Android is the most-used mobile operating system in the world. However, iOS remains a popular choice, particularly in the United States, where the mobile OS wars seem alive and well, and the dreaded green bubble can get you kicked out of social circles, or at least a group chat.
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and one of the richest men in the world, is a big fan of Apple and recently stated that iPhone users are so attached to their devices that they would not give them up, even if offered $10,000 never to buy another iPhone. He strongly suggests that they would not be willing to switch to an Android phone due to their strong loyalty to the iPhone.
Based on this, we wanted to pose this very question to Android fans: would you give up your Android phone for $10,000 if it meant you could never buy another?
While $10,000 may not be a lot of money for Buffett, it's still a substantial amount for many. And while we're a bit biased about our love for Android, iPhones are still great devices that are plenty capable as a natural alternative. Android Central's Harish Jonnalagadda and Andrew Myrick were both impressed with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, respectively. Additionally, it's expected that Apple's upcoming models will finally adopt USB-C, meaning no more proprietary Lighting cable.
The OS is solid, and the ecosystem is very tight. There's a reason iOS has amassed 57% of the U.S. market share, despite Android securing a huge 76% of the global OS market as of Q4 2022.
Of course, iOS isn't the only other mobile operating system besides Android. There are plenty of smaller OSes out there, such as KaiOS and Huawei's HarmonyOS, the latter of which managed to carve out 2% of the global OS market, according to Counterpoint Research. Although to be honest, this question kind of makes me miss Windows Phone, and if it came down to a decision between iOS and Windows Phone, I'd probably go for the latter.
Let us know in the comments what it would take for you to give up Android forever.
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I'd take a higher price. If it'd take care of all my debts, including my mortgage?Reply
My wife has already been on an iPhone since 2009, so it's not like I wouldn't know what to do with it. I'm the one that has to fix any problems with it as it is anyway.
I’d take the free $10K and not look back!Reply
I use both Andriod and Iphone so 10k wont sway me.Reply
I use both Android and iPhone, iPhone for work. While $10k would be amazing, the thing that would sway me isn't the money but being able to get rid of iOS.Reply
One main reason why I keep a personal phone is because I hate how iOS works. I mainly use the iPhone for work because i don't want to use it if I don't have to.
Since I have used both OS for quite a long time on a daily basis, I know what's on the other side and overall, I find a lot of things annoying about iOS ranging from no swipe/pinch in Apple CarPlay on the maps, to the awful way iOS handled notifications and the asinine app drawer implementation, Apple's way or the highway mentality and more.
I'd only buy an iPhone for personal use if there was a way to wipe the phone of iOS and install another OS on it. Its hardware is amazing, not a fan of how the OS is designed. Apple is great with seamless ecosystem integration though, that I'll give them praise but everything else about iOS is annoying.
Nope. It would take a whole lot more than $10,000. Much much more.Reply
No. I wouldn't use iOS exclusively for any price. I'd only use iOS begrudgingly if it were required by an employer. However, my personal device would still be Android.Reply
Ha Ha. Exactly what happened to my son. On work days he carries around 2 phones. iPhone (which he hates) plus his Pixel6a which he loves.Laura Knotek said:No. I wouldn't use iOS exclusively for any price. I'd only use iOS begrudgingly if it were required by an employer. However, my personal device would still be Android.
I like both my iPhone and my Android phones and 10K is not really enough to just carry one phone cuz I know I will be bored as hell and that can't be paid off with any amount of moneyReply