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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So how come my mother (young at 92) who lives on her UK State pension loves her iPhone? I son gave a 4s to her for her 91st birthday. She took to it like a 5yr old.

The whole premise of this article is IMHO bogus. There are an awful lot of poor/unemployed with iPhone's in their hands on the council estate near me.

A phone is a phone to me. As long as I can make calls and send texts I really don't care what type of phone it is. My own phone is a Nokia 6310i. My company gives me an iPhone but is really only used when I'm away on business.
Each to their own I guess.

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