In news that probably doesn’t surprise many, the average price of an Android device is now about half that of an iPhone, and the gap is only widening. One thing that bugs me is that iPhone enthusiasts always claim that Android are for people that can’t afford iPhone’s. Yes, there are a plethora of cheap Android devices, and you can thank companies like Samsung that flood the market with low-end Android devices, but having the option to purchase one is never a bad thing. Android certainly has its fair share of top-tier and expensive devices, but at the same time you can get great cheap devices for a fraction of the price of a high-end Android phone or even an iPhone.
Brand loyalty isn’t a concept unique to smartphones; it’s something pretty much all manufacturers of any consumer product work hard to get from their customers. A recent survey studied iPhone users and asked them if they would consider switching to any other device when it was time to upgrade, and a majority of those users said they were going to stick with Apple’s new iPhone regardless of other phones on the market.
About 78 percent of over 2000 people asked responded that they couldn’t imagine having any other type of phone, and about 52 percent said their reasoning was that they were just very impressed with their current or previous iPhone. 54 percent had previously owned an iPhone. » Read the rest
A recent graphic tweeted out by @somospostpc shows the screen-bezel ratio of a number of different phones— the LG G2 leads the way with a 75.7% ratio. (The percentage indicates the amount of the phone that is actually screen and not bezel.)
The iPhones (4S, 4, and 3GS) came in last, with the 3GS being the worst— its percentage was 50.8%. The 5S and 5 sat around 60%.
I mean, just look at the photo above and tell me that the iPhone’s forehead isn’t the biggest thing you’ve seen in your life!
It definitely surprised me to see these numbers, but at second glance, the area above and below the the iPhone’s screen, combined with the side bezels, can easily make up about half of the front of the device. Rumors suggest that the next iPhone will be bezel-free, mostly because there will be no home button. We’ll have to see whether or not Apple stays true to the rumors, but my guess is that they’ll find a way.
Check out the full graphic of bezel percentages after the break.
Samsung was being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department because of suspicions that the company was using a special class of patents to attack rivals— the investigation will now come to a close, the the Department will continue to monitor the company in terms of patent regulation.
The news comes in the midst of a series of patent infringement complaints filed by both Apple and Samsung, with the most recent filed against Apple— Samsung won, and some older iPhone and iPad models were banned from being sold in the US.
Legal issues were determined to not require any kind of investigation, so the Justice Department has stopped looking into the matter.
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has recently taken to Google+ to tell iPhone users how to properly convert to using an Android phone. His detailed and lengthy post includes information on how to move contacts over from iCloud to Gmail, how to set up an Android phone, and why users should switch from Safari to Google Chrome.
While the information itself really isn’t anything new, the fact that Schmidt took to Google+ to post it is a very interesting choice. Eric also mentioned that Android devices “are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user.” You can find the full post by clicking on the source link.
Source: Eric Schmidt
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. » Read the rest
New doesn’t always mean better, right? In a new study done by OptoFidelity, they claim that the touchscreens of the new Apple iPhone 5c and 5s are nowhere near as accurate as last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III. The study explored touchscreen responsiveness triggered by a robotic finger.
In the image above, green is showing accuracy within one millimeter and red is showing over that measurement. As you can see, it is quite obvious how much better Samsung’s accuracy is than Apple’s. For Apple, this is strange as these devices just launched. On Samsung’s side, they must be proud of the parts used for their handsets.
Apple just got a huge win that will result in continued problems for Samsung and Google. The “Steve Jobs patent” (U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949) was reaffirmed by the U.S Patent & Trade Office (USPTO). The patent has been referred to as the “Steve Jobs patent” because Jobs was named as one of the inventors when Apple applied for it in 2008. It deals with a “touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics.”
It was originally challenged by presumably Samsung and Google, but this reexamination result came down last month reaffirming all 20 claims of the patent. According to Florian Miller of Foss Patents, this is a “major strategic win” for Apple and a “massive setback for Samsung and Google”, as well as a threat to other Android device makers. Samsung must now work around this patent to avoid the U.S. import ban that was ordered in August. Apple is also going after Motorola for this same patent.
An interesting report on the U.S. mobile carriers was released yesterday by J.D. Power. Apparently, when consumers rank their overall satisfaction with their carrier of choice, it might be contingent on what phone they are using. According to J.D., iPhone users are very happy with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, but Samsung users rank Sprint and T-Mobile higher. Verizon was actually chosen as the best carrier among iPhone users while Sprint was chosen as the best by Samsung users.
What’s most interesting is when you lump all smartphones together, you get an interesting picture. AT&T comes in first followed by Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Verizon rarely performs that badly, so I’m not sure how that happened. But I do find the type of phone by carrier very interesting. For me, it’s all about the coverage. I am an Android user obviously, and I could never rank T-Mobile or Sprint highly because their coverage in my area is dismal.
Full presser after the break.
Consumer Reports rated Apple’s latest flagship devices, the iPhone 5s and 5c, and they received great reviews, which should be expected. However, CR did point out that the pair of iPhones weren’t always top-notch in some key areas, like the screen or battery life. Compared to Motorola’s latest Droid line, the both iPhones have much shorter battery life than the near-24 hours they got out of some of Verizon’s Droid family. When it came to the screens of the 5s and 5c, they both fell short against the extremely high-end (and large) offerings from Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One.
Does this mean any of these devices are poor options for consumers? Not at all. It’s just very interesting that many of the features that the iPhone used to tout as “top of the line” like battery life and screen quality (Retina display marketing, anyone?) are being bested by other Android manufacturers.
source: Consumer Reports