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'?

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RE: Comment by TusharG
by Morgan on Tue 8th Apr 2014 11:44 UTC in reply to "Comment by TusharG"
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My experience has been that Windows Phones are the absolute best value in the low end phone arena. You can get one for less than $100 contract free that, performance wise, will wipe the floor with most $200 Android phones (apart from the Moto G, that thing is an enigma). That said, the app situation on Windows devices is nothing short of pathetic, but if all you want is a great, cheap social media phone that won't bog down every other time you touch the screen, you can't beat them.

Now, once you get into the midrange and above, Android gets very competitive. For $350 you can get a Nexus 5 that beats the pants off of just about any other phone in its price range. Jump up to $500 and pretty much any Android phone at that price is a great pick. While I still have a personal preference for Windows Phones, I can't deny how far Android has come.

And here's the punchline: It's not until you get to that $500 (again, contract free) price that you find the iPhone, which apart from cult status and app ecosystem, has nothing to offer that you can't find in a comparatively priced Android or Windows phone.

To put it another way, if someone were to offer me a choice, for free, between an iPhone 5s ($649), a Galaxy Note 3 ($549), or a Nokia Lumia 1020 ($506), the iPhone wouldn't even be on my radar.

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