Android users poorer, shorter, unhealthier, less educated, far less charitable than Apple iPhone users

“We’ve surveyed over 139,000 US smart-phone users about their preferred OS. 64,432 of these people use Android and 50,328 use iOS. The remainder use Windows, Blackberry, or something else,” John Dick reports for CivicScience. “Respondents also answered various combinations of over 28,000 survey questions in our database. When our machines cross-tabulated all of those possible combinations, a number of correlations surfaced that most distinguish an Android user from an iOS user.”

“There is a clear relationship between smartphone operating systems and age,” Dick reports. “Consumers aged 18-24 are 50% more likely to prefer Android. And, while Android leads in every age category but those over age 55, it gets much closer in the 35-54 range. Women break fairly evenly on the question, while men are 15% more likely to choose Android over iOS.”

“The biggest demographic indicator is household income; Android dominates among the least affluent consumers but the higher up the income spectrum you move, the more likely someone is to prefer iOS. People making over $150,000 in annual income are 66% more likely to choose iOS,” Dick reports. “Tall people love iOS. In fact, people who say they are much taller than most people their age and gender are a full 28% more likely to choose iOS over Android.”

“iOS users are tech savvy and charitable. They’re more than 5X more likely than Android users to have made charitable donations online ten times or more,” Dick reports. “Android users have bigger health concerns. In fact, 40% of Android users say someone in their immediate family suffers from heart disease, compared to just 25% of iOS users.”

“When asked about their favorite type of music, iOS users are more likely to pick Alternative music, Indie Rock and Pop/Top 40. Android users are more likely to prefer Country, Classic Rock, and Metal,” Dick reports. “When it comes to their favorite movie genres, iOS users are 20% more likely to choose Drama and 11% more likely to choose Comedy films. Android users are 17% more likely to prefer Action and 21% more likely to prefer Horror films.”

More insights in the full article here.

“Since 2011, the proportion of cell owners who say they own either an iPhone or an Android device have each grown dramatically. Android owners now represent 28% of all cell owners (up from 15% in May 2011), while iPhone owners now represent 25% of the cell owner population (up from 10% in May 2011),” Aaron Smith reports for The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “Meanwhile, the proportion of cell owners who say they own a Blackberry device has fallen from 10% in May 2011 to just 4% in our most recent survey.”

“Cell phone owners from a wide range of educational and household income groupings have similar levels of Android adoption, but those from the upper end of the income and education spectrum are much more likely than those with lower income and educational levels to say they own an iPhone. Indeed, fully half—49%—of cell owners with a household income of $150,000 or more say their phone is an iPhone,” Smith reports. “And African-American cell owners are more likely than whites or Latinos to say that their phone is an Android device as opposed to an iPhone.”

Pew: Demographic difference in iPhone and Android ownership

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: And they’re ugly, too. 🙂

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.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, December 23, 2009

So, logically, the problem must be intelligence deficiency or, to be charitable (after all, we are iOS users), inferior education, lack of wisdom, tech ignorance, or any combination of the three.

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    1. There you have it. Apple fanbois are more insecure, cranky, and peevish than the poor and uneducated Android users. At least the Android users can get smarter and earn more income whereas the Apple fanboi will remain a perpetual ass.

        1. No, the data suggests that when you’re young you use android. Everything other ‘fact’ is inline with age demographics.
          I’m a fanboy but this has to be the most ridiculous article I have ever seen

        1. Classic example of an Apple fanboy’s superiority complex. So vain, yet too proud to see it.

          I’m not jealous. If anything, my phone blows yours out of the water if you’d like to make it a pissing contest. The assholes are, however, those who put themselves on a pedestal because of their choice in smartphone manufacturer. It’s quite petty, but alas, we are a petty people.

          Also, droidsheep is amusing, especially considering most of the Android community sees Apple users as sheep, a comparison drawn by the strange affinity for clamoring over year old technology. Your phones are obsolete before they hit the shelves, and yet they still sell out. It’s like Apple doesn’t even need to try to keep you folk happy, they just give you a longer screen and a faster plug and you’re satisfied. That behavior prevents innovation, which is why Apple is being fast left behind. Which is where my pet peeve for Apple users lies. For capitalism to work, it must move forward. Not stubbornly hang out in 2007.

          1. Interestingly enough, please explain samsungs latest and greatest advances in their S5. Do they offer 64 bit technology, and hey I hear they offer a gold color now! Oh, and the camera does what Apple had their’s do last fall! Please explain to me who really is the shepard and who is the sheep?

      1. As a long time Apple guy, no fanboy, I appreciate your sometimes objective comments. There are many here (fanboys ) who walk lockstep never thinking for themselves. I understand the cranky and peevish comment. There are some here who never give Apple credit for making the best products also. You forgot to add a comment about them (those who are jealous of those who succeed in life). I find both camps disingenuous. And boring. But I’m not sure how you come up with Android users having a better economic future? Please enlighten us.

        1. That’s easy, if I may step in as a substitute enlightener. Being at the bottom of the economic totem pole, so to speak, they can go no further down. The only direction they can go is up.

          Oh, and they have halitosis, too.

    2. What’s also sad is that the Android crowd doesn’t understand that the profit-generating side of Android is all foreign.

      I have a friend who is in California and loves it there. LA, Hollywood, California this, California that, and yet he doesn’t even give the California company a chance because he’s all about specs and benchmarks (which as it turns out, were juiced with secret code put there by the Android phone manufacturers… yeah…).

      1. Hi there. You seem like an intelligent and superior being. How is it that you only wasn’t to talk politics, as if the political state of our world is any different than it was 100, 200, or even 1000 years ago?

        I’ve read over most of your constructs and don’t find them totally without merit. Yet, you seem imbued with the notion that somehow your political rants are worth something. Really, they aren’t, you know. Many over history have espoused what you suggest. Many haven’t. Yet, this old world keeps turning, the sun always rises, and hostility exists between opposing points of view.

        I would suggest to you that you relax with a nice cup of coffee and enjoy whatever your creator has put before you. There are scoundrels in all political persuasions. Everyone wants to be right, yet none are.

        But a good cup of coffee Man, that can’t be beat.

    1. I wish they asked, was it FREE? I believe the FREE Obama phones are Android phones (paid for with our tax dollars). Also, any of those “Buy One Get One Free” could be Android also.

      1. And yet, you are decidedly wrong. You believe that because you have chosen to not investigate for yourself. The free phone program offers only feature phones, have only the barest of communications tools, and were designed to provide basic communications to a number of CITIZENS.
        Jersey, I’m sure that you mean well. But take some time to look up histrionics. You may find your picture next to the definition.

        BTW- America is a place for all, not just you. Citizenship is not a special club for you and your friends.

            1. Thirty-nine percent of registered voters say they would vote for a Democrat in their district — and the same percentage say they would vote for a Republican — if elections for the U.S. House of Representatives were held today, according to numbers from a Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.

              Last month, Democrats had held a nine-point advantage on the same question, 43 percent to 34 percent.
              Independent voters favored Democrats in October, 32 percent to 30 percent, but now favor Republicans by a 37 percent to 26 percent margin.

              Obamacare is the gift that keeps on giving for the GOP!


      1. Fact!

        What’s wrong with people who buy iPhone knockoffs?

        By SteveJack, MacDailyNews, August 6, 2012

        I don’t know which is worse: Samsung’s slavish copying or that there are tens of millions of dullards and/or morally-crippled consumers who would buy such obvious knockoffs. What kind of person rewards thieves, especially such obvious ones? What kind of person hands over their money to make sure that crime pays? What’s wrong with you people, exactly?

        It makes me sad that there are outfits like Samsung Electronics on the planet, as I was with Microsoft before them. People who work for Samsung Electronics should be ashamed. It makes me even sadder to see people supporting blatant criminals, whether it be blindly or, worse, knowingly. To those people I say: Get some morals, will you, or how about at least acquiring a modicum of taste?

        What you’re doing is supporting criminal activity. It’s like you’re buying knockoff Coach handbags, but you’re paying pretty much the Coach price! Not too smart, eh? Oh, sure, you might have “saved” a bit upfront on your fake iPhone (maybe you got one of those Buy One Get One or More Free deals), but you’re paying the same data rates – after a couple years, you’ve pretty much paid the same anyway! So, in the end, you’re saving little or nothing while:

        a) depriving the company who basically inspired your inferior, fragmented product;
        b) depriving yourself of the real deal and the real experience, and;
        c) rewarding the criminal, encouraging them to steal even more.

        Not a lot of sense being made in any aspect of your toting around that Android phone, is there? Oh, right it’s “open.” Smirk. And, yes, every one of us with the real thing knows that you’re carrying around a half-assed fake, you tasteless wonder.

        Didn’t you people have parents? If so, what did they teach you, if anything? Sheesh.

      2. Re:”Those who support stolen technology are thieves themselves.”

        I own Apple stock and have since 2001. I own a Google Nexus 4. Does that mean I am stealing from myself?

        1. Geez, REALLY?!
          It has to be spelled out to you?

          You own stock in one company but buy the product from a rival company. You have deprived your company of that small revenue, and you’ve also contributed to the marketing of your rival every time people see you with the rival’s product.

          Was that so hard?

  1. Check out the race section. Looks like Android isn’t “Hee Haw” demographic. Try “Ghetto” demographic. But no one would say it because it would be racist, but you hypocrites would still say places like Chicago and Detroit are violent dumps when you wouldn’t even go here. Who’s the “Hee Haw” now, huh? For the record, I am an iPhone user who lives in a very good part of Chicago.

    1. You are misconstruing our use of “Hee Haw demographic.”

      We are not referring to a type of people or a location where they live, but, rather, a practice performed by U.S. television networks in the early 1970s to shift from targeting for generic volume to targeting those with the more disposable income.

      At that time, advertisers realized that success wasn’t necessarily about the size of a show’s audience but rather the size of their target demographics within the audience. Specifically, they wanted to reach the giant Baby Boomer market and they wanted to make them their customers for decades to follow.

      Hee Haw was simply one of the many TV shows that was cancelled from network TV during what is known as the “Rural Purge.” For our purposes, the “Rural Purge” moniker is especially misleading. The TV shows that were cancelled generally contained “rural” themes (Green Acres, Hee Haw, Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., etc.), but the point is that we’re not referring to “rural” vs. “urban” when we use “Hee Haw demographic,” we are referring specifically to targeting for volume (Android, Windows PCs) versus targeting those with the more disposable income (OS X, Mac, iOS, iPhone, iPad).

      As there seems to be some confusion, we’ve posted a separate article explaining “Hee Haw demographic” here.

        1. How would a name like Hee Haw, even if it was pointing out people of an area in the south, have anything to do with race?
          Race has nothing to do with southerners.
          Please learn the definition of RACISM before you start playing that card. I hate when people like you have no idea what you are talking about.

    2. Don’t try to reinvent history.. you know what you said.

      Saturday, October 26, 2013 – 2:17 pm · “It still won’t be healthy for the ones who live in a suburb, or worse, a Hee haw small town. Everything is WAY too far away for even a simple walk. You are telling me you have to drive ten minutes to the nearest grocery store to get milk? Screw that, I can walk 5 minutes to do that and more! I can go to a theatre, see art, and hear great music all in my fabulous Chicago neighborhood, while you s urbanites and Hee Haw Android settlers have nothing in your boring “neighborhoods”. I doubt your hick towns even have an Apple Store, and you have to get it at Wal Fart or on the Internet, and wait forever for it to come in the mail…oh wait, most Hee Haw small towns have NO Internet. No iPad Air for you, hicks! (Besides, since there is no Internet, an iPad would be practically useless in the boonies)”

      Experts say iPad Air will be healthy for mobile payments growth

      You dissed country folk and felt upset when they (and their friends) ripped you a new asshole. You could have avoided this grudge you feel if you weren’t such a prick previously.

      Have a good day in your very good part of Chicago.

  2. This is NOT about ‘smartphones’.

    This is sexist racist elitist CRAP masquerading as ‘research’ to generate hits for plenty of silly websites that have ZERO utility or style, like this one.
    Its divisive and reinforces race and sex and wealth stereotypes.
    MDN, you should be ashamed. Take this rubbish down and start behaving like human beings.

    1. It’s simply data. Just because you can’t look at it dispassionately doesn’t mean the more mature among us can’t.

      Those who doth protest to much are likely those who’ve settled for inferior fragmandroid junk.

      1. No, it’s data being spun second-hand into so-called information by MDN.

        For example, the MDN headline says that Android users are far less charitable than Apple iPhone users. Whereas the source article actually says “iOS users are tech savvy and charitable. They’re more than 5X more likely than Android users to have made charitable donations online ten times or more.

        That’s not quite the same thing. In fact, it’s playing fast and loose with words in a manner that – if it were done by someone like Dvorak or Thurrott – would have us all screaming about ‘click-bait’.

        This is a pathetic article about a pathetic survey which we are only seeing because it confirms what MDN’s proprietors would like us to believe about ourselves. Speaking personally, I don’t need to have my choices in technology affirmed and validated by third-parties any more than I need to have my choice in clothes or ice-cream validated by the opinions of others or spurious surveys.

  3. Two words. Big screens. If Apple had a 5 inch iPhone, Samsung’s sales would collapse. I know only two tech saavy people who chose Android because it is more “open.” Or they won’t admit to Irrational Apple Hatred Syndrome. Everyone else I ask say they chose the phone because of the big screen.

    1. I think Apple will release a large phone (as an additional option). It will be more expensive than 199, but it will come with an way more amazing camera.

      Large Android phones will be in trouble, as the new design will have a good 5 years invested in it in R&D.

  4. “…you have to spend just as much, if not more, to partake in an increasingly fragmented and inferior platform.”

    This quote is from 2009. At that time, we thought that Android would be a platform, but it’s mainly a feature phone replacement. Someone who says, “Hey, I want a phone with a big screen; which ones are free?,” doesn’t want to “partake” in a platform.

  5. The racist remarks on here are unnecessary and inappropriate. Poverty, in any culture, is always the biggest driver of violence and crime. London, through the ages, has always had high crime areas and the population was almost perfectly white. Slavery, followed by generations of oppression and, even now, appalling racism is the root cause of poverty amongst coloured Americans. Shame, rather than criticism, would be more appropriate.

    1. At least they have a smartphone. Some people I know (in real life too!) still have those feature flip-phones from c. 2006. I am not sure how they survive with that, but to each their own, I guess.

      1. I have just such a phone. But it’s because no carrier covers my home area, so I can only use one when traveling. The carriers keep complaining about mountain shadows requiring too many cell towers. On the bright side, we don’t have to put up with repeat DUI’s for the most part; we find them at the bottom of the ravine come spring…

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