. We count costs. Unfortunately, most people consider price and cost to be the same thing, which might be why those who do shootout comparisons seldom mention resale value.
In what has become typical examples of fake tech news, Antonio Villas-Boas declared a smartphone wars winner that seems to be missing some basic smartphone features.
The next version of the best smartphone you can buy may finally come with wireless charging
What? No wireless charging? Apple was excoriated and castigated for not having wireless charging for years, but the so-called best smartphone still doesn’t have it?
Can you detect the same fishy smell?
Villas-Boas’ list of the 20 Best Smartphones in the World had iPhone X at #20. Lower than iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which was just a notch ahead of iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max. At #13.
The latest iPhone 11 Pro models barely made the Top 10 list. iPhone XR was #7. iPhone 11 was #2.
I don’t know about you, but whatever is best of anything needs a list of criteria instead of a dumb-ass ranking system that would make San Diego Zoo chimpanzees proud. How much is price worth in a list of features?
Just beyond #1 is the Google Pixel 4 and you’re told to Wait for it. Unmentioned anywhere on the list is software, privacy, security, resale value, service options, warranty, long-term care plans, and a whole laundry list of reasons why we choose one platform over another, or one device over another.
If you don’t see those things on a review of the best smartphones, keep looking. Oh, here’s a first. Consumer Reports:
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Tops Consumer Reports’ Smartphone Ratings
I’m not much of a CR fan, but you gotta figure, if Android folk are loving iPhone, and Consumer Reports puts it on top, there just might be something to Apple’s latest creations.