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Study: iPhone users fly in planes and drink wine, Android users prefer the bus and beer

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A report comparing and contrasting iPhone and Android user demographics reveals a few interesting tidbits about owners of devices running the two rival smartphone platforms.


Battery Ventures via Re/Code


According to research from venture capital firm Battery Ventures, there is some merit to the idea that iPhones are used by a white collar crowd, while Android favors the blue collar set. Or at least that's what the study's creator Jonathan Sills found in certain circumstances, reports Re/Code

The study was conducted to better understand smartphone user demographics, information that is invaluable to targeted marketing. By knowing what kind of person is using a particular hardware platform, advertisers can more effectively sink resources into curated ads.

"You would think iPhone users are all pinot-drinking yoga enthusiasts," Sills said of the stereotype assigned to Apple product users. His findings support the convention, but only to a certain degree.

Extracting information from a set of survey questions, iPhone users are more likely to have flown in an airplane in the past year, drink wine and have investments in the stock market. Android users, on the other hand, take public transportation, prefer beer, consider themselves religious and have eaten at McDonalds within the last month.

Metrics that were found to be somewhat equally represented between the two groups include owning a firearm, watching Fox News and owning a house.

Sills points out, however, that the apparent differences becoming less distinct when factoring in adjustments for income. Despite what some in the tech community have to say about iPhone and Android "fanboys," it seems most users may not be so different after all.
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I read that crap food hurts your intelligence.

...well glad this article cleared that up for me.
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Dont know how credible this poll is but sure gave me good laugh.
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This just bolsters what I have been saying for years. People who can't afford good stuff, buy Android phones. Then, to try and make themselves feel better they try and convince everyone else that Android phones are the best and they'd buy an Android even if they could afford an iPhone.
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So in other words, Android users are more likely to belong with the Wal-Mart shoppers?1biggrin.gif
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My first thought upon reading the title was, "@Apple ][ is going to love this."

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post #8 of 101

I'm just impressed that, according to the headline, Android users fly in busses.

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You don't have to be wealthy to have discriminating taste. You buy cheap stuff where it doesn't matter, and quality stuff where it does. It's a facet of intelligence.
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Since day one, I have always been claiming that the main reason why so many Android phones are being sold is because there is an overabundance of poverty stricken people on the planet. This also factors into why Android phones and tablets are so poorly represented on all web metric stats. 

 

I'm not surprised by this study's findings at all. The last time that I took a flight, I saw iPads in all directions, and I don't even think that I saw a single non-Apple tablet being used. If I were taking the bus to visit a penitentiary, I'd imagine that I'd see a lot more Android devices being used.

 

Another factor to consider is the market share of Android vs iOS in certain countries and regions. It seems to me that some of the countries with the highest percentage of Android users are also the countries that are hurting economically.

 

I hold low opinions of Android and Android users, and I will continue to do so, especially when all reports and studies that get released only reinforces what I already know and what I have been claiming for ages.

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Another reason to doubt the Beats story.

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post #12 of 101
To fair, once they leave high school the Android base might end up with jobs and the ability fly in airplanes and drink wine.
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post #13 of 101
I have an iPhone, but I drive a car and drink vodka coolers. Outlier?
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This just bolsters what I have been saying for years. People who can't afford good stuff, buy Android phones. Then, to try and make themselves feel better they try and convince everyone else that Android phones are the best and they'd buy an Android even if they could afford an iPhone.

 

I don't think it is as much not being able to afford good things as it is not valuing good things. Some people spend just as much on an Android phone as they would an iPhone because they were wooed by a specific feature or two. Others think a phone is a phone and buy whatever is on sale. 

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I have an iPhone, but I drive a car and drink vodka coolers. Outlier?

I prefer beer so I am lying low. Then again I drink it on airplanes so am I ok again? 1smile.gif
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post #16 of 101
McDonalds. Bleech. Time for yoga.

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This just bolsters what I have been saying for years. People who can't afford good stuff, buy Android phones. Then, to try and make themselves feel better they try and convince everyone else that Android phones are the best and they'd buy an Android even if they could afford an iPhone.

Don't under estimate the Apple haters from the PC era, they have no Microsoft in Mobile (ok, 1% ROFL) so many turn to anything but Apple. I bet many really wish they could recant these days. LOL
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post #18 of 101
Absolute rubbish!
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So in other words, Android users are more likely to belong with the Wal-Mart shoppers?1biggrin.gif

I know that's a favorite Apple ][ line but as I have told him, you should check out the parking lot outside the Super Wal-Mart in my neck of the woods. Top of the line cars everywhere. It must depend if you live in a crappy area or not I guess.
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post #20 of 101

Haha brilliant. 

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Absolute rubbish!

To what are you commenting / replying?
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Haha brilliant. 

You are up late!
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To what are you commenting / replying?

The generalizations in the "poll".
post #25 of 101
Frankly it all seems absurd to me and in terms of price, on a subsidized phone, there's little to no difference in cost between an iPhone and an Android phone. I bet the sample size was quite small.

Anecdotally, from my own experience I would say that income plays little to no role. I consult for a technology business where most of the employees earn pretty much the same income and I'd say the split between Apple phones and Android phones is about even.

I understand why Apple, Samsung and others feel they're competing with each other, but I don't understand why end users feel like they're competing with each other. I have an iPhone. If someone else has an Android phone, it really has absolutely no effect on me anymore than if I have a Sony TV and someone else has a Panasonic TV.
post #26 of 101
I've flown on a plane, have investments, am a white collar worker, semi religious, eaten at McDs. I drink wine or beer, if I'm in the mood. I have an iPhone.
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That's fine, but your individual usage case is not interesting.Demographic studies are useful when they speak about larger groups, not about specific individuals.

 

I have my own usage habits, but guess what? I'm not going to start blabbing about them here.

 

Anyhow, have a nice day.

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I've flown on a plane, have investments, am a white collar worker, semi religious, eaten at McDs. I drink wine or beer, if I'm in the mood. I have an iPhone.

Oh, you sounded a cool guy till the semi religious part ... 1wink.gif
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That's fine, but your individual usage case is not interesting.Demographic studies are useful when they speak about larger groups, not about specific individuals.

I have my own usage habits, but guess what? I'm not going to start blabbing about them here.

Anyhow, have a nice day.

I suspect t a lot of people are kidding around, don't panic. But now you have me curious ... what are you so worried about .... 1wink.gif
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Another reason to doubt the Beats story.

LOLOL

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MORE PEOPLE ARE DRINKING BEER 

 

WINE IS LOSING THE MARKET SHARE WAR

 

WINE IS DOOMED!

 

 

Business Insider just reported beer is literally taking wine's drinkers!

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So in other words, Android users are more likely to belong with the Wal-Mart shoppers?1biggrin.gif

My takeaway was that Samsung needs to advertise more to the crowd under the overpass. As for the android users eating more likely at McDonald's recently, did they differentiate between dining IN McDonald's or out by the dumpster?
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post #33 of 101
Android users like their operating systems open, their beer open, their bus windows open, are open to religion, and eat at McDonalds when it's open.

However, don't ask them about their women.
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post #34 of 101
I use an iPod touch which means I travel by jetpack and drink absinthe, my weapon of choice is a depleted uranium tipped harpoon.
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Since day one, I have always been claiming that the main reason why so many Android phones are being sold is because there is an overabundance of poverty stricken people on the planet. This also factors into why Android phones and tablets are so poorly represented on all web metric stats. 

I'm not surprised by this study's findings at all. The last time that I took a flight, I saw iPads in all directions, and I don't even think that I saw a single non-Apple tablet being used. If I were taking the bus to visit a penitentiary, I'd imagine that I'd see a lot more Android devices being used.

Another factor to consider is the market share of Android vs iOS in certain countries and regions. It seems to me that some of the countries with the highest percentage of Android users are also the countries that are hurting economically.

I hold low opinions of Android and Android users, and I will continue to do so, especially when all reports and studies that get released only reinforces what I already know and what I have been claiming for ages.

I hold low opinions of people who generalize people of any demographic.

This study is funny as people claim you have to separate the high end and low end phones when it comes to market share because it would be way different in the high end market share arena. Which is something I absolutely agree with but when it's a stupid study like this it's OK to group all the high end and low end Android phones together to get a conclusion you want.

This "study" proves nothing if and when you separate the high end from the low end.
post #36 of 101
This makes me laugh. I'm blue collar and a redneck but have used Apple products before most here were born. I don't fly anywhere but I do not frequent any fast food restaurants. I do not smoke nor do I drink beer, wine or liquor.
I do own a gun or 20 but don't plan on hunting people down like a lot of children from White collar families.
I am a God fearing man and proud to be American but according to this if I buy an Android phone I basically trailer park trash, beer drinking, gun toting piece of crap.

Though I have served my country and watched men die for YOUR freedom and mine the company who decided to make this IDIOTIC POLL should be given all the free wine and iPhones they want a locked back into their comfortably padded room and lock the door...

LMAO
post #37 of 101
It seems as if I was right if you read deeper into this "study".

"Sills said many of the differences go away when the user base is adjusted for income."

So if you separate it to people of higher income both users of iOS and Android do and spend roughly the same thing.
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This makes me laugh. I'm blue collar and a redneck but have used Apple products before most here were born. I don't fly anywhere but I do not frequent any fast food restaurants. I do not smoke nor do I drink beer, wine or liquor.
I do own a gun or 20 but don't plan on hunting people down like a lot of children from White collar families.
I am a God fearing man and proud to be American bur according to this if I buy an Android phone I basically trailer park trash, beer drinking, gun toting piece of crap.

Though I have served my country and watched men die for YOUR freedom and mine the company who decided to make this IDIOTIC POLL should be given all the free wine and iPhones they want a locked back into their comfortably padded room and lock the door...

LMAO

Thank you for your service and there is nothing wrong with how you live your life.
post #39 of 101

The article is more click bait. I don't take it seriously.

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I hold low opinions of people who generalize people of any demographic.

This study is funny as people claim you have to separate the high end and low end phones when it comes to market share because it would be way different in the high end market share arena. Which is something I absolutely agree with but when it's a stupid study like this it's OK to group all the high end and low end Android phones together to get a conclusion you want.

This "study" proves nothing if and when you separate the high end from the low end.

 

Trust me, I have a lot of experience in generalizing and I have no problems with stereotyping certain groups.

 

When Android is compared to iOS, they lump every single Android manufacturer on the planet together VS one company, Apple.

 

I see no issues at all with lumping every single Android user on the planet together when speaking about them.

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