Originally Posted by Ormy
They are the equivalent of Apple with the iphone. The iphone is a perfectly capable phone, there are no missing features or obvious shortcomings, but you can get a Samsung/LG/other-Android phone much cheaper that will function equally well, it just won't look as sleek. That is Bose.
The Apple analogy has come up a few times in this thread and it is not good.
iPhones have always been exceptional products that are measurably better than the competition in most ways.
For example, check out Anandtech's review of the iPhone 6. This is a well-regarded tech web site that shows that the iPhone has a faster processor, better battery life, better display, better camera, and better audio quality than almost all of its competition.
The problem is that Android phones are marketed based on a particular handful of specifications where they do better than the iPhone.
For example, it's common for Android phones to have displays with more pixels, and their marketing pushes that heavily, with the idea that more pixels = better screen. Never mind that the iPhone pixels are already so small that they're not distinguishable from normal distances.
Other display specifications and measurements aren't discussed, e.g., viewing angles, black levels, contrast, white point, color gamut, color accuracy, greyscale accuracy, backlight evenness, etc. The iPhone screens are far superior according to most/all of these criteria, but Android manufacturers will obviously never tell you that.
Anyway, I'm getting off on a tangent here, but the point is that Apple isn't selling snake oil. Their products are provably excellent and shouldn't be used as an example of customers being duped by marketing.