Suvery: Android "Hot" with Younger, iOS with Older

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by onthecouchagain, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    At least amongst the people I know and have met, this is the case. Older people I know tend to use iPhones over Android. Younger people tend to use Android over iPhones.
  2. Orange Crane macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    It seems like telephone software is only "hot" amongst nerds, regardless of age. Most of the rest of the world doesnt care. Among the employed adults I know the only real "feature" anyone really wants is that the phone doesn't **** up most of the time.
  3. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2011
    It also has to do with younger generations not being able to afford an iphone.

    I think a survey with lower-middle class citizens will be very high android users vs the middle-upper class which will more likely be iphone.

    I don't mean no offence in my post but in europe this is the fact.
  4. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    I'm not sure if this is the case anymore. Its definitely possible. However I'm not sure, there are iPhones free on contract now.
  5. mcman77 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2011
    I don't know about the states but converting the price here the difference is huge.

    Iphone 5: $76 per month (free phone)

    galaxy s3: $45 per month (free phone)

    Similar if not the same data-minute-text plans
  6. DanteMann macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2011
    Get a grip buddy. Anyone that gets a high end android phone can just as easily pick up an iPhone. Phones are so heavily subsidized it's a joke. There is no out of reach phone's these days in the biggest markets.
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    I thought there was a stat being bandied about that said 40% of teenagers used an iPhone? Something don't jive here.
  8. Apollo 13 macrumors 6502a

    May 29, 2010
    WTF...these surveys are not accurate at all. Didn't a survey just pop up a week ago showing the opposite?
  9. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    Well in America, iPhones cost the same as high end Android phones on contract, and even if you buy one straight up. The high end Android phones aren't that much less than an iPhone.

    I think it has to do with iOS stagnating, and old people don't like change. While young people do.
  10. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011

    I am 18 and own an iPhone 5, and the vast majority of my college peers own iPhones. Android is definitely the minority here.
  11. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    And there we have it. A survey of around 9,000 respondents means nothing.
    They should have asked zbarvian and have been done with it...... :p
  12. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    It depends on the area of course.

    Atm, Android has a massive Marketshare lead over iOS.
  13. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Most teens here have cheap BB handsets or lower end android devices (going on my casual observence in the comprehensive school) so of course they are more likely to say the device they can access / afford is 'cooler' to them.

    Most older folks likewise have more disposable income, work etc.. And therfore they can afford the more expensive handheld. They probably care less about personalisation of a device and more about fluidty, consistency and reliability. Hence iPhone coming out in the poll.

    Leaving the 25-40 something's in the middle and more likely to flick between flagship android devices and iOS etc...

    Really though, we all know iOS is cooler than android because an old judge said so..... Which of course instantly nullifies any coolness what so ever ;)
  14. daveathall macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2010
    North Yorkshire
    In my immediate work place there are 14 of us, 4 iPhones, 6 Android and 4 non smart phones, out of the 4 iPhones, 2 young and 2 old. The split of users of Android is about 50% (young/old)

    Out of the 14 only 5 follow technology; 3 of the iPhone users and 2 of the Android.

    Unscientific I know, but there ya go.


    I tend to agree with this post.
  15. marsmissions macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2010
    Washington, US
  16. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I think the balance in teens, at my school at least, seems 50:50.
    I know many people who have Androids, I know many people who have iPhones. To be honest, most teens still seem to have feature phones/Blackberries.

    However, I can see how iOS is popular with 'older' people. Hardly see anyone over 30 using an Android, but then again that might just be due to where I live, where I go etc
  17. The Face macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2012
    Where I'm from, around 50% of the people I see are still obsessed with BlackBerry's, the other majority are old people who still use a Nokis 3310 or below. 3 or my friends are Android users, another 2 are iPhone users.

    As for kids not being able to afford an iPhone.. I've owned every flagship Android and Apple device since the Galaxy S2 and 3GS and I'm only 21. High End Android phones are no cheaper than iPhones these days, people need to realise that the iPhone isn't the only premium device on the mobile market anymore.
  18. XX55XX macrumors regular

    May 17, 2009
    At my college, I have never seen anyone using an Android handset on campus. You still see some Blackberries here and there. I'd say 80% of the campus uses an iPhone.
  19. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    The vast majority of my middle age friends have iPhones. However that's because they don't give a crap, they heard iPhones were good, it's a household name and thus they bought one. My friends that are into phones and gadgets own android and every one of them came from the iPhone.

    Myself personally, my employer bought my iPhone and pays the monthly bill. A free iPhone > me paying for an Android phone.

    Overall I'm happy with the experience. They main thing I like is since the majority of my friends have iPhones it works very well with FaceTime and iMessage.
  20. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    My sister has a GSIII, she didn't want an iPhone. They're too mainstream and too hip.
  21. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    There is definitely a cost aspect to it. $0-$99 on contract will get you a much nicer android phone than an iphone.

    Android doesn't require iTunes and you don't have to pay a 20% premium for cables and accessories since most droids use microSD cards and USB cables.
  22. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    This has gotta be the dumbest survey I've seen. First, what does "Hot" mean when it comes to a mobile operating system? Second, since there many more Android phones than iPhones, it seems obvious that Android would have an edge (I thought the gap might be larger) as owners tend to defend their purchases. And finally, iOS is simple and easy to use, and more advertised than Android, why would an elderly person ever want an Android phone?

    The article is making some bull causal claim from the study, saying people want the customization and widgets of Android, and Apple will soon be stigmatized. Lol.
  23. einmusiker macrumors 68030


    Apr 26, 2010
    Location: Location:
    Get over yourself. So many igeeks get butthurt when anything comes out that shows their precious itoys dont make them the cool young hipsters they imagine themselves to be. I like ios5 on my ipad but wont be touching anything ios6 until apple fixes their major screwup. I prefer android for my phone becaue it does more of what I want it to do. My older brother and mom prefer iphones because it is easier for them to use, and thats fine. They arent tech people and they want whats easy.
  24. malnar macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    This is ridiculous. The answer is, or should be obvious: the market is flooded with Android phones. Walk into practically ANY non-specialty store, and you'll find a selection of Android phones to buy. Or just go to a mall and look for the phone kiosk. Androids are everywhere. iPhones, regardless of price, are exclusive simply because of their availability.

    But for most people, they walk into their phone shop and ask about a new phone. The phone shop pushes whatever it is they're told to push. If that's not iPhone, that's not what they're going to work to sell the customer. Most people are not going to spend much time thinking about the decision. People who WANT an iPhone will seek it out.

    And, you know, the iPhone is still the most popular single smartphone out there, period. How many Android phones are out there? How many Android phone manufacturers are out there? There's one iPhone. Every single one of those Android phone companies would KILL to have one phone that was even half, or maybe even a quarter as popular as the iPhone.

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