Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by ichi on Wed 16th Oct 2013 12:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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I don't know where you live but in Spain, for most of the people I know, the process is this:

1. I want a new phone
2. I change carrier so they offer me cheap smartphones
3. I want it free/at most this much
4. Carrier offers at most 2 or 3 different choices for the price (and with an engagement of 2 years but most people only look at the price of the phone). Most of the times, a mid range from Samsung, Sony and probably HTC or LG.
5. User chooses Samsung because they know the brand or ask geek friend for choice.
6. User chooses phone and complains that it's slow/freezes/works like crap. Blame Android.

On the other side we have:

1. I want the new iPhone
2. I change carrier to get a discount
3. I don't mind paying 200€ plus a 50€/month contract for two years or 0€ plus a 80€/month contract.
4. I got a new iPhone for free, bitches!.

Only geeks consider phone choices on the high end zone, for the rest is just the "I want a cheap phone" or "I want the last iPhone" choice.


Actually rather than changing carrier what most people do is feinting. Depending on what other carrier you were feinting the change to your current carrier would call you offering either a new phone or a better contract.

Carriers' policies have been changing recently so that doesn't always work now, but you still can easily get a Galaxy S4 for 0€ with a 45€/month contract or an iPhone5 for 0€ with a 48€/month contract by actually changing your carrier.

There's a culture here of buying now what you might or might not be able to pay later, so it's easy to see how most people would go for flagships with a 0€ upfront price.

Edited 2013-10-16 12:41 UTC

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