Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Apr 2014 19:55 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

I'm using the URL slug headline for this one (check the link).

This map showing the locations of 280 million individual posts on Twitter shows a depressing divide in America: Tweets coming from Manhattan tend to come from iPhones. Tweets coming from Newark, N.J., tend to come from Android phones.

If you live in the New York metro area, you don't need to be told that Manhattan is where the region's rich people live, and the poor live in Newark. Manhattan's median income is $67,000 a year. Newark's is $17,000, according to U.S. Census data.

This fascinates me, as it seems to be a very American thing. In The Netherlands, Android has an 80% market share, and we have far lower poverty rates than the US (that Newark median income is crazy low by Dutch standards). I'm pretty sure the situation is similar for many other West-European nations.

This raises an interesting question: is it 'Android is for poor people' - or is it 'Android is for poor people in America'?

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Poor: Social or Economic
by themwagency on Mon 7th Apr 2014 20:02 UTC
themwagency
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Poor Comes in a couple flavors. It's not just economic but also social standing.

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RE: Poor: Social or Economic
by reduz on Mon 7th Apr 2014 22:05 in reply to "Poor: Social or Economic"
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2006-02-25

I think you are right and wrong at the same time.

The key to the situation is that iPhone IS a social standing icon, but only in certain parts of the world.

In others, people gives a damn about the difference between Apple or Android, no matter what the price is.

It's kind of the same as driving a Mercedes in a Middle East country, or wearing Adidas in many South American countries.

Edited 2014-04-07 22:07 UTC

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