INQ CEO: The cool kids in town have an iPhone or BlackBerry, Android is for geeks

INQ CEO: The cool kids in town have an iPhone or BlackBerry, Android is for geeks
It's not very often that we see a manufacturer of an Android phone bash other manufacturers of Android phones, basically telling them that they have no idea what the general public wants, and that Apple and BlackBerry are, like, so much better for the cool kids.

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?

source: Mashable



1. cc unregistered

Good one.

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: Jan 06, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Feb 06, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That is the most sensible comment on the iPhone vs. Android war I've seen on this site.

14. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 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: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 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: Jan 07, 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: Jan 28, 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: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Jan 28, 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: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Jan 28, 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: Jan 11, 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: Jan 07, 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: Feb 22, 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: Nov 04, 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: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 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: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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: Feb 17, 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: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 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: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 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.

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