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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Why I chose Android...
by ferrels on Tue 14th Aug 2012 23:44 UTC
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I chose Android over the iPhone for many of the same reasons brought up in the hearings. I have a larger screen, better price for both the phone, and my monthly bill was lower, and my Android phone is an infinitely more customizable device. Heck I can even run a chroot Linux on my phone. To me, the iPhone seems to have more appeal to the brand-conscious crowd who have no technical skills whatsoever. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, it's just different. But I love my Android systems because they're infinitely more hackable than iPhones too.

@Tony Swash

And where did you get the information that Android tablets have been a spectacular failure? I own 3 tablets, my wife owns a Motorola Xoom AND and an iPad and my 2 kids also have Android tablets. They absolutely love them and my Asus Transformer Prime is so popular that my local BestBuy can't keep enough of them in stock. You should do a little better research before making such comments. Android market share will exceed 40% by the end of this year. That's sound pretty successful to me, especially since Apple had a two-year head start in the smartphone and tablet arena. Maybe you could cite some sources explaining how 40% market share is a spectacular failure.

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RE: Why I chose Android...
by jigzat on Wed 15th Aug 2012 00:04 in reply to "Why I chose Android..."
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I don't think it has anything to do to being technical skilled or not, I'm a software engineer and I really don't want to bother hacking my phone I don't even use Cydia on my iPhone anymore.

The other side of the story is that Samsung is pretty successful outside USA and I don't think all the gazillions of users are technical skilled.

To be honest I don't think Samsung success is based on user's mislead although Apple has the right to protect it's IP. I remember the one-click purchase patent by Amazon, Apple had to license it. Google and Samsung are not better or worst, they are commercial companies and when you on top on the hill you won't let anyone else, be it Apple Microsoft or the Ex ONG Google. Is really easy to be the good guy when you are in front of someone meaner than you.

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RE[2]: Why I chose Android...
by cdude on Wed 15th Aug 2012 06:02 in reply to "RE: Why I chose Android..."
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technical skilled or not

He refers to vertical technical skills. If you are focused on a horizontal segment like apps only, and there is nothing wrong about it since focus is important too, then it does not apply.
But if either your horizontal skills are below the app-stack, like Kernel, or your skills are vertical so it includes things below the app-stack, like the kernel, then you are lost at iPhone cause you have no access to that segments. Its a black box whereas with Android you have the option (usually not as default but yes, you can) to go down and up all of your stack.

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RE: Why I chose Android...
by riha on Sat 18th Aug 2012 20:40 in reply to "Why I chose Android..."
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"Apple had a two-year head start in the smartphone and tablet arena. Maybe you could cite some sources explaining how 40% market share is a spectacular failure. "

The key difference is that Apple has done it all themselves while google Android is being sold by so many companies and "versions" that it would be strange if that were not the case.

It would be more interesting to pick out ONE of the android phone makers and start to compare them to apple, i would see that as an more valid compare.

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