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Reuters: 22% of iPhone 4S buyers are platform converts

Based on a poll of iPhone 4S buyers across six countries, Apple is winning converts from BlackBerry, Nokia, and even Android.

International new service Reuters has been polling buyers during the first 72 hours since the iPhone 4S went on sale and found that 22% of them were converting from other platforms, especially BlackBerry and Nokia, but also Android.

On Sunday, Reuters reported:

"The majority of the 127 iPhone 4S buyers polled informally by Reuters in the United States, Japan, Australia, France, Germany and Britain were Apple diehards upgrading their devices. But 28 claimed they were making a switch, with some saying they were disillusioned by Research in Motion after this week's global BlackBerry outage that enraged millions."

The report quoted former Nokia and BlackBerry owners who were making the switch, which isn't much of a surprise since both of those platforms have been losing momentum in recent years as Android and iPhone have grabbed most of the momentum in the smartphone market. However, Reuters also noted that the upgraders included several Android owners, but didn't provide a breakdown of how many buyers were coming from Android versus BlackBerry, Nokia, or other platforms.

Of course, most readers will see this and question that it's only an informal poll of 127 people. But, in the past when I've asked statisticians about small polls like this, they typically say that a sample of 100 or more is statistically significant as long as it's a legitimate, unbiased cross-section. Since Reuters did its survey across six different countries, that gives some credibility. More data gathering will need to be done, but this is an interesting first peek at whether Apple is going to be able to cast a wider net in the smartphone market.

This is a topic that we've discussed over on ZDNet in the Great Debate the past two weeks, in both the discussion of the iPhone 4S and the debate over Android's future.

If you have purchased an iPhone 4S or plan to in the near future and you're are converting from another platform, please post in the discussion below and tell us which platform you're coming from and why you're making the switch.

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22 comments
techrepublic@
techrepublic@

On a very recent poll, 100% of smartphone and/or tablet users prefer and use Android devices (over iOS). The poll was taken just a minute ago on a group of 14 tech savvy people (programmers, admins, engineers) with experience in a variety of Android and iOS devices. So what is the relevance of this poll? Just about has much as a poll of 127 people over six countries. Can I extrapolate this poll's numbers to the general population? Of course! It is just a small self selected and biased sample, just like that other poll, and others are doing it, so why not?!

Misser
Misser

I've switched from the iphone to the HTC Evo droid. Why? A list: I got sick of syncing from my computer to itunes. My itunes would lock up and drag. I left it on overnight and I kid you not, the dang thing would still be backing up. With the android, I just hit update and viola! Done. I was worried I wouldn't be able to enjoy my library of music while out walking (it's the only thing that motivates me sometimes). Well, I was wrong. I have my mp3s in a library, just like itunes. I put them on random and it selects songs. I also love the fact when my phone is locked up requiring password to open it, I can STILL tap "next" to a another song. Maybe you can do this on the Iphone nowadays but on mine, you could not. I also like the swipe password. No thinking to unlock it. I also love the price of extra chords (not 30$ each more like 7$) and the batteries too. I can change them when I go someplace I may not have immediate access to power sources like the airport. I find the linking up of social media great too for contacts. My boss' google+ picture is up when he calls, my boyfriend's twitter, facebook are all popping up, even on his latitude icon on google latitude and the ringtones are easy to manage. I enjoy being able to take an mp3 and make it a ringtone, something I could not do so easily with the iphone. I enjoy the voice-texting feature and voice texting for e-mails, facebook etc... I work for a technology company but I am a little bit technically-challenged. I thought the android would be rocket-science. Well, it's more like a board-game to me. :-)

vmjosh
vmjosh

my agreement with sprint came up a couple weeks ago, so i preordered the iPhone 4s. i have an older android, which is running horribly slow. there was a comment in the thread about having to tinker with your phone for days before you get it the way you like it. and i could probably wipe my android and start again, and have it working more smoothly (sounds like windows...) or get a different phone and do the same process. i haven't activated the iPhone yet, just been using it on wifi for the time being to get some things like email and contacts on there, but i'm not so sure i will keep it. there are things i already don't like about it, like lack of widgets (i live in new england and the weather changes every 30 minutes), icon placement, and i can't hide icons (i have to bury them in a group, or a screen i never use). as much as i hate itunes, there are some very nice offerings on it, like the iTunes U (which has a ton of educational stuff for free there). what really sucks is all the stuff going on at sprint. i get a significant discount with them, and have never had any problems with them (customer for 11 years now). but with them switching over to LTE in a year or two, that means that any 4g phone i buy now, the 4g features probably won't work in a year or two. i'm not a big fan of their current high end phones at the moment (not a fan of the motorola UI, i like the EVO 3D, but 3D is kind of pointless on a phone. they could get rid of the 3D, and put a better camera on it). i just need something better to come out from HTC to make me return this iPhone appliance. (i think that was a very good reference to the iPhone, it just works, but not customizable)

PineappleBob
PineappleBob

I have no trouble replacing my BlackBerries I simply connect to the Desktop Manager and select replace phone, it transfers my apps, my data, my security settings everything. Then I am back on my BES and good to go. I will never use an Apple prodcut due to lock in and the silo nature of it all. Tried many Android phones and they all were a nightmare to run it through the day without charging, what an annoyance. I just went camping for the weekend with my Cub Scout pack and did not have to charge my BlackBerry over the weekend and I used weather apps, GPS, email, Text. BBM, and numerous phone calls. If an Android or an Apple phone can do that, perhaps I'll switch, otherwise no thanks. And I know BB Appworld is not full of apps, but then again, I would not say Android market or Apple's market are all that great when there are a zillion fart apps, and a zillion bubble wrap popping apps. 200 fart apps should actually count as one app. Let the people change to the sort of new iphone, but we never see polls of how many go back to the other platform. It's all in the perspective.

shaunswan
shaunswan

I went from Blackberry to Apple to Android. In my opinion all 3 platforms have their pro's and cons, it all depends on what you need and how you use them. Blackberry is very well suited for a corporate environment thanks to BES. The cheaper BB's are good value and work well, but the Higher up BB's don't compare with Apple and Android. The iPhone is truly fantastic and in my opinion the iPhone was the start of a new age. But the Galaxy SII is mind blowing! I have converted 6 iPhone owners to Android fanatics.

camcost
camcost

I'm an Android user... but not proud of it. I only use it because that's the best that my carrier offers, and I'm not willing to switch carriers. I have used other folk's iPhones and am quite impressed. With tablets, I own both iPad and Android... and definitely prefer the iPad far more than the Android. Part of the reason is I've invested much $ in acquiring excellent apps for the iPad, and haven't found the same quality on the equivalent version for Android, so I have shyed away from syncing more investment in it. When my carrier starts carrying the iPhone, I too will be part of that 22% and be a platform switcher.

wuboyblue
wuboyblue

I have owned an HTC Droid Incredible for 14 months. During this time I have watched the touch screen get less sensitive, seen HTC discontinue making the shields for it. All in all, the phone, although working a Linux desktop is still a W.I.P. for a lot of money. My contract is up in August and I will have some decision making to do. Sure iPhones are pretty, far prettier than my 'Droid, but still, when I reevaluate I'll play with both of them and check out things like ease of data transfer (A really good droid thing) and all the ancillaries that will either piss me off (iTunes) or make me smile.

MaccaUK
MaccaUK

I had the first 3 iPhones and now have a HTC HD7 running Windows Phone 7. I am very happy with it, especially since Mango. I don't see myself going back to iPhone at all, unless they do somethibng completely different like the original iPhone did.

Trafficcop
Trafficcop

I have to say that iphone has been a dream of mine. After enduring Android and all of its idiosyncracies real and/or perceived, plus a period of unemployment, I want to join the revolution. Many of my friends are rabid Apple/MAC fans and having the ability to go back and forth between platforms is exactly what I am looking for. Also as an IT student I no longer have to carry books or anything other than an iPhone or iPad to class. Mind you I am a lot older than the average student, but after i saw one kid break out his Macbook Pro, then decide naah, i'll go to my ipad and then take a call from his girlfriend on his iPhone 4, I knew that Apple has everything I want and need. So, November 8 when I am eligible, and if the Apple store in Bethesda,MD has them in stock, I will say Buono Notte, Sayonara, and Good Bye to Android!

jmacatck
jmacatck

Who has time for this? Every time I switch phones it's days and days of hell before things are organized and working the way I like them. I just got the Nexus S in May and I don't have time or interest in doing this again, just yet anyway. I think I'll wait until I'm burnt out on the NS before I make the switch. FYI, I am very interested in the Apple offering, but I am curious. Does anyone know what happened to the Apple 5 that was supposed to be here by now? Is it ever coming out?

jimbritttn
jimbritttn

When Apple offers the ability to use secondary batteries and plug in SD cards I will buy one. they are WAY BEHIND other phones because of that.

mlevy
mlevy

Apple will have to pry my Motorola Bionic from my cold, dead hands before I'll convert. crotunda, you must have one of the original Driods, like I did. The new ones, like the Bionic, are far, far, better.

Jouten
Jouten

I have two handsets. One for AT&T and one for Sprint. I have a Nexus S 4G (Sprint) and a Samsung Galaxy S (AT&T). The iPhone 4S will be replacing the SGS. I'm so sick and tired of constantly tinkering with my phones to get them to work. I've rooted, used many different Custom Built ROMs. Right now I have CM7 loaded up on both. The reason CM7 is on the NS4G is because Sprint crippled it with their 'requirements' (no tethering, etc.). It isn't a 'pure Google experience' if it is catering to the carrier now is it? Android is a nice concept, but the fragmentation, carrier 'integrations', poor security and poor quality control of apps in the app store was enough to make me do the switch to Apple's iOS. I will keep my options open for the Sprint service. Maybe if the next 'Nexus Prime' is available on Sprint, I'll use my Sprint account to get that phone. But as it stands for how I feel about Android lately, I might even switch to WP7 on my Sprint account.

crotunda
crotunda

Can't wait to switch to the Iphone 4S....I'll be switching to the Iphone 4S in November when my cell phone contract is up for renewal (I get a discount for renewing toward the new phone price). I am happily leaving Android behind....I have had a Motorola Android for the last 2 years and have never been happy with its performance. Slow, forcecloses in every program daily, even when the phone rings...apps just stop working, settings go back to factory (ie, time goes back to 24-hr) and have to be reset... I am looking forward to the Iphone!

shaunswan
shaunswan

You don't like being tied down by iTunes. You want to share your media cross-platform freely. You want to connect to any Bluetooth device out-of-the-box. You want to download Apps for free without jail-breaking. You want Android.

dfrench
dfrench

I never have owned anything with an "i" in front of it and more than likely wont. I have an HTC HD7 with Mango on it as well and think it is a great phone. The WP7 OS is underappreciated and people who have a bad taste with MS will not even entertain the thought of owning one. This is what MS needs to overcome in order to start moving up with the phones and tablets. With the Mango release I think it is moving in the right direction... Oh, and just to be honest, my wife has an HTC Sensation with Android, I like it as well, but if I were to choose, I still would pick my WP7 phone...

Papa_Bill
Papa_Bill

>"I have to say that iphone has been a dream of mine." So your mind was made up while your were a sleeping child. >"idiosyncracies (sic) real and/or perceived" So do you simply *perceive* some of the problems with your Android? >"a period of unemployment" How's that matter in the preference for Apple stuff? > "my friends are rabid Apple/MAC fans" I note your use of *rabid*. But are you trying to emulate them by choosing their product? > "Apple has everything I want and need" It seems you are quite easily influenced by your younger fellow students. Ever make a decision based on your own research? Sorry, I'm just trying to decide how your comment is meaningful.

tjsobieski
tjsobieski

Most people look at ANY piece of tech like an appliance. They want what they can use without thinking about actually using it. That's why iAnythings are so popular. They're not tech, they're appliances, one reason why SJ was a genius, he understood that. No SD, can't replace the battery, who cares? They've got something where they don't have to think to use it.

geedawg53
geedawg53

I have owned 3 different Android phones on the Verizon network from the original Droid to the Droid X and now the Bionic. From what I read that most people complain about is typically either luck of the draw. You will at some point get a phone that is a lemon no matter what carrier or OS. There are also going to be limitations based on which phone you select by certain manufacturers. Don't complain about the interface when you purchased one that has features that you don't like. Research poeple. There are many reasons I personally don't like Apple period but the point here is that it's a matter of preference at this stage. Apple is not the King of the hill it once was and AT&T isn't the only game in town either. My Bionic will bury any IPhone 4S right out the box...ap for ap. Let's wait a month and see which phone owners are complaining the most about defects and issues then poll those 22 Android users again that jumped ship.

Yaminom
Yaminom

The iPhone connects to any Bluetooth device and offers hundreds of thousands of free apps that don't require jail breaking. So those two reasons aren't valid. If you don't like iTunes, you don't have to use it for anything but updates. Over-the-air updates are a drag, anyway, if your data plan isn't unlimited. Still, Apple will offer OTA updates with iOS 5, so that's another reason shot down.

edshropshire
edshropshire

I suffered through 2.5 years on a top of the line Win Mobile phone. I know the new stuff is a lot better, but the old stuff left such a bad taste I would not even consider one right now. Switched to an iPhone over two years ago and loved the ease of use - everything just works. Now I am a little tired of iOS, nice but somewhat limiting for me. Really dislike the app management with iTunes. Recently switched to an HTC Rezound and really like the phone. I wanted three things - nice big screen (but not too big), take memory cards and switch battery. So far really happy with the switch.

Papa_Bill
Papa_Bill

Lack of features and compatibility will turn me off quickly. And "thinking" doesn't seem to be a problem, even for me. I don't really care if it's an "i"gadget, I just want it to work.