With the exception of the Apple iPhone 4 which was a piece of crap, from the 4s model on, Apple has not stumbled until their recent admission of throttling some of their devices. Unfortunately, Apple's hardware is practically obsolete and years behind the Android camp. When your main AMOLED screen supplier is also your largest competitor, that cannot bode well. What all of this means is there has never been a better time to buy last year's Flagship models. If I was in the market for a new device, the iPhone 7, and 8 series would be my first choices for iPhones. For Android, the Samsung S8 series is great and I've been enjoying my S8+. I also like the recent LG models with the exception of the G5. All of these are a great choice and won't break the bank. After all, they may not be the newest on the market but they are proven, and new to you.
Where I believe Apple has the upper hand though is with their iOS operating system. When there's an issue, they will quickly push out a software update to all users. This is the biggest problem I see with Android OS. When you have dozens of device manufacturers, this process ends up taking considerably longer. Obviously, Google is going to push out updates for their own PIXEL models much faster. That's likely the biggest issue in owning a Samsung product. Don't hold your breath for new software updates and patches.
That being said, Andoid OS has become far more stable and secure than in the past. One of the things that Apple has always done right and Android still needs help with is default settings. Apple iPhones will give you an excellent experience right out of the box. I noticed Samsung had my S8+'s resolution set for standard, not HD. I obviously changed this setting to HD. I also hated the Samsung keyboard but rectified this by downloading Google's "GBOARD" which is awesome and FREE. Same with Samsung's calendar, It sucked! I quickly changed that to Google's calendar and have my iCal desktop and Pro Book calendars syncing with my Google calendar so all is good. I never was a huge fan of SIRI as some days, "she" seemed like she was stuck on stupid. Now, I have a whole team of virtual assistants. Alexa, Cortana, Bixby and Google's Assistant all seem to be as good or better than SIRI. In a nutshell, if you're not into having to make changes on your device to optimize the experience, get an iPhone.
Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.