I’ve had many conversations over the comparisons between android and the iPhone, but it wasn’t until the other day that I heard a level of discontent in his usage of the iPhone. I thought this was interesting because I thought it was poignant of what other Apple users must be running into with their iPhone and iPad products.
I was recently in the market for purchasing a tablet for my wife. Based on all the information we collected and the budget we were willing to put into purchasing a new tablet; upgrading from a Kindle Fire HD. We decided to go with purchasing and android-based tablet.
It was interesting during the purchasing process because several times during the research, my wife would ask me why do I have such objections to purchasing an iPad; my answer is fairly simple…
Android is the most popular operating system
Market research shows that android is the most popular operating system in the mobile market. The android operating system is installed everything short of a toaster. I understand that the android operating system can be installed on subpar equipment and can result in bad experiences for people, but android operating system is very popular and it’s very flexible for manufacturers who want to create tablets.
As long as those manufacturers installed android operating system and give those tablets or mobile devices access to the Google play market; it’s almost a sure hit.
Access to Google play
People have come to recognize that the android operating system is fairly standard and if you have access to the Google play market, you have access to the applications that are used to seeing. Even if you change devices, going from a Samsung tablet to an LG tablet, or going to a Lenovo tablet; if you have access to the Google play market, you’re good to go. I understand there’s some exceptions to that rule, but the premise stands.
Another good point of this is when you’re dealing with android devices, your information is synchronized to the Internet with Google. If you move to a new device, Google knows which applications that you purchased, or which applications you had installed previously; giving you the option to easily download that new device with the programs that you are familiar with previously.
One of the most damning things that Apple has to compete with is the number of manufacturers that have the android operating system loaded on it. As I mentioned previously, you have lots of manufacturers more than willing to install android. Samsung, Acer, Visio, LG and Lenovo; just to name a few, already have offerings in the market with android loaded. The customers have greater options when it comes to the hardware specifications/features of those mobile devices.
One of my biggest discontent points with using Apple products is the stupid release dates of the new versions. People stand in line to purchase the new iPhone or the new iPad; it’s stupid.
I know that if I purchase an android tablet that’s three years old, I can go buy a new version, from a different manufacturer, with possibly higher hardware specifications and abilities than what I had previously, and is going to be a huge benefit there. You can’t say the same about purchasing an iPhone or an iPad.
The reality is that if you own an Apple product, like iPhone or iPad; if it breaks, you can’t go to Apple and purchase the absolute latest version of that device— you have to purchase what they released. It doesn’t matter if it’s an iPhone or an iPad, you’re stuck on that version. But with an android device, I can go anywhere, and I can upgrade to the latest hardware specifications and operating system that’s available.
I don’t want to be stuck on someone else’s release schedule that puts me in arrears.
Apple’s Lost Vision
As my friend was telling me, he’s always been an admirer of Apple products and he thinks that while Steve Jobs was in charge of Apple, they had a clear vision of what they needed to do to be dominant in the market, but now it’s Steve Jobs is gone; he thinks that the long-term vision of the company has stagnated. He and I both agreed that this was reflective of Apple’s announcement yesterday for the new iPhone; their stock is down.
We both agreed that Apple had a great offering for content, but they don’t seem to be listening to the customer base on what customers expect their iPhones to be able to do. Apple is not going to dazzle their customers with the first 64-bit mobile operating system because there’s no applications that can take advantage of it.
The iPhone still doesn’t have a bigger display and still requires users to purchase adapters for HDMI output. They have failed to understand the whole concept of their consumer base.
Cost of being a name brand
Another big reason was the cost. Apple is a name brand just like everything else. Apple used to be the standard in comparison to any smartphone they came onto the market. Apple knew this and they used it to make sure that they charged a premium for their products. But now Apple is showing that what they have is nothing more than standard, and in some cases, substandard in comparison to what other smartphone users are using nowadays.
I don’t want to exclude Microsoft from the smart phone comparison here. I actually want to use Microsoft as an example of why Apple is falling behind. Microsoft doesn’t have a very large position in the mobile market, roughly about 5%, but their smart phones are making some progression and with the latest introduction of their Nokia phone with a 41 megapixel digital camera built-in; that’s revolutionary. That’s different, and that’s what customers are expecting.
So I wasn’t about to pay a premium charge, for a substandard product just because of name brand.
I honestly believe that when my friend decides to purchase his next smartphone, I really think that he’s going to move towards purchasing an android phone. There’s a slight chance he might look at going to Microsoft, but I think that most people want to use something in the market that more dominant, and Microsoft isn’t there yet.
Did you use to have an iPhone or iPad and switched to android?
What did you think?
Larry Henry Jr.
…via Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.5