A reader read our article about the most popular operating systems. (Click here to check that out) and had a question:
“If iOS is only at 13%, what do you feel is the reason behind all the talk about how much greater the IPhone is than the rest? In the over 55 circles my wife and I travel, Android seems a distant second to iOS, simply because of the amount of iPhones that our friends own. Marketing, maybe? We use Android, mainly because the devices it is installed on are much cheaper and do the same job. This reason alone could be the answer to my question. Thoughts?”
First, remember that’s 13% of all devices accessing the Internet in the world, so that’s still an incredible amount of devices. Roughly a gazillion and a half. More accurately, there are over 700 million iPhone users. First, remember that iOS is only available on only a few devices, iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch manufactured only by Apple. Android can be used by any manufacturer that wants to. There are more than 24,000 different types of Android smartphones and tablets with more than 2 billion monthly active users.
In the US, it’s a much tighter race between iPhone and Android. Depending on which stats you look at, sometimes usage data gives iPhones the edge in popularity, while sales data places it more like 65% Android to 35% iPhone.
Cost is another reason. There are plenty of bargain-basement priced Android phones, iPhones hold steady at a pretty hefty price. iPhones also have prestige. People who crave the latest and greatest often want an iPhone. They’re also proud of it. Just as people would be more prone to brag about a new Mercedes as opposed to a used Kia, you’ll likely to hear a lot more about the iPhones. Apple customers are notoriously loyal to the product as well. Since iOS is exactly the same on every Apple device, many people feel it’s a superior OS because you can move easily between devices or upgrade to a new one without much of a learning curve. Since Android is customizable, it can behave very differently depending on the device.
Also, folks 55 and statistically have more money than younger people, so they may be better able to afford a more expensive phone.
Let’s ask your fellow readers what they think: Apple or Android? Both? Which operating system do you prefer?