Survey says: Apple Is Transposing More U.S. Android Users To Its iPhone?


Survey time again folks. Gotta love these things. Whenever I come across surveys like this they tend to always beg more questions than provide any useful statistics. However, I’ll digress for a moment to report the news. According to a recent study over at Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), this year exhibited a greater influx of Android users moving over to Apple’s OS and the iPhone was much greater when compared to last year’s iPhone launch.  According to Mike Levin, CIRP partner and co-founder “Ideally, Apple attracts a significant percent of its customers from Android and other systems,”.  

Furthermore, according to the research, during this year’s most recent iPhone launch the company saw a pretty hefty increase in users coming from a previous iPhone, most likely as a result of there being very few consumers left in the U.S. without a smartphone. According to the graph above by CIRP, in Sept of 2012 there was a 16% jump from individuals moving from an Android smartphone to the Apple operating system. The study goes on to further state that this year the number jumped to 21% with the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c devices.   

Now, here’s where the more questions part comes in. Of last year’s 16% and this year’s 21% what kind of Android devices and what version OS of Android where they using? If you think this doesn’t make a difference then ask yourself why you yourself jumped to a new smartphone? Was it not because of the new hardware and software? Of course it was. So how many of those previous Android users who jumped ship had a four year old Android device with Eclair or Froyo still on it? In my opinion, and I’m not just saying this because I write for an Android blog, there really isn’t anything enticing enough to lure one to make the jump to an iPhone from todays highly mature Android operating system. And I’m speaking in regards to both hardware and software. It’s as simple as this, there’s just more to choose from with Android. And while I’m not sure how the survey was conducted, I can bet you most of those users probably had a MyTouch device with Donut on it and a 3.5-inch display when they made that jump. It’s really difficult to assume that someone would jump from a device 4 to 6-inches in screen size, house anywhere from a dual-core to quad-core CPU and HD display back to a device that just received a 4-inch display and dual-core CPU. However, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

As for personal experience, I’m currently using a Galaxy Note 3 with a 5.7-inch HD AMOLED display and 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor on board. I stand firm in saying it would be a backwards move to purchase an iPhone. Now that being said I have great respect for the device as it’s clear to anyone at one point in the past it set the bar on what a smartphone could be and every phone therein after has attempted to keep up with it. However, I also stand firm that Android has surpassed the Apple OS in many regards several years ago and Apple is now the one playing copy cat and catch-up. If you think that’s a bold statement, check out the specs for iOS 6 & 7. We’ve got to especially say, the drop down shade for notifications looks very nice on the iPhone.

source: CIRP




About the Author: Joe Sirianni

Joe was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood moving around from state to state. He eventually made his way to Pennsylvania where he met his Portuguese beauty and made her his wife. He now has three great kids and full access to all of the Portuguese food he can eat. Joe's love for mobile technology began when he bought his first Palm Pilot, a Palm M130 and left it on top of his car, driving off, causing it to smash into a thousand pieces. Forced to buy a new device, he quickly discovered that specs were changing so rapidly he was buying a new device every six months just to keep up. Since then, he has constantly felt the need to have the latest and greatest. When the "smartphone" revolution began and integrating cell phones and PDA's was the norm, he quickly jumped to Windows Mobile for several years until the first Android device was launched, the T-Mobile G1. Joe began appreciating all of the free utilities Google provided and sold his soul (his precious data) to Google long before they got into the mobile OS business. So, there was no hesitation at all for him to jump on board and ride the Android train as an early adopter. And boy has it been a blast. Joe now works in the Engineering & Operations dept for a major mobile carrier where he remotely troubleshoots cell sites and loves being an Editor for TalkAndroid.

  • scuba steve

    I agree with this. I’m young and super tech savvy, and had iOS for some time. Android users were always saying how much better android was than iOS. “You can do so much more” they said. So I tried it. And have it currently. Well, my weather and calendar widgets are pretty sweet I guess. Wow. Soooo customizeable. How about some glitchy Rom or launcher. But you give up a LOT going from iOS. I went from iPhone to GS3, to HTC One. Man, I messed up going to Android. Its SO sloppy compared to iOS. Plus, I get apple being open source and all, but it’s RIDICULOUS! Android lets anyone put an app on the play store no matter the name, content, or legitimacy. Remember the BBM launch? There was a dozen apps called BBM on there literally. they either did nothing or were packed full of spam. Lookup games that are iOS only like Infinity Blade, Racing Rivals- yet there are apps out there named that bit they aren’t. They are fake. But Google lets them stay. Cause Google doesn’t want to inhibit some scammer’s creativity. It’s the wild west. Awesome. How about every now and again, you just want to select a picture and it just open, without you being asked to select what app you want to open It with. Ohhh, what about how you HAVE to download a file explorer just to see files you download. Ohhhh ahhhh android is SO innovative. How about how Google pushes plus down your throat and is quickly becoming big brother. Also, apps leave SO much more junk on your phone when you delete them! All in all, iOS handles files more uniformly, is SO much more stable, so much more secure, and 10x more thought out in user interface. Look at how an iPhone 4 STILL WORKS DECENTLY, compared to ANY android from that time period which is SO obsolete it hardly lets you do anything. IOS stomps android plain and simple. The proof is in the pudding.

    • NWSD

      Well, I guess iOS stomps android for you. Just left my 4s for the Google nexus 5. Couldn’t be happier. The way I look at it is if you want simple you can have that on android and stuck with it on iOS. If you want to tinker with android you can….. but your out of luck with iOS. Granted, I can’t speak for your experience with the gs3. The reason I got the nexus 5 was for the pure Google software. I can tell you it is not sloppy, not in the least….. at least with 4.4. I had the original HTC incredible before my 4s and that phone sucked. But Google has come a long way since then. Very happy with my nexus and will enjoy using my 4s as my music player when I run.

    • Sir Alex

      An app like Tasker will fly over any “tech savvy” iphone user’s head.

    • ari_free

      OK now go back to reading People magazine

    • anonimus

      let me tell you this scuba, i never used an iPhone and i wont, maybe if the company provide me one, but i have a HTC one X(at&t) with a custom rom and works fine, never crashes, i can run anything i want smoothly, in my opinion HTC one sucks, the performance is just not right for me, i will never buy that phone, i prefer buying a nexus 5 or HTC one X+, dont blame the OS blame your lack of knowledge, you need to verify which phone will fill your needs first dont buy the most expensive phone and then regret it, thats why an android user is different than a iOS user

    • Nudo

      … perfect iPhone customer. Hates thinking, lacks any legitimate point.

      Real smart phones aren’t for everyone. iPhone’s are basically the Toyota Camry of the phone world, they JUST work. Androids are the Ferrari’s. Not everyone can handle a Ferrari.

  • teflontaine

    Scuba Steve I find what said hard to believe. I don’t use an HTC one but come from using a iphone 4 to the note 2 and now note 3. For me the android devices have been a much improved experience. That being said ios7 seems to be a step in the right direction. Just wondering, if you hated android why would you get the HTC one after the gs3 instead of a new iphone.

  • Nudo

    Many people don’t actually want a smart phone, because they’re too complex. Instead, they want a basic phone that they can call a smart phone… therefore, we have iPhones.

  • smfh

    Lies lies lies