Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Apr 2014 19:55 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

I'm using the URL slug headline for this one (check the link).

This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.

If you live in the New York metro area, you don't need to be told that Manhattan is where the region's rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan's median income is $67,000 a year. Newark's is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.

This fascinates me, as it seems to be a very American thing. In The Netherlands, Android has an 80% market share, and we have far lower poverty rates than the US (that Newark median income is crazy low by Dutch standards). I'm pretty sure the situation is similar for many other West-European nations.

This raises an interesting question: is it 'Android is for poor people' - or is it 'Android is for poor people in America'?

Permalink for comment 586581
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Member since:

I have seen many people who can't afford smart phone plans own iPhones via AT&T and Verizon and other people own Android phones either for the features or because that is what is supported by 3rd party carriers.

I have seen Window Phone zealots swear by tile UI being better than the rest (but only 2 people, thus far I have ever seen have Window Phones). I, also, know wealthy people who switched from iPhones to android phones for better battery life, signal strength, quality of voice-to-text texting, and freedom to customize settings (built in, or changeable by adding a app), while still using iPads for using the web.

But most of all, I have seem most people unaware how to use any feature of their smart phone except for phone calls and texting. Either because they are afraid to explore, or don't have a need for anything else.

Edited 2014-04-08 02:25 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2