Why is it that people in the most visible positions in the tech industry sometimes say the dumbest things? First there was Nokia’s U.S. president, Chris Weber, who claimed that Apple’s focus on apps in iOS was “out-dated.”

Now we have HTC America’s acting president Martin Fichter telling an audience at this week’s Mobile Future Forward event why college kids don’t think iPhones are cool anymore. GeekWire relays Fichter’s ridiculous comments…

“Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, MacBook Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”

Ok, and as 9to5Mac‘s Seth Weintraub said, “They must also have no interest in dad’s Porsche either.” Although Fichter’s comments come from in-depth scientific research (I’m obviously being sarcastic), recent reports beg to differ.

We just told you this morning that the iPhone 4 is selling better than ever. Analysts have actually had to readjust their projections because they figured iPhone sales would decline in anticipation for the upcoming refresh, but they haven’t.

I don’t doubt that kids, teens and adults are all trying different handsets out. Anyone can peek into a wireless retail store and see that. But I don’t think that asking a few kids in a college dorm what devices they are using is enough evidence to back up these kinds of comments.

What do you think? Has the iPhone’s “cool” factor gone down?

  • The only thing about this that I agree is that people don’t all want to have the same thing…. I think the next device will help that especially if it has a different design because a lot of people who have bought new devices within the last year will probably not be switching unless they have the money or need for it. I think making it feel more exclusive makes it more attractive which is why you don’t see as many kids with them but now they are getting cheaper and cheaper so you see kids with them and college students then don’t want to be part of the “crowd” and be part of the elite. Just my opinions.

  • Tarek

    Nope don’t agree… While my wife and I are on iPhones, my three kids are on BB. They claim that they don’t like the touch screen. Of course my son’s and one of my daughter’s BB are touch screen.

    Nonetheless, they never tire of borrowing our iPads to play games or check facebook or email. Not to discount that one of my daughters also has an iPod Touch….

    In fact, one of my daughter’s friends just got a BB and I commented on her facebook entry that it must be a generational divide between iPhone and BB. I was immediately replied to by many of her friends that they are also on the iPhone and that a lot of the younger crowd are enamored by the iPhone.

    So I really don’t think the coolness factor has gone away at all.

    At least based on *my* scientific evidence.

  • Kuipo77

    EVERYONE wants an iPhone!!!!! Period

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      • Will

        I live in Kuwait. 2 years ago EVERYONE had a BB no matter how poor they were. NoW everyone just have iPhones…

  • Josh

    You see, I live in “X” country. There are like 100 out of 1000 people who actually own an iPhone. Here, the ones who don’t have their same old Nokia phone, have a BlackBerry (which is most of them). I have an iPhone and I love it. They have a BlackBerry and they love it. But they always see me with my iPhone they say stuff like “man I want an iPhone”. And when asked about why they don’t swap to iPhone, their excuse is that overrated, silly, so-called “social network” called BlackBerry Messenger (or BBM).

    So, yeah. It’s obviously still about fashion and socializing, which I think is kind of lame. Because you should not be using an old fashioned brick like the BlackBerry, because your friends are. Nowadays, phones are not all the same, so you have to choose it based on which one is the best, and of course depending on what you’re gonna use it for.

    Using my iPhone does not make me less fashionable and it certainly doesn’t make me a less social person. And by the way, if you ask me, if we’re gonna talk about ergonomics, fashion and design, the iPhone is a much more attractive device.

    • Topsy

      Hey, is that a comment or another post. I think you should be a writer. My daughter won’t stop asking for my iphone. Take mum’s galaxy ace, no way. HTC phones are crap.

      • Josh

        What do you mean by “is that a comment or another post”?

  • Isaac

    In my country (Mexico) everyone has a BB and only a few have an iPhone.. Why?? Is it the generational division? Is it because a BB is “cooler”?? NOT AT ALL It is because in Mexico a BB is almost a 3rd part of an iPhone price. I had a BB Storm 2 for free in a $49 USD contract. But ASA the iPhone 5 comes out, and my contract will be done, I´ll get it

  • BloodWolfJW

    My dad had an iPhone, and I wanted one. I got iPhone, dad got Android, and guess what? I hate his droid. htc is so jealous 😛

  • Steel

    My HTC Sensation has a duo 1.2 processor that is currently being over clocked to 1.83, i have 8 different roms to choose from, and no one tells me what application i can and cannot run on my HTC.

    • Kessler

      and u are obviously missing the point…is the reason that idevices been doing so well for years because of how powerful their devices are? NO! apple doesnt advertise specs and they don’t need to. they can certainly put a quad-core processor in their phones but they don’t need to. that’s what computers are for….

    • simo03

      Wow that sounds so fun how many roms you got the only people who can tell you what apps you can run on your phone are developers who make prefence for the iPhone why? You may ask as they don’t have to support a million different variations of hardware also iOs users actualy buy apps and music as where not scrubbers!

  • Bikram

    That’s fine nobody wants it… but every mobile company wants to manufacture mobile just like an iPhone… That says it all…

  • sulphate

    they want iPod touch….

  • Jonah

    Now most of the feedback here comes from Iphone users. I have an Ipad, and Iphone, and an Ipod, but I still think HTC is amazing. Apple is too enclosed and strict. I mean why should I need to jailbreak my iphone to be able to modify my OS? It is MY phone and MY OS. i paid for it.

    Another problem with Iphones is that all models are too similar. I will not append on this one.

    BB is selling well because people have lost their social life’s, not because they wanna socialize. What happened to teens actually talking to each other? What’s next? Now you see them sitting on a round table for two in a restaurant, and TEXTING???? Wtf is wrong with people?

    buttom line: Iphone is good but not toooo good, HTC might become better, and BB will always suck.

  • I think the iPhone is awesome my 3 year old girl thinks it’s awesome 🙂
    However all htc need to do to catch up is improve the look and build quality the os is getting better but still not as good as apples

  • Svnelvn

    Come to hong kong and you will see toddlers using the iPhone. It has monopolized the smartphone market here

    • Stormy Nguyen

      A guy from work bought an iPhone in Hongkong and, when he brought it over here when his holiday ended, he found out that it didn’t have any internal memory at all. He had to insert some sort of memory stick in it. Things aren’t always what they seem…

  • XepptizZ

    My friends either have an iPhone, want an iphone or stick with their nokia 3310.

  • Michael

    iPhones used to be good when a few people had them, now every1 seems to have1, especially kids that have them bought, now you guys might enjoy having a common phone and looking like a twat pulling out your iPhone while 15 kids on the bus are all playing with theirs but I don’t .. iPhones used to be exclusive and oozed class, now they are just common and you expect every1 who takes out a mobile to have an iPhone, time for me to get something different when my contract expires.

    That decision would be so much easier if Android equipped devices were built as well as the iPhone, the OS is just as good and the only thing Apple excel at are knowing what aesthetics means.

    • Allen

      Anyone who buys a smartphone based on non-tangible things like how much it oozes class is an absolute idiot.

  • Bil

    It’s down to cost.
    BB are free on contract and they get free messaging.
    IPhones are expensive to own – parents have the money and the kids don’t Period.

    • Dylan

      I was 14 and i dropped my iphone 3g in the lake. I went to the apple store and bought the iphone 4 FULL PRICE with my own money. and i mean i spent the 650$

  • Maheen Khalid

    It is stupid. HTC is producing an army of phones just-like-iphone to fight off just one phone, iphone which came like 15 months back. Still they say iphone is not cool. Good Joke.

  • iamlynda

    MALARKY!!! My son has a Samsung (android) and is dying for the iP5 to come out so he can have my 3GS.

  • Get A Hold Of Yourselfs

    To me it sounds like if you guys saw Steve Jobs walking down the street you would pull out his …. and …. on it. Just so you could feel better about your dropping too much money on something because its cool.

  • Alec

    Im in highschool, and TONS of my friends have iphones. Also, almost none of my classmates have android powered phones, and even less know what android is.