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iPhone Vs. Android: Apple's Success Only Goes So Far
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yalanand
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7/23/2015 | 11:39:11 PM
Re: Phone pricing
@melgross: Most busy people like me have a different psychological profile while tackling flagship phones. We don't care about specs because we can't afford to waste our time thinking about specs. We think that high price determines best performance and we also are too busy to wabble through different types of phone companies as well. So we take the highest priced phone in the current market without thinking much. That is how the iPhone succeeds. It is high priced but isn't the best in antutu benchmarks. Still people buy it because they think high price determines performance.
yalanand
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7/23/2015 | 11:31:23 PM
Re: Outpricing in the market
@ melgross: I would not be so sure. Most people who can afford an iPhone buy an iPhone because of that craze, but I don't think they switch entirely because functionality and cheap price of android is great. I have a nexus device as well as an iPhone and I use the nexus most of the time because it is easier to work with.
yalanand
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7/23/2015 | 11:28:58 PM
Re: Outpricing in the market
I have an iPhone 5s as well but I love the interface, the work centric culture and the safety. However I would like to add that app market and follow up services are so high priced that it just doesn't make any sense.
yalanand
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7/23/2015 | 11:23:20 PM
Re: Outpricing in the market
Thank God prices aren't slashed for the iPhone and if that happened Android can bid goodbye because everyone knows what an apple stands for. Having been an android developer as part time, I would miss my job if that ever happened.
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7/23/2015 | 5:56:49 PM
Re: Outpricing in the market
@STATISTICIAN, Since we are also talking cost, I would like up to bring up the fat that Apple doesn't have sales on iPhones. I tink they should start doinf that.
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7/23/2015 | 5:55:07 PM
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I was an Android users for several years. I switched to an iPhone, but for a very short time. I am back with my Android, and I am pleased with my decision. I like Apple products,  but I am not blown away by the iPhone. Androids can do a lot of the same stuff for a cheaper cost.
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7/23/2015 | 4:51:18 PM
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Except that just the opposite is happening. It's Android users, for the most part, that are switching to the iPhone. There is little stickiness to Android.
melgross
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7/23/2015 | 4:49:02 PM
Phone pricing
Both Apple and Samsung do the same thing with their flagship phones. They discount them next year, and then again the year after that. So Apple's phone pricing is really from $399 up, not $649 up. And then, Apple came out with the somewhat lower priced 5C, which is expected to be replaced this year too. An advantage Apple also has is that there are a lot of people who are willing to spend more for their product. Those people may not be thought of as potential customers, but they are. We can see that in China. And then, of course, is the fact that Apple isn't interested in selling cheap phones, unlike Android manufacturers, Apple has an extensive software ecology, and third parties making Hardware. Apple is therefore interested that users have satisfaction in performance, while Android manufacturers have no such requirement. That iPhone sales are continuing to grow strongly is enough for Apple to be satisfied with their position of profitability, without worrying that said profits are keeping sales down. And after all, a company that is strong financially is in the best position to lead.
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7/23/2015 | 2:28:36 PM
Outpricing in the market
Your article points to a key issue here.  Since Apple devices are rarely discounted outside brand new terms, and even newer models not carrying a device subsidy, I think many iPhone users are still hanging onto their old models due to the high cost of upgrading/replacing.

Android devices, which often can be heavily subsidized, may have better adoption rates simply because it's a lower cost alternative for folks who need a new device.  There's also a lot more selection, so it definitely eats into the iPhone market since many users who don't want to shell out $500-$1000 for a new device might be more incented to switch especially now that the market has very comporable devices to the iPhone from Android handset manufacturers.
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