Is it becoming less of a status symbol to own an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Raggsokk, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Raggsokk, Jan 10, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013

    macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    It used to be cool, owning an iPhone. You were a techno freak, up to date on the newest in mobile technology. You were cool, trendy, and proud!

    However, at a christmas party the other day, I sat around a table with some friends, all boys. We were taking photos, and they all pulled out their android phones. And there I sat with my white iPhone.. Further down the table there were two girls. They both had white iPhones, one with a "diamond" back cover on it.

    For the first time I was somewhat embarrased of owning an iPhone. I tried a friends Samsung phone, and quickly realized that this was advanced stuff. Had I gotten so used to my user friendly iPhone, that I'd lost the ability to quickly understand new technology, as I did before?

    Today at the university, it seams like the "cool" boys use android phones. The ones who loves new tech, and knows what they want. While the iPhone is reserved for the technological impaired.

    Point is, has the sociological aspect of owning an iPhone changed that much the last years?

    This is copied from a Norwegian forum, with the original title "Is iPhone becoming a girls phone?" (didn't want to get too flamed..)

    To clarify: I was not the author of the original post.

    This post was not to discuss whether or not forum users care about the status of their iPhone. But how a change in this will affect the iPhone/iPhone sales, or other topics.

    The iPhone today is in many ways a safe phone. For people who know nothing it's cool, it works and the world of (iPhone-prized) android devices can be quite intimidating for many.

    But what would happen if the iPhone lost it's "coolness"?
  2. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    iPhones are very common where I live.

    They ceased being special a long time ago.
  3. macrumors 68020

    Apr 12, 2011
    If you buy an iPhone, or any smartphone as a status symbol, there is something wrong. People who do that are, in my book, an idiot.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2012
    I agree, but that's what _a_lot_ of people do today. And also with previous iPhones, but back then it was a different group of people who did so, and for different reasons. Which is what I find interesting.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2011
    He tried a Samsung and he quickly realized this was advanced stuff?
    dude if you want an excuse to get a 5-inch phone you don't need one okay?
    most tech dudes i know go with android because they can pirate games and apps.
  6. macrumors 65816

    Jun 16, 2009
    depends where you are. where I live majority are iphone owners including family. everyone I text and know has imessage
  7. macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2012
    It hasn't been since the iPhone 3G. The $199 carrier subsidy changed that.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    Smartphones are pretty much the standard now. You used to buy one only if you needed to be able to email, etc. on the go, but it's pretty much the definition of the cell phone now.
  9. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    If you live in or frequent any major city, you see smartphones constantly. If someone reaches for their phone, it's actually uncommon to see anything else.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2007
    why buy a certain smart phone because its a status symbol. People should buy the phone that fits their needs. After using android for almost 2 years and will be switching back to the iPhone I can now see that its not as cut and dry saying get one phone or another people should purchase the phone that works for their needs as a phone.
  11. macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2010
    You can buy a new iPhone 5 at Walmart with 0% financing. WALMART! WITH 0% FINANCING. That is an immediate red flag that tells you the iPhone is the opposite of status symbol. The iPhone ceased to be cutting edge back with the iPhone 4 and instead is now like a Dodge Caravan, common and nothing special if you have one.
  12. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
  13. macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yeah, they are getting pretty common now. I wouldn’t call it embarrasing to own one, but it’s now just the symbol of a decent phone, rather than the holy grail it was 2 or 3 years ago.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
  15. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Perhaps it was when it first came out and a year or two after when having ANY smartphone was still a novelty, but I don't really think the iPhone ever was that much of a status symbol. It's been the same
    Price as other flagship phones for ages. That being said, I see everyone and their mother (literally) with an iPhone. Although recently, that number has been dropping where I live. With this recent update cycle, I'm seeing more and more android phones. Particularly the galaxy s3 and some of HTCs recent offerings. I think the apple hype is dying down slightly. Not a bad thing, just something I noticed.
  16. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    Yeah. I'm waiting for the day we stop calling smartphones smartphones and just start calling them phones...
  18. macrumors 6502


    Feb 19, 2011
    In my eyes, I bought my first iPhone to check my email and merge the iPod and Phone into one. I found it brilliant.

    My mates on the other hand bought them to show off to the high school girls. Made them look like fools.

    I have never found it to be a status symbol, but just a very useful part of day by day life.
  19. jqc
    macrumors regular

    Jun 30, 2007
    In manhattan where i live 'm only slightly exaggerating when I say that EVERYONE had an iPhone. AND an ipad. AND a MacBook.

    iPhones really became common with the 4 here.
  20. macrumors G5


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Buy a Rolex from Tiffany and Co. if you want a status symbol.
  21. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    That's right.
    Bling bling:D
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2006
    Washington State
    I think the rule is it is only a status symbol if you can spell "status symbol." Otherwise its just a phone.
  23. macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2012
    I guess I really didnt know that it means that much to people. I really enjoy my Apple products but I dont think they make me better than anyone, just smarter than most. lol.
  24. macrumors member


    Apr 28, 2009
    San Francisco, CA

  25. macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. Buy what fits your needs, not because it is cool.

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