all hail the mighty robot
all hail the mighty robot
2bit's droid stats:
Phone: original Droid 1
Current Rom: Simply Stunning v5.4(2.3.4 gingerbread)
Kernel: chevy mv 1ghz
Nex theme & Launcher Pro
I think people are grossly overestimating how many people are out there holding out for a smartphone until if and when IPhone comes to VZW.
I don't think there are going to be droves switching from Android, either. 80%+ of those IPhone sales I will bet will be AT&T customers switching to VW.
Now, if VZW offers a 200meg tier for $15 a month, that may entice some new smartphone buyers, but IPhone and Android share of those new buyers will be closer than people think. People under Apple's spell already have an IPhone, for the most part. Apple doesn't have the mind control over people who haven't even gotten a smartphone yet.
Personally, I think if there are Android LTE phones available while IPhone is pushing a 3G model it will get crushed.
why? cuz the iphone is simple and it just works out of the box, is user friendly and everyone and their mother has heard of it and thinks its God's gift to smartphones. marketing works, believe it or not. the millions that apple spends on advertising are what make the iphone the phone that most people want
i'm sticking with android but i'm pretty sure i'm in the minority...who knows, we'll see.
I also think some people might switch, or might want to, but when push comes to shove and they think about the cost (for apps) and time to learn and set-up a new phone it just ain't going to happen. Will be lots of "switchers remorse" when people say "darn, I REALLY liked those widgets".
Also, don't discount the impact of the newer Android phones going to AT&T. I think net-net there's not going to be a significant shift in share and growth between the two. The people most easily influenced by Apple's marketing have long ago bought IPhones...It's not like people are buying MAC's in droves. The "status symbol" doesn't apply to these people enough to have gotten an IPhone already, much less even a smartphone. Those people are more likely to compare specs and functionality because they buy for need, not status, and I think Android has an edge there.
i love my D1, but it hardly just "works" out of the box. i can't imagine going back to stock processor speed after i've overclocked. and even with the overclock there's still residual lag. same with EVERY android device out there regardless of its processor. None have the fluidity and simplicity that the iPhone has and that's what makes the iPhone such a coveted product.
i dont know...the people i know dont know much about specs and features...they're the average consumer...they go with the marketing (that doesn't make them dumb it makes them human).
i don't know anyone who says "Can't wait for LTE to get here!!" or "Isn't it great we can root our droids??!" Not saying there's not alot of people like that out there, but the average consumer doesnt care about such things, and probably doesn't even know about such things.
what they do know is the cool apple commercials with a catchy tune and the "there's an app for that" crap...it is what it is. the iphone (and ipod) don't sell because of its specs, it sells because of how its marketed as the "it" phone.
i know so many people who have droids (and love them) who still say they're switching if vzw ever gets an iphone. i dont know anyone (except myself) whos staying with android regardless of whether iphone comes to VZW or not.
again, the average consumer (average in the sense of tech "knowledge") is the majority of the consumers. they don't care about processors, and widgets and open source, and custom ROMs. They care about "we have 300,000 apps in our app store!" and "i can integrate with iTunes!!"...believe me.
When people go into a VZW store, and they think, "hmm, I like the IPhone" and the rep tells them "well, this Android is LTE which is 5-10X faster" that makes a difference. Most people aren't like the airhead in that cartoon. If this wasn't the case, then PC's wouldn't still outsell Mac's by about 10 to 1.
I didn't have any problems with my Droid out of the box, and that's way back at 2.0. The new Android phones running Froyo and soon to be Gingerbread? Please...
Again, Apple/IPhone marketing is very effective, in about 10% of consumers (the vast majority of whom already have the IPhone). The rest are going to browse in the store and do side-by-side comparisons. LTE will be a big selling point. When both phones do pretty much the same thing but the equivalent set-up IPhone is $100 more it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know what most people will choose.
The problem is that iOS isn't doing anythign new. Its the same crap getting regurgitated, adding some 'no big deal' feature in and calling it new.
Let's see when the Iphone hits verizon, what happens to the dreadful droid phones...