iPhone users smarter, richer than Android phone users

Hunch, using their “Teach Hunch About You” (THAY) questions explored the differences between iPhone and Android phone users.

“What type of operating system does your cellphone use?” 15,818 users answered as follows:

• 32% – Apple iOS
• 23% – Other OS
• 21% – Google Android
• 16% – Not sure/Don’t have a cellphone
• 08% – Microsoft Windows (Mobile/Phone)

Hunch crossed those responses with answers from dozens of other “THAY” questions, totaling over 80 million responses between March 2009 and July 2011 and found:

Google Android phone users:
• 10% more likely to be male
• 86% more likely to live in rural areas
• 80% more likely to have only a high school diploma
• 20% more likely to be politically conservative
• 24% more likely to have an annual household income between $50k-$100k
• 71% more likely to have never traveled outside their native country
• 29% more likely to prefer saving money
• 71% more likely to say they tend to follow
• 31% more likely to be later adopters
• More than 100% more likely to be Windows PC users

Apple iPhone users:
• 18% more likely to be women
• 27% more likely to live in a city
• 37% more likely to have a graduate degree
• 17% more likely to be politically liberal
• 67% more likely to have an annual household income of $200k or more
• 50% more likely to have visited more than five countries
• 26% more likely to prefer spending their money
• 11% more likely to have a stronger verbal aptitude
• 27% more likely to say they tend to lead
• 50% more likely to be early adopters
• More than 100% more likely to be Mac users

The likelihood of possessing a graduate degree notwithstanding, we know for sure that iPhone users are smarter because they choose Macs over Windows PCs.

What’s somewhat surprising is that, even with testosterone-soaked advertising (and completely meaningless – lasers! power tool sounds!! robotic eyes!!!), Android settlers are only 10% more likely to be male. We’d have guessed higher.

As far as the U.S. goes, the fact that iPhone was AT&T-only for so long directly influences which states and regions are more likely to have settled for Android which, of course, would affect responses if a significant proportion of responders were from the U.S.

Also of note: The willingness of certain users to make money and be amenable to parting with it should be of particular interest to software developers and accessory makers who are in the process of deciding which platform is more important to them.

Many more details in the full article here.


  1. MDN is right. All of these findings are meaningless because iPhone and Android phones were not equally available to the studied group. It skews everything.

    PS – some of the attempts at humor at the expense of others, above, are really sad, but illuminating. You know who you are, and should be embarrassed.

  2. I used da iPhone which I pay for with da bread from Barack’s stash, which is cool, cuz it leaves me w mo money for da rap tunes on the itunes which we use when we mob da 7-11 which is cool cuz I gets a free slurpee on da man, and who can stop us cuz we use de unlimited text plan on the Verizon iPhone to tweet da mob, which is cool, cuz the brothers and sisters got a reason to party at de 7-11. And da cool part is we voted (twice) for Barack, so don’t be dissing me with the conservative rap. I like the liberal rap mo cuz its cool, like Jon Stewart and Ron Artest.

    All cool in da hood (wee doing K-Fried Chicken mob at 4PM)

    1. I bet you’re a fat, white, old, KKK supporter now UNEMPLOYED, who is petrified his white daughter is going to be dating a black man. Well guess what?

      I hope you and your Son-in-law LaMonte get along real well.

      Karma is a bitch you racist pig.

      1. I ain’t no racist. I go to da church of J Wright where he tells us how do deal with you, whitey. And i tol you I voted for the O as many times as I could. Why you put the bad mouth on my girl, you honky tool. I hope you in da store next time we do the run through. I put a crowbar to yo head. Maybe an Android too. By the way, cracker, I guess you like Clarence Thomas and Allen West since yoo love the black man so much. Am I right??

  3. Interesting. However, what about all those high school and college students with phones? They don’t have graduate degrees, so does this mean that iphone users are even more overeducated than this survey says? Other useful questions for students include: do u have an Am Express card, did u use the internet before 1992, and did u fly using frequent flyer miles.

  4. RQwell done spilt my name wrong, but he wuz on the iPhone, which is cool. He don forgot to tell how di ifone is good to video da flash mob and takes good pictures of the brothers in the hood wearin hoods at the 7-11, which is good cuz it (ifone) can easy post to the utube so we can see us in the 7-11. RQwell says the Android is good for hitting whitey if need be, which is fun cuz he deserves some reparations and he needs after we done with him. I like Barack too. he is down with the struggle which we got, now that sometime the food stamp card don’t work cuz the mag tape gets erased by the ifone, which is the oonly bad thing about it.

    1. Stupid people SHOULDN’T breed.

      This post is proof. Huge Internet balls, little brain.

      So STFU the next time we want your opinion we will fucking kill ourselves.

      1. Yu say, “stupid people should breed”. I assume you are coming down on the black man for da flash mobs where we run through and trash everything cause we feel like it. What’s wrong wit dat. You saying black people shouldn’t breed? We are good at breeding? Ax Ron Artest. An next time you in the convenience store I be taking yo Twinkees.

  5. Hunch is an interesting site and their primary model is correlating results from their extensive surveys. They have plenty of quite fascinating charts (coke vs. pepsi users — where they live, how well are they educated, how do they like their burgers; yanking the bandaid vs. peeling it off — do they watch when getting a vaccine, have they broken a bone, do they have kids), and these reveal very interesting, although in majority cases not so surprising information about general population. The survey sample is usually quite large (tens of thousands of participants), which leaves little room for statistical error, although it is most likely not scientific enough, as the participants are not completely random, nor completely statistically representative of general population.

    1. Error also comes from methodology irrespective of sample size. A huge survey with a flawed design still produces garbage. Think of sample size and methodology as orthogonal dimensions; to obtain significant results, both need attention.

  6. What I love is how you tards are like hungry little fish that can’t help but bite on the MDN’s bait and then vomit vitriolic hyperbole all over each other.

    Most of you have no idea what you are talking about.

    Morons, the lot of you.

  7. Last one in, I guess.

    The last item in both categories has a metric of, “More than 100% more likely to be Mac users or Windows.” I guess the more than 100% needs some explanation for me.

  8. Android Users
    • More than 100% more likely to be Windows PC users
    • 71% more likely to say they tend to follow


    FanDroids are sheeple who don’t have an original thought in their body, whoa, that also defines Giggle who stole Apple’s innovative iPhone concept and design

    FanDroids and Giggle naturally worship together with the baby Droid as their God.

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