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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krreagan
Member since:
2008-04-08

They're a big corporation, they have lots of money, but they're still thinking like the little guys with 1% share of the market.


That's what makes Apple products so good!! Large corporations usually suck at innovation. Look at M$. There is a reason that most innovation comes from small companies. Apple has been able to hold onto that mind set. I just hope they can continue to do so.

Look at this column, you are saying "Android" vs "iPhone" You are comparing apples and oranges! You should compare iPhone's to Galaxy S3's. You cannot really compare iOS to Android since Most Android phones use an outdated version that will never get updated. Another consequence of its fragmentation. The Android market would be completely fragmented if it were not for Samsung's dominance.

You guy's don't get it! Apple makes one line of computers, one line of phones one line of ipods and they do them all very well! If they make 15 different phones none would be very good (see Samsung's phones).

Android phones continued success can only help Apple stay sharp.

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d3vi1 Member since:
2006-01-28

That's what makes Apple products so good!! Large corporations usually suck at innovation. Look at M$.


While I agree with the rest of the arguments of your post, I think that you got it wrong on this one. 'M$' doesn't suck at innovation. The Windows Phone 7 UI/ the Metro tiles thing is the first decent attempt to reinvent the phone UI since the iPhone. I agree that the Android UI doesn't really innovate, but Microsoft has been quite innovative lately. Honestly I wish they get a better chance over here. They deserve to sit a the big boys table with Apple and Google and their product is quite good. Furthermore, while I'm an "Apple fanboy" by some definitions, I think that more competition is good as long as Apple is able to keep innovating at the same rate.

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krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

Considering how big M$ is, they should be innovating much more then they are. The Metro interface (I can't stand by the way but that is just me!) could have been designed by a small start-up! M$ should be innovating in many areas! Look at Apple, they redefined the digital music, cell phone, home computer, tablet and about to do the same to the TV industry. What has M$ done? XBox okay, Metro... errr I can say I find that innovative, although it does disprove one of Samsung's arguments that the iPhone UI is inevitable, Metro shows it is not inevitable.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I think that more competition is good as long as Apple is able to keep innovating at the same rate.

In other words, as long as others always slow down to the pace of Apple...

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cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

Look at this column, you are saying "Android" vs "iPhone" You are comparing apples and oranges! You should compare iPhone's to Galaxy S3's.


iPhone == iOS since there are no other iOS mobile devices. Whereas with Android the Galaxy S3 is only one of many mobile devices in the market running Android. Samsung itself does offer far more Android devices then only the S3 and all of them contribute to the iPhone vs Android market share. But unlike iPhone there are even more companies offering Android tyen Samsung only and even all there devices are of relevance if the contribute to the Android success story.

You yourself wrote iPhone and combining all iPhone models into that whereas you decline to do the same for Android. I would say thats Apple's vs Oranges.

You need to understand that one of the reasons why Android is such a success are all the very different devices offered. If only google would make Apple-like one device and nobody else, eg Samsung, would offer other Android devices then Android would not be where it is today. So, when we talk about Android and try to compare with the iPhone then we need to compare all offers, all of the ecosystems with each other.

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Liskat Member since:
2011-06-11

Apple vs Oranges

There's no real comparison between the two platforms, because they're different models. In that mindset we would see Apple sue Samsung for iOS vs Android, iOS UI vs Android UI + Touchwiz, iOS themeset vs Android themeset, icons vs icons.. iTunes vs Samsung Apps, Amazon app store vs ... Oops.. I'm even confused whether Apple wants to sue Samsung (using Android as base) or Android itself or is it the hardware, looks? And this is just one Android vendor ;)

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bitwelder Member since:
2010-04-27

That's what makes Apple products so good!! Large corporations usually suck at innovation. Look at M$.

Shall we take the number of patents granted as indicator of innovation? Let's check the situation in US in 2011 (http://www.ificlaims.com/index.php?page=misc_Top_50_2011)

#1 IBM Corp. (a tiny company, indeed) 6180 patents granted
#2 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (the shameless copiers) 4894 patents
..
#3 Microsoft Corp. 2311 patents
..
..
#39 Apple Inc. 676 patents

Thank you Apple, for driving innovation from the top of your 39th place! ;)

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You guy's don't get it! Apple makes one line of computers, one line of phones one line of ipods

A little more product lines - for one, two very different ipod nanos (just them) sold at the same time ...you can't even get something like that right?

Look at M$

A₱₱le <- this is how stupid you look writing like this^

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