South Koreans are becoming less loyal to the Apple iPhone
posted by Alan F. / Jul 09, 2013, 2:50 AM
This is one of the first surveys we've seen that showed iPhone users being disloyal to Apple. Most surveys in the past showed iPhone users to be extremely loyal to the device, with readings above 90% in some cases. In more bad news for Apple, the Institute added that even though Samsung dominates market share in the country, there is still room for Sammy to add even more. The survey results show that this might indeed happen. Among those using a Samsung Galaxy model, 351 or 16.3 percent said they would later give the Apple iPhone a shot. Meanwhile, 144 or 34.6 percent of iPhone users said that they would try the Samsung Galaxy smartphone line.
Most Apple iPhone users in South Korea are in their 20s and 30s and live in Seoul while the Samsung Galaxy line has users across all ages and locations in the country. The survey asked Koreans what attributes attract them to a certain smartphone. Design was the most important feature followed by the brand (20%) and OS (19.5%).
source: KoreaHerald via IntoMobile
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The bigger question is, why would anyone be loyal to any manufacturer in the first place? And is loyalty even the right word? Buying the best product each time you're in the market for a new smartphone doesn't make you loyal to any particular company, it just means that manufacturer is currently making the best product. I would dump my iPhone 5 in a heartbeat the next time I upgrade if someone else makes a phone better than whatever the next iPhone is. I'm not loyal to Apple, I just buy their stuff because they make the best stuff! Loyalty to me denotes sticking by something/someone through the good and the bad. I would not tolerate sticking by Apple if they gave me a bad product/service (although I probably would stick by them if the competition were in fact worse).
posted on Jul 09, 2013, 3:16 AM 6
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The best stuff??? How does the ip5 better the gs4??
posted on Jul 09, 2013, 4:28 AM 5
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The phone and OS are an integrated experience; you can't have one without the other. iOS is the reason why I buy iPhones and iPads because it's so good. If Apple made iOS really bad, I wouldn't hesitate to switch to another platform. Or alternatively, if Google or Microsoft made their platforms much better than iOS, I also wouldn't hesitate in switching. I'm not loyal to any company or organisation, I just buy and use what's best for me.
posted on Jul 09, 2013, 10:40 AM 0
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Its pretty irresponsible to compare numbers that are so completely different. The survey uses a pool of galaxy users nearly 10x larger than iPhone users. With that degree of variance there will be a variance in percentages as well. this is not in defense of IOS, I've long since jumped that ship and I'd get an HTC ONE before i go back to apple. But I know a stacked deck when I see one.
posted on Jul 09, 2013, 3:16 AM 1
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My Korean friends all switched from Apple iPhone to either a galaxy or an optimus phone. I asked them why, they said it's better to watch dmb and other things on a big screen. they also said that a lot of people recommended it to them since they're very good devices
posted on Jul 09, 2013, 6:41 AM 5
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What an Ass Jack - this is a bunch of s**t. Does anyone recall just last week a more reputable survey which showed that South Koreans find the iPhone more satisfying??? Looks like ole Sammy got stung and commissioned a little self serving study of its own.
posted on Jul 09, 2013, 6:50 AM 1
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