by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who works sometimes with Apple Shark
In my opinion, in North America Android users are far more likely to be found in lower income areas, whereas middle and upper class regions tend to favour the iPhone. This can be put down largely due to the major price differences between the two. For example, an Android handset can easily be obtained for less than half the price of an iPhone. In addition, monetisation differences make Android apps much cheaper than iPhone equivalents. The price divide also creates a separation in price. Young college students generally have less money, thus they are grouped with the lower income Android users no matter what area they live in.
For phone owners outside the United States of America, it’s worth knowing that Android, while only slightly more popular than the iPhone in the USA, is significantly more widely used in o
” men are up to six per cent more likely to own an Android”
When it comes to smartphones, globally, the Android is estimated to have over three times the ownership numbers compared to those of its Apple rival.
Apple is now trying to branch out more internationally, with partnerships other countries and China in particular. However, Android is still ahead of the game when it comes to global use.
The Gender war
Although women don’t seem to have any explicit preferences for either smartphone, men are up to six per cent more likely to own an Android.
The underlying justification for this difference could include traditional male lack of emphasis on online social networking activities, which are more common on the iPhone.
Another possible reason for women preferring the iPhone is the huge amount of stylish cases which obviously appeal to a large majority of women, as well as the smaller size of the device when compared to most Androids.
[Are you saying it fits more easily into your pocketbook/handbag? - Ed]
Free-to-pay vs free-to-play
Monetisation methods for the Android are notably weaker than for the iPhone, where developers have invested heavily in premium apps.
This further leverages the expense differences between the two products, while simultaneously causing smartphone developers to favour the iPhone.
This comes back to the issue of price. If you want a premium experience, Apple is clearly where it’s at—but if you want an inexpensive one, Google has your back.
Mapping the racial rainbow of smartphones
Perhaps the most socially awkward but significant difference between the two sets of smartphone fanbois is the statistically undeniable fact that African Americans prefer the Android – not just by a little, but by leaps and bounds.
[Surely this applies to Afro-Caribbeans and native Africans not just African Americans – Ed?]
Interestingly enough, other minorities are more evenly divided. This could be in part due to the international dispersion of Android handsets.
Although the divergences between iPhone users and Android users are significant, both products have a more than healthy share of the marketplace, and both are considered profitable enterprises for their respective companies.
[Some experts question if Android is truly profitable even for Samsung – Ed].
Apple has been said to have a ‘cult-like’ following with dedicated users who stand by their products.
However, as Androids have grown in popularity, these devices have quite the devoted following as well.
Finally, I’d like to thank the professionals of Apple Shark – which sells used iPhones in any condition for providing much of the research used in this Post.
This Post was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, women’s interests, and technology. Dixie lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.