Average Android phone now costs half the iPhone, and the price gap is widening

You probably would not be too surprised to learn that the average Android smartphone is much cheaper than iPhones, but what you may not know is that the price gap is actually widening…
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54. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'd probably put windows phones in direct comparison to iphones. Maybe a tweaked android phone that's removed "standard" features to narrow it's focus. That's one of the reason iOS 7 has been poorly received by some. Apple's having to add features and they're not battery friendly. Android users are used to that fact already. Not that it matters. Half the fun is the pissing contests these things drag up.

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The funny thing is that if every Android mid range and up ran iOS, then the performance would be literally identical to the high end iPhones. Talk about ripping you off big time since they basically charged you for 6 year old software until they finally spent more money on iOS 7. Sad.

28. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

I don't know how people can be so stupid as to pay so much more, for so much less. We all know if anyone other than Apple manufactured the iPhone, it would have been a forgotten piece of crap years ago. Just shows how stupid consumers are these days.

55. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

It's funny when you talk to a Mac loving iPhone person that got a new iPhone and had to immediately buy a new Mac because Apple upped the OS requirements again.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Expect this price reach sky high when the iphone 6 launches with a large screen with average resolution(by android standards). Lol but iFans will say we get a larger screen and the headphone jack is at the bottom. Eagerly waiting for 'The next big thing'.

39. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Don't forget the 6S when they finally increase the resolution.

9. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Apple's huge profit doesn't mean iPhone owners income goes to the next bracket up you know? There's nothing to be proud off apart from the share holders.

11. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

hahahaha........Nokia lumia 520 costs only $50

13. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

And it's better than iphone 5 LOL

31. Sauce unregistered

Thanks for that laugh! EL OH EL

22. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

cant wp, so limited.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You get what you pay for.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You get, what is given to you, no more. You pay as told.

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sure, if you buy something with an Apple logo on it, it's a status symbol. "I have money. I have taste." Is what you're saying. Android users generally don't care about that. They're paying what they can for a phone that fits their needs.

29. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

you get...... robbed?

46. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Only true in case of Android devices because of several options.. So you get what you pay for... For iPhone there is no option but to pay the highest amount possible...

15. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

The "average" Android smartphone costs half as much as the iPhone and, yet, now is 10 times MORE capable ...... YES, the 'GAP is widening'!!!

42. redbowl

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

The "average" Android phone has much slower performance and inferior apps. Even a high end Android phone lags in those ways. In what way is it more capable?

44. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Much slower performance? If maybe an extra second to load some things is "much slower" than definitely. Inferior apps? For a tablet you could make that argument, not for a phone. In what ways is it more capable? How moronic are you? Widgets, ability to download things outside of the app store, customizable keyboards and launchers, even a back button. That's not even getting into all the stuff you can do by voiding your warranty. I'm going to assume you haven't read about Android since 2010.

45. redbowl

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Yes, the average Android phone is low end and has "much slower" CPU and GPU performance given that even a high end Android smartphone will be slower than whatever the newest iPhone is. Apps on Android are either iOS ports or are still waiting to be ported over. The differences in the app market are still there. Superiority on tablets is due to the fact that iOS apps are optimized while Android tablet apps are blown up smartphone apps. Android is certainly more customizable, no question. Functionality added from professional developers is still superior given that iOS is where the money is. Same reason why Windows has better apps than Linux, and so on. Either way, faster hardware and better software makes for a very capable platform, even if its missing widgets and the ability to add a Pokemon theme.

49. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

The performance difference between a high end Android phone and the latest iPhone is negligible. The iPhone is faster, but Android phones are also fast. Having used a low end Android device for a year and a half I can safely say that the loading times are still decent until you get past the year mark where the phone starts slowing down because it doesn't have TRIM. I seriously doubt you are up to date with the app topic, aside from games and Apple's own applications the options are pretty damn close. With that being said I fail to see how there is greater functionality in iOS when the apps are similar, especially considering there are more app categories available in Android because it is different than iOS in nature. Never said iOS wasn't capable, it certainly is. Better software is a matter of opinion, for me, Android is superior, evidently not for you. Better hardware? Can't argue there, the A7 is awesome. And don't knock widgets man, they aren't the "battery hogs" that you may have been led to believe, they offer great functionality. I just like launchers because I prefer my device to feel like it's mine, I get that some people don't care that much.

17. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

I don't buy android smartphones because they're cheap. I buy them because functionality wise they rule over apple even with the simplest of things like changing wallpaper.

19. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The U.S. market is little bit different because most phones are highly subsidized by carriers. Most of the rest of the world has to pay full for a phone so higher prices are a huge advantage.

56. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

+1 insightful

20. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Probably the biggest reason I stick with Android right here, they cost less and in most cases do more. I can get a phone with top notch hardware for $350 and that's awesome.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I couldn't find this study on Statista's site, so u have to ask: how is this data weighted? Is it by sales? Is it just each phones price? Yes, there are some truly low end devices it there, but they didn't sell over 40 million like the S4. There are also, now, phones like the Moto X and the Nexus 5, which give high end experiences at low prices.

30. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

A lot of the discrepancy comes from the fact that Apple likes to gouge it's customers and NEVER has sales. Whereas companies like Samsung actually recognize their tech is getting old and discounts it before the next generation arrives. Unfortunately if you're part of the Apple ecosystem they know they have you by the balls and milk as much as humanly possible out of you. I still don't know why people bend over and put up with that sh*t.

41. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Basically, It's just to say they have an iPhone. A little while back I recommended a 4S to my mom and dad as a first smartphone, thinking I was doing them a solid suggesting a phone with a vaunted minimal learning curve & high quality... Yet all they do is complain. I thought to myself, "OK, the 4S is a little older now, not quite as supported as the 5/5S but it's still a good phone." Well, a few of my coworkers have newer iPhones and I still hear the same complaints. Generally they slap the phone down on the desk, look at the Apple logo and then seem to say to themselves, "Oooh, I have an iPhone!" Exasperating.

52. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, when the iphone 5S came out (and 5C), there were places, such as Walmart, selling it for around 179.00....

47. nawafwaleed

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2014

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