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A new study indicates Apple is greatly beating Google in market share, and has richer, more loyal users to boot.  (Source: Apple)

The smart phone market, according to Nielsen (U.S. only); Apple is grey, Android is green  (Source: Nielsen)
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." -- Charles Wentworth Dilke

Market researchers toil away tirelessly compiling statistics, but often offer confusingly contradictory figures.  Such discrepancies were on display with a new study from Nielsen that offers a very favorable perspective on Apple's market position.

A previous study from NPD showed Google's Android OS beating the iPhone 28 percent to 21 percent in Q1 2010 unit sales.  Apple disputed those numbers.  A second study from 
Gartner also showed Android closing the gap with 9.6 percent of the global smartphone market, versus Apple's 15.4 percent.

Nielsen's report paints a far different picture.  It claims Apple has three times the market share of Google's smartphone operating system -- with 28 percent of the market versus 9 percent from Android.  The Nielsen study claims to report 
national smartphone numbers -- so U.S. only.  That's about the only possible explanation for the big discrepancy between it's claim of the smartphone ratio (3:1 in Apple's favor) versus Gartner's (3:2).

Nielsen also reports that Android is struggling with a familiar problem that faces many of Apple's foes -- the blind, unquestioning loyalty of its fans.  Despite hot Android handsets, perennial issues like Flash blocking, and Jobs's policing of "immoral" content (like pornography), 80 percent of iPhone users plan on buying another iPhone (only 7 percent plan to switch to Android).  That compares favorably to Android, which has only 70 percent of customers wanting to stay aboard and 14 percent looking to jump ship to Apple.

The report also indicates that Apple users on average are richer than Android users.  Approximately 40 percent of iPhone users make over $100,000 USD, while only 28 percent of Android users make that much.  Likewise, 36 percent of Android users make 
under $50,000 USD, while only 18 percent of iPhone users make that little.

Other than some interesting analysis about Apple and Google's current position, the new Nielsen study also offers insight into the growth of the smartphone market as a whole.  The study says that in three quarters -- from Q2 2009 to Q1 2010 -- the smartphone market grew from 16 percent of the total (national) phone market to 23 percent of the market.

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That's a surprise!
By themaster08 on 6/7/2010 6:57:30 AM , Rating: 5
80 percent of iPhone users plan on buying another iPhone (only 7 percent plan to switch to Android).
Probably because only 7% of iPhone users know what Android is. To those 80%, the iPhone is all they know. The less time wasted with logic and consideration of other devices, the better for them.

They can then get on with the more important things in life, like Twittering their friends or taking pictures of themselves in the mirror and posting it on Facebook.

RE: That's a surprise!
By piroroadkill on 6/7/2010 7:38:24 AM , Rating: 5
The point is, indeed, that they assume that iPhone offers the best experience bar none, and won't waste time looking at others. They don't realise they things they can do until Steve gives them that option.

RE: That's a surprise!
By dguy6789 on 6/7/2010 8:25:52 AM , Rating: 4
Indeed. Most iPhone users I have met didn't know what an Android device was until they saw me using mine. Just about all of them wanted to get one after seeing it too.

RE: That's a surprise!
By celticbrewer on 6/7/2010 8:46:10 AM , Rating: 1
agreed. All I had to do was compare the iphone side by side to an android phone to convince more than one person to buy it over Apple's product.

I only have a droid; and that's still far better than an iphone. But the new android phones, notibly the HTC offerings, totally blow the iphone out of the water.

It'll just take some time to educate the consumers to that fact. Apple has always been more of an advertising company than a tech company, so it's no wonder that "iphone" is a household word. But considering that the droid has one of the biggest populations, you can see what a little (or lot) of advertising can do. Now if we can just get these clueless tech writers on all the news websites to wake up and report on the facts vs what's trendy, we can finally put the iphone behind us.

RE: That's a surprise!
By corduroygt on 6/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: That's a surprise!
By MeesterNid on 6/7/2010 11:48:28 AM , Rating: 2
Totally agreed! It's like Daily Tech is read by a bunch of teenagers who can't deal with things that don't neatly fall into their pre-existing beliefs and/or personal feelings.

RE: That's a surprise!
By sebmel on 6/7/2010 7:29:56 PM , Rating: 2
"That compares favorably to Android, which has only 70 percent of customers wanting to stay aboard and 14 percent looking to jump ship to Apple."

Why are only 70% of Android users wanting to stick with the product? Why do almost 1 in 3 users want to switch to something else?

RE: That's a surprise!
By xmichaelx on 6/8/2010 3:49:43 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on how the question was worded. My guess is that most Android user don't care what company makes their OS, as long as it works well. While iPhone users are either already Apple-faithful or are forever locked into iTunes (*shudder*).

RE: That's a surprise!
By HrilL on 6/7/2010 11:55:45 AM , Rating: 4
After being and iPhone owner since the first gen. I am now pretty sure At&t is not completely to blame here. The iPhone's reception just plan on sucks. Its antenna design is really the problem. I've got 2 3G phones LG CU500 and an iPhone 3G. With the LG I don't get dropped calls, my calls actually connect, and when tethering both phones it wins in speed tests hands down (USB tethering). At&t may lack 3G coverage in a good amount of the U.S. but where they do have it just about every phone works better than the iPhone.

Don't get me wrong though. I am no fan of At&t or Apple and I will be leaving both next month for A better Android phone that is open. Open Platforms for the win!

RE: That's a surprise!
By Jeffk464 on 6/7/2010 12:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, Verizon has the best network, and currently the HTC incredible is the best phone on the Verizon network. Its kind of a no brainer really. I would in no way give up Verizon for the purpose of getting an iphone. Also, I really don't appreciate how Apple likes to control their products so tightly. For this reason I haven't used an apple product since around 1993, back when they clearly had the lead in use-ability.

RE: That's a surprise!
By muhahaaha on 6/8/2010 12:10:35 AM , Rating: 2
had an apple 2e myself, but then grew up and got an intel based PC.

RE: That's a surprise!
By muhahaaha on 6/8/2010 12:12:38 AM , Rating: 2
stressing the words "grew up" because it is the kids that get target by apple. schools, etc.

Now I'm a professional software developer and very happily use .Net technologies, not the ancient objective-c crap.

RE: That's a surprise!
By rett448 on 6/7/2010 1:18:47 PM , Rating: 2
I agree I have an LG Vu (on ATT obviously) and I always get atleast 1 more bar then my friend with an iPhone.

RE: That's a surprise!
By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 10:27:25 PM , Rating: 2
would not suprise me the origional macbook titaniums had
aweful wireless reception.

surprisingly putting your aerial inside a metal case is
not a good idea.

RE: That's a surprise!
By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 9:33:12 PM , Rating: 2
I think you will find most successful companies are successful advertising companies.

RE: That's a surprise!
By quiksilvr on 6/7/2010 9:04:22 AM , Rating: 5
It's sad. It reminds me of the iPod all over again. I pull out my Creative and people always asked me what it was, and I merely stated "an mp3 player not tied down to iTunes."

RE: That's a surprise!
By Spivonious on 6/7/2010 9:52:47 AM , Rating: 5
Same thing happens to me.

"What's that?"
"It's a Creative Zen."
"What does it do?"
"It's an MP3 player."
"Huh?" "It's like an iPod."
"Oh! Why didn't you get an iPod?"
"Because this was cheaper and had more features."
"Really? I love my iPod."

RE: That's a surprise!
By satveeraj on 6/7/2010 2:31:42 PM , Rating: 4
My cousin was in the market for an iPod, after looking at the Zune HD he was pleasantly suprised at the extra features and took the plunge. A month later he tells me that he re-installed Windows on his PC and needs to install the "iPod" software for Zune. I gave up on him.

RE: That's a surprise!
By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 10:30:10 PM , Rating: 2
hover as opposed to vacuum cleaner,
xerox as opposed to photocopy,
cleanex as opposed to tissue.

Just demonstrates apples marketing department is doing
it's job well.

RE: That's a surprise!
By themaster08 on 6/8/2010 4:31:24 AM , Rating: 2
It most definitely is. It's not ust that though, it's the hype that surrounds the marketing.

I was on Facebook a couple of days ago to find that my sister had posted the following...

Her friend said "what's an iPad?"
Another friend informed her, saying "it's just a big iPod touch"
Friend "Why don't you get an iPod instead then?"
Sister "because this is the new thing. God <insert name> get with the times!"

I cringed and closed Facebook in disgust.

RE: That's a surprise!
By quiksilvr on 6/10/2010 11:26:37 AM , Rating: 2
Hate to say it, but it has to be said:
Apple products are geared towards chicks. I'm sorry, but there's nothing masculine or unisex about any of their products.

RE: That's a surprise!
By Hyperion1400 on 6/7/2010 4:57:43 PM , Rating: 3
Oh yeah, I've been there. My Zen Sleek Photo 20 GB is still alive and kicking.

I still have yet to figure out HOW Apple managed to fool so many people in to ditching a superior product for such a piece of crap.

But, what ever, I will sit quietly, listing to the radio, recording broadcasts that I like, leaving voice notes for myself with the nifty mic, listening to my lossless, WMA, DRM-free music while ogling my backround picture of Naru Narusagawa bathing in a hot spring.

RE: That's a surprise!
By kmmatney on 6/7/2010 10:15:27 AM , Rating: 2
I don't use iTunes with my Nano (5 years old). You don't have to be tied down with itunes. I use iTunes to manage my main music library, but I keep the folders organized myself, and use sharepod or Floola (running from the iPod itself) to transfer music across.

RE: That's a surprise!
By HotdogIT on 6/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: That's a surprise!
By themaster08 on 6/7/2010 8:24:58 AM , Rating: 2
You make it sound as if owners of Android powered phones are doing so much more than that ;)
No of course that's not what I meant ;) but that wasn't the point. The point was that the iPhone is a household name. Android isn't.

RE: That's a surprise!
By Redwin on 6/7/2010 10:17:05 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I think the "in the mirror" part was a dig at the iPhone's lack of a front-facing camera, which is one the numerous bells and whistles attached to the new EVO 4G Android handset.

Have to admit, a properly centered shot of your face you can see while taking it is better than a pic of you in a mirror holding up the phone to take it =P

(of course, everyone expects the next iPhone to have a similar camera)

RE: That's a surprise!
By SkullOne on 6/7/2010 8:43:32 AM , Rating: 2
That's exactly what it is. My old iPhone 3G just collects dust. I've already turned 3 friends to Android over iPhone. Partially due to AT&T's craptastic network and the other part due to Jobs' iron fist.

I've got the leaked Android 2.2 on my Droid now. iPhone 4G can suck it. JIT and Flash 10.1 ftmfw!

RE: That's a surprise!
By Anubis on 6/7/2010 9:05:54 AM , Rating: 3
80 percent of iPhone users plan on buying another iPhone (only 7 percent plan to switch to Android).

that's really a pointless statement. i'm sure 80% (or whatever) of current android users plan on getting another android phone when them upgrade and a small % plan on swapping

RE: That's a surprise!
By InvertMe on 6/7/2010 12:02:03 PM , Rating: 2
by Anubis on June 7, 2010 at 9:05 AM quote: 80 percent of iPhone users plan on buying another iPhone (only 7 percent plan to switch to Android). that's really a pointless statement. i'm sure 80% (or whatever) of current android users plan on getting another android phone when them upgrade and a small % plan on swapping

It's not really pointless if you quoted everything after where you stopped. I am sure most if not all Android users know about Apple, MS, RIM and whatever else is out there.

With that knowledge they still opted not to buy an Apple product.

That information is far from pointless.

RE: That's a surprise!
By Jeffk464 on 6/7/2010 12:19:17 PM , Rating: 2
Nope as a HTC incredible owner, I will probably go with whatever the best option is in two years. Even if this option is winmo7, who knows. Brand loyalty is for suckers.

RE: That's a surprise!
By judasmachine on 6/7/2010 2:15:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'm a rooted Android guy, but if the iPhone works for people, then good. Most people don't really care about the things us geeks do, and as you said the less time spent worrying about what device to get, the better.

RE: That's a surprise!
By Aloonatic on 6/8/2010 5:53:28 AM , Rating: 2
Have to agree. People are happy to pay for the ease of use and shiny/slickness. Why shouldn't they be? People value different things/features more than others and don't want the hassle that some devices can have. I don't think that the sense of empowerment that the iPhone bought to non-geeks should be underestimated too, as well as the sense of freedom that the iPhone gave people who don't want to know too much, just get a device that works, all of which make people pretty loyal, and emotionally attached to the product/brand.

One other thing that Apple still has is the support that they have with their "apps". There are a lot of companies that have an iPhone app for this and that, stores/shops, banks, BBC iPlayer (i think, coming to Android soon tho) etc. As it was essentially the first (forgive me for ignoring MS and Nokia's offerings that have probably been around for longer, as well as others that I, and most other people, don't know about) and they are still the biggest market, so they are going to be the first place that a lot of companies and developers go to. I'd love ot be able to get the official F1 app for my HTC Desire, but sadly all I can get is an unofficial, fan-made app, which displays the official timing screens, but that's it.

There are a fair few reasons for sticking with Apple once you are on board and are happy, not so many to change. So why shouldn't people be happy to stay with what they know? The alternatives are not so massively superior to make it a stupid decision.

Apple might not be for me, probably not for most people here either, but for "the masses" the iPhone is a great devices. Kudos.

Not that complicated
By peekay123 on 6/7/2010 8:19:00 AM , Rating: 5
I am not convinced that existing iPhone users are SO loyal. Perhaps the investment they made on so many extra apps for their iPhones is what keeps them "loyal". It is certainly something that comes to my mind as I look for a tablet. Please, please, please someone put out a good froyo tablet!

RE: Not that complicated
By zmatt on 6/7/2010 8:33:35 AM , Rating: 2
If they are anything like iPod users, and you know that overlaps, Then they are very loyal. Blame partly on wanting to be cool, ignorance, and all of the good alternatives being underground, but it's hard to get iPod users off the kool-aide. I argued with a friend of mine over the merits of his iPod compared to my Sansa Fuze and samsung p3. He fell back on the last resort most people take in such situations, "it does what I need it to do" Which to me is an admittance of defeat but an assertion of stubbornness at the same time.

RE: Not that complicated
By themaster08 on 6/7/2010 8:40:22 AM , Rating: 2
Ignorance is bliss to some people. Stick with what you know, because it requires the least amount of effort possible.

RE: Not that complicated
By sviola on 6/7/2010 2:26:43 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I'm no fan of Apple (by the contrary, I've never bought anything from them, tough I have used them), but I don't see anything wrong about your friend being happy with his Ipod. Afterall, it serves him right and people don't need to change their gadgets just because some company just released a cooler/better one or their friends have a grudge against a company.

RE: Not that complicated
By celticbrewer on 6/7/2010 8:50:29 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps the investment they made on so many extra apps for their iPhones is what keeps them "loyal".

I'm not so sure about that. Considering I have dozens of apps with the same functionality as all of the popular iphone apps, and I didn't have to pay anything for any of them.

RE: Not that complicated
By Jeffk464 on 6/7/2010 12:08:54 PM , Rating: 3
Another thing that pisses me off about apple. All of the plugs and what not are proprietary. Its much better for the consumer where manufacturers all use a standard like micro usb.

RE: Not that complicated
By corduroygt on 6/7/2010 12:54:44 PM , Rating: 1
The iphone has a standard 3.5mm jack and it comes with an USB cable as standard. If you want more USB cables, they're $1-$2 on ebay, what more do you want?

RE: Not that complicated
By jimbojimbo on 6/7/2010 5:33:46 PM , Rating: 2
what more do you want?
I want to be able to use the 3-4 cables I already have. You know, the standard micro-usb connection that everything uses? Although I do admit some phones are using the newer USB port these days but it's becoming a standard across phone developers - all except Apple that is.

I can bring just one cable for my Garmin watch, Blackberry, digital camera, USB drive, and Sansa MP3 player.

RE: Not that complicated
By kmmatney on 6/7/2010 10:24:16 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure there are a lot of iPhone users like me, who are provided it by work, and must use an AT&T phone, and get an iPhone for free. The iPhone has very good exchange integration - and I don't see myself switching to another phone (I have another year left)

By bplewis24 on 6/7/2010 11:49:55 AM , Rating: 5
I recently talked to a girl I've been dating about her iPhone. I asked when her contract was up so that she could switch to a Droid. Her response was "why would I do that?" I promptly said, because you will have a better phone with more features, not to mention on a better network. Why wouldn't you want that?

She seemed to think I was lying or must have been completely off of my rocker to suggest something was better than the iPhone. It was as if I had come from another universe at that point, as no sane person could dare utter such heresy.

Then I asked her, since when has she known me to be misinformed about electronic devices, and her response was the following:

Well, yeah, you always know what you're talking about with technology. But I don't care if there's something better than the iPhone. I'm going to get another one. This is my first smartphone purchase and I'll always get whatever new version they come out with. Why shouldn't I?

At that point I started questioning our compatibility.


By BigToque on 6/7/2010 12:14:47 PM , Rating: 3
If she said "I like the features I get with the iPhone and I'm happy to stick with it. If something better comes along, feel free to let me know and I'll think about changing", you would know she was at least moderately intelligent and could think for herself.

If I had a girlfriend that said something like the OP's girlfriend, a little bulb in my head would go off as well. I likely wouldn't break up with her over that statement, but I'm positive it would be followed with many more retarded statements over the course of the relationship. I would get annoyed, and eventually dump her.

I've dated dumb girls and it's just not worth it.

By BigToque on 6/7/2010 12:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
She probably has pointy elbows. Just let her go man...

By Jeffk464 on 6/7/2010 12:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm, don't place phone preference over having a smooth relationship. What were you thinking?

By Helbore on 6/7/2010 2:43:15 PM , Rating: 5
If she screams "oh Steve" when you're in bed, it's time to end it.

By 67STANG on 6/7/2010 6:01:40 PM , Rating: 2
What if all he's wearing is a black turtleneck and trendy glasses? I'm just saying...

What about Blackberry users?
By Rage2565 on 6/7/2010 8:45:09 AM , Rating: 2
I know alot of people that have blackberry's that are more then willing to ditch their blackberry's for android smartphones.

RE: What about Blackberry users?
By Frallan on 6/7/2010 9:47:00 AM , Rating: 2
Oh Yes!!

Please - however you will have to convince our IT department first...


RE: What about Blackberry users?
By Mitch101 on 6/7/2010 10:08:12 AM , Rating: 4
Your IT department should be interested in Windows Mobile 7 devices. I just came back from a tech demonstration last week and am psyched about the device. As with the consumer side of the device it will hang with the iPhone and droid but on a corporate level its a blackberry killer.

If I could get a mobile 7 device on corporate the sky is the limit. The Application development I could do with a Mobile 7 device to streamline everything would be incredible. The ability to control so much of my corporate environment would be awesome. I'm already a VB programmer so the learning curve for me is next to nothing as would anyone who programs in VB. I already have ideas on how I can create databases for sharepoint from within the Mobile 7 device and do user management and permissions from the device. Recycle services and even if I dont complete full control from the device I can go out to eat with the wife and not be tethered to home when I'm on call. I could begin the process of server management until I get home and have laptop access to control everything. I can pseudo do them from a blackberry but a Windows Mobile 7 device I could develop real applications for it to manage so much that a blackberry could never do.

RE: What about Blackberry users?
By Jeffk464 on 6/7/2010 12:27:23 PM , Rating: 2
All the info I have heard about winmo7 has been very positive. You have to put up with microsoft, but I guess I'm putting up with them on my pc's.

By michal1980 on 6/7/2010 6:49:03 AM , Rating: 2
Apple has a 'rich' cult following. Wow.

RE: Shocking
By ltcommanderdata on 6/7/2010 7:02:00 AM , Rating: 2
Well with the 3:1 market share ratio, Apple still has more actual users with income under $50,000 than Android. Apple's probably locked down the high income market, which is a good first target, and they are already trying to move into the lower income market last year with the introduction of the $99 price point. It'll be interesting to see what Apple does this year. AT&T pricing isn't helping though.

RE: Shocking
By Jeffk464 on 6/7/2010 12:15:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't really see how income is relevant. The high end android phones and the iphone are pretty much the same price. As someone who is not in a high income tax bracket my bill is a bit painful.

$39 voice
$29 data
$25 tethering

This adds up to way more then the price of the phone.

RE: Shocking
By corduroygt on 6/7/2010 12:56:18 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you pay for tethering when you can get it for free on both?

Follow the leader
By Chaser on 6/7/2010 9:37:51 AM , Rating: 2
Right off the cliff. Lemmings can be very loyal.

RE: Follow the leader
By semo on 6/7/2010 10:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
I've heard that lemmings don't do that. This video seems to sum up what I've heard:

You can still use the shepherd/iSheep analogy though!

RE: Follow the leader
By Lazarus Dark on 6/7/2010 7:47:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I'm always dumbfounded by people who think Apple is "hip" or "cool". I see the Apple logo in someones hand and all I see is "douche".

The only people I know with ipods or iphones are: people who know nothing about tech and therefore dont know there are better devices (even if you try to explain, their eyes glaze over and are like, I'm not a techie, I don't understand you), iphone users that got them for free from work but it was likely mandatory as well, douchebags who think they are cool but really just do what they are told and buy what they are told to buy.

Right after the iPad launch did you see all those ignorant tv personalities using them? Like in news shows and celebrity gossip shows? They'd be like, hey, check out this photo on my iPad... When they are in front of a frigging green screen and could just put the image on the wall behind them! Idiotic. (note, I don't watch all that crap, I watch The Soup and Infomania which makes fun of those shows)

RE: Follow the leader
By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 10:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I'm always dumbfounded by people who think Apple is "hip" or "cool". I see the Apple logo in someones hand and all I see is "douche".

That's because like me you are neither hip nor cool.

well technically
By zmatt on 6/7/2010 8:03:08 AM , Rating: 2
The report also indicates that Apple users on average are richer than Android users. Approximately 40 percent of iPhone users make over $100,000 USD, while only 28 percent of Android users make that much. Likewise, 36 percent of Android users make under $50,000 USD, while only 18 percent of iPhone users make that little.

If you mean the affluent parents of the kids who use iPhones make over 100k then yes. I really haven't seen a huge usage of iPhones in the business sector where there salaries are, mostly because the iPhone has very little business utility. The Blackberry is still very popular. As for Android, most users I have seen went out of their way to be different (irony) and get one. Most of them being college students so the low income makes a lot of sense. You don't make a lot in college. But I think it's unfair to measure the "worth" of a customer by how much they make. The phone still costs the same.

RE: well technically
By xmichaelx on 6/8/2010 3:57:27 PM , Rating: 2
As for Android, most users I have seen went out of their way to be different (irony) and get one.

Most Android users I know (including myself) would have been just as happy with an iPhone but had no intention of switching to an inferior carrier like AT&T. Now that I user Android, I might as well stick with it.

10 years from now -- when Apple's smartphone market share mirrors their desktop market share -- it will commonly be believed that locking their users into AT&T at the beginning was their biggest mistake.

By YashBudini on 6/7/2010 11:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
I've never seen to so many gadget addicts.

Just how stupid can you people get?

RE: Duh!
By aeronb on 6/8/2010 9:09:57 AM , Rating: 2
I am a gadget addict.

iPhone users may be more loyal because..
By StraightCashHomey on 6/7/2010 2:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
Most people that use Apple products are fanboys and hacks that get a boner every time they hear "i___".

By roadhog1974 on 6/7/2010 11:09:52 PM , Rating: 1
the average persons reaction to a name.

iPhone - Oh yeah that will be a phone and maybe it connects
to that internet thing.

Android - I hate sci fi films.

zune - WTF?

Match the phone to the user
By bupkus on 6/7/2010 9:47:14 AM , Rating: 2
iPhone vs Android?

Consider all the different types of customers and their reasons for making their choices.
If you want a status symbol and say the iPhone is seen as an indication of wealth, success and intrinsic worth then that is what you will want to buy.

If you're a tech and you want extended functionality you go Android. Add also those who want to appear as tech here.

The phone as a fashion accessory is probably more important than its functionality, however this statement doesn't include basic functionality such as dropped calls.

If I'm clueless about using a PC I'll probably be the same with an advanced phone. Then, in fact, I'll look for simplicity over functionality. After all, I don't want to look stupid. Just as most people use their PCs poorly and for simple things so will remain the success of iPhone.

Jobs understands this even tho he won't publicly state it. Instead he'll try to lock-in the affluent class by identifying with wealth and moral authority knowing good and well that the young will inevitably see the iPhone as their father's Oldsmobile.
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By isayisay on 6/7/2010 12:16:51 PM , Rating: 2
Relationship issues based upon smartphone family! iPhone and android, the modern day version of the capulets and montagues. I can see a movie or perhaps performance art possibility here... Romeo and Juliet with the iphone and android.

But what is the trend?
By NesuD on 6/7/2010 10:31:34 AM , Rating: 2
80 percent of iPhone users plan on buying another iPhone (only 7 percent plan to switch to Android). That compares favorably to Android, which has only 70 percent of customers wanting to stay aboard and 14 percent looking to jump ship to Apple.

Those numbers aren't really that far apart. 70% vs 80% and 7% vs 14% are just a few percentage points past the margin of error. What would truly tell the story would be a little historical data to show how those statistics have been trending over the past several months. I think it would be a safe guess that the delta 6 months ago would be significantly greater than the most recent data reflects. All that shows me is that Android has very nearly closed the gap in those categories.

By rickeymoose on 6/7/2010 11:26:02 AM , Rating: 2
I think one of the advantages of the I phone is that both the hardware/software look and feel has been consistent. Most phone generation upgrades are totally new.

By omnicronx on 6/7/2010 12:21:27 PM , Rating: 2
More money for Apple? More money for Developers?

Oh wait.. no more money for the ones actually deciding how to push said phones.. the carriers..

If carriers can make more money selling the Android platform, that is what counts, carriers can be more competitive with Android in many cases, and this will become more apparent as time goes on and carriers try to set themselves apart from the competition.

Apple can deny it all they want, but Androids business model is working, and it will continue to expand.

By The0ne on 6/7/2010 12:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Money well spent...

I wonder where that Bum with the iphone would fit in, hmm *hands over more money for study*

By mattbro on 6/7/2010 2:54:32 PM , Rating: 2
The whole tone of the article makes it sound like all of these studies are somehow bogus since the numbers don't match up. They are reporting on 2 totally different things.

The NPD report was on 2010 Q1 sales. The Nielsen report was on total current market share.

Duh, there are currently more iPhones than Android phone today (Nielsen report). They were years ahead of everyone else on making/marketing a smartphone that the masses wanted to buy.

But, the NPD report simply stated that for a specific recent period of time Android outsold iPhone. So, they are catching up. If they continue to outsell iPhone each quarter, eventually the total market share will be theirs as well.

By RequiemsAllure on 6/8/2010 10:05:47 AM , Rating: 2
and how much longer has the iPhone been out in comparison to the Android phone line, this is also a deciding factor.

By W00dmann on 6/7/2010 3:52:27 PM , Rating: 1
Jason Mick's pants slightly less soiled on this one

Jason, it must kill you to write a quasi-neutral article about Apple. However, your old flaming biases creep through, as always. Here I'll help you out a little. Things that have no business being in an impartial news article:

"...the blind, unquestioning loyalty of its fans" => as compared to whom? What is your proof on that? Why must "fan loyalty" be painted in a negative light? This is a gross generalization, albeit slightly less inflammatory than your usual denigrating syle.

"Despite hot Android handsets..." => leads the reader to your way of thinking, which is clearly: Android handsets are hot, Apple's are not. You use this "power of association" tactic quite frequently, for example persistently linking Apple's name to Foxconn in your article titles even thought they are clearly 2 separate entities. It's an obvious tactic and you really should stop disgracing yourself with it. Your readers are smarter than that.

"Despite ...perennial issues like Flash blocking..." => your statement leads the reader to conclude that Flash blocking is a problem, eg. "despite Flash blocking, the iPhone is still popular". Once again, you are using the power of association to lead the reader down your own particular path. Some may view Flash "blocking" as a problem; others may not.

"...and Jobs's policing of "immoral" content..." => again, not sure that is an argument against the iPhone, but I'll let you have that one.

You've toned it down since last week, but your article still fails journalistic standards. Keep trying, my man. I look forward to a fair, balanced article regarding the company you love to hate.

PS. - have you ever owned an iPhone?

By jonmcc33 on 6/7/10, Rating: 0
"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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