Android and iPhone battle for Blackberry Users
Crowd Science, a company that generates analytics based on demographic surveys of website visitors, has published their semi-annual study that shows that nearly 40% of Blackberry users continue to prefer Apple's iPhone as their next smartphone purchase, but a third of them would also switch to the Android operating system. The study also found Android users rivaling iPhone users in loyalty, with about 90% of each user group planning to stick with their current brand when buying their next phone.
Asked if they'd swap their present phone for Google's new Android-based Nexus One, 32% of Blackberry users said "yes," compared with just 9% of iPhone users. This figure zoomed to 60% for users of smartphones not made by Blackberry or Apple.
Other survey results include:
- Android users are younger and less affluent than iPhone and Blackberry users.
- Users of all types of smartphones had downloaded more free applications than paid ones, with iPhone users more likely to pay for apps, Android users leading in free apps, and Blackbery users far behind on both.
- Both Android users and iPhone users were found much more likely than Blackberry users to use their phones only for personal use (32%, 28% and 16% respectively).
- 7% of Blackberry users use their phone only for business, with only 1% of iPhone users making that claim, and non-existent in the Android base.
- For the survey, the Crowd Scientists used 1,140 respondents from websites. 44% of these used a regular cellphone, not a smartphone. iPhone users composed 17% of respondents, followed by Blackberry users at 15%,Nokia at 10%, Windows Mobile user were 4%, Android 3% and Palm 2%.
For more details of the study click here Crowd Science Study
We would really like to know our members feelings on this issue. Would you be willing to swap for an iPhone ? Would you switch to an Android ? Would you answer be "No way I'd trade my Blackberry!! " This could have very interesting results. Personally, I am very comfortable and happy with my Blackberry Storm2. It's not perfect, but I doubt the others are either. It fits my needs...so I would NOT swap mine for either.
Please share your thoughts here.
I have had a blackberry now for the past 10 years and use it for both business and personal. In that time, I have had company "smartphones' because blackberry was not supported, so I have been exposed to quite a few. Here's what i think and these are my thoughts alone...
For Iphone or Android to replace the blackberry, they need to scrap their current product and start from scratch. I have said this before here at BBOS and will say it again, RIM has designed their product for the professional user. Although sales to teenagers who have fallen in love with the mystique of owning a blackberry or the current yuppy who uses it a a status symbol have probably surpassed the professional user, business use still remains RIM's core vision. That is why they have been so successful IMO as opposed to any other smartphone. They have come out with a product with a principle and dedicated purpose and have remained true to it. They have not pandered to the mainstay, but have worked around that idea in order to capture that market, and quite successfully i might add.
So, in a nutshell, my next smartphone will most likely be the Storm 3
I,for one, look forward to the nexus one releasing on Verizon. The android operating system is not looking to compete with blackberry's as a business phone, but rather is one that is aimed for those people who develop, for those who are younger and for those who want an open source operating system.
Originally Posted by joshjamie
Blackberry will keep die hards, such as your self, but will loose out to many who insist on having the new and better features that are possible with the smarter smart phones on the android o.s.
I was a loyal BB user from the day the S1 came out. That was when I first signed up with VZW too. I could've went with At&t that day and got an iPhone, but I didn't want one for many reasons - and I still don't care for it. Then the S2 came out and I was stoked. It was a nice upgrade.
But then a week or so later the Droid came out...
I went to VZW just to check it out and was blown away. Everything from the incredible speed of the OS, to the accurate voice search and widgets - all right there on the home screen. Turn-by-turn navigation and google maps with street view... and the list gets better from there.
I had no intentions of switching that day before I got there, I liked my Storm 2 and just wanted to see what the "Droid Does" hype was all about. I did the same thing with the iPhone a year before and wasn't impressed.
Anyways, I left the store still with my S2 that day, but all I could think about after I left was how impressive that Droid was. The next day, I switched. It was kind of a tough decision because I was so dedicated to BB, but I'm so glad I did, and thinking back it should've been a no-brainer. This phone impresses me everyday. Sure there is an Android OS update on the horizon (2.1), and I could download it and install it 'illegally' if I really wanted. But I'm in no rush - and MAN that's a good feeling!
I love Blackberry still, but clearly Motorola raised the bar with this phone. If BB could step their game up with the S3 and produce something really impressive then I will come back for sure. But right now it doesn't look like thats happening any time soon. Hell, they're still trying to get their browser to be worth using at all... I hate to say it, but if BB doesn't get with it then I may just be sticking to what I got now for a long time.
Note: I'm not sure I would feel the same way with a different android phone. Like the G1 for instance - I would never trade even my S1 for that piece of dogshit!!!
Nice article Orio! Take care dudes!
I agree in part to some of what both you are saying. A Blackberry is first and foremost a device for business professionals. And Androids are marketed, and designed, for a completely different purpose.
Originally Posted by E-man
That being said, the results of this survey don't shock me one bit. Until RIM revamps the "Blackberry Experience" RIM will continue to lose some of users to Android devices and iPhones. I would say probably 95 out of 100 of those people would be doing would not be using the device for business purposes, mostly. RIM will continue to lead that market.
I love my Blackberry and I really like what it allows me to do. I have a Storm 9530 and have had a few Curves before that. I do plan on getting the device formally known as the Tour 2 when ever that is released. Or if and when a Storm 3 comes to VZW, than I may decide to get a device like that.
That being said, I don't think I would be opposed at all with using an Android device. My friend has a Google MyTouch and I have played around with it a little and I like the device. It is definitely a platform that is more dedicated to being able to use a lot of different applications which are more geared toward some sort of of entertainment or personal activity. It is a very interesting and unique platform. IF I had a second device, I would strongly consider it being an Android device.
I am looking to get a new device in the next 3 months, hopefully. I do plan on it being a Blackberry and can't say, right now, that I think I will change my mind. I really do love my Berry and am optimistic for an updated Experience, which we have been told is coming, and we are all anticipating.
It won't come. Blackberry has done nothing but brand its self as business professional. The new devices on these new platforms are social oriented. You can't have both, only one trying to be similar to another. That being, a business professional phone trying to be a social oriented phone or a social oriented phone trying to be a business professional phone. In either case they are trying to be something they really aren't. One or the other, you guys pick!
Originally Posted by bbprintz215
There are a lot of people that will not give up their berry's and the image that they present with their device, as I previously stated, but the android o.s. along with the iphone o.s. are targeting a complete different market, a market that seems to be quickly growing.
Lets say blackberry's never were invented. Would you guys choose an android platform or and iphone?
For me Blackberry all the way.....i only use it for personal use and i wouldn't switch it for another one...coming from a HTC, Motorolas, LG,Nokias i can only say the Curve 8900 its been the phone that has been with me for a year now...with that been said if blackberry didn't existed i would go for the iphone just because its an Apple product!!!!
I have had a curve, Storm, and now Storm 2. I use my BB for personal use mainly. I had a MotoQ before my BBs. MY reasons may be just the comfort of knowing my Blackberry. I know how it works...I know where find everything I need...If something doesn't work just right, I can usually tweak it right...I don't know what an Android will do, or what an iPhone will do.
So I guess what I would not switch to an iPhone, or a Droid, is the comfort I get "knowing" my Blackberry....
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