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Samsung gets plenty of love from wireless carriers

A recent survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has revealed some interesting trends when it comes to how Americans purchase new smartphones. First and foremost, while many of us tech geeks pride ourselves on purchasing as much of our gear online as possible, a full 64 percent of Americans actually purchase their smartphones in-store.
Only 24 percent purchase their smartphones online, with the rest we assume purchasing them over the phone through their carrier.
But what’s perhaps most interesting is what smartphones are being pushed by carriers. Kantar’s research found that 63 percent of customers that walked into a retail store to buy a new smartphone were recommended a Samsung device. What’s most interesting is that this was double the rate for Apple recommendations and nearly 10 times the rate for smartphones made by Nokia.

And it should come as no surprise that 59 percent of those who were nudged towards a Samsung device walked out with one. 35 percent left with an Android smartphone made by another manufacturer, and only 6 percent purchased an iPhone.
But Apple needs not worry about its customers straying too far from the herd. iPhone users remain incredibly loyal, with Kantar describing a “strong emotional connection with the Apple brand and its devices.”
Kantar adds that consumers purchasing Apple’s iPhone models are the ones doing the least amount of pre-purchase research in part due to the strength of the brand, the rabid fanbase, and high satisfaction rate with iPhone hardware.

Sources: Kantar World Panel [PDF], via BGR

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By ritualm on 8/11/2014 6:57:05 PM , Rating: 3
Filesystem is for computers not for phones

Bullsh!t. I've seen more user-friendly filesystems from many flavors of *nix. Had a rare chance post-backup of seeing how the files/folders of iOS is [un]organized - everything in it is more gibberish than machine code.
it's not an issue if you buy big enough internal storage

The iPhone has an iSuppli BoM of maybe $250-300 per unit. Those eMMC NAND chips cost a couple bucks to the company. Apple charges $100 to go from 16GB to 32GB, and another $100 from there to 64GB. "big enough"? Used to be that 3 years ago - 64GB today is enough to hold my entire compressed music collection... and nothing else.

For a phone that costs nearly $1000 for 64GB with taxes? I can do better than 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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