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Wednesday, 04 August 2010 09:59

Android is cleaning Apple's clock

Written by Nick Farell

iPhone is so last week
Signs are starting to come in that Apple's iPhone is old news, at least among ordinary people. Apple fanboys will probably survive as long as the company, but it seems that Android is picking up large numbers who would have been sucked into Steve Jobs' walled garden of delights.

A Nielsen study has shown that 27 per cent of all purchasers of smartphones in the past six months bought an Android phone. This is an increase from 17 per cent in a poll from the year’s first quarter.

Android OS jumped to 14 per cent of overall smartphone share, just behind Windows Mobile at 15
per cent. While Apple stayed in second place it dropped four percentage points from 27 to 23 per cent of new smartphone sales.

What might be keeping the iPhone alive is a big slide away from Blackberry. Only 42% of Blackberry owners say that they want to purchase a Blackberry next, with have leaning towards either an iPhone or Android.

Apple fanboys are rushing to blame Jobs' Mob's locked in partnership with AT&T which suffers from signal problems. John Gruber, of Daring Fireball thinks that much of Android’s US success is attributable to Verizon’s strength as the number one U.S. Carrier.

He also pointed out that Nielsen’s statistics exclude the iPad and iPod touch, which run Apple’s iOS. Of course if that same logic was followed Microsoft would be allowed to count every version of Windows with a Wi-Fi connection.

Still, there are better reasons as to why people are shifting to Android:

  1. 1. Android is a good operating system for mobiles. It is able to do everything the iPhone can do.
  2. 2. Android is Open. You don't have someone telling you which App you can use and charging you for the privilege.
  3. 3. Android is Free. This lowers the price of the phone. If prices are comparable with the iPhone it is because it has more or better quality parts.
  4. 4. The iPhone 4 is broken. Apple showed its true colours in “AntennaeGate”. In knew it was shipping a broken phone and it cavalierly told users to “eat cake”. Other problems are there as well, such as cracked screens and screen problems. The iPhone 4 is Apple's Vista - sooner or later users will wise up to the fact that while the 3GS version worked well and that the 4G offers little in the way of new things. Did we mention that it's broken?
  5. 5. You can pick your carrier. This is a big thing and something Apple does not understand. While I do not believe it is the only reason for Apple tanking in the US, it is certainly a factor. While Apple fanboys give the impression that they are happy being told what to do, most people were educated on the politics of choice being more important. Apple takes away that choice.

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 August 2010 10:07
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-78 #1 Naterm 2010-08-04 10:45
The iPhone 4 is Apple's Vista? Put down the (crack) pipe, Nick. It's obviously a flawed device, but the flaws aren't that great. People can't really go out, buy a new iPhone 4, then downgrade it to the 3GS now can they?

I doubt you've ever actually used one. It's a very good phone, the antenna problems aren't half the deal people claim them to be. The biggest problem for Apple is that they're still stuck on ATT.

ATT doesn't have 3G where I live. If they did, I'd definitely get an iPhone 4. Since they don't, I'm looking at a Droid X or Droid 2.

That's what it comes down to. I've yet to use a high-end Android device that is superior to the iPhone, but good enough works when it comes with a much more robust network.
-58 #2 robert3892 2010-08-04 10:45
Part of the problem here is also Apple's success. The iPhone 4 sold in such large numbers that there are not enough iPhone 4 phones being manufactured and people are tired of waiting for one. So many people are buying another type of phone. Apple needs to be able to rev up its manufacturing to meet the needs of users WORLDWIDE and currently it is not doing that.
+49 #3 gozzak 2010-08-04 12:03
Spot on Nick. You an add to the list:
1) Fanboys creep you out. Main reason I wont buy a iPhone is that I find Apple Fanboys kind of creepy, and just incase you can catch it from Apple products, I wouldn't risk ever getting one.
2) The two main reasons the iPhone suceeded are 1.It was the BEST product and 2.It became trendy and fashionable to have one. No 1. is no longer the case, and like we all know, fashions change, and when the do (as they are starting to), it will actually be embarrassing for many people to have an iPhone.
+21 #4 Greg4422 2010-08-04 18:01
I'm left handed so I'm getting a Sprint HTC EVO, and I don't need duct tape for it to work.

+11 #5 yasin 2010-08-04 19:42
its a good phone....till u try and make a call lmfao
+9 #6 eXistential 2010-08-04 22:27
Excellent list and article! This should be a sticky on a forum or on the front page everyday!!
-20 #7 Jurassic1024 2010-08-04 22:58
Now if only AMD/ATi fanboys could get rated down as much as Naterm and robert3892 were.
-1 #8 bunny 2010-08-05 01:53
iPhone has signal problems in Japan too,
it's a total TOY, you need two phones to do anything if you're stupid enough to fall for the softbank BS and get one.
1 iphone to play with, and a real phone to use for train pass, buying stuff and ACTUALLY MAKING CALLS!

ps: android phones can't do felica either. So no win there.
+5 #9 Fud_u 2010-08-05 02:35
I was once a proud iPhone 3g owner but Android did so much more to me then I think could possible. Android has plenty of Rom and skin and I never seem to get bored of it. I only need a hand-full of apps so it doesn't matter if there's more on the way. I needed my phone to fit me and not me fitting my phone.
+5 #10 grebe925 2010-08-05 03:58
I am an owner of a Iphone 3G and it has served me well for two years. I paid full price despite it being locked to a carrier in India but I went along because it was so ahead of it's time when I bought it. Probably the most useful app for me is a mobile hotspot and yet I can't get it legally. My nephew has an android phone and he can. This walled garden thing is starting to wear thin on me. I doubt I'll buy a 4G.

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