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While Apple and Samsung battle it out in the courts and the market, fans of the devices they make sometimes battle just as fervently in Internet forums, but a new study suggests that iPhone and Galaxy S III owners may be a lot more similar to each other than they'd think.

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Consumer Intelligence Research Partners recently released a report examining the device usage patterns of iPhone and Galaxy S III owners. The report was based on surveys of 500 iPhone owners and 500 GS III users, conducted in January and February of 2013.

In terms of device use, respondents from both brands engaged in calling, texting, email, and Internet access at about the same rate. Both Galaxy S III and iPhone owners use their phones mostly for texting and accessing the web. Between 80 and 90 percent of Galaxy S III and iPhone owners reported using their phones to send texts several times per day, while 75 percent of Galaxy S III owners and more than 80 percent of iPhone owners said they use their phones for Internet access several times daily.

Phone calls and email were less heavily used according to respondents. More Samsung owners reported using their phones several times a day for these features than did Apple owners, but the response rates were very close.

iPhone owners, according to the report, are more likely to use their phones for gaming and photos several or one to two times daily, with nearly 80 percent of iPhone-owning respondents describing themselves as frequent phone gamers. About 70 percent of Galaxy S III owners said the same.

Ownership of other devices was one area of difference between the two groups. PC laptops and desktops were an area of commonality, but iPhone owners were more likely to own a Mac laptop or desktop, although in much less significant numbers relative to PCS. About 20 percent of iPhone owners have a Mac laptop, while seven percent of Galaxy S III owners have the same.

iPhone owners were twice as likely to own an iPad, and "GS III" owners were twice as likely to own an Android tablet. iPhone owners were also more likely to own a Kindle.

In terms of upgrading their handsets, GS III buyers tended to upgrade from within the Android platform. About one in eleven GS III buyers had previously owned an iPhone. Reflecting recent statements from Apple execs, about one in five iPhone buyers had previously owned an Android phone.

The study found that AT&T's long-time exclusive distribution of the iPhone still impacts carrier choice for Apple's handset. More than 50 percent of iPhone respondents were on AT&T, with roughly 35 percent on Verizon and just over 10 percent on Sprint. The GS III, though, reflecting Samsung's push to get its device into as many outlets as possible, is roughly evenly distributed across AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
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Taste.

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Taste.

 

Exactly. I don't understand why that's so hard to understand for some people (on both 'sides').

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Who cares about 'what they use it for.' What else would someone use it for other the ones suggested!? There is no data provided on how much (except for some vague generalities like 'several times a day'). Web use statistics tell a completely different story on 'how much.'

I notice that the study is also conspicuously silent on the demographics....... I wonder why.......
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Taste.


I tried both and I didn't like the taste of either. A little hot sauce seemed to improve the iPhone a tad...

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The difference is that we know we aren't coders and that we are happy with the nicely designed layout that Apple made. We don't want an open system full of viruses just because one day we might want to write an app, we don't want custom icons and animations in the background made by a 17 year old. Also, we like metal housings.
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I thought only fanboys buy iPhones. How come the 20% Mac owners does not back up this meme.
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Now the Samsung users also copy the iPhone users behavior :-D Just making fun... :-)
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But... but... I'm special. *stamps feet*

 

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Originally Posted by jungmark View Post
I thought only fanboys buy iPhones. How come the 20% Mac owners does not back up this meme.

 

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I tried both and I didn't like the taste of either. A little hot sauce seemed to improve the iPhone a tad...


Hot sauce might melt the plastic case in some cases

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Another common trait shared between Android and iOS users not reported in this study  but clearly evident in this thread - denial.

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Taste.


I tried both and I didn't like the taste of either. A little hot sauce seemed to improve the iPhone a tad...

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But but... Android users are losers! /s

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But... but... I'm special. *stamps feet*

 

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Oh, yes, you are for sure.

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The difference is that we know we aren't coders and that we are happy with the nicely designed layout that Apple made. We don't want an open system full of viruses just because one day we might want to write an app, we don't want custom icons and animations in the background made by a 17 year old. Also, we like metal housings.

 

Metal housing that you cover up with a plastic case? Never got that.

 

Once I got rid of my iPhone 4 (in it's plastic case) and went to my Galaxy Nexus, I stopped using cases.

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The difference is that we know we aren't coders and that we are happy with the nicely designed layout that Apple made. We don't want an open system full of viruses just because one day we might want to write an app, we don't want custom icons and animations in the background made by a 17 year old. Also, we like metal housings.


Yeah. Because coders don't have iPhones.

 

Also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim_Ding_Wen

 

17 year old guys don't suck because they're young. Sorry-ass old guy, or what?

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Who cares about 'what they use it for.' What else would someone use it for other the ones suggested!? There is no data provided on how much (except for some vague generalities like 'several times a day'). Web use statistics tell a completely different story on 'how much.'

I think the other web statistics actually point out the difference between higher-end smartphone users and "the rest." This shows that iPhone and higher-end Android users match up pretty well with each other. There's just a massive group of non-higher-end Android devices/users out there that really don't use all the features.

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Funk The Android. It's just a iPhone with another manufacturer shell on top.

Case closed.
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So Galaxy S III owners have roughly the same usage patterns as iPhone owners.

 

The huge disparity in web use between Android and iOS shows that high end Android device owners are in the minority with most Android "activations" not showing up on the web, at all.

 

As the Galaxy S III is the top selling high end Android phone, there must be a lot of cheap junk out there.

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"Aqua. Makes you want to lick your screen"


You should try hot sauce with ice cream sandwiches and jelly beans... doesn't improve them at all...

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So Galaxy S III owners have roughly the same usage patterns as iPhone owners.

The huge disparity in web use between Android and iOS shows that high end Android device owners are in the minority

Well of course they are. Who's arguing differently?

It's certainly conceivable that IF Apple really does introduce a significantly less expensive iPhone model and makes it widely available then it too might outsell the "high-end" iPhone. It's already possible the lower-priced and less fully-featured iPad mini may be outselling the latest "high-end" full-size iPad. I wouldn't be shocked at all, nor would many others here IMHO.
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We don't want an open system full of viruses just because one day we might want to write an app

Do you know this for a fact or are you just regurgitating BS you've been led to believe?
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There is, of course, that troublesome little web usage data point.
iOS and iPhone dominate in real-life web traffic:

http://phandroid.com/2012/12/04/ios-vs-android-web-traffic/

http://www.imore.com/iphone-web-stats

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Metal housing that you cover up with a plastic case? Never got that.

 

Once I got rid of my iPhone 4 (in it's plastic case) and went to my Galaxy Nexus, I stopped using cases.

 

Because you don't care what happens to your Nexus?

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There is, of course, that troublesome little web usage data point.
iOS and iPhone dominate in real-life web traffic:

http://phandroid.com/2012/12/04/ios-vs-android-web-traffic/

http://www.imore.com/iphone-web-stats

FWIW your iMore link goes back to 2007, before the first Android phone was released. Then your Phandroid link says smartphone data stats are a near match between Android and iPhone. According to the article the overall difference is chalked up to iPad usage. I haven't seen absolute proof for that either way. In any case you probably can find better links to make your point.

Those two aren't very good.
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Do you know this for a fact or are you just regurgitating BS you've been led to believe?


Are you in denial about Android's malware problem or are you just regurgitating BS you've been led to believe?

Maybe you could regurgitate this:

 

"McAfee: Android malware problem getting worse, now most-targeted platform"

http://www.slashgear.com/mcafee-android-malware-problem-getting-worse-now-most-targeted-platform-24174009/

 

"Android is a malware cesspool -- and users don't care"

http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/android-malware-cesspool-and-users-dont-care-006

 

Android malware chart

http://photos.appleinsider.com/android-malware-chart-130307.jpg

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Also the study forgot to mention the s3 crashes at a much higher rate than the iPhone 5. The s3 due to the android os is more susceptible to viruses and malware while ios rarely if ever encounters a problem.
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I want to see a recent survey of how many high end Android phone owners would consider switching to an iPhone if it had a bigger display. Sure some choose Android because they actually prefer the flexibility and ability to really change the GUI to suit their taste, but I am betting there is a pretty significant cohort that would try an iPhone if the screen were larger. I hear that as the #1 reason from most people I speak with about why they chose their Android phone over an iPhone. 

 

But as far as usage patterns, of course they will use it similar to an iPhone. Those other polls that include all the cheap android phone lower the usage because many of those phones might have very tiny data allowances, are slow, small screens, and overall not a good web browsing experience which discourages internet use. But all high end Android phones are no different than using an iPhone when it comes to browsing the web, just a lot less scrolling needed. I am also jealous of their ability to quickly scroll to the bottom of a page when it is extremely long with just one or two flicks vs. numerous swipes with an iPhone. 

agree with you...Most of the people I talk to about why they bought an Android phone was the larger screen. Another note is why they limited the poll to just the S3? What about all the other larger screen Android phones? Might the usage data change a little? Do owners of larger screen phones use them for more web surfing?

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Of course they are alike.  Its a phone.  If anything the major differences I've seen:

 

Android owners:  mostly people who want the cheapest phone possible or nerds who want more features/control

iPhone owners:  mostly people who want something that just works or a status symbol

 

At the end of the day theres only so much you can do with a smartphone.  And the vast majority of us are doing the same shyt on them from day to day.  Calling, texting, facebook, twitter, web surfing, watching movies, listening to music, GPS navigation, taking pictures, recording video and gaming.  Both phones do this pretty well.

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This study only proves that similar devices with similar marketing budgets breed similar customers. We already knew that.

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Are you in denial about Android's malware problem or are you just regurgitating BS you've been led to believe?
Maybe you could regurgitate this:

"McAfee: Android malware problem getting worse, now most-targeted platform"
[URL=http://McAfee]http://McAfee: Android malware problem getting worse, now most targeted platform[/URL]

"Android is a malware cesspool -- and users don't care"
http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/android-malware-cesspool-and-users-dont-care-006

Android malware chart
http://photos.appleinsider.com/android-malware-chart-130307.jpg

There really isn't a "malware problem" per-se for the average Android user, particularly those in the US. It's way overblown, much like antenna-gate was, or the media reporting of Apple secretly tracking users..
http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/12/13/lookout-predicts-18-4m-android-users-will-be-infected-with-malware-during-2012-and-2013-or-some-1/
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So Galaxy S III owners have roughly the same usage patterns as iPhone owners.

The huge disparity in web use between Android and iOS shows that high end Android device owners are in the minority with most Android "activations" not showing up on the web, at all.

As the Galaxy S III is the top selling high end Android phone, there must be a lot of cheap junk out there.

This is the downside of trying to call everything that includes Android OS a smartphone when in really should be classified as a feature phone. I've stated for awhile I think those with the high-end Android phones will likely have usage patterns akin to iPhone users. Even with the phenomenal sales of the Galaxy line there are simply too many cheap Android-based phones to make a dent in the numbers. I don't think this is good for the platform.

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FWIW your iMore link goes back to 2007, before the first Android phone was released. Then your first link says smartphone data stats are a near match between Android and iPhone. According to the article the difference is chalked up to iPad usage. I haven't seen absolute proof for that either way. In any case you probably can find better links to make your point.

Those two aren't very good.
http://m.imore.com/iphone-and-ipad-once-again-lead-web-usage-metrics-time-thanksgiving-and-black-friday-sales

iPhone still outshines Android in web usage.
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I wonder who paid for this "study" and how they decided which 500 of the tens of millions of iPhone and Galaxy GS III users were average. Also, why did they compare iPhone (implying all iPhone models) against only one Samsung model?

Sorry, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. There are just too many holes in your "study" to take is seriously.
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Are you in denial about Android's malware problem or are you just regurgitating BS you've been led to believe?
Maybe you could regurgitate this:

"McAfee: Android malware problem getting worse, now most-targeted platform"
http://www.slashgear.com/mcafee-android-malware-problem-getting-worse-now-most-targeted-platform-24174009/

"Android is a malware cesspool -- and users don't care"
http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/android-malware-cesspool-and-users-dont-care-006

Android malware chart
http://photos.appleinsider.com/android-malware-chart-130307.jpg

I can regurgitate the real life experience of my Android owning friends and myself of which none of us has had a problem with viruses or malware. A uneducated person can inadvertently download an infected app just like someone can invite a trojan into their Mac.
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Clearly these numbers are skewed. Where is the percent for viewing porn? lol

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I can regurgitate the real life experience of my Android owning friends and myself of which none of us has had a problem with viruses or malware. A uneducated person can inadvertently download an infected app just like someone can invite a trojan into their Mac.

 

I agree with dasanman. I know alot of friends and family who have an android phones for years but have never had an issue with "malware". You can't stop or fix stupid, lord knows it would be nice in my office.

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Who cares about 'what they use it for.' What else would someone use it for other the ones suggested!? There is no data provided on how much (except for some vague generalities like 'several times a day'). Web use statistics tell a completely different story on 'how much.'

I notice that the study is also conspicuously silent on the demographics....... I wonder why.......

Web statistics show a big difference between iOS and Android web usage. Not between S3 users and iPhone 5 users. I'm pretty certain that those flagship handsets from Samsung are being used just as much as any iPhone out there. The crappy ones though are the ones that pull down Android statistics down, they get activated yet aren't being used to do anything.

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So I'm kind of an expert in these sorts of things.

Here it goes: they did a study of 500 iPhone users and 500 S3 users. The users volunteered to be monitored. Got that?

If that is so, then what is really being tracked is not the usage patterns of iPhone and S3 users, but instead, the usage patterns of smartphone users who willingly volunteer to be tracked. Got that?
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