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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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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...

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