A massive survey of smartphone users purports to show that iPhone users are sushi-eating leaders, while anyone touting an Android handset prefers steak and following others. The survey comes from Hunch.com, and is compiled from the responses of 15,000 people who volunteered to answer questions on the company's website, so it is …
Couldn't agree more. We're also more mature, better looking (much better actually, the acne has healed on us), sexier (goes without saying really), way more intelligent, better dressed, Armani and Prada in my case (paid for, not looted, looted doesn't count), total masters of the technical landscape and the first choices to colonise the universe.
And then I woke up....
It could also be said that it means that Android users are normal people.
Don't forget our ability to walk on water, and turn it into wine!
My experience of average member of public...
...is that many think any phone with internet is an iPhone. Same for people thinking all tablets are called iPads.
Usually the ones with more money than sense throwing cash around to look cool buy gadgets by name, just like they by their clothes.
Commoners versus ruling class?
It could also be said that Android users are "commoners" (the type that loot and riot) rather than the ruling class. At least that's what "Jesus Mobe" and "fondle slab" owners think. :-)
Everything about iPhone is image over everything else, and that survey just re-enforces that.
Android users don't follow the crowd, they are smart enough to explore better and cheaper alternatives.
Don't follow the crowd?
isn't that mainly due to the fact that "the crowd" in this case being the android operating system is hopelessly fragmented because every manufacturer tries to impliment it's own flavour and there doesnt seem to be a coherent upgrade path from phone to phone?
Since I first got a G1, I've used five different versions of Android, with my current phone presently running 2.3.
Tell me, how many versions of iOS have there been? Can all the iPhones that have been released run all versions of the OS?
No? Then sod off.
Really, as every Android adept likes to point out, Android now occupies the majority of the market. Therefore, you are by definition following the crowd.
If there are more Android users than iPhone users how can using Android be not following the crowd?
This thread seems to attract iPhone idiots
that can't work out the difference between a phone (iPhone) and an OS (Android).
If I choose Android, I can choose any phone I like from a multitude of manufacturers, and despire what Steve Jobs tells his followers, any apps I have bought will almost certainly work on any and all of them (you of course only buy an app once, and you have it for life on your your devices).
The luxury of Android of course is I can switch phone brands as often as I wish, I am tied to none of them, and it also make them ALL try harder to be number one....
Upgrade path is actually pretty clear. Buy phone, root phone, install cyanogenmod. UPGRADED! Rather than buying a new phone every year, just upgrade to the next great firmware mod.
Confused? Probably because you're not accustomed to such base and lowly concepts like freedom and choice.
What a f**king crock!
No, irrespective of brand it merely tells me that anyone who puts that much stock in an electronic gadget that communicates, plays music and games really needs to get a fecking life!
It's just a phone, OK? It's not a fecking lifestyle choice! Should I ever wish to get a "smartphone", I hope I will be able to do it based on the technical merits, not on some fake, bullshit group affiliation cack that a group of ad-men think I should ally myself with!
Nah it just means
That obviously the Android crowd is the crowd to follow
The iFans merely constitute a was-crowd now fallen by the wayside and superceded
@AC 11:26 GMT
What fecking dinosaur are you? Smart phones are all that matters in life! If you don't have a smartphone, you will soon lose all your friends, your spouse, everything. If you don't have a smartphone, yery soon you won't be able to interact with any primate worldwide. Hell, even chimps use smartphones nowadays!
"If you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone." So what.
That sounds like "competition" to me...
Maybe because the consumer has a huge number of choices when it comes to Android phone design, cost, and mobile carrier? That's like saying buying a Ford means you're following the crowd. Never mind that you may have bought an FR500 that is produced in small non-crowd-sized numbers, while someone else may have a base-model Focus... But yeah, other than the huge differences in models, you could call that "following the crowd"...
Why keep Changing Your phone?
Phone should last 2-3 years. Need to have plenty of spare cash to keep changing. Android phones don't compete they just copy the Iphone. They sure as heck look like them anyway.
Irrelevant!! as far as Hunch.com are concerned
Anyone who relies on their consumer object purchases to define and identify themselves are sad idiots who lack any personality of their own.
If you use an Android/iPhone and believe that you can categorize yourself by shared positive attributes you have with other Android/iPhone users then you are a sad idiot.
If you believe you can negatively generalise about all users of your non-preferred operating system then you are a sad idiot.
"Sad idiot" is, of course, a generalisation, but I find the things people say and believe are a far, far better indicator of the person than the make of mobile phone they own.
Who needs an upgrade path?
Google slurp your phone data (including your FaceBook Friendstream) to your GMail account which in turn updates your Google+ account and all of your friends. You buy the new phone, configure your GMail account, and all that gets downloaded to the phone again. No fuss, no muss.
Beat that Apple!
No following the crowd is by definition following the crowd.
If you've looked at the market, considered all the specs, and determined that a particular phone is the one that best serves your needs, you haven't followed the crowd even if you wind up buying a phone that is the most commonly bought.
You are only following the crowd if you bought a particular phone because Paris bought one too. Which seems to be more in the i[fill in the blank] crowd way of thinking.
Last I checked, Android WAS the crowd. Can't have your cake and eat it too. Android has higher market share now, more activations per day, etc. Android has become the establishment.
Whew! I'm clad that I'm not a cloud follower as I bought my iCrap because Lohan got one.
Hey, watch what u say, my Android wasn't cheaper ;-)
I'm really glad they figured out that Lemmings are natural leaders!
I had mistakenly thought they were hell-bent on following into the next hype, dictatorship or down the next cliff...
No upgrade path?
When I exchange my Android-Device for another, after keying in my gmail-credentials all my contacts are there, my phone downloads my applications, even my setting are there, because they are backuped by Google.
So about what "non existing" upgrade path are you babbling about without no clear knowledge about anything?
YES YES YES Your so right
I remember changing my old phone because I liked the way it looked e.g. Motorola Razr, LG Shine, Nokia 8800 Carbon are just a few. With apple you get 2 phones (soon to become 3) and thats it worse they look almost the same at the front. I got my Iphone because I wanted full integration with my mac, something all other phone manufactures ignored. Now all so called smart phones look the same, Microsoft is going a different route which is good (I think??) worse still nobody will be designing candy bar phones anymore as smart phones will take over.
Darwin has a lot to answer for
Keep walking in that straight line...
because we can customize our experience and what phone/hardware we get.. Where you Apple lovers dont have any choice on the hardware you get, etc.. Enjoy that Fisherprice experience..
Not true if you consider the latest generation of iPhone owners...
...who looted their iPhones from shops in the recent riots. More like pie-eating, lager-swilling, entitlement-sheeple, innit?
For these morons to be caught when a stolen phone's IMEI turns up on their registered SIM. I sure hope Carphone Warehouse et al did actually keep a list of stock and IMEIs for this sort of thing...
Did any iPhones actually get looted? I thought all the looters were happy with their Blackberrys ... it sounds like Burberry init blood!
At least one numpty managed to make himself look suspicious
By posting a craigslist ad for 20 O2 iphone 4s for ~£300 a go on Tuesday last week. They may not have been looted, but would you want to take that bet?
Question to be asked...
Is Hunch.com in any way related to AptiQuant?
I was thinking the exact same thing.
Thank you for your input
I'll put your survey on my pile of other stasticical surveys, right here on top of the "Opera users are smarter than IE users" survey *bump* Oups, it fell into the shredder.
70% have never left the US?
What about the ones who have never been?
...they'll never have left the US either ;-)
If you've never been to the US
... your "phone" runs semaphore!
Okay, I apologize, that's cheap and wrong and perpetuates a stereotype of us USians, but dagnabbit, mockery and stereotype bashing is fun! Why should politicians and journalists have all the fun?
Perhaps they're more intelligent
Or perhaps Android users are more modest.
Perhaps we're even seeing the Dunning–Kruger effect in action where more intelligent people underestimate themselves and more unintelligent people overestimate themselves.
In summary, it's a silly survey conducted on self selected participants.
The Dunning–Kruger effect
I had never heard of that, so I looked it up.
Kruger and Dunning proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:
tend to overestimate their own level of skill;
fail to recognize genuine skill in others;
fail to recognize the extremity of their inadequacy;
recognize and acknowledge their own previous lack of skill, if they can be trained to substantially improve.
That describes my boss pretty well actually......
Dunning-Kruger - Hadn't heard of that one either
Yeah, well ...
Dave Lister /*thought*/ he could play guitar.
Every chav has an iPhone. There's even a Jeremy Kyle app!!!
Keep coming back to this ....
Apple is missing the killer design feature that would attract even more discerning consumers. I'm amazed they haven't added a mirror finish to it! Users could look like they're using some intensely important app, but instead gaze intently into the eyes of the one they love . . .
Get on it Steve. Give your customers what you really want.
Nah Therell get sued
Remember the LG shine was for this very purpose. (shame the phone was Cr*p. My daughter insisted on having it cause it was girly and shiny.)
Lg would have a field day I suspect theres a patent on "The mirror" finish and we all know how well Apple likes to tow the line on Patent infringement.
for the iphone 4 (and ipad 2) there are morror app's that use the front camera that therefore turns the device into a mirror..!
tut, tut, andriod user, didnt figure that one out for yourself...
i guess the survey was correct..
...also Android user
killer app? how about a non-glossy screen, so I can use a phone or a tablet outdoors?
I'm willing to give up some of my riches for that (and drink a pint with the evening cheese plate instead of some dry white)
I had thought of this, and since the iFone 4 (sic) has a front-facing camera, it wouldn't be difficult to write an app that takes the input and reverses it properly to display on the screen like a mirror would.