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He said Android devices are the kind of phones that are given as free replacements to feature phones, and that the iPhone offers a more seamless experience

Samsung's hardware and Google's Android operating system have become the peanut butter and jelly of the tech world -- they're a great fit, and it looks like this popularity is starting to make Apple nervous.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, told The Wall Street Journal today that the iPhone is better than any Android-powered phone in terms of both hardware and software, and that iPhone users are happier with their devices than Android users.

Schiller said that four times as many iPhone users switched from an Android device in the fourth quarter in 2012 than the other way around. He also mentioned a survey from ChangeWave, which stated that three-quarters of iPhone users say they're "very satisfied" with their experience while only half of Android users say the same. 

Schiller's rant didn't end there. He said that Android's fragmentation was "plain and simple" and that Android-powered devices are the kinds of phones that are given as free replacements to feature phones.

Schiller added that the iOS experience on an iPhone is much more smooth than that of an Android phone because Apple is responsible for both the hardware (iPhone) and operating system (iOS).

Apple's Phil Schiller

"When you take an Android device out of the box, you have to sign up to nine accounts with different vendors to get the experience iOS comes with," Schiller said. "They don't work seamlessly together."

He then took a more hardware-directed hit, saying that no other Android smartphone screen compares to that of the iPhone 5's.

"Given the iPhone 5 is so thin and light, the reason that people are making their devices bigger is to get up to the battery life the iPhone 5 offers," Schiller said.

What's interesting is that Schiller's comments come on the eve of the Samsung Galaxy S IV's release, which is Samsung's flagship smartphone. The new device will feature a 5.0-inch 1080p display, a 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (or a 2GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 5450 processor for the international version), 2GB of RAM, 16/21/64GB storage options, a removable SD card slot for up to 64GB, a 13MP rear-facing camera with Orb technology for compressed panorama shots, a 2MP front-facing camera with eye scrolling technology, 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 3100 mAh battery and of course the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

The Samsung Galaxy S III was a wildly-popular Android phone, and with the added specs of the Galaxy S IV, Apple is likely feeling nervous about its own popularity in the market.

Apple has hard a hard time keeping up the momentum of its products, and it shows in the company's shares. Shares have fallen from $702.10 in September to $428.35 as of today. Also, Apple's iPhone only represented about 19 percent of worldwide smartphone shipments in 2012 while all Android-powered smartphones accounted for about 70 percent.

Android will even beat Apple in the tablet sector this year, according to a new report from IDC. According to IDC, iPad shipments are expected to make up 46 percent of the tablet market for 2013, down from 51 percent in 2012. Android-powered tablets are expected to increase their market share to 49 percent in 2013, up from 42 percent in 2012.

Apple and Google are even branching out to another competitive realm in mobile electronics: wearable technology. Google is now offering its Google Glass headset (which is an augmented reality device) for $1,500 to early adopters and Apple is developing a smart watch, which could be released as early as this year.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: Sad
By Shadowself on 3/14/2013 9:27:22 AM , Rating: 2
Just consider the source.

Reclaimer is so anti Apple that they could come out with a new phone this year that is an EFC Mobile on steroids (think roll out 4 x 7 screen, LTE advanced, 256 GB memory, quad core 64 bit ARM based processor coupled with a 16 core GPU, ZFS, an 8K camera on the back and front facing 2K camera, all with 72 hours operation and two month standby, in a package no larger than a half width [when the screen is collapsed] and half the weight of an iPhone 5) and Reclaimer would still claim it is crap.

Besides, did *anyone* think Apple was going to say that the new Samsung phone is better than an iPhone? Seriously, *anyone* ? Samsung execs talk to reporters/media and say how their phones are better than Apple's, but Apple does the same and the media picks it up and runs with it as Apple is being over the top and running scared. They *all* do it.

My personal opinion is that I prefer to ignore the trash talking of these VPs and CEOs no matter what company is putting out the trash.

RE: Sad
By theapparition on 3/14/2013 9:50:38 AM , Rating: 4
Samsung execs talk to reporters/media and say how their phones are better than Apple's, but Apple does the same and the media picks it up and runs with it as Apple is being over the top and running scared. They *all* do it.

But not Apple.

Apple has historically not gone after competitors products unless they have a shrinking market share and are worried. So this is quite telling.

RE: Sad
By momorere on 3/14/2013 10:05:35 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Sad
By EasyC on 3/14/2013 10:15:43 AM , Rating: 3
Apple hasn't gone after competitors products??? Have you read anything in the past, oh, 10 years?

The PC vs Mac commercials, the endless lawsuits, etc....

RE: Sad
By xti on 3/14/2013 10:40:34 AM , Rating: 2
those commercials made me hate justin long for a really long time. luckily his movies were funny.

RE: Sad
By theapparition on 3/14/2013 11:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
You stopped reading after the first few words. I suggest you go back and re-read my entire comment.

Let me rephrase it.

Apple doesn't go after competitors products unless they are worried. For them to actively attack Android says that they are worried.

RE: Sad
By EasyC on 3/14/2013 11:44:06 AM , Rating: 2
They must be worried about their entire product line.

RE: Sad
By theapparition on 3/14/2013 2:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
They are now. ;)

RE: Sad
By andrewaggb on 3/14/2013 1:03:23 PM , Rating: 1
Lol. Obviously you don't remember the pre-intel apple.
The one that had to constantly cherry pick and fabricate benchmarks to say they were faster... They lied for years, and finally when they did switch to intel they claimed huge performance increases again :-)

PowerPC > Intel blah blah blah blah
switch to intel
Intel > PowerPC blah blah

Or maybe you've already forgotten the I'm a Mac, I'm a PC commercials?

Or the constant lawsuits and product bans against their competition?

Or when they allowed clone makers and then put them all out of business?

Apple has a history of being a jerk. And they have lots of anti-competitive behaviors, just like their friends at Microsoft and Intel.

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