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“Nowhere is this more important than in the US, where the iPhone is available on just a single carrier—one that’s decidedly not the market leader,” Siracusa writes. “The only way for Apple to eliminate the distribution and marketing advantage currently enjoyed by Android is to make sure that everywhere an Android phone is for sale, there’s an iPhone sitting right next to it that will work on the same network.”
Siracusa writes, “Only then will Apple get a fair shot at selling based on the things it can actually control: the hardware and software of the phone itself. At that point, it can—and should—diversify its iPhone product line just like it did with the iPod in the last decade.”
Full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: We obviously agree with Siracusa:
“Google Android offers the same messy, inconsistent Windows PC ‘experience,’ but without any cost savings, real or perceived. Windows only thrived back in the mid-90s because PCs (and Macs) were so expensive; the upfront cost advantage roped in a lot of people, who were, frankly, ignorant followers who did what their similarly-ignorant co-workers and friends told them to do. Microsoft still coasts along on that momentum today.
The fact is: Apple’s iPhone [3GS] costs just $99 and the [iPhone 4] goes for only $199 in the U.S. with a 2-year plan. I’d call any Android device the ‘Poor Man’s iPhone,’ but you have to spend just as much, if not more, to partake in an increasingly fragmented and inferior platform. There’s no real reason to choose Android, people settle for Android. ‘I’d have bought an iPhone if Verizon offered them.'” Just look what’s happening in any country where iPhone is offered on multiple carriers. It’s a bloodbath.
Apple offers consistency to developers of both software and hardware. Just look at the vibrant third-party accessories market for iPhone vs. the Zune-like handful of oddball items for Android. If you make a case or a vehicle mount, does it pay to make 14 different Android devices that number under 1 million each, or to make one or two for what’s [over] 100 million iPhone/iPod touch devices? As Apple’s iPhone expands onto more and more carriers, Android’s only real selling point (‘I’m stuck on Verizon or some other carrier that doesn’t offer the iPhone’) evaporates.” – SteveJack, MacDailyNews, “iPhone isn’t the Mac, so stop comparing them,” December 22, 2009
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam S.” for the heads up.]