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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If Android outsells the iPhone on price, then why is the S4 a top seller?

The answer is in the AT&T sweetheart deal. Millions of Americans on Verizon, Sprint and other carriers would have bought an iPhone if they had the chance but instead were forced to settle for Android. For those people paying $200 to get a flagship phone is worth the price.

So why don't they switch to the iPhone? Inertia. They know Android and at this point it isn't worth the effort to learn a new system and switch all their stuff over. Android has a good chunk of practical middle Americans that don't care about image and just what the smartphone to do its damn job. Apple can only get them through dissatisfaction with Android, which can certainly happen with the cheaper phones.

As for the article I agree with Thom that it seems dated. It's like criticizing the Big Mac for having thousand island dressing. Um that's nice, but they're #1 so.......I think it is working just fine for them.

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