I don't like Apple products, in general. The reason why I don't like them is because they're overpriced and proprietary. In the case of their iPhones, for example, you can't replace the battery. For that, you have to go to a store (where, naturally, you'll be pushed to upgrade). Now there's another reason, expressed in the words of one Erik Johnson of Lindenhurst, New York:
I think the phone melted my pockets shut and I had to rip my pants off. A couple of people said they could smell my body burning.
Johnson had his iPhone 5c in his pocket on Valentines Day when he bent over to pick up some keys, and the battery exploded. He spend ten days in the burn unit at a local hospital, with second and third-degree burns to his inner thigh.
Tech expert Ronald Gerber says the smallest bit of damage to a phone’s circuit board, or the use of third-party charging devices, can cause the battery to overheat and spew lithium lava.
Johnson used his Apple cable exclusively, but possibly at some point dropped the device. That's unknown. Interestingly, on Saturday evening, my wife's iPhone became very hot, so she took it into the local mall and replaced it. Probably a good move.
Personally, I use an Android phone, and for a couple of reasons: I can easily replace the battery if desired, and when I was phone-shopping, I found a cool little smartphone for forty bucks. Perfect! I'm a fairly aggressive shopper; I look for deals, and I grabbed it.
When the guy went to ring up the sale, he suddenly had to go get his manager. The two of them huddled amongst the phones for several minutes, and subsequently the manager came over and rang up the sale. "You just got the deal of the month," he opined.
When I asked what he meant, he said that the phone sells for $180 but had been mis-marked, so I was getting it for $40. The sales terminal wanted the $180, so he did his override thing. I love a good deal. Better yet, I signed up for iWireless, which uses Sprint and T-Mobile networks. No contract; you just add airtime. And since I do a lot of shopping at Freddie's, I get iWireless credits. Just for buying the groceries.
So, when it's time to add airtime, I just tell iWireless to add it from the "credits" account. I haven't paid cash for airtime since I got the phone. I love a good deal.