INQ CEO: The cool kids in town have an iPhone or BlackBerry, Android is for geeks
But that's exactly what INQ CEO Frank Meehan has told Mashable:
"If you go to a nightclub in any city in the world, the pretty girl has an iPhone or a BlackBerry. She doesn’t have an Android phone. She has no emotional attachment to an Android phone. It’s too complicated. It’s a geek device, it’s all wrong."
He goes on:
"Android manufacturers are all just focused utterly on the tech, because they’re all hardware guys. They don’t get software. They’ve tried to outdo Apple with hardware, but the problem is the customer doesn’t care. The Samsung Galaxy has done pretty well, but it’s just price-driven. It’s not desire-driven. There are no lines out the door to get a Galaxy. They’ve done all this work on branding, but the name doesn’t mean anything to consumers. It’s like calling a phone ‘Alpha Centauri’ or ‘Uranus'."
Is Android only for geeks?
1. cc (unregistered)
2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
As a nerd, I have to disagree. I love my iPhone for the superior apps and updates I can actually trust. Apple dedicates itself to updating their OS pretty damned frequently whereas with Android, it's buyer beware. It's up to not only the manufacturer to put out and update, but also the carrier. Samsung Captivate customers are still waiting for the update to Android 2.2 and SE Xperia customers are still running 1.5. Then again, Samsung and SE have other phones to worry about...and Apple only has 4 to support.
27. box (unregistered)
By "updates [you] can actually trust", do you mean OS 4? Because that's the exact opposite of something I'd trust. Unless you mean updates you can rely on to deploy in a reasonable amount of time?
36. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
what are you even talking about... The moment apple releases the update it is on itunes... no waiting for over a year. (yes, i had a captivate which changed my mind about android--now i have an iphone 4) and this is pretty true. iPhone will get u the girls and android, well, lets say you have a high chance of being president of the math club...
42. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea, thats exactly why he was asking jeff to differentiate. Apple puts out an update that goes on pretty much all devices because they are all the same (hence one of the reasons for the Ibot moniker :) ).
That doesnt mean all updates are good. I remember quite a few complaints about ios4 on the 3gs and how it crippled the phone a good bit.
NO company is perfect. Only an idiot fanboy thinks they are.
And yes, fragmentation is Android's only serious issue. Most every other minor issue android has can be solved by solving fragmentation.
43. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I'm a fanboy and I hardly think Apple is close to perfect.
When I say upgrades I can trust, I just mean I know that when a new iPhone comes out, there will be an update for mine. Even throughout the year, Apple will throw out new features. I just think it sucks that Google isn't in charge of updates directly. Instead Google has to update, send it to the manufacturers, manufacturers put their bloatware on it. Carriers may do the same if they remember to. Then finally, it goes to the customer.
But hey, theirs a new Samsung Android phone coming out...
3. SPcamert (Posts: 56; Member since: 06 Feb 2010)
The thing is that a smartphone should be exactly that: for geeks. Let's face it, no one else really cares about or wants a phone that has 1 GHz processors and dedicated GPUs. The majority of people don't even know what GPU stands for. That's what makes comparing Android and iOS like comparing a grapefruit and a grape. Yes they're both food. Yes they both give you energy. But one's very large and will take you a while to digest (while giving you potentially more energy) and the other is quick and satisfying with not much thought involved. There's alot that both OS's can do but iOS is focused on making things easier for everyone to understand and get to whereas Android forces the user to think a bit and work to learn the system but rewards them with ridiculous amounts of customization. They're both good. They're just not both good for everyone.
6. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
That is the most sensible comment on the iPhone vs. Android war I've seen on this site.
14. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)
Hands down, one of the best comment ever. Not just on phonearena.
From my point of view, all Apple did was give the public a feel of "technology" and now every single dumbfounded Apple user just talks about simplicity because now they feel a part of some technological advancement.
Where were these Apple users before the iPhone came out? All of a sudden once the iPhone came out, these guys miraculously show up knowing technology? What are the reasons for you to even say such a thing? Because it was overpriced and being Americans that we are, overpriced = more advanced? Try disagreeing with me, then try researching on how many people would buy an RJ45 (ethernet) cable at $35+ because they believe it'll give them faster speeds. Then we have displays, lol at HD. "lol wtf is 2560x1600, that's not even HD"
Back on topic. Apple cool? not really, it just supports the mass.
19. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
And there's nothing wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with marketing a user-friendly phone for the masses. There's also nothing wrong with people rejecting said user-friendly phone because they want something with more potential for the power-user. This notion that there's somehow a "best" phone is ludicrous.
But to say that it's not "cool" to own an Android or a Blackberry is just plain silly. Get whatever you want/need/is available in your favorite color. Don't let social pressures dictate your $200 purchase.
51. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
the truth of the matter is the only reason iphone is more user-friendly than droid is because it cannot be customized....period. once you learn how to customize the android and learn that their are in fact several ways to get things done youve surpassed the hump. also some things are just flat easier and more intuitive from the start... like the android marketplace.
4. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Whoa Whoa Whoa Whoa WHOA! I havent seen a blackberry in a girl's hand that even knew how to change their sound profile and ringtones. BB shouldnt even be in the running for COOL phone. I whole heartedly, even with all of my hate for the iPhone, that even the over priced ($700 retail) iPhone destroys any COOL factor the BB thinks it still holds. At least the iPhone is SHINEY so all of the girls can put their makeup on while looking into the phone that Daddy bought them. Im in sales and Radio and the only people that have a BB still say that their "jobs made them" have them.
Do regular consumers care about processors and whatnot, no probably not, but tell them their phone will run faster and smoother and then they understand.
This guy should stop opening his mouth in public before he destroys any credibility he has left.
5. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
See, I disagree. I have lived in both DC and NY City, and when you go out at night, what do you see? BLACKBERRY! It seriously is one of the only brands you see out in those major cities. All of the rich, cool yuppies own these phones and staple themselves with a busniess look. Every girl in these cities has a Blackberry; you are an outcast if you don't.
I am in the middle. I love everything about BlackBerries except their lack of power. I have the Droid Pro bexause it is somewhat a BlackBerry, but more powerful. If a 1ghz touchscreen BlackBerry Bold comes out, god I will be all over that.
BlackBerry - The Rich
iPhone - Liberals
Android - Geeks
8. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I DJ here in the area and NEVER see young people with BBs...Older folks that have never used anything else, sure. But they have been around less and less, year by year. Also, on TV, lots of products are paid sponsored product placement, so the RICH have everything, most have switched to the iPhone, at least here in MD, that I have seen out and about.
9. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Where have you been DJ'ing, and how old of a croud do you hang around?????? A business oriented area only has people with BlackBerries. You are much more inclined to see a 22 (My age) year old girl with a BB than a 30 year old girl...
10. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 212; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Age groups from 18 to 50, all types of bars, clubs, events. As I stated before, I also sell phones, and the most popular response from BB owners is "I have this because work made me". Other than needing enterprise, there is no reason for anyone to buy a slow, outdated, hardware plus software combo. If people are still buying BBs out of desire to have a BB and not because they are forced to then I am not sure why anyone would make that purchase anymore. Every smart phone syncs emails and calandars, run smoother and have more options plus normally easier to navigate main options. I get a TON of returns on the torch because everyone says its slow, feezes, dies, and generally sucks. My current stores sell way more WP7 even, over BBs.
12. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
I lived in NYC for 2 years and must've heard that iPhone Tri-Tone SMS sound more than 40X a day (subway stops, work, street, etc.). I saw a couple guys in the financial district with Blackberries, but that was about it. NYC and SanFran are iPhone cities. Period.
Incidentally, go to a night club in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area and you will see nothing but iPhone 4's and EVOs. My friends and I try to count the iPhones every now and then when we get bored.
52. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
i cant beileve you are associating liberals and the affluent with phones... lol. rich people have all kinds of phones including iphones. i consider myself liberal and so would others and i carry a web os
56. fishpower187 (Posts: 88; Member since: 22 Feb 2010)
Dude, I love that quip at the end about the rich having BlackBerries and liberals using iPhones and such. hella funny!
15. Tristann (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
i only see gay guys with blackberrys in my town. iphones and droids are all the rage here. Everyone i know just calls a android a phone a droid. ive yet to see someone with a windows phone.
46. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 269; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
blackberry is day and night on long island. you would think blackberrys rule the world, then iphone (by a margin), then android.
7. Alg (unregistered)
The guy doesn't even know the difference between the Galaxy and Galaxy S... good luck with the Facebook phones, they'll outsell everything else for sure.
11. CLIVE (unregistered)
For all the dumb people, android is like a complicated Os but for the people like us(Smart), its the best eva all rounder phone. No wonder why people use blackberry and iphone so much bcoz they are the oldplayaz in themarket and are therefore known to people. but once androidsettles in the market, it is going to kick sum butts..
13. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)
Android already has settled in, and already is kicking butt...
38. jaahspasi (unregistered)
Did anyone else see that experiment where they separated an audience based on their eye colour? browns eyes vs blue eyes. Amazing how people feel superior over others based over something insignificant.
16. superpooburger (Posts: 31; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)
Apple and blackberry realy is better then any adroid phone. In fack count Older nokias, to the apple and balckberry group ,and win phone to adroid ones...
With Blackberry apple and nokia, we did get hi quality with great value. YES nokia as well. Lets remember that once smartphones apeared in market, with nokias, you could do all the same stuff, that you coudl do with windows/android and other OS. I did used HTC kaiser at that time, and mine colleagues with nokias could do al lteh same things. Only difference, their batteries was way better, and could be sold for hier price as 2nd hand....
So totaly i agree with the what was sad in original post...
34. ^can't spell (unregistered)
dude learn to spell
59. Chakra (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)
Sounds like you need a grammar app for your iphone.. hmmmm
17. Jay_Mizzy (unregistered)
blackberry for the cool KIDS??? ehem... I always thought that BB was for business class dumbos who only liked to merge calls and sync their emails...
II myself had a BB bold AND I GOT BORED WITH IT IN A MONTH!!
aas for the iphone,, I always said its for isheeps,, who go around saying I HAVE MONEY TO BURN WITH I.Q. AS SIZE OF A PEANUT/// :P
iiphone has the capacity but they should be a little less OFFICIAL!!
nnow it comes to android,, my fav,, we can do so much experimenting with,, and in todays age, cells are not meant to make calls only// its for all round entertainment,, currently using galaxy spica and htc evo, no complaints... so android wins the battle for me! !! :D
18. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 505; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
Please, android is the best mobile os EVER created and i mean that. Who gives a sh*t if the normies want to have dinosaur a** blackberry or iphone(i actually respect the iphone even though i hate apple). Honestly, it doesnt matter what he says because with quad core cpu's, 3d cameras, 4.0+ inch screens, and 2.4 ice cream coming in less than a year in less than one year android will have shitted on the entire mobile industry. Fellow androiders, we are the elite, dont ever let some raunchy douche tell you your not cool for having a droid x-evo-g2-incredible-desire hd- galaxy s-x10-mytouch 4g.
20. ak (unregistered)
unecessary headache....take wht u luv....who cares wht this guy says....
21. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
Oh please. A phone does not define you. There are geeks who own an iphone, and there are cool kids who own an android phone. Let's not label.
22. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
He's saying that people get the iPhone because it's from Apple and their products are expensive so it make the person look like they have a lot of money. And the people get the Blackberry because it's mostly used in businesses and it makes them look like important business people. If you see a guy with and Android, it's one of two things, they wanted an iPhone but their carrier doesn't have it or they're computer nerds/IT workers and have probably rooted their phone.
23. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 556; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
There are plenty of Android Phones out there with a variety of form factors that appeal to both geeks and high school cheerleaders. I just got the geekiest Android that I could find because I got tired of waiting for Windows Phone 7 and webos to bring out new toys for Sprint.
24. Cokie Monsta (unregistered)
Who the fuck is this guy anyhow?
26. giantgnome (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Feb 2011)
Considering that the iphone only comes in one flavor, and with iOS being really limited in personalization, I don't know how iphone qualifies as being cool. It is shiny and nice looking. That's like everyone wearing the exact same clothing, albeit expensive and aesthetically appealing. But they're allowed to wear different colored shoes for some individuality. When I imagine a scene like that in my head it doesn't fit the "cool" bill.
I dunno, but this guy is blowing a lot of hot air. RIM phones btw are a business phones they are not generally part of the "cool" crowd.
28. downphoenix (Posts: 2687; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Android isnt just for geeks, but for people that aren't utterly retarded.
29. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 934; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)
Girls like BB for physical keyboards and BBM. They have all the capabilities to post to facebook, etc... I see many people, girls included, buying the iPhone just because it's an iPhone.
Girls rocking Android... Not so much. Windows Phone... still to early to determine. WebOS... Nope.
It really boils down to iPhone and BB as far as girls in SoCal go - from what I've seen.
Matter of fact, IMO BB stays relevant due to the business users and young (16-30) females. I do think WP will pick up due to their nice interface though.
30. lovemytoys (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)
This is a great thread. I am a mature female and own three (gsm) devices on two lines: iphone 4, BlackBerry 9700, and the Nexus One. I find each operating system simple to figure out, even geeky Android!!
My thoughts are that the iphone is stable, incredibly easy to use, and a bit of a bore. I jailbroke once and didn't especially like the outcome. Looking at the same screens/icons every day is somewhat soul-destroying. It is a lovely device however. The BlackBerry is a communications device, pure and simple, right down to the flashing notifications. And the Nexus is fantastic. I haven't flashed any roms on it, it's pure vanilla, but I can tinker with it endlessly.
When I'm out and about I see a fair amount of women with iphones and BlackBerries, rarely Android devices. I mostly see men with them.
I say, use whatever floats ur boat. :)
31. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
does this guy checks the Sony Ericsson Facebook Page? its loaded with ''Cool People'' begging to get their hands on the ''Xperia'' series. where I'm currently now (small country) the X10 is famous..... cool people want it for some reason.... its such a big deal that the ''mini'' not available for sale(temporally thing) because all orders have been taken and it cost the same as the bold... people called it a ''Fun Phone'' and couldn't give a ''F'' about updates... and lets not talk about PSP phone and arc being screamed (again small country) it depends on the brand you are looking....
32. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Now in adiction to this where is android operating on
-Motorola (A company that had its reputation down really bad and was even ''Avoided'' until they met android... their future was uknown)
-HTC(A New Company Thats doing a great job into getting a reputation)
-Samsung(was Considered Bad or Cheap)
-Sony Ericsson (Good European reputation, little USA market)
33. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
a lot of ppl are addicted to BBM and wont carry anything but a Blackberry for that one reason. whether they can setup email or know how to work the ringer profiles is irrelevant to them. thats the beauty of smartphones tho...there's something for everyone.
37. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Ha ha.. How amusing, because I'm a 20yr old girl and I love android. iPhones are for squares who feel like it makes them cool and BB's are for business ppl.
39. plain&simple (unregistered)
Quick note: Smartphones are revenue drivers for the phone companies. ALL types of smartphones get email and surf the web to a certain extent. The rest is in the finer details. All the masses care about is ease of use and how much it costs. All the manufacturers care about is market share. Comparing smart phones now is like comparing $400 laptops. toshiba v. HP v. Sony, really doesnt matter when you get down to it. Either one can fail for any number of reasons, usually for the simplest reason of user error. It's nice to compare specs every once in a while, but whats the point. There is always something just a little bit better down the road. Its called planned obsolecence v. technological advancements. My suggestion is to buy whatever makes sense at the time, know your contract, and dont pay attention to much to the next available model until your next upgrade. Otherwise you'll just get upset when you hear the "retail price".
40. 9eater (unregistered)
Blackberry as a cool device....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA ohh my gosh thats hilarious. Really?? Who paid him to say that?
To superpoobuger: Please learn how to spell and properly write a sentence.
Apple releases all these new builds all the time, and thats a good sign? Really? I work in QA/IT and when u have a product releasing build after build after build, its for a reason. Its called defects/bugs that are found and need to be fixed so they dont impact the end consumer(that would be you mr.iphone user). Really people? Come on your gonna bash on Android?
41. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3050; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
LOL everyone I know has had the iPhone and has switched to Android. That is so freaking funny. This dude is just mad because he's not riding the Android wagon and getting rich. Android has saved Motorola from going down, Android has brought new features and possibilities that the iPhone tries to keep up with. I know so many people who are 20 years old like myself, who all own Android. Not because we are "too poor" to buy the iPhone. If I really wanted the iPhone again, I'd buy it. But frankly it's a boring phone and my roommates who have iphones are also switching over to Android.
I know people who went from having simple cheap flip phones and not even 2 days after buying an android phone, they know exactly what to do and how to use it. To say it's only for geeks, it's freaking retarded. Everyone, including their moms can use android.
44. drew (unregistered)
I have Windows Phone. I love it. iOS is nice, but I don't feel that it has enough depth for me. Android well, haven't used it enough to make a judgment, but fragmentation would annoy me.
45. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 269; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)
this is the truest, most unbiased article that phonearena has ever posted.
47. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)
i think the majority of people on this website are going to be android fanboys. lets be realistic, the true phone geeks are going to be interested in websites like this.
fact is iphone is the smart phone made easy. blackberry is communication made efficient. android is for pc geeks that want it in their pocket.
the "cool" kids don't care about what the phone has in specs, but rather what it has in status symbol. it all depends on how people want to represent themselves. even an android phone could be called as cool with the right marketing and design.
But for the most part its true... if you go to a night club or any other social gatherings that the "cool" kids go to its blackberry and iphone. of course the phone geeks are not gona think theyre cool cuz what they think is cool is cutting edge specs. but to the cool kids its what their friends are using, and theyre friends aren't the computer geeks.
I'm in chicago, i got night clubs all the time... and at these places its mostly blackberry and iphones... fact. Look at the Jersey shore peeps. theyre all rockin iphones and blackberries... that says something.
I personally get a phone based on what matches my needs and preferences. i chose blackberry because communication is my main priority. all smartphones can do messaging, apps, and media. whats more important to you will dictate which OS you chose. to me a blackberry is best for communication. I'm not a fan of touch screen only devices as it makes one handed use more difficult. blackberries can do media and apps too. i know its not as good as android and iphone but communication and battery life is soo important to me that it trumps the other weaknesses. besides, if you are in the market for a tablet, combining a huge touchscreen tablet with a blackberry smart phone is imo the best way to go.
54. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Very well said. So well said, I will spot you the "jersey shore peeps" reference.
48. NYCD (unregistered)
Android for watching movie cuz it has 4" and 5" screen and AMOLED screen.
49. Landmarkcm (Posts: 479; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)
So funny wonder where WebOS & Windowsphone come in. I guess I don't follow the pack & am a rebel then lol..
55. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Freaking, fly in the ointment rebel....
50. fa_had (unregistered)
Android for geek?? Yeah. If you want mod your device. But android is already perfect without mod your device.
Waqaqaqaqa. My grandfather, my wife, my son, my brother and sister use android. Cool hah?
Not all people can mod their device.
Android and iphone who will win??
More free apps and game at market, better fb and twitter support, more theme and live wallpaper. Android is the king.
But if no support from market. Then bye android.
53. snowgator (Posts: 3346; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Every once in a while, a conversation comes up that it is just fun to shut up and read. This is the first post on phone arena in a long while where I noticed the Blackberry defenders, or at least those who respect what they bring to the market, numbered about the same as Droid and iPhone fans. Really, really fun and revealing thread.
57. guesticle (unregistered)
Its funny how so many comments in this thread are "Our OS is the best and yours sucks!"
iPhones are easy to use, have LOTS of apps and is great for media playback. It is very good for web browsing and playing games (c'mon you can't tell me you don't have angry birds =)). It would be nice if Apple put an expansion card slot for SD/microSD cards in.
I don't think Android phones are for geeks. Its a fun platform that has a lot of apps as well and does a very good job with media playback and games (see comment in iPhone area haha).
Blackberries were and still are heavily business oriented but OS6 makes it a more well rounded platform and I think once the QNX OS is released it will be even more so. Battery life is better than both iPhones and Android phones but mainly due to the size of the screens on those devices.
I saw comments about how apple releases so many updates while Android customers have to wait and wait and wait for theirs but that's because Apple has more control over their devices because 1) they manufacture it and 2) there's only _2_ carriers in the US with it and because Apple maintains such a tight grip on their products so there's less crap to deal with to release updates. Android is only the OS and with so many companies making the phones and just about every carrier in existence carrying them it requires a lot of approvals to get these released for each phone. Blackberry is kinda in between they make the OS and the equipment but the OS updates still have to get approval from the carriers.
So basically do your research, go try out the different phones and OSs and buy what works for you and what you can afford and to hell with what other people say about the phone you have. Its YOUR phone not theirs so all that matters is that you're happy. And remember, most companies have an exchange period =)
58. rce_20000 (unregistered)
I have had both the iPhone and multiple Android devices. I will explain why I chose Android and will always choose Android. Two reasons........
I have between 3-400 songs on my Android, I have between 20-30 movies on my Android, and over 100 applications. Guess how much I paid for all that? Wait.....I will tell you.........not one penny. How much would it cost me for all that multimedia going through KING JOBS???? Android is surpassing everything else for one reason and one reason only.........FREEDOM. People want the freedom to CHOOSE what they want on their smartphone. They dont want to be herded like cattle to one place with no other options. I have no loyalty to any one OS I've used them all. In the end the prevailing OS will be the one that offers the most flexibility and freedom to choose. Google is able to work deals with Adobe to have full flash on their OS while KING JOBS bites his nose off to spite his face. It is JOBS close minded mentality that will be Apples eventual undoing in the smartphone market. Right now their surviving on name recognition but that will only last so long. Blackberry is dead becuase they waited about 5 years too long to realize.....hey we need to do something other then the qwerty keyboard and 2.5 inch screen...... Its a shame really, if KING JOBS would have been more open minded to working with other software manufact. namely ADOBE and others, came out with his phone on more then one network.....duhhhhhh.....he might not be being trounced by Google now. After Microsofts deal with Nokia......think world platform here people not just the US, and when your able to play XBOX 360 games on your Windows7 phone, the order will be Android 1, Windows7 2, iPhone 3. I can imagine every under 30 yr old dropping their iPhone in the trash going to Windows7 phone when they announce you will be able to play XBOX360 games live on your quad core Windows7 phone.......
60. Chakra (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)
I think it's funny that everyone is getting all uppity over the marketing ploys of this dumb @$$. So he proclaims that that android are for geeks, and the iphone is for cool people - so everyone are getting upset because they are/aren't getting insulted/complimented. You all really honestly care about what someone thinks about you (tip: most CEOs are career executives, and will bend their stances depending on the company they work for - ie. if this dude worked for apple, he'll say, "Iphone is for the geriatric retirees.", if he feels it'll guarantee more sales.
Get what works for you, and be happy with it. There is NO one phone for everyone, and the benefit of the smartphone competition, is we are open to more choices to express our individuality. I commend the people who replied, and argued why a particular platform work for THEM, and for those of you basically attacked other people, or replied with some comment that provided no compelling argument, well you need to work on your insecurity. Peace out.