Originally Posted by ExternalStorage
These statistics are interesting, but without more disclosure on the methodology, etc, they are really nothing more than a talking point.
And really, we need to be asking why the author felt compelled to write a "circle the wagons" defense of apple.
Here is an interesting real-world action of someone trying to make money selling the devices.
Best Buy is lowering the price of the 5c to $50. The Galaxy remains three times more expensive at $150. Someone claimed earlier that teens moving to Samsung were doing so because they couldn't afford an iPhone. Hmmmm.....
And can we agree that Best Buy, Walmart, and other retailers would be charging more (and making more profit) on the iPhone if they could?
Apple can be admired for their brilliant execution morphing the iPod into the iPhone. They led the way, and continue to enjoy the benefits of having the first "hit"
But can't we think for a minute what it means if someone is willing to pay three times more for a competitors product?
My entire family has iPhones. I'm ready to dump mine as soon as Verizon offers a high-end Windows 8 phone. My son is moving to the Galaxy as soon as his contract is up. Wife and daughter are happy with their iPhones. In our home apple is going to see a 50% reduction in market share.
The point is that this smartphone market is really only a few years old, and lots of people are going to be coming off contract soon. It'll be interesting to see what happens as more sophisticated users evaluate their needs, and compare features and capabilities.
Apple thinks I am too stupid to change my own battery... Better left to the "professional", right? The single HOME button is broke... so I need to leave my phone -- and all of my private information -- with some stranger for repair, yet Apple clings to this flawed one-button design. I am jumping through all kinds of hoops to try to get some external storage that will work with my phone, and can only get half-baked wifi devices that can save some, but not all, of my valuable data.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy can accept memory cards. I can swap out a SIM card when I travel to China next week. I can have spare batteries for the Samsung phones. The menus are accessed with touchscreens, not some "mission critical" home button. You don't have to go through crazy contortions to sync a Samsung to a new computer.
And almost all W8 and Android phones have embraced NFC, while arrogant Apple continues the ignore-anything-not-invented-by-apple snub of this great technology.
As this market matures, and users become more sophisticated, apple is going to need to offer more than Male SIri, colored plastic cases and low cost phones if they hope to remain a market leader.
It's interesting to see how the iHaters are totally thrown by these surveys....LOL.
On the one hand the results based on actual data from US carriers and actual users surveys are dismissed as merely an "interesting talking point", whereas "shipping", data which are a pure fantasy invention by such as Strategy Analytics and IDC, who invent numbers and forecasts to suit their paymasters like Samsung, Android and Microsoft, are treated by Apple haters as "reliable" and quoted to show that Apple is "doomed", that Android and Windows is gaining market share and Windows phones are going to force iPhones into THIRD place, which bizarely was celebrated by a mock funeral of MS employees....LOL
However the facts in Cannacord are supported by Kantar, who instead of relying on fantasy "shipping" numbers, actualy survey users buying habits and have found that iPhone's market share is GROWING YonY in the US, in the EU5 (UK,France, Italy, Spain and Germany) as well as Australia, Japan and Mexico i.e. the advanced economies which are Google's most important advertising markets
Where Android has been gaining market share has been in poor, developing countries like China, Africa and India, where their less affluent consumers are buying the cheap "white box" smartphones mainly from China, which use forked versions of Android, which do NOT ALLOW Google to either data mine or place their adverts, and which are UNAPLE TO USE GOOGLE PLAY and therefore are not buyers of Android developer's Apps....LOL
To make matters more worrying for Google their evidence to Congress and analysis of their accounts shows that Google earn 80% of their evenue from iOS and just 20% from Android - see: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/29/google_earns_80_of_its_mobile_revenue_from_ios_just_20_from_android.html
Having dismissed hard evidence quoted in the article as merely "talking points" ExternalStorage then goes on a long anti-Apple rant in which his "opinions" are stated as compelling "facts" and his "evidence" about his family's buyng intentions, which, even if it were true, is at best is merely anecdotal and of no objective evidential value whatever, especially as it is contradicted by numerous surveys which show the EXACT OPPOSITE to his anecdotal evidence and opinions.
For example, Apple services and products invariably achieve by far the highest user satisfaction, brand loyalty and retention rates, which is why Apple is gaining market share in the above advanced, mature markets. Additionally there are a number of surveys which show that for every iPhone user who moves to Samsung, 2 or 3 Samsung users move to iPhones - which has a very corrosive long term effect on Android's premier brand, which has now even been caught cheating on benchmark tests.
There are also numerous surveys from the likes of Nielsen, Comscore, millennialmedia, Nikkei BP, Ask Your Target Market, Gartner, Piper Jaffry, IBM, MobilAds and others that iOS users are the preferred target market of advertiser, marketeers and Apps developers, because they are better educated, more affluent, more influential, travel more, buy more goods services on the interent and buy more digital media and more Apps and make far more money for developers.
Regarding ExternalStorage silly point about the unreliabliity of the iPhone button, for which there is no evidence whatever, just his "opinion" stated as fact, there is in fact significant survey data which contradicts him. According to FixYa, the leading Q&A destination on the Web and Mobile, they found in a survey of 722,556 troubleshooting requests that iPhones are:
* nearly 3 times more reliable than Samsung's smartphones,
* 5 times more reliable than Nokia's and
* 27 times more reliable than Motorola's.
Hey ExternalStorage, why let so many inconvenient facts get in the way of your ranting opinions?....LOL
Edited by Secular Investor - 10/7/13 at 3:21am