9. Lots of high-quality peripherals
Since smartphones first appeared on the scene, gadget companies have worked to create new add-ons to expand their functionality. Interestingly, despite boasting a bigger market share than Apple, the peripherals market has tended to be more focused on iPhones than Android handsets.
This is because, being an open platform, there is no uniformity within the Android ecosystem regarding key factors, such as the size of devices or the software version they run. As a result creating a peripheral for an Android phone isn't as easy or lucrative for the gadget maker as it would be for them to do it on an iPhone, because its dimensions and software are strictly controlled by Apple.
As a result, the iPhone is a far more solid choice for users looking to pimp their smartphones.
8. Sensible screen sizes
For the past few years Android phones have grown massively in screen size. In fact some have become so comically large that watching someone make a phone call on them almost resembles a scene from old comedy show Trigger Happy TV. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is 5.7in for example.
By contrast the iPhone remains a normal-sized phone that fits easily in your jacket of trouser pocket without creating an unfortunate bulge, while also being comfortable to hold while making calls or writing text messages.
Some claim the iPhone is too small for enjoying video or web browsing, but most iPhone owners would probably dispute this. It seems clear that Apple's design gurus, led by Sir Jony Ive, are more than happy to stick with a sensible 4in display.
7. Still the best-looking phones on the market
One area where Apple has always had an edge is overall allure. Despite years of competition, iPhone devices remain the best looking on the market, with sleek edges and clean lines being the hallmark of Ive's work at Apple.
In fact, the designs are so good that Ive received a knighthood for his work. And who are we to argue with the Queen?
This is not to say devices from firms such as Samsung, Sony or HTC do not have good design too, but the benchmark against which they are all judged remains the iPhone, and Apple seems unlikely to lose this position of authority anytime soon. Just so long as the next iPhone is not rhombus shaped.
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