Not even considering Android or Windows Phone devices

“Last week, I bought an iPhone 4S. I hadn’t planned on buying one, but my upgrade became available eight months ahead of schedule, and I couldn’t help myself,” Matt Alexander writes for The Loop. “When I learned that my upgrade was available, my mind didn’t stop for a moment to consider an Android or Windows Phone device, I simply went straight to the Apple Store and bought a 4S.”

“There was not a moment that I pondered the purchase, or contemplated an iPhone competitor, I just took the new information regarding my upgrade, and went directly to an Apple Store,” Alexander writes. “You might suggest that it’s because I’m some sort of ‘fanboy’ (or ‘fanboi’ depending on how skewed your vocabulary is), but if you have read what I have had to say for the past two months on ONE37 and The Loop, you’ll know that’s not the case.”

Alexander writes, “Of course, Android marketshare is growing, but do you really think the users are dedicated? Is there really anything about Android that makes users averse to switching to something else? When reaching an upgrade, does the average user know precisely what they’re going to get next and why? In building the iOS platform, Apple has removed the need for much of what I used to be cognizant of. With AirPlay, I no longer concern myself with how I can play a video on my television from one of my devices. With iCloud, as long as my phone is connected, I have backups, seamless contacts, and calendars. With iMessage I can text internationally for free without thinking about it. As such, as the market stands, I have no compelling reason to seriously consider switching to another platform.”

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  1. Customers in the U.S. only had ONE wireless carrier choice (AT&T) until February 2011 when Verizon got iPhone 4, less than one year ago. And Sprint was added just a few months ago.

    Therefore, there are still A LOT of customers who bought “something else” because they did not want to (or could not) switch to AT&T to get an iPhone, and they are still on their two-year contracts. The rest of those contracts will expire during 2012, and they will create a surge of new iPhone customers throughout 2012.

    1. When you can afford it? Try the used market on eBay and Kijiji. Macs, iPads, and iPhones are built to last. You can get a 2 to 3 year old product that has lots of life in it at a very affordable price.

      There’s no excuse to wait.

        1. Where do you live? I would like to be able to hire an experienced carpenter. Don’t give up! Despite the economy, people are still renovating homes. Perhaps you just need to market yourself in a different way.

  2. The thing is that the iPhone is only part of the solution. iCloud, the App Store, iTunes are really what distinguishes the Apple solution to the rest of the choices. People at my office are only getting around now to configuring PhotoStream, iCloud, iTunes Match. The more iPhones sold, the more iPads sold, the more iPads sold, the more Macs are sold. It is all a retroactive elegant solution that only augments Apple’s market position.

  3. Is there really anything about Android that makes users averse to switching to something else?

    Yes. Irrational Apple-hatred, or being a techno-geek hacker who brags about “rooting” his phone.


  4. I love Windows Phone! My device is the Samsung Focus.. I think that Apple makes very good product and that the ecosystem is very tight. I’m not a fan of Android and I think you guys know why. The WP ecosystem is getting tighter and more “universal” as time moves on and sense I love the WP user experience I support that platform. Now, I don’t blame any ifan for not wanting to switch because Apple seems to be doing their job correctly. I hope one day that they have a better choice of devices, but the iPhone is well received by many so I have respect for it. Using WP, and having tried iPhones and Android devices I have come to this conclusion unbiased…. Windows Phone is new and has a fresh approach, and integrates great with other MS products, but it’s newness and lack of apps is a drawback. MS has horrible marketing skills which lead to poor sales. Hopefully WP will continue to move forward because it really is a great OS. Android has very appealing hardware and price points to appeal to many. Google has great search and maps. But, I can’t help but feel that the execution is poor, and many people don’t know what they are buying into. The iPhone is a great device on the hardware and software side. The ecosystem is very tight, and protrudes high quality. Millions and millions of users who stand by the iPhone speaks for itself. The only drawback is the limited selection of devices, and I personally feel that the look of the software is getting old.

    I think that Apple and MS will continue to move forward because of the focus on quality. My prediction is that Google’s carelessness will lead to them being branded as the “cheep” option, in terms of quality and price. But, my wish is for WP to pick up the pace and form the great reputation that the iPhone has. It really is a joy to use.

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