Apple has always been good at retaining its consumer base, and general satisfaction studies tend to show that iPhone and iPad owners are happier than most with their purchases. The fact that more consumers than ever are switching from Android to iPhone indicates that Apple is not losing its touch by any stretch, and although the number of Android smartphone activations far surpasses that of iPhone by a huge margin, Tim Cook and his team will remain pleased with the strength of the iPhone brand, sales made therein, and the general reception from the consumer market.
Assuming this is true, I just have to say that for me personally, I can’t imagine ever going back to the iPhone. I switched to Android a couple of months ago and haven’t regretted it for a single moment. Nearly everything is better: a larger screen size, freedom to customize just about everything, freedom to install any damn thing I want, greater options for sharing stuff (not just Facebook/Twitter/email), freedom to explore and tinker with the phone’s software…it’s worlds better than the iPhone, with a couple of caveats (relying on my carrier for OS updates still sucks). I know that many just want what’s hot and familiar and they don’t care about customizing and the other stuff, but it just seems so limiting. Since leaving the iPhone behind, it now seems like a toy to me more than it ever did before. I still love my iPad of course, but if I could get my hands on one of those newfangled LG tablets I’d be willing to give that up as well. Get me out of the Apple ecosystem ASAP!
I’m not usually a gadget snob…except when it comes to my phone. 🙂