Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Aug 2013 21:16 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I wrote this almost exactly three years ago, to much debate:

Sure, Apple will most likely still make far more money per sold iPhone device than competitors will per Android phone, but the trend is clear: as much as I love my iPhone, it will be relegated to a ~10% market share figure within a few quarters.

It took a little longer than "a few quarters", but here we are. Android has revolutionised the smartphone market. I'm not particularly happy about that (both Android and Samsung are far too dominant, which is bad for the market and thus for consumers), but there it is.

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RE[2]: The final conclusion???
by HappyGod on Thu 8th Aug 2013 23:44 UTC in reply to "RE: The final conclusion???"
HappyGod
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2005-10-19

I think that the performance of Android might cause some users who have switched to switch back.

Not enough to make a difference, but I think it could be significant.

I've made the switch to Android, after using an iPhone and then a WM8. But I'll be switching back to iPhone. Android is just too slow. Even with 8 cores.

Additionally, cost is a big draw for Android. If Apple starts offering a cheaper alternative, it might change the game.

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RE[3]: The final conclusion???
by leos on Fri 9th Aug 2013 02:08 in reply to "RE[2]: The final conclusion???"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I think that the performance of Android might cause some users who have switched to switch back.

Not enough to make a difference, but I think it could be significant.

I've made the switch to Android, after using an iPhone and then a WM8. But I'll be switching back to iPhone. Android is just too slow. Even with 8 cores.

Additionally, cost is a big draw for Android. If Apple starts offering a cheaper alternative, it might change the game.


Agreed on the performance front. I think Android is getting better, but even with 4.3 and a Nexus device it is still not quite there. I am hypersensitive to lag though, so I suspect it is good enough for most people.

However don't hold your breath for cheaper apple gear. Apple has always been a premium manufacturer, they're not about to change.

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RE[3]: The final conclusion???
by Fergy on Fri 9th Aug 2013 06:36 in reply to "RE[2]: The final conclusion???"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I think that the performance of Android might cause some users who have switched to switch back.

Not enough to make a difference, but I think it could be significant.

I've made the switch to Android, after using an iPhone and then a WM8. But I'll be switching back to iPhone. Android is just too slow. Even with 8 cores.

Additionally, cost is a big draw for Android. If Apple starts offering a cheaper alternative, it might change the game.

For phones like Samsung S4 and HTC One the cost is not a big draw. I have never heard iPhone users complain about the price? People that just want a cheap phone don't really care which OS it is.
About performance: my HTC one feels super fast even with task switching

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