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The one real advantage of the iPhone

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by curtst, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. curtst

    curtst Newbie
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    The iPhone has one real advantage over any and all Android handsets. Accessories. All iPhones are practically the same. Which means accessories are easier to make for it, which makes them cheaper and a shit ton more of them.

    Makers of Android phones should think about this. Work together and get a common design set that either gets one Android handset design or even mimic iPhone's design a bit. I don't know about others, but trying to find accessories specifically for my Nexus S is a pain in the ass, and when I do find something for it, it is too freaking expensive.

    I hate going to the store and seeing some great accessories but they are just for iPhones.

    What do you all think?

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  2. ouch1976

    ouch1976 Android Enthusiast

    While I agree with you that Apple products have much better accessories, I disagree that they should standardize the phones across manufacturers. It would defeat the major selling point of Android devices, namely diversity. The different designs, sizes, form factors, etc help broaden the appeal of using an Android device over an Apple device.

    So, it sucks that we have less development on the accessory-side, but that's a small price to pay for a (superior) custom product. The best advice I can give you is buy the accessories second-hand or on ebay...
  3. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    ok.. sure.. but then all the iphones have the same dimensions.. size and shape.
    that is part of the advantage.. easy to keep making accessories. True enough.

    but the other side of that coin...
    you only have 1 device to choose from.

    with android we have ability to choose the phone/device that works best for us. Size.. shape.. physical Keyboards, etc...

    also, android use USB connections and Bluetooth.. which is standard across the board..
  4. PolicyWonk

    PolicyWonk Newbie

    Many stores, including your local WalMart have accessories for the iPhone. This probably has more to do with iPhone being on the market much longer than Android.

    However, I've found and purchased lots of inexpensive accessories for my Android online. Both Ebay and Amazon have lots of accessories. For instance, I just purchased a couple of Prevail/Precedent OEM batteries for $7.00 each on Amazon and a blue soft silicone protective case for 53 cents. I could have bought the same soft case for 24 cents, but it's hot pink and I'm a guy and......

    In short, I disagree about the lack of a large ("a shit ton more of them") variety of inexpensive accessories for Androids. I've pasted the web addresses for the 2 accessories I just ordered.

    I also did a quick search for Nexus S accessories and found an OEM travel charger for $3.12, an OEM car charger for $5.00, a vehicle dock adapter including car charger for $20.50, 2 replacement batteries with charger for $22.99, a USB desk charger with spare battery for $22.95, a silicone skin cover for $2.96, and a leather case with clip on & belt loops which also includes a hard case skin and car charger for $6.99. Even with the shipping costs, these are not high prices.

    I agree that your local phone/electronic stores may not have a variety of accessories, but if you can wait the 3-5 days to receive the items, you can get a shit ton of inexpensive accessories.

    Amazon.com: Samsung Galaxy Prevail M820 Intercept M910 Transform M920 SPH-M920 Galaxy Indulge R910 Replenish M580 Galaxy Gio S5660 Craft SCH-R900 Sidekick 4G EB504465VU BSTD Li-Ion OEM Cell Phone Battery (1500 mAh): Cell Phones & Accessories

  5. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Android Expert

    We want variety. And we want choice. And we likely do not want to be just like Apple. And it will likely never happen. Variety is the spice of life, as they say. Next time, ignore the phone and make your decision based on the trinkets, gadgets, and gimmie-gaws available.
  6. Mada

    Mada Android Enthusiast

    Yea it's true that there's not many Android stuff at your local stores but online's the way to go for Android accessories. Plus, another advantage of shopping online is that you don't have to make yourself look normal and drive in traffic to the store... ;)
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  7. cgalka

    cgalka Newbie

    This is very true. However, I'm noticing over time more and more and more and more Android accessories are coming out!
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  8. Shinji01

    Shinji01 Android Enthusiast

    I agree that iphone has better accessories, but android in catching up for sure.
    Even with apps, I feel like I miss out on a lot of great apps.

    I would be saying the same about android if I was an iPhone user, and about iphone is I was an android user.

    I guess, with the introduction of smartphones, the question has become "What exactly do you do on your phone, and how will you like to decorate it" rather than, "that looks cool, I want that one."
  9. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    No, no, no, no, no

  10. Sak01

    Sak01 Android Expert

    I have no idea how these things work so excuse my ignorance but is it possible to make a micro usb to iPhone connector adapter so that one could use an Android phone with any iPhone accessory?
  11. i think you do not understand what Android is about.
  12. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    maybe so..
    but then you risk apple's legal arm.. bring the hammer on you!
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  13. Sak01

    Sak01 Android Expert

    pffff I'll just shift my operation to China and apply for nationality there. The Chinese will not extradite one of their own.

    I'll be screwed if Steve Jobs is really Batman but other than that they can't touch me.
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  14. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User

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  15. Bramsy

    Bramsy Android Expert

    Oh mr. Maxey.. That made day, thanks.

    Is it me, or are iphone accessories expensive? Yeah of course in store stuff is a little better quality and obviously more expensive, but still. I know you can get stuff for the cheaps online but even then it feels a tad more pricey than garbage Android.

    Maybe it's just me.

    (jk about garbage Android, it's trash..)

  16. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

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  17. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    erm.. You know he died?
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  18. Mada

    Mada Android Enthusiast

    I was going to say the same thing lol
  19. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    its an apple trick.. marketing..
    he will come back.. and apple will patent resurrection!
    chrlswltrs likes this.
  20. That Steve Jobs reference made me "lol". But if you are so worried about breaking your phone, then I believe the $20 is a valid investment. I haven't used a case in years and my phones always stay mint.

    Or just duct tape it.
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  21. Tre Lawrence

    Tre Lawrence Android Expert

    LOL re: patenting resurrection.

    OP: there are a ton of accessories if you're willing to look. :)
  22. SB13X

    SB13X Android Expert

    They probably will bring him back and then claim a patent and enter into a lengthy court battle with the Catholic Church and other Christian organisations over who actually owns the rights to resurrection Jobs or Jesus.
  23. !on

    !on Android Expert

    I couldn't care less about iPhone accessories. Even dare I say, iPhone accessories tend to be slightly more garish due to the Apple image, & the legacy of 'white' Apple product, & the fickle target audience.

    My phone only needs compatible headset*, nice leather case... maybe a spare battery. iPhone owners need stick on alien flourescent things :D.

    *Remember when iPhones had that recessed headhone socket? ;)
  24. novox77

    novox77 Leeeroy Jennnkinnns!

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  25. mrqs

    mrqs Android Expert

    the only accessory i've ever bought for my android was the jabra clipper (bluetooth headset with replaceable headphones) and that had a "for iphone" badge on the packaging

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