New Study Shows iPhone Interest is Plunging
October 1, 2010 12:15 PM
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Nearly as many smart phone buyers now want an Android phone as want an iPhone.
Android has posted incredible growth since last year.
Google's OS also rivals the iPhone's iOS in satisfaction these days, as well.
(Source: (All graphs in this article are from Changewave))
Android is winning consumers' hearts, has now pulled neck-and-neck with Apple
went on sale people were wildly enthusiastic after hearing about the stunning new display, inclusion of video chat, and a host of other new features at Steve Jobs' keynote introduction of the device. As the phone launched with a slew of quality issues including
proximity sensor problems
and began to face superior hardware Android competitors, that enthusiasm has been waning.
According to a
by ChangeWave, the number of smart phone buyers intending to buy an iPhone dropped from 50 percent in June to 38 percent in September. Meanwhile Google Android surged from 30 percent to 37 percent, pulling roughly into a tie with the Cupertino gadget maker.
The news is a huge victory for Android, which two years ago was virtually unknown, with only 1 percent of smart phone buyers in June 2008 saying they wanted an Android handset.
Google is also doing well in satisfaction. While Apple's fans have long been
, leading to
sky-high satisfaction numbers
even when the company's products have problems, Google is seeing increasing enthusiasm among its customers as well. Apple's smart phone OS ranked first with a 74 percent customer satisfaction rate, while Google's Android was close behind with a 65 percent satisfaction rate.
Both operating systems are far ahead of Palm OS/webOS (32 percent) and RIM OS (31 percent) (commonly found on BlackBerry handsets). And Windows Mobile showed a rock-bottom 24 percent satisfaction rate, showcasing how desperate the company needs its
new Windows Phone 7 OS
Overall the ChangeWave study shows no real major surprises. Rather, it's just one more measure that shows that Android is
surging towards surpassing Apple
(and competitors RIM and
) as the most popular and best-selling smart phone in the world.
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RE: Android vs iOS
10/3/2010 3:12:23 PM
That comparison is spot on. Sorry Apple people....no it isnt just about look and feel. Android brings actual functionality to customers and actual choices. Of the items in this list, widgets are the most obvious difference between the iPhone and Android phones...they add a LOT of functionality.
"OMG its not a fair comparison because iOS is only on one carrier". So what? The main limitation of iOS is Apple itself. Apple CHOSE to limit the iPhone to one carrier. And that is something you need to get used to if you decide to go apple: Limits on choice. As an iOS user, you need to get used to being told "no" by Apple. On Android, that is rarely going to happen, and this will be appealing to most people IMO. The current sale numbers certainly seem to reflect that.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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