Originally Posted by patpatpat
I don't know if I fully agree with this. Thinking long term, how many new users would a cheaper 5C have brought into the apple ecosystem. How many more apps/itunes/accessories/applecare plans purchased. Think of the 5C as a gateway drug, once you get the people sucked in to iEverything, Android and Samsung have little of value to offer (at the cheaper end). Next iteration, the new apple user finds they can get a decent price for their used 5C and are likely to consider upgrading to the 5S level model.
Most cheap android phones we ever had were worth squat after 2 years.
I understand. The marketing concept is not one followed by the bulk of manufacturers because the quarterly performance numbers are demanded by most stockholders and most management lacks to confidence to think and act for longer term objectives.
Consider this: Android phones are priced to appeal to people with lesser money. Then the Android app developers have found that it's difficult to sell apps to those same cash poor customers, so they use ads to supplement their incomes. The best Android phones sell for $100 less on eBay compared to a similar iPhones... that is, as you pointed out, the Android is even working after a couple years. With low profit margins in the Android phones, there is less customer service and with more ads in the apps, less of a quality experience. The desire is, and sales have shown, to upgrade out of the Android smart phone and into the Apple iPhone market.
There is no way to easily do that from the bottom of the Android market, it will more likely come from users in the mid to upper Android experience. There will always be a low end market where people cannot afford anything better, or they cannot discern a better experience even if they experienced it. There are those kinds of people.
I guess where you and I may disagree is on what dollar point is too high or too low to demarcate Apple's idea of their market low-end to which they want to appeal.