Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Aug 2012 22:17 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You wouldn't believe it, but something actually, truly interesting came out of the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit yesterday. Apple had conducted a survey to find out why, exactly, consumers opted to go with Android instead of the iPhone. The results are fascinating - not only do they seem to invalidate Apple's claims, they provide an unusual insight into consumer behaviour. The gist? People choose Android not because it's an iPhone copy - they choose it because of Android's unique characteristics.
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RE[2]: Off Just a Little
by cjosc99 on Tue 14th Aug 2012 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Off Just a Little"
cjosc99
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2011-07-13

I don't see your point.. Now, almost every carrier has the apple phone and yet ANDROID still #1 number one. So, what is the point?

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RE[3]: Off Just a Little
by zztaz on Tue 14th Aug 2012 23:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Just a Little"
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2006-09-16

The point is that people didn't buy Android phones because they wanted a cheaper iPhone knock-off, they bought Android phones because they were better than the iPhone. The key is that they bought Android phones because of the differences, not the similarity.

Of course, some people prefer the iPhone. That's fine, and enough people prefer the iPhone for Apple to have made lots and lots of money. But lots and lots is not enough, Apple wants to drive everyone else out of the market. Apple's story is that Samsung copied the iPhone, but the survey shows that people didn't want a copy, they wanted something different.

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RE[4]: Off Just a Little
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 15th Aug 2012 06:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Off Just a Little"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

The point is that people didn't buy Android phones because they wanted a cheaper iPhone knock-off, they bought Android phones because they were better than the iPhone. The key is that they bought Android phones because of the differences, not the similarity.

Wrong, at least in my case. I bought an Android phone because I want Linux, and, *gasp*... I did NOT want to buy a motherfucking Apple device. Sorry, but I hate the company. But I have no major problems with Google, so BOOM! An Android device is obvious.

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RE[3]: Off Just a Little
by some1 on Tue 14th Aug 2012 23:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Just a Little"
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2010-10-05

He's not making a point. He's quoting the survey.

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RE[3]: Off Just a Little
by l3v1 on Wed 15th Aug 2012 06:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Just a Little"
l3v1 Member since:
2005-07-06

Now, almost every carrier has the apple phone


There, bolded it for you.

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RE[3]: Off Just a Little
by wigry on Wed 15th Aug 2012 06:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Just a Little"
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2008-10-09

Now, people still buy Android because their friends also have Android and thei can share the same experience. Apple had its time but the limitations killed the effort and now Android is simply taken over the market and people buy it because it is familiar.

Just luike Microsoft captured the desktop market. At one point Microsoft was an easy way out and at some point forward it was the software that people knew and that was the reason for the sales.

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RE[4]: Off Just a Little
by przemo_li on Wed 15th Aug 2012 07:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Off Just a Little"
przemo_li Member since:
2010-06-01

Read mentioned survey first.

Network effect was never mentioned.

Ofc. it was based on consumers making decisions between iOS or Android. So those who where Android-only where not counted.

But still when ppl choose conciously, there are plenty of arguments iOS do not satisfy (like BIGGER screens...).

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RE[3]: Off Just a Little
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Aug 2012 07:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Just a Little"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't see your point.. Now, almost every carrier has the apple phone and yet ANDROID still #1 number one. So, what is the point?


Sweet Jesus - please read the WHOLE thread because the original poster on this thread stated the following:

While it is true that some carriers offer better service in certain areas. At the time of that survey, there was an exclusivity deal between Apple and ATT that prevented others from carrying the IPhone. It has not been until this last year that you could buy the IPhone on other carriers. The IPhone also was only GSM and the other large carriers (Sprint and Verizon) were CDMA.


At the time the survey was done the iPhone was exclusively an AT&T product. Btw, side note for those who think the world revolves around the United States - in most other countries people can switch back and forths between different carriers with their iPhone. The launch partner in NZ was Vodafone but it was never locked and you could buy it through the Apple online store hence you can also run it on Telecom's XT Network and 2Degrees (Telecom only just have got the ability to sell the iPhone in the last year). Australia is the same situation, buy it unlocked throw it pretty much on any network and I'm sure that is the case from where Thom is.

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RE[3]: Off Just a Little
by bassbeast on Fri 17th Aug 2012 23:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Off Just a Little"
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2007-11-11

The point is when given a choice people go with what "feels" good and works best for them and at least in my area its been HTC over iPhone for about 6 months. You still see the soccer moms with iPhones but nearly everyone else? HTC. I can't say as i blame 'em, the new HTC units fit nicely in your hand and have great screens and decent battery life, really nice little units.

Hell even my dad who didn't know of any other phone but iPhone came back from the phone store with a new HTC, I think an Inspire? He said it "fits my hand better than the iPhone and its easier for me to scroll with" so it just goes to show when there is competition you actually have to...you know...compete.

Although if Apple has their way they'll patent troll anybody but MSFT that dares step in the ring. don't forget Steve Jobs vowed before his death he'd "spend his entire fortune to nuke Android" and I have a feeling Cook is following the Jobs playbook.

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