1. Integration of Hardware and Software in an iPhone.
The 3D Touch display first introduced with the iPhone 6s and featured in all but one model released since then is smart enough to sense pressure, allowing you to take quick actions from the home screen just by long-pressing on an app icon. The new Portrait Mode on the iPhone 8 Plus can add sophisticated lighting effects with a tap. And the iPhone X can scan your face to log you in, even if you grow a beard and start wearing glasses.
2. No bloatware.
There are no extra apps installed on the iPhone when you buy it. But on many Android phones, there is a dozen of extra apps, and there might be another dozen apps that you will never use.
Many times you cannot uninstall these extra apps, only disable them. This means they still exist on your phone and take up space. This is a small issue on day one, but after a year when you need more memory, and you cannot delete those apps.
You won’t find a single piece of carrier software preloaded on an iPhone, making for a clean out-of-the-box experience. Apple does include some apps you might not want or need, like Apple Watch, but it has much more restraint than other manufacturers when it comes to bundling its own stuff. And in iOS 11, you can at least disable built-in apps you don’t need and free up some space.
3. OS updates.
This is going to hurt a little to Android users. One week after launch, iOS 11 was reportedly installed on 25 percent of iOS devices.
iPhone owners enjoy quick and regular iOS updates for the iPhone.
Android updates take months to arrive on all the devices. After an Android device is 18 months old, you may need to wait for a new Android smartphone to get the latest software.
Apple delivers iPhone updates to devices that are three years old. Apple offers iPhone 4s iOS 9 support. It is unheard of to see support for an Android phone that old. iOS 10 is available for the iPhone 5 and iOS 11 is available on the iPhone 5s.
If you own a compatible iPhone, an iPhone 5s or later in the case of iOS 11 then you can update to the latest version of iOS on the day it’s released.
4. iPhone Apps Are First and Better Looking.
Now that both iOS and Android have millions of apps in their stores, but the iPhone is still favoured by developers as the launch platform of choice for the new apps.
For instance, it took two years for Instagram to make an appearance on Android after it launched for the iPhone. Other apps, such as Super Mario Run have taken only months to get to Android.
Another app that hit the iPhone earlier than Android is Snapchat.
When apps are available for iPhone and Android we still often see a better design on the iPhone version than on Android.
For example, we still see some new Snapchat features and Spotify features come to iPhone before Android.
We even saw this happen with better features for the Snapchat app on the iPhone X due to better face tracking.
Also, the major new apps come only to the iPhone with AR support. Machines is one of the blockbusters Augmented Reality games that are coming to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X first. Also, the new Pokémon Go features come first to the iPhone because of ARKit.
5. Worth More When You Resell.
If you sell your one-year-old or two-year-old Android smartphone,
even a flagship device, you will often get much less than you paid.
When you sell an older iPhone, it is easy to find offers of almost double the value of an Android phone that came out at the same time.
With better build quality and higher demand on more recent Android devices,
this is changing in some instances, but for now, the iPhone still offers a better resale value over time.