If Apple loyalty holds up, iPhone will surpass Android in U.S. market share by 2015

By , Apr 26, 2013

iPhone 5 (in hand, right angled)

Whenever I stumble upon a survey predicting that Apple’s iPhone will loose traction to not just Android, but Windows Phone as well, my blood starts to boil in my veins.

And just like clockwork, you can count on the likes of IDC and Gartner to come out of the woodwork every now and then with wild predictions of the iPhone’s demise by 2015, 2016 or 2017.

History has taught me to take such long-term predictions with a healthy dose of skepticism, even more so if data comes from big name firms whose crystal ball peering is based on “polls” that sample a few hundred random people, at best.

With that in mind, here’s a survey that paints a rather rosy future for the Apple smartphone. Noting that Android is actually losing one out of every six customers to other phone vendors, Yankee Group ran their spreadsheets and determined that Apple will surpass Android in U.S. market share by 2015, provided Apple brand loyalty numbers hold up in the coming years…

Two key factors that will drive Apple’s ownership past Android’s peak: Apple’s unmatched ecosystem loyalty and people upgrading from feature phones to their first smartphone.

“While buying intent for new customers to both Apple’s and Android’s ecosystem is about the same, platform loyalty is not,” according to Yankee, which polled 16,000 consumers over the last year.

And should Apple address the low-end of first-time smartphone buyers in emerging markets with a rumored budget iPhone model, the trend will favor Apple even more.

AllThingsD passes along the Yankee Group numbers proving that even though Samsung’s Radio City Music Hall launch of the Galaxy S4 made headlines, consumer buying data shows that at the checkout counter, “Apple continues to eat Samsung’s lunch.”

That’s the power of the iPhone’s ‘halo effect’ for you.

Apple’s “black hole” ecosystem captures subscribers who never leave, while Android smartphones are losing one out of every six customers to other manufacturers. These trends will drive Apple ownership well past Android ownership by 2015 and will reinforce Apple’s dominance in tablets as well.

As measured by pretty much every credible brand agency out there, the Apple brand has a strong pull, second to none.

Yankee Group (Android vs Apple loyalty)

A UBS Research survey from September 2012 revealed that nearly nine out each ten iPhone owners will never buy another brand of smartphone.

Yankee agrees, likening the Apple and Android ecosystems to two buckets of water, with the Android bucket leaking badly:

New smartphone buyers – mostly upgrading feature phone owners – fall like rain into the two big buckets about equally, with a smaller number falling into Windows Phone and BlackBerry buckets. However, the Android bucket leaks badly, losing about one in five of all the owners put into it.

The Apple bucket leaks only about seven percent of its contents, so it retains more of the customers that fall into it. The Apple bucket will fill up faster and higher than the Android one, regardless of the fact that the Apple bucket may have had fewer owners in it to begin with.

I love the bucket analogy a lot!

Specifically, only nine percent of Apple owners plan to switch to another platform with their next phone purchase, while 24 percent of Android owners plan to defect from the Android platform, with eighteen percent of Android owners intending to switch to Apple.

Yankee Group (Android vs Apple loyalty 002)

According to UBS, Apple’s iPhone boasted an astounding 89 percent retention rate last September while HTC phones recorded the second highest retention rate of just 39 percent. Matter of fact, Apple claimed a 50 percent retention rate lead over all other smartphone makers in terms of customer loyalty.

Yankee Group (Android vs Apple loyalty 001)

Yankee also observes that consumer intent to buy Samsung phones is less than half that of iPhones in the U.S. “In fact, iPhone intent to buy is statistically tied with the intent to buy all Android phones combined,” the research firm concludes.

True, this is yet another market research and as such should be taken with a grain of salt. On the flip side, it’s definitely nice seeing there are researchers out there who actually bother taking into account factors other than unit shipments in their research, don’t you think?

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  • Boss

    Apple will need more than 1 flag ship iPhone to pass there’s just way too many cheap Android phones out there

    • Gorgonphone

      apple need to make iphone more accessible and create a new larger supper high end flag ship device that merges OSX and IOS..

      • Lordthree

        No, they really don’t.

      • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

        Well, they have to do something because iOS hasn’t visually changed since it was created, 6+ years ago, and basically 0 significant new features have been added since the iPhone 4, almost 3 years ago!

      • Gorgonphone

        EXACTLY…. iPhone has gotten bring but its so great and so many humans still want it that it is still killing android even in a state of stagnation…

        apple can make these things and win:

        1. iwatch
        2. iTelevision
        3. iController (game controller) for iOS
        4. new fresh iOS7
        5. great improvement in physical look of iphone 6

        thats all they have to do

      • Kurt

        Instead of a improvement in physical look, they should make an improvement in physical durability. scratches, chips, bend iphones are not so appealing. It’s part of the reason why cell providers are calling existing customers here to offer them free iPhone 5s and early upgrades. 10 month early upgrade for me and my wife. thats unheard of here.

      • moofer

        They have one. It’s called a Mac.

      • Gorgonphone

        I feel like they can shake up the world again by making a new device that has phablet functionality and conbines OSX and IOS features ..

    • moofer

      “Cheap” is a great word. Not cheap as in inexpensive… Cheap as in quality. The above numbers exist for a reason. Here’s another number. 1. As in, first in customer satisfaction since it was released (JD Power). Something Samsung seems unable to copy.

      • Guest

        Da fuq?

  • Liam Mulcahy

    hooray!

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    Let’s be honest, apple is one brand with one device per year.
    What they are doing it’s already unbelievable. But holding the marketshare it’s one thing that they can’t for obvious reasons.

    1. iPhone it’s not a low end phone.
    2. It’s one brand versus 50 with 100 diferent devices per year.
    3. People love the iPhone but it’s not for every wallet.

    Even if Apple release a budget phone they will get a GREAT marketshare, but once again, it’s hard to keep the top market share around the world.

    • Gorgonphone

      iphone has already beaten android in the human mindshare…

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.lennard Dominick Lennard

    id rather have a high quality great user interface than a “cheap Android phone(s)”!!!!

    • Boss

      Only cause it’s “Android” don’t mean it’s cheap the HTC One makes my iPhone 5 look like a toy if iPhone 5S ain’t got enough good stuff worth the upgrade from the 5 than I will get the HTC1 and wait for the iPhone 6

      • Gorgonphone

        android OS suckcks it does not matter how great the hard ware is

      • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

        Right… Coming from someone who can’t even spell “hardware” correctly.

      • Gorgonphone

        I CAN FIX A TYPO… BUT ANDROID STILL SUCKS AND IS INFERIOR TO IOS AND APPLE AND IPHONES AND YOU CAN’T FIX THAT..HAAHAHHAHAHHH

      • Kurt

        I only use iDevices, and can confirm that iOS is inferior to Android. Our phones can’t compare to the high end devices like the note 2 or S3, S4, HTC ONE, etc. iPhone was clearly the best phone a few years ago, hands down. It had the most features…now? Give me a break. It’s not even close. We don’t even have real mulit-tasking. I can’t even watch videos and go check my email.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        iOS multi-tasking it’s better than a real multi-tasking because uses less resources to accomplish the same tasks.

        Which give us better battery life and performance. And it was much more easy for apple pulling out 100% multitasking than using different API’s to achieve the same.

        But since they care about quality, and they are not lazy, they made a excelent multitasking service.

        It’s so great having apps like Whats app and others not wasting battery in the background like the Android version does. And this is only one example.

        I already tested so many times (with JB) full multitasking and it’s not good at all… battery life and performance decreases a lot! And killing apps to maintaing the quality/performance it’s so 90′s…

      • Kurt

        We have enough ram for real multitasking. iOS phoney multitasking is a joke, and a fail for modern phones.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        No, it’s not a joke at all… you need to understand how it works.

        7 different API’s does the job very well done. If a video goes to background, the video stops but the audio keeps working. Conclusion: wast much less GPU/CPU processing and RAM memory doing that.

        And many other examples out there. This is pure quality. Crappy multitasking you find on Android… that’s for sure

        macworld com/article/1164616/how_ios_multitasking_really_works.html

      • Kurt

        iOS can’t play a video when in another app. Android/webOS are better. iOS can’t compare to the multitasking in other OSes.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        Sorry but you can. It only depends on how developers use the iOS multitasking API’s.

      • Kurt

        no you can’t. note 2 has popup player and split screen. you can even watch a video and check your email at the same time. can you do that with iOS. nope. but you keep thinking iOS is better. Lie to yourself. doesnt change that fact its not true

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        The question is: Whos the fu+king m0ron how is typing or reading a email and watching a video at the same time? And again, it’s possible. On the multitaslking bar you will see the SAFARI logo if you play videos on Safari for example and open other app…

        The only thing you can’t its waching video and reading you email at the same time.. but once again, that’s stupid and pointless because you just can’t focus in both at the same time.

      • Kurt

        Yeah, so moronic of people

      • lmao

        The only people who think that is not an awesome feature, are those without it, or in Int3nsive care. Being able to watch a show, or video skype call while being able to review your email or surf is simply amazing.

      • Kurt

        +1
        “Int3nsive care” haha!

      • Dan

        I can attest that the splitscreen multitasking is extremely useful. Just yesterday, my wife was driving. I was giving her directions and texting at the same time using splitscreen map/texting.

      • Raj

        Splitscreen is extremely awful.

      • Dan

        What do you know sheep

      • Raj

        What you do not know, simp

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        You can do that with the iPhone… while texting someone, GPS are giving you voice directions in the background.

      • Dan

        Well that’s hardly the point.

        Anyway its funny seeing that some people can’t acknowledge the positive side of things. While i prefer Android, i can also like some aspects of IOS.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        There’s positive things on Android and bad things on iOS. No one can deny that. But multitasking it’s all about making sense. You can’t focus your eyes in two things at the same time, specially in such tiny displays.

        On the iPad having the hability of openning two apps side by side, makes perfecly sense. On the iphone, no.
        And one thing i enjoy on iOS that I can’t reproduce on Android, its using the built-in browser to open links and videos without leaving the app. For example, apps like Twitter.

        Other thing that annoys me on Android is Widgets (like Flipboard) that if you try to open the article that are appearing on the widget, you just can’t. He opens the App instead…

      • Dan

        Well i have a note 2, imo its just big enough for split screen. Also my flipboard widget works fine.

      • lmao

        This is true, however unless they are social apps (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) most don’t use these APIs, and suffer from the ‘restart instead of resume’ syndrom when you try to restart your paused app. Personally, the only apps I noticed that play nice are browsers and social apps.

      • lmao

        Your points are valid about the videos in the background, and is exactly how Android does it – HOWEVER, iOS will simple PAUSE the video when the home button is pressed (no sound), and will be paused when you return. True multitasking will allow you to have a video playing (in the background with sound only, or with a video overlay) while you are doing other tasks – the option is yours.

        Android has the same APIs available, however there is a big thing to note here.. on iOS, most apps do not give a crap about this API (mostly games, but most other apps too), and when you press the home button, they will stop, but when you double-tap to get your task list, and click on the app or game again, it will simply RESTART the bloody thing, and not resume. Android, all apps will ‘pause’, and wait for you to return if they are not designed to run in the background – subtle but important differences.

      • Kurt

        Note 2 can handle 5 videos without lag. But of course you dont’ need to watch more than 1 video. But at least the note 2 can play a video while you do other things. Pop up player or split screen is awesome

      • lmao

        You can come of with any reason you choose, if it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but the fact that the iPhone 5 has crappy battery life vs. the latest HTC and SG3 & SG4 that does have true multitasking, makes your points completely moot.

        Yes, I do own an i4, i4s, i5, HTC One, SG3, and a Note 2, so am not some jackhole throwing pro-android crap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mehrabh Mehrab Haque

        Explain how the htc one makes your iphone 5 a toy?

      • lmao

        Maybe you should go check one out, and you will see first hand.

      • http://www.facebook.com/mehrabh Mehrab Haque

        I have a xperia Z htc one galaxy nexus
        But my iphone 5 is what im typing with right now :)

      • lmao

        Weird.. I am typing this on my iPhone 5 right now too… So.. What’s the point exactly? I feel dirty now.

    • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

      Have you even seen the HTC One? Samsung Galaxy S4?

      • Lordthree

        HTC one is clearly the best android phone, but it’s still no iPhone killer and HTC is losing money hand over foot.

        The S4 is plastic garbage by all accounts

      • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

        HTC losing money somehow makes their device worse? And please explain how exactly are profits and materials the device is made of an indicator of how good a device is in everyday situations?

      • Lordthree

        Would you really want to buy a phone from a company that might be bankrupt in 18 months?

      • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

        Hypothetically, would you buy an iPhone 5S if you knew there was a risk of Apple bankrupting in 18 months? Would HTC/Apple bankrupting suddenly brick my device and render it useless?

      • Kurt

        +1, nice come back coming from a radical liberal such as yourself.

      • Dan

        who cares, who keeps their phones more than 18 months nowadays anyway? Your phone is already old news 6 months after you buy it.

      • Kurt

        Unfortunately here, you must keep your phone for 24 months.Except now they are pushing people to give them free iPhone 5s and let them upgrade early. I was asked to upgrade 10 months early if I excepted a free iPhone 5. No thanks. I wonder how many countries this is happening in, yet not one blog post about it. This is a first for an early upgrade, so its highly unusual.

      • felixtaf

        How many times u r going to say this free iPhone 5 (5s not announced yet) story? Only iPhone 5 is selling for free in contract? I wonder… Selling free in contract doesnt mean that its cheap or unwanted.. Carriers push their device and cash it in ur mobile bill… Hope u know that… NOTHING comes free these days… Free is a JOKE these days…

      • Kurt

        oh yeah?

      • Dan

        that’s too bad. Here in Canada, if you want to get rid of your phone faster, you can simply pay what’s left on your phone and get a new one. Even then, just threaten to pay then leave and the provider will usually give you a free upgrade lol

      • http://www.facebook.com/megapixel1427 Emad Alam

        The HTC One is good. The UI is sleek and the dual speakers on the front should be a treat for any mobile gaming enthusiast. However, it seems to do poor on battery life and the camera isn’t that great either, which is important as I have a knack for photography and constant messaging. What’s the point of spending big bucks on a phone that won’t last you half a day?

        Samsung S4 yes the features are really impressive. The screen is a big drool but it’s plastic and it annoys me because I know Samsung can actually make a high end phone crafted out of aluminum.

      • Kurt

        iPhone isn’t made of plastic but thats why it chips,scratches and bends. iPhone battery is poor. You can’t play games and expect to make a phone call later. Battery life drops fast. I only play certain games at home because of that problem. I wish could swap out the battery with a new one. Problem solved for me, but no.

      • http://www.facebook.com/megapixel1427 Emad Alam

        My phone has never been chipped/scratched and I’ve been using it for over a year. But yes the battery life is poor. But then again it also varies from user to user on how you use your phone. If you’re into big screens and okay on spending that much money for a phone made from plastic. Go for it.

      • lmao

        My iPhone 5 lasts less than 8 hours average on battery, where as my new HTC Once lasts almost 48 hours on a single charge with the same usage. My iPhone 5 has been in a case, and even so, it managed to get scratched and a good sized chip regardless.

        The HTC One is a much more legent, solid design and it cannot be easily scratched due to it’s finish.. Bloody beautiful, and I sure hope this helps HTC become more profitable in the coming year.

    • Kurt

      I’d rather have a high quality great user interface, long lasting battery, tons of extremely useful features (Note 2) than a mid-range smartphone like iPhone 5 that bends, and comes brand news with chips and scratches and did i mention performs nearly identical to itself from iOS 3.0

      • lmao

        You have to admit though, despite the battery and lacking features in iOS, it is a beautiful phone… until you have had it for half a year and find it looks like a dog chewed on it. I wonder when they will realize they need a better way to prevent scratches and chips. Even my MacBook G4 Ti (titanium) laptop got several chips, and that was many, many years ago. The same tech is used today, and they still never mastered a paint job.

      • Kurt

        +1

        Check out this vid on youtube… /watch?v=zpiI4cBd0hE

        There are lots of these videos.

      • lmao

        /watch?v=jRtSJiE5G1E

        Many of these too.

      • felixtaf

        Yes.. it wasnt sold as bend phone. User mistakes cant be counted… U can bend ur S3 or note 2 too… If u bought a bend phone – U r a moron!

      • Kurt

        yeah?

      • felixtaf

        If u dnt have a credible answer, this is wat u can say.. i understand… So… hell yeah…

      • Kurt

        oh?

      • lmao

        Put it this way.. IF you drop the SG3 or note 2, it will not bend or chip, but will pop the back off (which can be put back on). The iPhone 5 will simply dent or bend, and ruin the entire phone (or internal components due to the firm build). I am sure the HTC One will do that too, which is why I baby the thing like my i5.

      • Kurt

        With the battery popping off and back that greatly reduces the impact of the fall. Thats why the innards of those phones can handle falls better. My wife dropped her 3GS once and the GPS stopped working. She then dropped her iphone 4S and it somehow chipped the front glass on the top right of the screen and bottom left of the screen. I guess i need to put glue on her hands cause iPhones break too easily. I like the look and feel of metal/glass but I really love the size of the Note and how light it is, plus it can handle a beating.

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        What you’re saying it’s pure crap. iPhone 5 is much more durable than any Samsung out there… made of cheap plastic.

        Crap phones like Samsung get much more internal damages than the iPhone. And off course iPhone 5 (black) gets scratches! The reason it’s pretty obvious! There’s no black metal out there! In case you didn’t noticed…

      • Kurt

        /watch?v=zpiI4cBd0hE

        I’ll take plastic over overly too think aluminum that lacks durability. Plus, when dropped, Glaxay phones back and battery pop out. Which means it takes the hit for you to lessen the impact to the innards. Thats why iPhones when dropped get bent aluminum, shattered glass, gps fails, etc. You stick with crap battery on the iphone. I’m gonna enjoy the Note 3 when it comes out.
        Enjoy your scratches, CHIPS and the bends!

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        The aluminium bent because people sit on their phones. Try to do the same with a Samsung…and you’ll see the results. And no, note 3 doesnt fit in your pocket so the probability to sit on him it’s almost null.

      • Kurt

        wanna see a video where its from being stored in a purse. its not from a “hot ass” haha

        note 3 isn’t out yet buddy….btw, note 2 fits in your pocket. unless you wear girly skinny jeans trying to show off your figure

      • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

        Yes, fits in my pocket.. and it’s so confortable… that I almost forget that I have a Galaxy Note2 in my pocket… /sarcasm off

        Unless you own a purse… but hey.. im not juding…

      • Kurt

        thats was funny stupid

      • lmao

        That’s what keep these forums interesting hehe.

        Anyhow, Kurt is right, the iPhone 5 is very susceptible to real-world use damage, such as ‘fat ass’ syndrom where you sit on it, or banged to shit in a purse (or satchel if you are a man). Any phone worth it’s salt will be damaged unter these circumstances. Keep your thing wrapped, if you wish to keep it. This goes for both the iPhone, and Samsung / HTC. It’s easier to replace a damaged smart cover than it is to replace the phone itself.

      • lmao

        This is what is called a successful drop, as the screen never broke. Only durable until you look at it too long.

      • felixtaf

        See iPhone 5 drop test by Android Authority…

      • Kurt

        Yeah?

      • felixtaf

        BTW when u get new phone with chips and scratches, u can always replace it right??? Replacing a brand new unused phone is not a problem.. Apple will replace it for u… Bends – No phone will bend by its own… U bend it, it will bend. Note 2 is not a bad phone… But saying iPhone a mid range is meaningless… iPhones wont lose value even aftr a year… Very good resale value too… Brand new iPhones are still selling for 600-625 and sold out fast in ebay… New GS3 sold for 380 in ebay. Buy an iPhone use it for 6 months, u can still sell it for 500$.. Buy an S3, use it for 6 months, u can sell it for 350 maxx (even if u have paid 600$ for that). And iOS UI is not identical to 3.0…

      • Kurt

        Yeah?

  • Gorgonphone

    lol we already know iphone is the king…

    • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

      The king that can’t do half the things HTC One can. Get a grip.

      • Lordthree

        Derp. Namely what? ‘True multitasking’?

        I can’t think of anything

      • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

        Android does not feature “true multitasking”, rather a similar implementation of multitasking to iOS. If you can’t think of anything, how about you watch some YouTube video comparisons? youtu_be/YwwJ8kgmcdc

      • lmao

        That is a great video and pretty much sums up my experience, and shows how Android has progressed, and now surpasses iOS on all points (except iCloud, which Apple is doing pretty good on).

        The video shows ‘stock’ Android, and not the Samsung or HTC flavours (TouchWiz / Sense) which do (in my opinion) make the experience much smoother.

        As for Multitasking, there is true multitasking in Android (at least, 4.x) which allows you to switch between apps without them suspending (pausing), crashing, or restarting when you enter them again. This is especially useful for games when you want to quickly check your email, or when watching a movie but don’t want to quit it to do simple tasks.

      • Gorgonphone

        WHAT DO HUMANS CARE ABOUT MORE IPHONES OR HTC ONES???? LOL

      • Kurt

        Note 2, Note 3 please

      • felixtaf

        Yes.. HTC one can *POOP*…

      • Gorgonphone

        Andriod has fight harder and do more but sad part is even with all that people still want the iphone more than any android phone lol

    • lmao

      King of what? Certainly not king of “smart” phones. King of over hyped, over priced toys? Sure, ok. I can agree with that.

      • Gorgonphone

        You can fight it all you eant but the fact is that most houmans want an iphone over all other phones available FACT…. That will not change until something new comes out that makes people feel different lol

        Oh and android is just known ad unber 2 its what you get if you dont have an iphone lol booooo

      • lmao

        For the record, I own the iPhone 4, 4s, and 5. I also own the SG3, Note 2, and now the HTC One. I have a very healthy, rounded view on what is out there, and how these phones actually ‘are’ despite what various fanboys (both Apple, and Android) love to spread FUD about.

      • Dan

        wth is a houman? new word for sheep?
        Btw you reek of idiocy, joe jonsen I take it?

  • http://twitter.com/Tr1pTr0p Dominik Odobašić

    I don’t give a flying something about the percentages. We all NEED this neck and neck battle iOS and Android are currently having. Even more than that because even the current situation isn’t enough to push Apple to start implementing new features into their mobile devices. And the main reason for it this herd of sheep who will buy anything that comes from Apple no matter what! Snap out of it and start thinking!

    • Dan

      No point in trying to convince sheep, you only get down voted for your effort

      • Gorgonphone

        You get downvited cause you keep fighting against the truth of iphones supremisy

      • Dan

        Baaaaah

    • Gorgonphone

      If android didnt suck soo bad apple would see a need to try harder but as is androids suckdom if bringing down the whole cell phone industry

  • Obsidian71

    It’s really about the ecosystem. So long as iTunes continues to be a dominant way of acquiring media and Airplay is a dead simple way of consuming that media Apple will be strong. The iPhone isn’t even on China’s largest carrier yet it’s keeping up with the competition.

    Apple doesn’t really have to do much. The UI is fine…if people wanted more complex UI the iPhone would be declining in sales….it’s not. Ive and Co. need to polish the UI and continue to enhance the external and internal features and the market will take care of itself.

    • Kurt

      “It’s really about the ecosystem” I feel thats very true for tablets. But for phone, I want features, ease of use. I wish iPhone had sbsettings natively for an example. When using bluetooth. I have to go to settings app to turn it on and then tap on the device. sbsettings can turn it on but won’t connect to the devices so its only good to turn off bluetooth.

  • jilex

    hate me for this, i don’t care, but i don’t like the apple fanboy style of this post, and don’t ask if i read it, with the first paragraph was enough, still got an ipod, still like iOS, but don’t see the “my blood starts to boil in my veins” point… just let them be, and let them make mistakes

  • Mcsquared

    Any of these charts are BS, you can get data to tell whatever story you want it to tell.

  • http://twitter.com/sexyhamthing @sexyhamthing

    and if people come to their senses and realise that hey, a droid is far superior… then maybe, hopefully apple will dwindle and die.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JuanMont0ya Juan MonToya

      Android will never be better because it didn’t invent anything on its own. From the ground up its been built to copy, enhance, and fulfill voids in iOS. Hardware wise, it’s also been made to generate similar or “superior” tech specs at the expense of durability and quality by using cheap materials and parts. In my opinion, yes Android may have some killer features, but its still clutter and ugly as hell

      • http://twitter.com/sexyhamthing @sexyhamthing

        oh fanboys

  • 2008crna

    I think the future device wars are going to come down to best bang for your tech buck. Who gives a crap if my iPhone is aesthetically beautiful when Apple hamstrings it with an unjailbreakable (I know not a word) iOS. I have loved my iPhones and have *baaa* upgraded with every device since my 3GS days but I am beginning to tire of forking over $800 for a 64 GB phone with a small screen and limited features. I played with a Note 2 and I have to admit, I am impressed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/luisreyespr Luis

    Apple need, they need. they must… So many geniuses here giving expertise advice, yet…

  • http://twitter.com/iPhonBuzz iPhonBuzz

    So it means Android market share that has been rapidly increasing over the past few years is just suddenly going to flatline this year…

  • Kurt

    Wow that phone looks terrible….my 4S looks great. I never drop it and the glass on the back keeps scratches at bay. but iphone 5 is just a terrible design, and it’s ugly. I’m one of the few who said it was ugly when the first pictures of the rumored iphone 5 came out and stuck with saying it’s ugly after Apple released it.

    I love the look of the HTC One but Aluminum isn’t a good choice for a back of a phone. Either plastic or glass. the 4S can be replaced easily and cheaply if broken so thats great. but you can’t replace the battery so I would prefer plastic. Ideally, I would like a device with a glass back that can be slid off easily as to allow the user to replace the battery if need be.

    How is the security of Android? Do you ever worry about virues/worms?

    • lmao

      My iPhone 4s looks like new as well. It was a very good design, and hope (really really hope) the iPhone 6 will follow in it’s footsteps as an elegant, and wear-proof design.

      My HTC One is nice with the brushed aluminium, and seems to hold off the scratches very well, though the one main complaint I have with it is it’s damn slick! You really have to hang on to it or it will leap out of your hands when sweaty.

      I have no concerns or encountered any issues with viruses, malware, or worms on my Android devices, simply because I do not root, or install apps that cannot be trusted. In fact, if you stay with the Google app store, you are as safe as iOS, but you are also able to install via the app installer, so you must really trust the source before doing so, as this can introduce any number of problems. (but limited if you are not rooted).