While I'm not a big fan of Apple, I have owned four of them (iPhones) over the years. One just completely broke (it didn't mind a glass of beer or a glass of water from time to time). One got stolen. And one I gave to a friend who had never owned a smartphone before (he loves it). My current phone is an iPhone 6S.
My point is, I've never bought any of those phones 'brand new.' My first iPhone was a 3GS, which cost just $200 from a pawn shop. Mind you the pawn shop across the road was selling the exact same model for $600, second hand.
I can control which Apps have access to the Internet, and those that cannot. I have control over that on my current iPhone, and I really like that.
I have owned a couple of Android phones, but they always seem to be a bit shitty performance wise.
I do imagine the day I'll stop using Apple phones, and I'd very much like it to be soon.
I wouldn't mind the latest Samsung phone, but I've been put off by the 'battery explosion' news.
Be kind, and Peace to Syria!