What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Having used the iPhone as my main smartphone for the past three years, I have a pretty good idea of ​​all the strengths and weaknesses of this line of smartphones. And sometimes, seeing certain flaws in the iPhone, you think that maybe other manufacturers will fix them in their devices, making them more attractive. But, unfortunately, for some reason they copy the worst ideas of Apple, and the best ones remain the exclusive of the company. Let's discuss what was worth and what was not worth copying from the iPhone.

What shouldn't be copied

SIM and nanoSIM tray

When Apple first announced the microSIM standard, other manufacturers hurried to implement it in their flagship models. Gradually, microSIM began to appear in budget devices, but by that time Apple had already introduced nanoSIM. As a result, the market was in complete chaos on this parameter. Some smartphones had full and microSIM slots. Part - microSIM and nanoSIM, as a result, my colleagues and I had to constantly change SIM cards in the salons of operators (this can be done for free, by the way) or use adapters. If other big brands didn't support this change of standards, then we would just have nano SIM cards for iPhone and regular ones for other smartphones, and then we would all step into the future together with virtual SIM cards.

Another innovation that shouldn't have been copied from Apple is the SIM tray. Previously, in most smartphones, to install a SIM card, you just had to remove the back cover, but now you have to constantly carry the key for this tray with you. By the way, about removable back covers ...

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

One-piece housing

It seems that quite recently all smartphones had a removable back cover, and one of the parts of testing was to check the solidity of this design. I still remember the backlash on my HTC Desire HD. But a removable cover also meant a removable battery, so you could just take an extra battery with you on a trip, not a power bank. In addition, in two or three years, for a couple of thousand, you could get a completely new battery. Now, finding smartphones with a removable cover and a removable battery is a big problem, even state employees have a monolithic body.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Smooth body rim

When the iPhone 6 came out, one of its problems was the smooth edges of the case. Because of this, the smartphone strove to slip out of the hands. At the same time, it was very pleasant to hold it tactilely in hands, so I really did not want to put the novelty in a case. What was my surprise when I saw the same smooth edges in the devices of competitors! Of everything that could be copied from Apple, they took the most impractical element! How so?!

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Cutout above the display

When they showed the iPhone X with a cutout in the display, I reacted to this innovation rather coolly. Over time, I realized that this is such a visual deception, thanks to the “ears” one gets the feeling that the screen really occupies the entire body American Shorthair Cats & Kittens in Ghana. But, let's be honest, it was an original decision. But copying this cutout by other manufacturers looked secondary and ridiculous. Some even had the audacity to talk about the fact that their neckline is not so big!

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

In this regard, I can't help but praise Samsung, Meizu and Sony for not following the ridiculous trend.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Minijack Rejection

I'm still not happy with the removal of the standard headphone jack on the new iPhones, but I'll be honest with you - AirPods completely solved this problem for me. And it's great that Apple, along with the rejection of 3.5 mm, presented a good alternative. But this is an objective minus. Why, well, why did other companies need to support this initiative, especially when you consider that at the output we will get a division of all headphones into Type-C and Lightning, while the former are still much smaller.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Of course, other companies also showed their vision of ideal wireless headphones, but for some reason Samsung and Meizu did not stop leaving the minijack, but Sony and Xiaomi did not. I still believe that the main obstacle to the mass transition to wireless headphones is their price, and not the presence of a minijack in smartphones.

Headphone shape

EarPods and AirPods have their own unique headphone shape. Some people like her, some don't. Personally, although I use AirPods, I still prefer standard earplugs, the droplet format is inconvenient for me, plus I don’t like it when the headphones play outward. Eldar recently wrote a wonderful article on this topic.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

But no, from time to time I see that the same droplets with the same rather controversial shape and open sound are put in the kit with other smartphones.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Camera module design

When the iPhone 6 came out, users of previous models were perplexed at how ugly a protruding camera looked in such a beautiful and thin smartphone. Then there were long disputes on whether such a module interferes or not, along with advice to carry a smartphone in a case and other features of such discussions. And then we saw a scattering of smartphones from other manufacturers that either copied the protruding camera module, or said that they didn’t protrude so much.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

And then came the vertical-camera iPhone X, which I think is pretty controversial, and something incredible happened.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi immediately decided that this was the most successful design in the last 10 years, otherwise I cannot explain its massive copying for all new products.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Redmi S2

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Apple iPhone X

Huawei was also inspired by this idea, and the leaks of the new Motorola P30 were the last straw.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

At the presentation of Meizu 16th, they even joked about this topic, below is a visual design slide in 2018.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

I absolutely do not understand how such a controversial decision could be copied, it looks so secondary!

Non-expandable memory

I have a wonderful 200 GB memory card from Sandisk, but I'm less and less able to use it due to the fact that manufacturers are less and less putting a slot for it in their flagship smartphones. But different memory sizes appeared, just like the iPhone, and with the same big difference in price for a modification with a large volume.

Inflated prices

This item was suggested by our twitter readers, I've seen it mentioned several times. In short, it sounds like this: other manufacturers see that the iPhone is getting more expensive, and put higher prices on their flagships, they say, “why are we worse?!”. This is partly true, but it is important to remember that the pricing policy depends not only on such peeping, believe me, there are enough other complex parameters that greatly affect the price.

What was worth copying

But Apple also has strengths that other manufacturers would do well to repeat, let's remember them again.

Universal backups

When I buy a new iPhone, I can connect it to iTunes and restore a full backup of my old model, down to the location of folders and widgets, as well as my entire library and photo albums. This is very captivating, because over the years, less and less you want to set up a smartphone from scratch.

On Android, there is a cloud restore option, but it only downloads apps, and for photos and audio, you'll have to use other tools. In addition, this cloud copying does not always work correctly, and it is especially sad that there is no restoration of folders and widgets on the desktop.

Long-lasting updates

Every time a new version of Android is announced, I hear the same thing: “When will the update be on my smartphone? But on the iPhone, iOS comes faster, and even on the old 5s! Alas, Google here is held hostage by smartphone manufacturers who love to modify stock Android so much that it is impossible to install an update on it without affecting the firmware of the shell. The reverse side of the coin is a wide variety of skins on Android.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

But I really like the idea of ​​standardizing the release of new software. Partially it has already been implemented by Xiaomi and Meizu. However, I would immediately like to note that the old iPhones with each new iOS work more and more slowly, I saw this perfectly on my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4, which are no longer as lively as they used to be.

Portrait mode and double zoom

I'm pretty indifferent to photography, but even I'm impressed by how many possibilities a double optical zoom and high-quality soft blurring of the background give. This point was definitely worth repeating, and now we see not a stupid copy of this function, but its refinement and addition, for example, x10 zoom on Huawei P20 Pro looks very cool.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Wireless charging

Apple was not the pioneer of this technology, but I was hoping that, just like with the display cutout and the vertical camera, everyone who saved on wireless charging would immediately run to add it to their devices, but no such luck! Although adding is not particularly expensive.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Auto brightness

In my experience, auto-brightness works better than any other smartphone on the iPhone. It sets the brightness quite accurately in almost all conditions, while remembering your preferences, as a result, I didn’t even have the desire to turn it off. In flagship Android smartphones, this problem has already been solved, but I would like to see auto-brightness work correctly in the middle segment, given that the same iPhone SE is now sold for 17-18 thousand rubles and also works fine with auto-brightness.

Uniform App Design

I like that on iOS, all applications are made in the same design, while this applies not only to built-in, but also to third-party programs. Apple is very strict about following the guidelines, and as a result, you get a consistent user experience in any application.

Android also has guidelines, but they are recommendations, not an ultimatum, so the Play Store is littered with tons of frank garbage, and I sincerely hope that the situation will at least someday start to change.

Of course, I can also write a reverse article, where I will talk about what cost the iPhone to copy from Android, but we have a separate section on YouTube "Android is better than iOS", in which Eldar Murtazin has already done all this. Be sure to check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Having used the iPhone as my main smartphone for the past three years, I have a pretty good idea of ​​all the strengths and weaknesses of this line of smartphones. And sometimes, seeing certain flaws in the iPhone, you think that maybe other manufacturers will fix them in their devices, making them more attractive. But, unfortunately, for some reason they copy the worst ideas of Apple, and the best ones remain the exclusive of the company. Let's discuss what was worth and what was not worth copying from the iPhone.

What shouldn't be copied

SIM and nanoSIM tray

When Apple first announced the microSIM standard, other manufacturers hurried to implement it in their flagship models. Gradually, microSIM began to appear in budget devices, but by that time Apple had already introduced nanoSIM. As a result, the market was in complete chaos on this parameter. Some smartphones had full and microSIM slots. Part - microSIM and nanoSIM, as a result, my colleagues and I had to constantly change SIM cards in the salons of operators (this can be done for free, by the way) or use adapters. If other big brands didn't support this change of standards, then we would just have nano SIM cards for iPhone and regular ones for other smartphones, and then we would all step into the future together with virtual SIM cards.

Another innovation that shouldn't have been copied from Apple is the SIM tray. Previously, in most smartphones, to install a SIM card, you just had to remove the back cover, but now you have to constantly carry the key for this tray with you. By the way, about removable back covers ...

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

One-piece housing

It seems that quite recently all smartphones had a removable back cover, and one of the parts of testing was to check the solidity of this design. I still remember the backlash on my HTC Desire HD. But a removable cover also meant a removable battery, so you could just take an extra battery with you on a trip, not a power bank. In addition, in two or three years, for a couple of thousand, you could get a completely new battery. Now, finding smartphones with a removable cover and a removable battery is a big problem, even state employees have a monolithic body.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Smooth body rim

When the iPhone 6 came out, one of its problems was the smooth edges of the case. Because of this, the smartphone strove to slip out of the hands. At the same time, it was very pleasant to hold it tactilely in hands, so I really did not want to put the novelty in a case. What was my surprise when I saw the same smooth edges in the devices of competitors! Of everything that could be copied from Apple, they took the most impractical element! How so?!

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Cutout above the display

When they showed the iPhone X with a cutout in the display, I reacted to this innovation rather coolly. Over time, I realized that this is such a visual deception, thanks to the “ears” one gets the feeling that the screen really occupies the entire body American Shorthair Cats & Kittens in Ghana. But, let's be honest, it was an original decision. But copying this cutout by other manufacturers looked secondary and ridiculous. Some even had the audacity to talk about the fact that their neckline is not so big!

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

In this regard, I can't help but praise Samsung, Meizu and Sony for not following the ridiculous trend.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Minijack Rejection

I'm still not happy with the removal of the standard headphone jack on the new iPhones, but I'll be honest with you - AirPods completely solved this problem for me. And it's great that Apple, along with the rejection of 3.5 mm, presented a good alternative. But this is an objective minus. Why, well, why did other companies need to support this initiative, especially when you consider that at the output we will get a division of all headphones into Type-C and Lightning, while the former are still much smaller.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Of course, other companies also showed their vision of ideal wireless headphones, but for some reason Samsung and Meizu did not stop leaving the minijack, but Sony and Xiaomi did not. I still believe that the main obstacle to the mass transition to wireless headphones is their price, and not the presence of a minijack in smartphones.

Headphone shape

EarPods and AirPods have their own unique headphone shape. Some people like her, some don't. Personally, although I use AirPods, I still prefer standard earplugs, the droplet format is inconvenient for me, plus I don’t like it when the headphones play outward. Eldar recently wrote a wonderful article on this topic.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

But no, from time to time I see that the same droplets with the same rather controversial shape and open sound are put in the kit with other smartphones.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Camera module design

When the iPhone 6 came out, users of previous models were perplexed at how ugly a protruding camera looked in such a beautiful and thin smartphone. Then there were long disputes on whether such a module interferes or not, along with advice to carry a smartphone in a case and other features of such discussions. And then we saw a scattering of smartphones from other manufacturers that either copied the protruding camera module, or said that they didn’t protrude so much.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

And then came the vertical-camera iPhone X, which I think is pretty controversial, and something incredible happened.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi immediately decided that this was the most successful design in the last 10 years, otherwise I cannot explain its massive copying for all new products.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Redmi S2

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Apple iPhone X

Huawei was also inspired by this idea, and the leaks of the new Motorola P30 were the last straw.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

At the presentation of Meizu 16th, they even joked about this topic, below is a visual design slide in 2018.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

I absolutely do not understand how such a controversial decision could be copied, it looks so secondary!

Non-expandable memory

I have a wonderful 200 GB memory card from Sandisk, but I'm less and less able to use it due to the fact that manufacturers are less and less putting a slot for it in their flagship smartphones. But different memory sizes appeared, just like the iPhone, and with the same big difference in price for a modification with a large volume.

Inflated prices

This item was suggested by our twitter readers, I've seen it mentioned several times. In short, it sounds like this: other manufacturers see that the iPhone is getting more expensive, and put higher prices on their flagships, they say, “why are we worse?!”. This is partly true, but it is important to remember that the pricing policy depends not only on such peeping, believe me, there are enough other complex parameters that greatly affect the price.

What was worth copying

But Apple also has strengths that other manufacturers would do well to repeat, let's remember them again.

Universal backups

When I buy a new iPhone, I can connect it to iTunes and restore a full backup of my old model, down to the location of folders and widgets, as well as my entire library and photo albums. This is very captivating, because over the years, less and less you want to set up a smartphone from scratch.

On Android, there is a cloud restore option, but it only downloads apps, and for photos and audio, you'll have to use other tools. In addition, this cloud copying does not always work correctly, and it is especially sad that there is no restoration of folders and widgets on the desktop.

Long-lasting updates

Every time a new version of Android is announced, I hear the same thing: “When will the update be on my smartphone? But on the iPhone, iOS comes faster, and even on the old 5s! Alas, Google here is held hostage by smartphone manufacturers who love to modify stock Android so much that it is impossible to install an update on it without affecting the firmware of the shell. The reverse side of the coin is a wide variety of skins on Android.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

But I really like the idea of ​​standardizing the release of new software. Partially it has already been implemented by Xiaomi and Meizu. However, I would immediately like to note that the old iPhones with each new iOS work more and more slowly, I saw this perfectly on my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4, which are no longer as lively as they used to be.

Portrait mode and double zoom

I'm pretty indifferent to photography, but even I'm impressed by how many possibilities a double optical zoom and high-quality soft blurring of the background give. This point was definitely worth repeating, and now we see not a stupid copy of this function, but its refinement and addition, for example, x10 zoom on Huawei P20 Pro looks very cool.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Wireless charging

Apple was not the pioneer of this technology, but I was hoping that, just like with the display cutout and the vertical camera, everyone who saved on wireless charging would immediately run to add it to their devices, but no such luck! Although adding is not particularly expensive.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Auto brightness

In my experience, auto-brightness works better than any other smartphone on the iPhone. It quite accurately sets the brightness in almost all conditions, while remembering your preferences, as a result, I didn’t even have the desire to turn it off. In flagship Android smartphones, this problem has already been solved, but I would like to see auto-brightness work correctly in the middle segment, given that the same iPhone SE is now sold for 17-18 thousand rubles and also works fine with auto-brightness.

Uniform App Design

I like that on iOS, all applications are made in the same design, while this applies not only to built-in, but also to third-party programs. Apple is very strict about compliance with the guidelines, as a result, you get a consistent user experience in any application.

Android also has guidelines, but they are recommendations, not an ultimatum, so the Play Store is littered with tons of frank garbage, and I sincerely hope that the situation will at least someday start to change.

Apple Store and Services

When my friend and I were in Tokyo, we decided to take her old iPhone 6 for repair. We just wanted to replace the battery, and we were given a new “six” for 2,000 rubles. “It was a specific situation,” Yuzuki from the Apple Store told us. I am very impressed with the work of the Apple Store service and I think that this is one of those things that nurture consumer loyalty and which should be copied by other companies. That is why I am waiting for the appearance of these stores here in Russia. In the meantime, we have to be content with ordinary service centers and sad stories, like those of Roma Belykh.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Conclusion

The Android vs. iOS debate has been going on for years, but let's be honest, both operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses. It is all the more surprising for me to see how some smartphone manufacturers copy the weaknesses, not the strengths of the competitor, from design to the rejection of the minijack.

Of course, I can also write a reverse article, where I will talk about what cost the iPhone to copy from Android, but we have a separate section on YouTube "Android is better than iOS", in which Eldar Murtazin has already done all this. Be sure to check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Having used the iPhone as my main smartphone for the past three years, I have a pretty good idea of ​​all the strengths and weaknesses of this line of smartphones. And sometimes, seeing certain flaws in the iPhone, you think that maybe other manufacturers will fix them in their devices, making them more attractive. But, unfortunately, for some reason they copy the worst ideas of Apple, and the best ones remain the exclusive of the company. Let's discuss what was worth and what was not worth copying from the iPhone.

What shouldn't be copied

SIM and nanoSIM tray

When Apple first announced the microSIM standard, other manufacturers hurried to implement it in their flagship models. Gradually, microSIM began to appear in budget devices, but by that time Apple had already introduced nanoSIM. As a result, the market was in complete chaos on this parameter. Some smartphones had full and microSIM slots. Part - microSIM and nanoSIM, as a result, my colleagues and I had to constantly change SIM cards in the salons of operators (this can be done for free, by the way) or use adapters. If other big brands didn't support this change of standards, then we would just have nano SIM cards for iPhone and regular ones for other smartphones, and then we would all step into the future together with virtual SIM cards.

Another innovation that shouldn't have been copied from Apple is the SIM tray. Previously, in most smartphones, to install a SIM card, you just had to remove the back cover, but now you have to constantly carry the key for this tray with you. By the way, about removable back covers ...

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

One-piece housing

It seems that quite recently all smartphones had a removable back cover, and one of the parts of testing was to check the solidity of this design. I still remember the backlash on my HTC Desire HD. But a removable cover also meant a removable battery, so you could just take an extra battery with you on a trip, and not a power bank. In addition, after two or three years, for a couple of thousand, you could get a completely new battery. Now, finding smartphones with a removable cover and a removable battery is a big problem, even state employees have a monolithic body.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Smooth body rim

When the iPhone 6 came out, one of its problems was the smooth edges of the case. Because of this, the smartphone strove to slip out of the hands. At the same time, it was very pleasant to hold it tactilely in hands, so I really did not want to put the novelty in a case. What was my surprise when I saw the same smooth edges in the devices of competitors! Of everything that could be copied from Apple, they took the most impractical element! How so?!

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Cutout above the display

When they showed the iPhone X with a cutout in the display, I reacted to this innovation rather coolly. Over time, I realized that this is such a visual deception, thanks to the “ears” one gets the feeling that the screen really occupies the entire body American Shorthair Cats & Kittens in Ghana. But, let's be honest, it was an original decision. But copying this cutout by other manufacturers looked secondary and ridiculous. Some even had the audacity to talk about the fact that their neckline is not so big!

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

In this regard, I can't help but praise Samsung, Meizu and Sony for not following the ridiculous trend.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Minijack Rejection

I'm still not happy with the removal of the standard headphone jack on the new iPhones, but I'll be honest with you - AirPods completely solved this problem for me. And it's great that Apple, along with the rejection of 3.5 mm, presented a good alternative. But this is an objective minus. Why, well, why did other companies need to support this initiative, especially when you consider that at the output we will get a division of all headphones into Type-C and Lightning, while the former are still much smaller.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Of course, other companies also showed their vision of ideal wireless headphones, but for some reason Samsung and Meizu did not stop leaving the minijack, but Sony and Xiaomi did not. I still believe that the main obstacle to the mass transition to wireless headphones is their price, and not the presence of a minijack in smartphones.

Headphone shape

EarPods and AirPods have their own unique headphone shape. Some people like her, some don't. Personally, although I use AirPods, I still prefer standard earplugs, the droplet format is inconvenient for me, plus I don’t like it when the headphones play outward. Eldar recently wrote a wonderful article on this topic.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

But no, from time to time I see that the same droplets with the same rather controversial shape and open sound are put in the kit with other smartphones.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Camera module design

When the iPhone 6 came out, users of previous models were perplexed at how ugly a protruding camera looked in such a beautiful and thin smartphone. Then there were long disputes on whether such a module interferes or not, along with advice to carry a smartphone in a case and other features of such discussions. And then we saw a scattering of smartphones from other manufacturers that either copied the protruding camera module, or said that they didn’t protrude so much.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

And then came the vertical-camera iPhone X, which I think is pretty controversial, and something incredible happened.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi immediately decided that this was the most successful design in the last 10 years, otherwise I cannot explain its massive copying for all new products.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Redmi S2

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Apple iPhone X

Huawei was also inspired by this idea, and the leaks of the new Motorola P30 were the last straw.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

At the presentation of Meizu 16th, they even joked about this topic, below is a visual design slide in 2018.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

I absolutely do not understand how such a controversial decision could be copied, it looks so secondary!

Non-expandable memory

I have a wonderful 200 GB memory card from Sandisk, but I'm less and less able to use it due to the fact that manufacturers are less and less putting a slot for it in their flagship smartphones. But different memory sizes appeared, just like the iPhone, and with the same big difference in price for a modification with a large volume.

Inflated prices

This item was suggested by our twitter readers, I've seen it mentioned several times. In short, it sounds like this: other manufacturers see that the iPhone is getting more expensive, and put higher prices on their flagships, they say, “why are we worse?!”. This is partly true, but it is important to remember that the pricing policy depends not only on such peeping, believe me, there are enough other complex parameters that greatly affect the price.

What was worth copying

But Apple also has strengths that other manufacturers would do well to repeat, let's remember them again.

Universal backups

When I buy a new iPhone, I can connect it to iTunes and restore a full backup of my old model, down to the location of folders and widgets, as well as my entire library and photo albums. This is very captivating, because over the years, less and less you want to set up a smartphone from scratch.

On Android, there is a cloud restore option, but it only downloads apps, and for photos and audio, you'll have to use other tools. In addition, this cloud copying does not always work correctly, and it is especially sad that there is no restoration of folders and widgets on the desktop.

Long-lasting updates

Every time a new version of Android is announced, I hear the same thing: “When will the update be on my smartphone? But on the iPhone, iOS comes faster, and even on the old 5s! Alas, Google here is held hostage by smartphone manufacturers who love to modify stock Android so much that it is impossible to install an update on it without affecting the firmware of the shell. The reverse side of the coin is a wide variety of skins on Android.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

But I really like the idea of ​​standardizing the release of new software. Partially it has already been implemented by Xiaomi and Meizu. However, I would immediately like to note that old iPhones with each new iOS work more and more slowly, I saw this perfectly on my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4, which are no longer as lively as they used to be.

Portrait mode and double zoom

I'm pretty indifferent to photography, but even I'm impressed by how many possibilities a double optical zoom and high-quality soft blurring of the background give. This point was definitely worth repeating, and now we see not a stupid copy of this function, but its refinement and addition, for example, x10 zoom on Huawei P20 Pro looks very cool.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Wireless charging

Apple was not the pioneer of this technology, but I was hoping that, just like with the display cutout and the vertical camera, everyone who saved on wireless charging would immediately run to add it to their devices, but no such luck! Although the addition is not particularly expensive.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Auto brightness

In my experience, auto-brightness works better than any other smartphone on the iPhone. It sets the brightness quite accurately in almost all conditions, while remembering your preferences, as a result, I didn’t even have the desire to turn it off. In flagship Android smartphones, this problem has already been solved, but I would like to see auto-brightness work correctly in the middle segment, given that the same iPhone SE is now sold for 17-18 thousand rubles and also works fine with auto-brightness.

Uniform App Design

I like that on iOS, all applications are made in the same design, while this applies not only to built-in, but also to third-party programs. Apple is very strict about following the guidelines, and as a result, you get a consistent user experience in any application.

Android also has guidelines, but they are recommendations, not an ultimatum, so the Play Store is littered with tons of frank garbage, and I sincerely hope that the situation will at least someday start to change.

Apple Store and Services

When my friend and I were in Tokyo, we decided to take her old iPhone 6 for repair. We just wanted to replace the battery, and we were given a new “six” for 2,000 rubles. “It was a specific situation,” Yuzuki from the Apple Store told us. I am very impressed with the work of the Apple Store service and I think that this is one of those things that nurture consumer loyalty and which should be copied by other companies. That is why I am waiting for the appearance of these stores here in Russia. In the meantime, we have to be content with the usual service centers and sad stories, like Roma Belykh.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Conclusion

The Android vs. iOS debate has been going on for years, but let's be honest, both operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses. It is all the more surprising for me to see how some smartphone manufacturers copy the weaknesses, not the strengths of the competitor, from design to the rejection of the minijack.

Of course, I can also write a reverse article, where I will talk about what cost the iPhone to copy from Android, but we have a separate section on YouTube "Android is better than iOS", in which Eldar Murtazin has already done all this. Be sure to check it out if you haven't seen it yet.

What should and should not be copied from the iPhone?

Having used the iPhone as my main smartphone for the past three years, I have a pretty good idea of ​​all the strengths and weaknesses of this line of smartphones. And sometimes, seeing certain flaws in the iPhone, you think that maybe other manufacturers will fix them in their devices, making them more attractive. But, unfortunately, for some reason they copy the worst ideas of Apple, and the best ones remain the exclusive of the company. Let's discuss what was worth and what was not worth copying from the iPhone.

What shouldn't be copied

SIM and nanoSIM tray

When Apple first announced the microSIM standard, other manufacturers hurried to implement it in their flagship models. Gradually, microSIM began to appear in budget devices, but by that time Apple had already introduced nanoSIM. As a result, the market was in complete chaos on this parameter. Some smartphones had full and microSIM slots. Part - microSIM and nanoSIM, as a result, my colleagues and I had to constantly change SIM cards in the salons of operators (this can be done for free, by the way) or use adapters. If other big brands didn't support this change of standards, then we would just have nano SIM cards for iPhone and regular ones for other smartphones, and then we would all step into the future together with virtual SIM cards.

Another innovation that shouldn't have been copied from Apple is the SIM tray. Previously, in most smartphones, to install a SIM card, you just had to remove the back cover, but now you have to constantly carry the key for this tray with you. By the way, about removable back covers ...

One-piece housing

It seems that quite recently all smartphones had a removable back cover, and one of the parts of testing was to check the solidity of this design. I still remember the backlash on my HTC Desire HD. But a removable cover also meant a removable battery, so you could just take an extra battery with you on a trip, not a power bank. In addition, in two or three years, for a couple of thousand, you could get a completely new battery. Now, finding smartphones with a removable cover and a removable battery is a big problem, even state employees have a monolithic body.

Smooth body rim

When the iPhone 6 came out, one of its problems was the smooth edges of the case. Because of this, the smartphone strove to slip out of the hands. At the same time, it was very pleasant to hold it tactilely in hands, so I really did not want to put the novelty in a case. What was my surprise when I saw the same smooth edges in the devices of competitors! Of everything that could be copied from Apple, they took the most impractical element! How so?!

Cutout above the display

When they showed the iPhone X with a cutout in the display, I reacted to this innovation rather coolly. Over time, I realized that this is such a visual deception, thanks to the “ears” one gets the feeling that the screen really occupies the entire body of American Shorthair Cats & Kittens in Ghana. But, let's be honest, it was an original decision. But copying this cutout by other manufacturers looked secondary and ridiculous. Some even had the audacity to talk about the fact that their neckline is not so big!

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In this regard, I can't help but praise Samsung, Meizu and Sony for not following the ridiculous trend.

Rejection of the minijack

I'm still not happy with the removal of the standard headphone jack on the new iPhones, but I'll be honest with you - AirPods completely solved this problem for me. And it's great that Apple, along with the rejection of 3.5 mm, presented a good alternative. But this is an objective minus. Why, well, why did other companies need to support this initiative, especially when you consider that at the output we will get a division of all headphones into Type-C and Lightning, while the former are still much smaller.

Of course, other companies also showed their vision of ideal wireless headphones, but for some reason Samsung and Meizu did not stop leaving the minijack, but Sony and Xiaomi did not. I still believe that the main obstacle to the mass transition to wireless headphones is their price, and not the presence of a minijack in smartphones.

Headphone shape

EarPods and AirPods have their own unique headphone shape. Some people like her, some don't. Personally, although I use AirPods, I still prefer standard earplugs, the droplet format is inconvenient for me, plus I don’t like it when the headphones play outward. Eldar recently wrote a wonderful article on this topic.

But no, from time to time I see that the same droplets with the same rather controversial shape and open sound are put in the kit with other smartphones.

Camera module design

When the iPhone 6 came out, users of previous models were perplexed at how ugly a protruding camera looked in such a beautiful and thin smartphone. Then there were long disputes on whether such a module interferes or not, along with advice to carry a smartphone in a case and other features of such discussions. And then we saw a scattering of smartphones from other manufacturers that either copied the protruding camera module, or said that they didn’t protrude so much.

And then came the vertical-camera iPhone X, which I think is pretty controversial, and something incredible happened.

Xiaomi immediately decided that this was the most successful design in the last 10 years, otherwise I cannot explain its massive copying for all new products.

Xiaomi Redmi S2

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S and Apple iPhone X

Huawei was also inspired by this idea, and the leaks of the new Motorola P30 were the last straw.

At the presentation of Meizu 16th, they even joked about this topic, below is a visual design slide in 2018.

I absolutely do not understand how such a controversial decision could be copied, it looks so secondary!

Non-expandable memory

I have a wonderful 200 GB memory card from Sandisk, but I'm less and less able to use it due to the fact that manufacturers are less and less putting a slot for it in their flagship smartphones. But different memory sizes appeared, just like the iPhone, and with the same big difference in price for a modification with a large volume.

Inflated prices

This item was suggested by our twitter readers, I've seen it mentioned several times. In short, it sounds like this: other manufacturers see that the iPhone is getting more expensive, and put higher prices on their flagships, they say, “why are we worse?!”. This is partly true, but it is important to remember that the pricing policy depends not only on such peeping, believe me, there are enough other complex parameters that greatly affect the price.

What was worth copying

But Apple also has strengths that other manufacturers would do well to repeat, let's remember them again.

Universal backups

When I buy a new iPhone, I can connect it to iTunes and restore a full backup of my old model, down to the location of folders and widgets, as well as my entire library and photo albums. This is very captivating, because over the years, less and less you want to set up a smartphone from scratch.

There is a cloud restore option on Android, but it only downloads apps, and you'll have to use other tools for photos and audio. In addition, this cloud copying does not always work correctly, and it is especially sad that there is no restoration of folders and widgets on the desktop.

Long updates

Every time a new version of Android is announced, I hear the same thing: “When will the update be on my smartphone? But on the iPhone, iOS comes faster, and even on the old 5s! Alas, Google here is held hostage by smartphone manufacturers who love to modify stock Android so much that it is impossible to install an update on it without affecting the firmware of the shell. The reverse side of the coin is a wide variety of skins on Android.

But I really like the idea of ​​standardizing the release of new software. Partially it has already been implemented by Xiaomi and Meizu. However, I would immediately like to note that the old iPhones with each new iOS work more and more slowly, I saw this perfectly on my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4, which are no longer as lively as they used to be.

Portrait mode and double zoom

I'm pretty indifferent to photography, but even I'm impressed by how many possibilities a double optical zoom and high-quality soft blurring of the background give. This point was definitely worth repeating, and now we see not a stupid copy of this function, but its refinement and addition, for example, x10 zoom on Huawei P20 Pro looks very cool.

Wireless charging

Apple was not the pioneer of this technology, but I was hoping that, just like with the display cutout and the vertical camera, everyone who saved on wireless charging would immediately run to add it to their devices, but no such luck! Although adding is not particularly expensive.

Auto Brightness

In my experience, auto-brightness works better than any other smartphone on the iPhone. It quite accurately sets the brightness in almost all conditions, while remembering your preferences, as a result, I didn’t even have the desire to turn it off. In flagship Android smartphones, this problem has already been solved, but I would like to see auto-brightness work correctly in the middle segment, given that the same iPhone SE is now sold for 17-18 thousand rubles and also works fine with auto-brightness.

Uniform app design

I like that on iOS, all applications are made in the same design, while this applies not only to built-in, but also to third-party programs. Apple is very strict about following the guidelines, and as a result, you get a consistent user experience in any application.

Android also has guidelines, but they are recommendations, not an ultimatum, so the Play Store is littered with tons of frank garbage, and I sincerely hope that the situation will at least someday start to change.

Apple Store and Services

When my friend and I were in Tokyo, we decided to take her old iPhone 6 for repair. We just wanted to replace the battery, and we were given a new “six” for 2,000 rubles. “It was a specific situation,” Yuzuki from the Apple Store told us. I am very impressed with the work of the Apple Store service and I think that this is one of those things that nurture consumer loyalty and which should be copied by other companies. That is why I am waiting for the appearance of these stores here in Russia. In the meantime, we have to be content with the usual service centers and sad stories, like Roma Belykh.

Conclusion

The Android vs. iOS debate has been going on for years, but let's be honest, both operating systems have their strengths and weaknesses. It is all the more surprising for me to see how some smartphone manufacturers copy the weaknesses, not the strengths of the competitor, from design to the rejection of the minijack.

Of course, I can also write a reverse article, where I will talk about what cost the iPhone to copy from Android, but we have a separate section on YouTube "Android is better than iOS", in which Eldar Murtazin has already done all this. Be sure to check it out if you haven't seen it yet.