Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Dec 2012 09:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "For a seventh consecutive month, the Samsung Galaxy S III is the most popular smartphone in the United Kingdom. The data compiled by uSwitch is based on live searches, pre-orders, as well as postpaid sales. Curiously, Apple's current smartphone flagship is not even second. The iPhone 5 is outperformed by its predecessor, whose lower price and improved contract offers helped it remain appealing. The Samsung Galaxy S II completes the quartet at the top. The rest of the top ten smartphones is entirely an Android party. It includes the Google Nexus 4, who entered the rankings a solid fifth. The second half of the top ten includes the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia U, HTC One X, as well as the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2." This is getting ridiculous, and it's not good for the market. For the love of Fiona, people, buy something that's not Android. I don't want to live in an Android-dominated smartphone world.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 4th Dec 2012 11:17 UTC
MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

Apple can easily lower prices, still make profit and sell a lot more phones.

As they don't it seems they do this by their own choice, preferring a premium brand image to market share.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by gan17 on Tue 4th Dec 2012 11:34 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Correct. More than brand image, I think it's profit margins that matter to them the most. They're not going to panic if the iPhoneX falls to 2nd or 3rd spot. As long as the user base is "big enough" (meaning users that BUY apps, movies and music) and their profit per phone remains high.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Chrispynutt on Tue 4th Dec 2012 11:46 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

Not really, not without a shareholder revolt. They are tethered to their high margin business. This is one area they cannot be flexible in.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 4th Dec 2012 12:12 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I kind of doubt that's the reason, because until recently they didn't give much if any money back to shareholders. It's something Steve didn't believe in, but Tim apparently does.

It seems they think this is the best way to may most money. It's hard to say they're wrong considering how much they bring in compared to the competition, but it's a dangerous tactic. One day the balance may shift and Android will become the #1 choice for developers and accessory makers and relegate the iPhone to second. It will be hard to turn that back around again.

Personally I'd go for marketshare and earn more money with app and media sales.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by tylerdurden on Wed 5th Dec 2012 00:35 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Shareholders only care for profit and returns on their investment. Nowhere in Apple's charter or shareholder documents states that their business model has to be a high margin one.

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