New York citizens seem to prefer iPhone over Android

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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1. luckysrinu

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

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

32. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

They think they are but you are one.

33. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

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

44. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

37. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

45. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

2. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 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.

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 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's more intuitive, more satisfying and what's the best part? You can customize it to the point where you call it simple.

27. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 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!!

3. luckysrinu

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

it must be ios and andriod, Right?

4. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Not true.

7. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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 :)

28. Cynipap999

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 15, 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.

48. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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 :)

9. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

your comment says your an android virgin.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Your comment says you're an ignorant person.

14. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

15. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

17. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 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 >.

47. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

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

5. flower99

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 18, 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

8. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 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 of the worst cities in the world...

35. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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?!?

10. shandesilva

Posts: 105; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

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.

13. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

ahh ....the last remains of Apple stronghold

16. Shino

Posts: 196; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

18. gwhyte01

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 09, 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.

38. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 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.

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