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: Comment by ilovebeer
by JoeBuck on Wed 15th Aug 2012 00:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
JoeBuck
Member since:
2006-01-11

Apple is trying to make a "trade dress" case that people were fooled into buying Samsung phones because they look so much like Apple phones that they didn't realize they were buying the knockoff. To counter such a case, it's entirely appropriate to ask only those who bought a Samsung phone why they did so.

People aren't stupid. I respect Apple's design and engineering skills, but I don't buy their stuff because I don't want to live in a pretty jail. I can install apps on an Android phone or tablet that Apple would never allow in a million years, like SSHdroid (make your device into an SSH server and see the filesystem directly) just to give one example.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Wed 15th Aug 2012 01:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Apple is trying to make a "trade dress" case that people were fooled into buying Samsung phones because they look so much like Apple phones that they didn't realize they were buying the knockoff. To counter such a case, it's entirely appropriate to ask only those who bought a Samsung phone why they did so.

None of that has anything to do with what I said. I was talking about the spin Thom tried to put on it, nothing else.

People aren't stupid. I respect Apple's design and engineering skills, but I don't buy their stuff because I don't want to live in a pretty jail. I can install apps on an Android phone or tablet that Apple would never allow in a million years, like SSHdroid (make your device into an SSH server and see the filesystem directly) just to give one example.

That's nice and there are certainly others of the same opinion. I doubt the vast majority of cellphone users view their phone in terms of how "jailed" it is. Joe User has no use for his phone having SSH access. He has no need to browse the filesystem.

Whatever a persons reasons are for buying whichever phone they chose, as long as it suits their needs then they bought the right phone. There isn't a universal "best" as what's best is nearly 100% relative to the user.

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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by clasqm on Wed 15th Aug 2012 07:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
clasqm Member since:
2010-09-23

People aren't stupid. I respect Apple's design and engineering skills, but I don't buy their stuff because I don't want to live in a pretty jail. I can install apps on an Android phone or tablet that Apple would never allow in a million years, like SSHdroid (make your device into an SSH server and see the filesystem directly) just to give one example.

OK, that's you. And it's easy to see that you are utterly and completely unlike every single one of the people surveyed. "Android is open" does not even get 1% here.

Now that may simply be the result of the way the questions were framed. It's tricky to comment on results when you haven't seen the methodology (Thom? are you seeing this?). Perhaps this was simply not presented as an option to be ticked off on the questionnaire. But taking this on face value, it serves as a warning bell to all geeks who constantly praise Android for being open. The great unwashed masses don't care. If you want to promote Android, these are the points you need to get across.

Discalimer: I just ordered my iPhone 4s: I don't want a larger screen <grin>

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