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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Ha, I suppose iOS is for Rich People?
by umccullough on Mon 7th Apr 2014 20:06 UTC
umccullough
Member since:
2006-01-26

Can't tell you how often I see poor people who can barely feed their family texting on an iPhone...

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Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

Can't tell you how often I see poor people who can barely feed their family texting on an iPhone...


How do you know they are too poor?? in any case the survey is bogus, i can't believe people repost this stuff without realising what is going on

1. Did you notice the complete absence of weighting in the linked article?? iPhone users are generally way over represented in app usage stats..

2. Common sense will also tell you that the people living in the "poor" areas are actually spending most of their time working in the so called in "rich areas" of manhattan.

So i bet that this map simple shows where people go to work, rather than a rich /poor divide.

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umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

How do you know they are too poor??


Because I know many of them personally.

There is nothing that frustrates me more when people complain about how poor they are, as they watch TV on their $100/month cable and chat on their $100/month iPhone.

I've come to the conclusion that some people just have their priorities completely screwed up - perhaps that is why they can barely make ends meet to begin with...

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hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

Reminds me that if you compare the case offerings across brands from Otterbox, they have gone out of their way to put in a window for the fruit logo. No such logo window on any of the cases for Samsung, HTC, or others.

And this is not just Otterbox, i have noticed it again and again while browsing cases for phones and tablets...

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xeoron Member since:
2007-03-25

I have seen many people who can't afford smart phone plans own iPhones via AT&T and Verizon and other people own Android phones either for the features or because that is what is supported by 3rd party carriers.

I have seen Window Phone zealots swear by tile UI being better than the rest (but only 2 people, thus far I have ever seen have Window Phones). I, also, know wealthy people who switched from iPhones to android phones for better battery life, signal strength, quality of voice-to-text texting, and freedom to customize settings (built in, or changeable by adding a app), while still using iPads for using the web.

But most of all, I have seem most people unaware how to use any feature of their smart phone except for phone calls and texting. Either because they are afraid to explore, or don't have a need for anything else.

Edited 2014-04-08 02:25 UTC

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