While the iPhone continues to be widely popular, each new device launch seems to come with a large amount of criticism. The original iPhone didn’t have a cut and paste feature, the 3G didn’t have video recording, and the 3GS only had a 3.2 MP camera without a flash.

Although its specs aren’t always cutting edge compared to its Android counterparts, the iPhone has been a handheld favorite since its inception. This fact is reiterated by a recent report that not only is the iPhone 4 the top selling smartphone for Verizon and AT&T, the 3GS is outselling top Android phones…

In a note to investors this morning, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley made some interesting comments regarding Apple’s smartphone. According to the analyst’s checks with retail sales channels, Apple’s previous generation iPhone is outselling Android powerhouses like the Motorola Atrix 4G.

“Interestingly, our April checks indicated continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, as these older generation products with reduced prices often outsold new Android products.”

AT&T started selling the dated iPhone 3GS for $49 earlier this year, with a 2 year agreement. The promotion helped Apple sell nearly 20 million iPhones last quarter, as it was the cheapest that the popular smartphone had ever been offered in a retail setting.

“We believe this highlights Apple’s significant advantage, and these older products help Apple offer a tiered pricing strategy at key channels.”

Maybe Apple isn’t considering a cheaper iPhone at all. By selling their discontinued products at such a low price point, Apple is able to stay competitive against less expensive Android phones with entry-level features.

It’s funny how often Apple is criticized for being behind the technology curve with their iPhone line, but a phone that has been out for nearly 2 years is outselling dual core Android phones. Maybe the average person really doesn’t care about the specs.

What do you think?

[AppleInsider]

  • XepptizZ

    My gf who is everything but a techhead prefers to use my ipod touch 2g over her samsung spica. I dont know the specs of both, but apple devices always seem to have a smoother experience.

  • So long as I can do what I need to do, I don’t care as much about the specs. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is all about the specs.

  • stfudvs

    specs don’t matter when the operating system is slow and clumsy, dual core it all u want, android still sucks compared to iOS

    quality over quantity

    • BG

      Have u seen iOS 4 run on an older model 3G ?! Specs matter when an older iPhone can’t handle the newer firmware !

      • localemo

        Its bot that its clumsy ..its just has that learning curve you used to get with new products …ios on the other hand has perfected pick up and play …yet that’s the height of the OS

    • Jon Garrett

      its the $50 price. thats the only reason they’re still selling. but only a damn fool would believe an iphone 3Gs outperforms the LG G2x or Samsung Galaxy S II.

      the idiots who write these stories twist the facts to support their bias against Android.

      on another site, they wrote “some” Android phones, on this one they’re saying “flagship” Android phones.

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  • Zane

    I believe iPhone is still the best smartphone on the market. The simplicity as well as the general usability of the phone would obviously appeal to most people. Apps are simply out if this world!

    Zane Maynard
    South Africa

  • Bona P

    Still running strong… Its about to be the three ur mark, screen has little marks, white plastic back is untouched, volume button and lock button has fallen out. I can’t complain this phone has been thru hell. toss around, stepped on, dropped a milli times. To simply say it, it’s the phone I ever owned. But I can’t say I not hyped about grabbing an iPhone 4Gs in sept. Hahaha!

  • Bona P

    Three yr mark *** lol yes I love the iPhone spell check as well.

  • DomPerignon

    For $50.00 there isn’t an Adroid phone that can beat that. Just there isn’t a better phone than the iPhone 3GS for $50.00

    • XepptizZ

      There will be in a decade or so. Assuming apple hasnt bought 60 percent shares of the WORLD

  • Keelan

    I got and iphone 3gs last night and i love it

  • kernel9173

    ofcourse,no matter when the hardwares generated, just care about the using experience,right?