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New York citizens seem to prefer iPhone over Android

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New York citizens seem to prefer iPhone over Android
YouTube show Rocketboom has hit the streets of New York City to see exactly where the people's loyalties lie when it comes to mobile operating systems. In this improvised battle between iPhone and Android, it turns out that most people are still preferring Apple's phone for various reasons.

While most people didn't give specific reasons why they prefer one OS over the other, some iPhone supporters did say that the like the iOS-powered handset for its unprecedented ease of use, and that "it just works." Meanwhile, the Android camp mainly voted for the Google OS because of the diverse hardware landscape, allowing manufacturers to produce more affordable smartphones. Some also seemed to prefer Android because of their dislike for Apple.

Of particular interest in the video is one of the interviewed guys who said he likes Android more, because: "it's a very nice place, nice weather and nice people." When asked whether he thinks Android has better apps, the guy answered with something like "Apps, yes! I hope to get some friends to enjoy the, you know, the very nice time. To walk around... although it's a little bit cold." Hilarious, we tell you! But he did seem like a cool dude nonetheless.

And where do your loyalties lie, PhoneArena readers?

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posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:33 16

1. luckysrinu (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

other people think that they are ***holes, these days it is become routine

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:29 1

32. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

They think they are but you are one.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 10:34 12

33. VJo003 (Posts: 357; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

IPhone is a phone
Android is an operating system
What kind of comparison is this?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 15:14 4

44. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

heck! thats exactly what I was thinkin!
All the while I was thinkin what android phone are they comparing the iphone to?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:59 4

37. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I'm not surprised this is a Ray article. Anything to keep apple in mind? You did such a good job on the Nokia Lumia 820 article, too.

That said, being a NYC resident isn't a ticket to Mensa. How many videos are there of New Yorkers being asked questions on the street and not knowing? Heck, there was one asking what date 9/11 referred to and a lot didn't know. It's a city of millions who don't realize that they can live elsewhere for cheaper, more comfort, and smaller (if any) crowds, pollution, etc. I realize some businesses are based there but in the days of easy and free video conferencing and interstate travel living in a large city is mostly unnecessary. Suburbs, sure, but less so the city itself.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 15:15 2

45. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

Plastic People liking iPhone as usual and Ray to boot up the article!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:35 3

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

I agree to the article. Real world scenario is lot different than what we people see in the comments below the tech site articles. Those who bother to conquer for their camp know why they love the specific platform/os. And sadly their number is much less than the 'normal' people who just want to flaunt their phones, but don't do much besides making calls/texting or light entertainment use.

Well, works for them anyway. No one can and should complain. I am myself a Nokia fan and whenever I tell someone abt the 920 getting all excited, I find that 95% of 'em don't seem to know it, or mistake it for the old 800 or 900. Same in the case of WP8.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:44 3

22. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3760; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Chances are, most of them don't know or haven't tried Android. Might be a l'le complicated than iOS, but that's the point...it's more intuitive, more satisfying and what's the best part? You can customize it to the point where you call it simple.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:22 4

27. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

Well I disagree. Talk about an "uncontrolled" and "unscientific" study; they hit Washington Square Park / NYU territory; of course all those misfits prefer iPhones as, they're a host of young mindless students who still can't think for themselves. If they really wanted an accurate poll of New Yorkers and what New Yorkers prefer they should have hit the subways. The show should be renamed RocketBust. Ironically, all those iPhone owners they polled, if their on the newer iOS versions, can't get Youtube anyway. This poll was really dim witted!!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:41

3. luckysrinu (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)

it must be ios and andriod, Right?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:47 5

4. uchihakurtz (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

IMHO, iOS is just easy to use so it targets more users whilst Android, on the other hand, requires at least a little bit of understanding on technology and definitely targets geeks and people who are interested and wants to learn more about their device(s), instead of just using it.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:08 12

6. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

Not true.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:10 13

7. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

its a myth....iOS is really more difficult, see comparison in managing both OSs:
goo [dot] gl/ZuTmL

Apple has just brainwashed people to think iOS is simpler


posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:25 1

28. Cynipap999 (banned) (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)

I agree with you because, it's just so damn difficult to find that "Home" button when one gets lost in that expansive and complex UI.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 23:21 1

48. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

do you mean this?
are you kidding or just st*pid? :)

and you do not need to use the "expansive" UI, you have just a choice with Android to set up anything....with iPhone you have nothing, just limited f*scism without proper maps, with poor Siri, boring icons, inconsistent UI etc :)

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:27 3

9. redmd (Posts: 1268; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

your comment says your an android virgin.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:40 4

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Your comment says you're an ignorant person.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:59 1

14. uchihakurtz (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Dude, my first phone was Gio and I had it modded with CM7 RC 3, that requires quite a bit of knowledge :P

Dunno about iOS's interface since I never played with it for more than an hour but I can say it's simple, too simple perhaps, one can get bored after a few weeks playing with it. But the apps and games are quite fun though.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 06:00 4

15. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Yes, ios is much more difficult to use. Very confusing and unintuitive. On ios, there's a thingy on the screen that let's you switch apps and stuff(much like a menu button on android) which is really hard to use. i can't even figure out the tasks that i perform instinctively on android.

And that guy who said android is a cool place just made us look like morons.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 06:27 1

17. uchihakurtz (Posts: 370; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

It is quite confusing for Android users. It took me a while to get used to it. So far I only know: 1. To switch to previous tasks, use 4 fingers and slide up and choose the icons. 2. To minimize use 5 fingers and slide them closer (like grabbing gesture). And I still don't know whether that button is for back or home >.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 19:19

47. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

I stopped playing when that toggle refused to function as i hoped it would.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 04:59 5

5. flower99 (banned) (Posts: 54; Member since: 18 Nov 2012)

thanks for sending this in? Article from Ray. S? Dont get me wrong im an ios user and i think android is good too

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:11 15

8. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Who cares what new Yorkers think..... A garbage city....full of think they know it all.... You new Yorkers pay for cigarettes using change and ebt..... I've seen it a million times....always begging...one of the worst cities in the world...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:06 2

35. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Someone jealous? I wonder what glamorous state you hail from, possibly Pennsylvania, Jersey or Connecticut, but I bet that you travel to NYC to make your money though. Right?!?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:30 8

10. shandesilva (Posts: 79; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

another stupid article by Ray S. to highlight his favourite phone, the icrap5. maybe you didnt ask from enough people, before drawing the conclusion or maybe you just asked from your idiot pals at iphone fan club.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:51 5

12. Aeires (unregistered)

iOS' big in the US, not so much in the other countries. If you interview enough people in the US, you'd find a group where iOS is the prefered OS. Interview even more people and you'll find groups where Android and even W8 are prefered. Quarterly stats are far more accurate but opinions of users are interesting, especially the funny ones.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 05:58 3

13. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

ahh ....the last remains of Apple stronghold

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 06:05 3

16. Shino (banned) (Posts: 196; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

This is no surprise. Usually the more educated people live in the big cities and it is logical to prefer iPhone. They are busy and active and need a system that works flawlessly.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 06:39 3

18. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)

Oh yea, who top you that. Ppl buy iPhones cause ppl are clueless. Same with android. Ppl here in NYC will buy anything in style or that looks pretty. I've heard ppl say ohhh look at that, it's pretty, what is that a iPhone? While looking directly at the face of my hd7.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:06 2

38. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I concur. I've talked with several people who don't even use it as anything but a phone, but got it because it was the perceived thing to have, which is why the cases designed to protect them have the stupid cutout for the apple pogo rendering the protection less functional. Very superficial and mindless, if you ask me. I talked with another who got it because it was an apple and they lived in the "big apple". One of the silliest things I'd heard in a while.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:47 1

40. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

I buy Jordan's because is cool to wear them and have no extra effect on my basketball skills.. Google Jordan Sneaker price and see that for the price don't do much either.. but I still buy them...

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 14:26

43. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)

lol +1

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 06:56 3

19. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

i would answer Symbian. Because iPhone is not really a smartphone and Android is a spyware.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:51 3

30. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

education would be useful for you...try to go online and sign up for some classes.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:07 2

39. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Maybe English isn't their first language.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:49 1

41. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)

English is my 3rd language can you tell

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 16:34

46. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

1st and 2nd?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 14:58

50. -RVM- (Posts: 331; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Dude i would eat you for breakfast, when it comes to smartphones.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:01 3

20. yungmel0 (Posts: 39; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)

I believe you can do a lil more out of the box of a android phone than you can an i phone. Yes Apple does have the bigger app store but there is still restrictions that you must jailbreak the phone to in joy. as for the ease of use, i think it depends on the individual themselves. I do agree when many have said that anyone will buy the iphone simply because its the iphone. Its the latest trend that proves to those who care you have some kind of money. Very few people know or care about the full functionality of their phones. If you go down the line of specs yes android has it locked but i also think the smooth interface of the iphone kills that. I've used apple before and it seems like unless your in the "Apple Eco-System" of products, The Iphone actually does the same if not less than most of its competition. If i had to make one choice only it would be android.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:20 3

21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

I was in New York a few years ago and you have to have balls of steel to drive in that city on Saturday night. Otherwise who cares what New York thinks?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 07:54 2

23. intos (Posts: 90; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

i prefer the babe :P

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:03 2

24. rahimamj (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

my answer is Andriod..... and here in the video people say iphone i think mostly people who dont kn about andriod or they show off!!!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:06 5

25. husfus (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

Thats why it's called big apple?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:14 2

26. twens (Posts: 978; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

New York is not the rest of the world. Come try same thing in my hood and country.Android will trash the hell out of iphones

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:50 3

29. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

NYC is all about fashion and style - it is about fitting in to society. So, no surprise that New Yorkahs love iphone - good for them, they can keep their i(nferior)phones.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:00

31. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

this article just proves more on what kind of people are on here then about phones themselves

so an article saying new yorkers prefer the iphone, first its not concrete and doesnt mean its true you cant speak for a whole city, second does it matter or effect you in any way what others prefer to have

all the comments are either slating iphones and promoting android as amazing (as usual on here) or attacking new yorkers themselves as stupid etc

dont you think at this point you should find something else to pin your life on if you get so defensive and annoyed by a flimsy article

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:16

34. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

Dont need any of those 2, Just the person who is asking that question from all those people :D

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:17 2

36. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

This comment section is full of win. NYC in one densely populated area, and there are a lot of iPhone users here but there are just as many Android users, only difference is iPhone users tend to be a bit on the dumb side as they only know that this phone is popular and mainly parrot off crap told to them. Although I know so many Android users and they actually know about their phone and it varies, from professionals to regular jocks.

Thing with Android users they actually find out about their phone prior to purchase, iPhone not so much. It's the same with all Apple products since Apple became popular, these idiots think that an iPod and an MP3 player are two different things. NYC home of the craziest things you can think of. Don't judge New Yorkers as all obnoxious and full of themselves, because in every city you can find people just like that, in fact some of them are posting right here in this comment section xD.

This is a bad test, poll or otherwise failure of getting any worthwhile information. Fun to read comments though, can find out who is green with envy because of lack there of though.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:51 1

42. wojey (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

not only in New York, also in Miami, FL.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 23:29

49. Robert235 (Posts: 59; Member since: 30 May 2010)

nooo! apple got new york that where,the whole family have android and only 2 people I know have android.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 16:36

51. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

it's a iNew York world. everytime i visit my relatives in ny and go to the city every corner i look at or in a store is a iPhone. even my uncle have a iphone/mac. but im the only one next to a few cousins whos on T-Mobile uses a black Berry or a Android phone. but for me I CHOOSE ANDROID

posted on 23 Nov 2012, 05:09

52. dragonstkdgirl (Posts: 144; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

NYC is also a high target for iPhone theft.

...guess they haven't wised up to that bit yet.

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