Originally Posted by REC
I'm a big believer in the iPad as a platform, so what I'm about to say comes from an honest place: I wonder how much of this total traffic comes from people test driving iPads in Apple stores.
Go into any Apple store and the iPads are surrounded by people. They all use wifi to connect to the internet and are used constantly. Apple itself loves to talk about the significant foot traffic in their stores.
Do the math.
I don't know the numbers but even guesses are good enough to prove the point.
Say there are 1,000 Apple Stores. Now, say that there are 10 iPads in each store. That's 10,000 demo iPads. Then, say that the iPad is in use 10 hours a day in the Apple Store compared to an average of 1 hour per day for owned iPads. That means that the Apple Store would account for the equivalent of 100,000 iPads in real service. Compare that to 25 million iPads sold and you have your answer.
Originally Posted by Realistic
Agreed. All these reports and surveys about Android versus iPhone seem to be made up to validate some particular point of view. All these reports of Android sales having long ago overtaken iPhone sales, then a report like this showing iPhone internet usage leading by a wide margin in most countries. A recent AI article states that iPhone is the best selling smartphone in AT&T and Verizon stores. T-mobile says they have a million iPhones on their network even though they don't sell the iPhone and the iPhone isn't even designed to run well on that network.
How can these reports all be true. If Android is outselling iPhone it doesn't appear people are using them after they buy them. Someone please explain to me what is going on.
Also it is interesting to note that the Xoom and the Playbook are not even mentioned in the article.
Xoom and Playbook are insignificant in terms of total numbers.
Note that PC Magazine said that the iPad was 97 or 98% of all tablet traffic - which seems more consistent with the numbers presented in this survey. I wonder where the 89% came from?
As for the rest, you're absolutely correct. The media and Android shills have tried very hard to obfuscate the issues. But look at the US figures. iOS devices account for 53% of total traffic vs 36% for Android. It's only by breaking down the iOS numbers into smaller categories that you can make Android 'win'.
I've said it before, but obviously the authors of articles like this don't get it.
MARKET SHARE IS A MEANINGLESS NUMBER when viewed by itself. It really comes down to what you are trying to determine.
If you are a software developer, what matters is dollars of revenue generated by each platform - where iOS wins hands-down.
Alternatively, a software developer might look at the total number of users for each platform - where iOS wins hands down.
If, OTOH, you are a device manufacturer making cell phone accessories, then the number of cell phones for each platform might matter (for example, if it's software that only works on phones). If that's the case, Android might have a slight advantage (although the fact that Android purchasers are less likely to spend money on software might work against you).
More likely, however, would be the number of devices of each model - if, for example, you were selling cases. In that case, the number of devices of each MODEL is what would matter - and iPhone and iPod Touch would certainly be on top.
If you're a telco, you'd be most interested in total traffic either by device or by OS - depending on what you were trying to figure out.
If you're an advertiser, you'd want to know the total number of eyeballs (which would be a combination of number of devices and hours of use).
If you're an investor, you're more interested in profitability than in market share.
And so on.