Gender Prefs: iPhone vs Android

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    Posted: 01 December 2010 06:44 PM

    My first post. Disclosure long AAPL since 2004.

    A recent report indicates women prefer iPhone while men prefer Android.

    This may be a temporary situation. The iPhone’s styling is not off-putting to men, so the male appeal of Android could be explained by the heavy action-movie marketing (US), larger-than-iPhone form factors, but in my opinion, the main reason is the tinker factor.

    A look back to the auto and desktop PC industries. In the 60’s, tweaking on your car’s engine was a common pursuit. Of course back then you could see street on either side of the engine block. In the ‘70s, pollution control and the emergence of embedded electronic control made that hobby much difficult. Today, only enthusiasts tinker with their rides; the rest of us are happy using cars as-is.

    The desktop PC was similar in the 80s to the 50’s-60s car scene, where guys were building computers from parts, tweaking memory-managers like EMM-386 and such. Maintaining and enhancing the system often required as much time as was spent in productivity applications. Today, the iMac and MacBooks show industry-leading growth driven by the desire for operational simplicity.

    in the new smart-phone “territory”, men feel that Apple’s walled garden approach to the App Store constrains their ability to move freely and explore, in other word, tinker with the system.
    Here are some select comments from Android users from the tested.com article on resetting your Android phone that lead me to that believe that the male interest level in Android may be short-lived.

    from tested.com:

    My HTC Desire contacts hogs the memory like crazy. Its just been bloating every day.
    About a week in my owning it, the contacts app occupied 70megs of space on the device. (Not a lot left for apps.)
    I occasionally get the “phone storage is getting low” and try to fend off some un-needed apps in the meantime.
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    :?that’s probably my only gripe with my awesome Desire, the internal memory.. it just fills up after what seems like nothing
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    Looks like good advice, though I fear the Samsung Galaxy S GT-I9000 is immune to such good ideas (factory reset).?
    Mine becomes something of a pain in the arse after about 3 weeks from a full format and factory reset. ?Many people on XDA Devs are saying the problem is Samsungs own filesystem RFS dragging the already slow internal SD card to a crawl.
    I think I have done 30, perhaps more, factory resets in under 6 months.? 2.2 improved some matters but not all, people speculate JIT is not working so well on Hummingbird, or perhaps non Samsung applications from the Market simply do not take advantage of the extensions in the SOC (NEON I think it was?). Either way, Samsung should be ashamed of how their software side hinders what seems to be incredible hardware. ?There is not even a way to reinstall the firmware! Factory reset is all that is available unless you want to go Odin on it and flash custom firmware.
    Oh Samsung. You make me sad.
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    Still having trouble with my HTC EVO running at nearly 100% CPU and making my phone chug. I use system panel to kill all the apps running in the background, twice, then I use the list of apps installed to go to where I want to. If I make it back to the home screen, the phone starts chugging again. I’ve removed all widgets except for the time and weather. It’s getting pretty annoying. Windows Phone 7 is looking better by the day.

         
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    Posted: 01 December 2010 07:14 PM #1

    I can appreciate the tinkering aspect.

    I used to be in the camp of simplicity.  These days, if a program has a missing or malfunctioing feature, I’m likely to notice it.

         
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    Posted: 01 December 2010 10:01 PM #2

    Come on guys - iPhone, no porn. Android, porn.

         
  • Posted: 01 December 2010 10:31 PM #3

    schLONG - 01 December 2010 10:44 PM

    A recent report indicates women prefer iPhone while men prefer Android.

    I think it’s more accurate to say that both men and women like the iPhone about equally, but many more men than women prefer Android. The actual numbers are:

    28.6% of men prefer the iPhone
    30.9% of women prefer the iPhone

    32.6% of men prefer Android
    22.8% of women prefer Android

    http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/online_mobile/us-smartphone-battle-heats-up/

         
  • Posted: 01 December 2010 10:59 PM #4

    schLONG - 01 December 2010 10:44 PM

    in the new smart-phone “territory”, men feel that Apple’s walled garden approach to the App Store constrains their ability to move freely and explore, in other word, tinker with the system.

    When You Should Give Your Android Phone a Factory Reset