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First-time smartphone buyers chose Android over iOS in Q4

07 February, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
First-time smartphone buyers chose Android over iOS in Q4 - read the full textAccording to analytics firm NPD, Android managed to steal the top spot from iOS by a sizable amount following Q4 last year, making Google's mobile OS the more popular choice amongst newcomers to the smartphone market. Between October and December 2011, US buyers deliberating over which device...


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av been usin smart4n bb, i4n and android Xperia...$ da frst tym user hu dn't lyk complication........Android 4n iz d best mobi on Planet Earth! #Nosocolizationbetweenserviceproviderandcustomer­!# wich apple and bb offer, u jus nid google mail........and vrythng became Mwaaaax.!!..

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  • 2012-02-12 20:18
  • fu$c

Android is cheap,and that's why it sells crazy.iOS brought something new to the people,smooth and sleazy.But not anyone has deep pockets.

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  • 2012-02-11 10:52
  • xw%A

I work for a mid-sized company, it was last year we dumped all the blackberry devices and moved to iPhone and let me tell you it is rock solid!... we use iPhone all across our organization about 2.5 - 3k iOS devices. we choose this after going through various tests and different devices.

Android is not bad but still need improvements, its not sturdy as iOS and definitely not for serious Smart Phone users.

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  • 2012-02-11 02:19
  • IDp$

And new drivers choose Ford over Ferrari, this is by far one of the most stupid researches, iPhones cost >500, you can have android for about 100.

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  • 2012-02-10 19:35
  • MVfw

Only because it is cheap, therefore attracting a great market.

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  • 2012-02-10 03:29
  • sS{e

this is just because android comes cheap.

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  • 2012-02-10 02:22
  • s824

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-02-09 16:00 from uE5F - click to readThats a cheesy comment bro, Apple is excellent when it comes to marketing. I own most of their shit except the iPhone which i don't need. Prefer androids and i would feel awful if i betrayed Sony Ericsson well its Sony now which is much much better

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  • 2012-02-09 20:15
  • xrUc

Setting aside the fact that most poll buy Android (new or old, it accounts for most of the market..)

I read some where before that enthusiasts prefer open source..fed...they would prefer that..and that's the sole reason why there is a gp of device called 'nexus' among the Android line up..those volunteers from enthusiasts, usual djinn people, and tech ascus, who review most of google pre release make it better ..(unlike apple...who try to keep everything a big secret and on one fine day come up with the new ever crappy it might actually be...just like the launch of iPhone 4.. On pointing which out the 'big company' acted as if people were holding the phone wrong...leaving that we all know what happened to the owner of Gizmodo for reviewing a pre release version for common people)..

lets leave all those out..and still consider this on a broad unbiased basis (to start I began with symbian, then apple, and last Android ..I explain that as the improvements brought about by each of these companies...)

But clearly Android does a lot more than apple without calibrating, or rooting or what ever it be called..
After jail breaking or rooting, still..Android does a little more than apple..
So that itself puts Android in the lead..

But what happens with most die hard apple fans is that...since they vnt seen an Android phone properly or dunno how to use one..they come up with all the out the ordinary reasons...

Just a comparison of that with the PC uncle who helped me buy my recent laptop (a moderately powerful one with great screen and 3d argued a lot about apple notebooks and all till he saw the performance of mine..and I have him a look around in it..and showed him the diff with apple..he was blown over...

As an operating system apple is NOT horrible..I don't think any Android fans would say that either..all I tell you is look for real at both..test it's functions and then decide..

And like somebody mentioned earlier..since diff companies come out with their own versions of Android..there is more chance that it falls into likes of more people since even in a family of 3 you would find 3 different tastes!...

With such wide price range..!

Now high end Android phones are costly although may be not as costly as iPhone but still they are costly the benefit is you get more money value..

I am not entering the resale market..since I am not a reseller..I still have all the diff phones I be used so far..but I be heard Androids do loss their resale value a tad more than I phone..but I be also heard that phones like wildfire a ve even better value than iPhone! since that actually is a variable section I don't why it should be discussed..

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  • 2012-02-09 19:07
  • sSNZ

every apple fan boy can't accept these. LOL. Apple isn't everything in this world. everyone can eat apple but not everyone like apple. so realize.

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  • 2012-02-09 16:00
  • uE5F

Where i live Iphones even used cost as much as 1000 euros....while Android phones are A LOT cheaper...Galaxy S II is only 300 euros.....obvious choice isn't it?

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  • 2012-02-09 15:36
  • snT6

Yes, if something is cheap and free majority of the people are going to us it. Just because every one is using it does not mean it is the best.

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  • 2012-02-09 13:40
  • ICD@

> In reply to Coolman ip4+note sam @ 2012-02-09 12:11 from IV8a - click to readyaa ur absolutly right

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  • 2012-02-09 12:50
  • t5}%

Another factor to consider is, smartphone first timer usually will ask their "techie" friends who probably prefer open source. As 1 guy buy Android, the other first timer will see the 1st guy and follow him.

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  • 2012-02-09 12:36
  • 2@Tb
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off course fisrt buyer will choice in android,bcoz prise cheaper.if compare with IOS item,they only thinking price to compare.but when they starting use a cheat android item will say why we not choice ios item.
even china phones oso use android system...

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  • 2012-02-09 12:11
  • IV8a

course android would be chosen.. the cheapest android device would be what $200 buks?

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  • 2012-02-09 11:47
  • wvST

Android users don't need a computer to use their phones... The point is, you can use your phone like a netbook, not with one.

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  • 2012-02-09 11:37
  • J0bc

I guess here that those are some obvious quarter results! Why?

Well, when a firm just chooses to make its operating system closed and use it in one and a single device (Apple case), it will drops sooner or later its market share (I really imagined there's a year or two what's really happening to RIM now) because simply, one product will certainly not satisfy more than a few millions of user needs ! And exactly here's the Android OS main advantage ! A great OS (even your microwave can use it btw) Many brands use it on their smartphone lines which imply more shapes, more choices, more colors, more personnality and caracters matching and so on !

And now, do you really think that you'll see a coming day, iOS market share overstepping Android's one ?

APPLE soner or later will have enought of the 7% that is having in the PC's sector !

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  • 2012-02-09 11:33
  • NwTy

57% of first-time buyers picked up a droid, followed by 34% joining the Apple family....Im pretty sure if apple made a £49.99 iPhone, then THEY would be number 1 for ist time smart phone buyers

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  • 2012-02-09 10:19
  • M3s@

> In reply to Speedyr16 @ 2012-02-09 03:51 from rJmv - click to readI totally agree with your opinion, I would had said something similar, but you already did it, so congratulations here there's finally someone who understands the definition of a smartphone, I totally agree when you mention that if you are old then the iPhone suits you and that's absolutely true.

Definition of iPhone: A low-range smartphone sold as a high-range smartphone packing an old processor, few amount of RAM Memory, a cheap camera, and a horrible OS (iOS), all inside of the worst phone case ever created were materials look extremely cheap, in conclusion you get a low-range smartphone were apps would constantly crash and you won't be able to play a single title like Modern Combat 3 without it crashing just as several games do on iOS(Apple's Mobile OS), you will also feel very sad when you realize materials are and look cheap not to mention the need of "Jail-breaking" if you want to install an app from another source.

Tired of your iPhone?

Android is definitely superior in every aspect, you are capable of installing any app from any source without modifying anything, you can port your computer apps to your Android device, and as it is a Linux-based OS you are getting a computer instead rather than a smartphone, isn't it cool?

All I can say is that Android is the future!

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  • 2012-02-09 09:16
  • PqS%

wtf people say iPhone is more expensive than android phone? i got samsung galaxy S 1&2, 1st one (GS1) was $499 something, then the S2 $529. You say android phone is cheap?

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  • 2012-02-09 04:33
  • keq3

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