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. In the end, it’s about what one can afford to buy. Income inequality is rampant right now, so some people can’t afford the high end Apple products. People need to stop condemning those who can’t afford the more expensive smart phones and understand it about surviving. I have more respect for a people who put the importance on the necessities of life ( food, rent, clothing, & utilities)before an expensive smart phone. Who the hell cares what smartphone someone owns. Be happy at least you have a device that allows you to commumacate with others and can give the opportunity live a better life. Apple or Android at least you have a phone!!!

  2. MacFreek, literary license is antigrammatical, not grammatical. An ad hominem attack is always poor rhetoric, truth has nothing to do with it – a weak argument is a weak argument. I won’t even mention your egregious spelling, the only display of “literary license” I see in your scrivenings, and only one of many reasons your literary license should be suspended, if not taken away.

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  3. Yeah, this is all buncha caca. I means, I’m broke, my truck up an died, I had a women but she met another an pffft she was gone. If it weren’t for bad bad luck I’d have no luck at all. An yet still I got me an iphone. Yessir, it’s a 2g, but still works real good.

    1. My god, feller, there’s a country western song in that post just a dyin’ to break into the Grand Ol’ Opry! Set it to guitar and banjo and it’ll be number one in no time at all!

  4. Articles like these make me cringe and disgusted even though I dont have any android product and own a iphone, ipad and a MBP. This is one of the most despicable articles written in favour of Apple products.

  5. Yawn

    I am educated, have engineering certifications, work as a fire protection systems inspector, and I prefer Android (Nexus GED devices) which are top tier.
    I am also tech suavy, I build my own high end PC’s, provide tech support for security systems, as well as mechanically inclined.

    Having used both ios and android, IMO apple devices and ios are crap, and marketed to masses (aka customer base) that are for the most part naive, and generally easily confused, and easily influenced… I.e., sheep.

    Most apple ios users are asinine, and think a phone/tab is a status symbol that elevates their social status in society.

    Most android users on the other hand, know a phone/tab is just a device. Nothing more, nothing less. It serves a functional purpose, and is not a symbol.

    These kinds of threads are so very boring.

  6. I’ve used both Android and Apple. I’ve met some ugly people with iPhones and Androids. People use what they want to use. If you’re low key and don’t want to do much with your phone, iPhone is for you. If you do a lot of tasks, get an Android. This statistic is just stereotypical for entertainment.

  7. Is this satire? I sure hope since this would be the most pretentious thing I’ve ever seen. It ranks right up there with “Let them eat cake.” Wow.

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