Apple’s iPhone luring people to ditch BlackBerries, Nokias, Android-based phones

“Apple Inc’s latest iPhone looks set to become its bestselling device ever, and one reason appears to be disenchantment with rival smartphones,” Kate Holton and Poornima Gupta report for Reuters. “Nearly one in four people who thronged Apple stores from Tokyo to San Francisco told Reuters on Friday they were ditching BlackBerries, discarding Nokias or even giving up Google Android-based phones, hoping for something better.”

MacDailyNews Take: Wow. Even giving up Google’s fragmented, insecure Siri-less knockoff of Apple’s iOS? Amazing.

“The majority of the 127 iPhone 4S buyers polled informally by Reuters in the United States, Japan, Australia, France, Germany and Britain were Apple diehards upgrading their devices,” Holton and Gupta report. “But 28 claimed they were making a switch, with some saying they were disillusioned by Research in Motion after this week’s global BlackBerry outage that enraged millions.”

“Away from the notoriously fickle consumer-gadget marketplace, Apple also appears to be making strides,” Holton and Gupta report. “Apple appears to be a winner when workers get to pick their own phones, in a trend known as the consumerization of IT. Companies can save money when they let employees buy their own phones and pay their own monthly bills.”

“An Aite Group poll of 402 wealth managers conducted before the outage found that 45 percent would choose an iPhone or iPad, compared with 14 percent for a BlackBerry,” Holton and Gupta report. “‘Siri is pretty amazing. With Android, you have to memorize commands. I don’t understand why it can’t be on all (Apple) phones,’ said James Thompson, who had braved the six-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco just to get in line — overnight — with his brother.”

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10 Comments

  1. Last night I got to try out Siri on my friend’s new 4S.

    When I returned to my phone, it felt like I was back watching a silent film after experiencing my first “talkie.”

  2. “Thompson, who had braved the six-hour drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco just to get in line — overnight — with his brother.”

    Um. I’m pretty sure they sell iPhones in LA.

  3. iPhone luring people to ditch BlackBerries, Nokias, Android-based phones

    Four of these comments are among the best I have read on MDN.

    They were all short and sweet.

    My favorite
    “Trading in turds for diamonds”!

  4. It’s mind boggling. I know people who bought the Galaxy Android POS and complain about trying to figure out how to use it for days now. When I said buy switch to iPhone its much easier they just shake their head and say Android is open and better.

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