Survey finds that 38% of recent iPhone owners came from using an Android or BlackBerry

The survey finds that there is still an increasing amount of people who are moving up to the iPhone from either an Android or BlackBerry smartphone beforehand. In a previous survey, it was discovered that 29% of iPhone owners in February switched from using...
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6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

it helps when apple is attempting to ban phones....

107. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Thanks for contributing another excuse

8. noim1

Posts: 297; Member since: May 15, 2012

iPhone is for the Old generation who like it sweet & Simple ....Android is for the Young & New generation who like to Move things around & play with the OS .....

13. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

Don't completely agree, iPhone is pretty much spread among most age groups. I see business men/women with them as well as teenagers. Don't even get me started go to any bar in my area and people all have iPhones. That's not to say that Android is bad at all, it does offer a LOT more functionality but iPhone seems to spread around to multiple groups not just "old" generation.

57. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Because of the incredible hype put out by Apple.

91. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

And Advertising

9. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I will never understand the love for 1Phone. 1Size, 1OS that is super closed, less featured, totally uncustomizable, 1Price, no sales,1Ayear, ridiculous to wait and see what didn't make the cut, like a bigger screen for 5 previous models, like HD while the competition had it, like copy-n-paste, like 4g LTE, like google voice recognition for years before siri. iPhone should never get this much love from the media, it truly astounds me how apple can make their herd buy a product a year that is barely better than the last but is forced if you want one or two new features. Not to mention 1Phone does not fit all!

21. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I agree, but most of what draws people to iPhone is that it doesn't require people to install new roms to get it to work just they want. It it's relatively fast, has a very good camera (well above the mountain of less then stellar Android cameras that seem to flood the market). All the people that run to apple events are crazy, Apple does not, by any stretch of the imagination make the best phone, but they make a very good one for a relatively good price. So a lot of people would buy the iPhone over the rest because there are so many different Anroid models in the market and it becomes overwhelming, which one has a better camera, dual core or single core? It's not a hard decision for a lot of people who are informed (a lot of people on this site) but for average consumers "sheep" they have seen the iPhone and know that it can call, text, web surf, and facebook so they are happy.

63. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Your definition of sheep is wrong. the definition of sheep should be the people just simply following blindly. It's apple, everyone has it. You're also wrong on Rom flashing concept, the stock Rom does provide the basics of android experience, if the user want additional control then they root. just like jailbreaking, but jailbreaking iphone still doesn't offer what android can offer potentially. in a way you're also right, cause I could flash Rom on an android to make it work the way u want, but jailbreaking the iPhone will still get me nowhere.

90. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I guess not Rom flashing , but just people having to fine tune settings or customizing Android phone to get them to not lag. By "sheep" I wasn't defining it. Just seems to be thrown around to anyone who doesn't consider Android or seems to blindly grab for Apple, but it's deeper then that. I know some people could considered sheep, but they are not the whole public and are often thrown into the same pot. People may move as a group to apple but that's from experience with iPhone not blind devotion.

101. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

It's not just ROM flashing, any rooting... Without rooting it's already enough for average users. For people who would like to push their device to the limit, they would do additional tweaking to the device. Like I said, iPhone wasn't fast enough for me, but even jailbreaking couldn't get me what I wanted. Android was able to make me happier after tweaking. I pretty much had to repeat myself in both of these comments. I don't want to degrade you in any way, but having to repeating myself over and over is once again a trait of iPhone users.

103. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

LOL no one needs you to repeat yourself I understand average consumers won't me modifying there Android experience in anyway, but there are people that complain about how slow there phones are, even some with higher specs. All I was saying is that some may look for ways to speed up there Android devices, which isn't as big a problem on iphone. Not to say iPhone is a speed demon. Anyway there's no reason to get snotty about it, and realize no one asked you to repeat yourself which i guess is just a trait of an Android user like you!

112. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

average smartphone users that doesn't require the phone to go any faster than it already is just like how un-tweaked stock android is for average android users. LOL, its funny how you took my last comment so personally. I said its a trait of iPhone users and it could be targeting taco considering that I'm always arguing with him on this site, you pretty much just slapped your own face with my words even tho it may not be intended for you.

114. Roomaku

Posts: 278; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I might assumed too much, it was a reply in my comments and didn't realize you were referring to another member. I assumed that since it was a reply to me it was aimed at me. After all you had to repeat yourself to me, and you said that was a trait of an iPhone user. So i connected the two ideas. Sorry if misunderstood your words.

115. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Just noticed that first half of my comment didn't make it in. So you do agree that android is fast enough for average android users. the thing is the power users will want more power no matter how fast the phone us already. I had the 3s, played with 4 and 4s not owned but borrowed to try out a couple days, but none of it was fast enough to fulfill my satisfaction. I couldnt tweak them to go any faster, but with android I could. It'll make sense to say that iPhone are good enough for average users just like stock unrooted android is good for average android users. doesn't mean that the iphone is faster but its just the users are just average to settle with the speed.

11. xcasasx

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

Ppl from android probably had terrible android

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

a bad android phone would be like having an iphone 2G,3 or 3G phone...

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Notice the source of this survey is from APPLE insider. Please consider the sources when appraising information. Also, what exact percentage came from BB and Android, respectively? How many were surveyed? .000000000001% of users? Hardly worthy of a survey.

19. jove39

Posts: 2143; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

It has happened to me as well...I even bought iPhone4...used it for 2 months...when I had first sgs1 with Android 2.1...samsung's stock build of 2.1 was total crap...but I learned to root and flash custom roms...seems like those 38% doesn't want this kind of fun (flashing custom roms)...I am still not fond of custom UI...have AOKP running on my sgs1...and it runs super smooth now...and my sgs2...is a kickass phone :)

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

cool, I have FUSION ICS CYNOGENmod 4.0.3/4 running on my SGS1 phone - when I got 2.3.x and up, the phone was even better to use.

27. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Useless stats. First it is unsurprising that more people have previously owned a smart phone. Also android has been growing tremendously. No surprise more people will have owned one. I expect those number to grow in the future. We need to know how many people moved to iphone relative to how many moved to other platforms to draw any real conclusions. AKA marketshare change is what is interesting, not merely how many iphone users previously owned a different device.

28. rcwfox2002

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

I can say being a previous rep for VZW iPhone has a lot of problems and android but this article is bias toward apple mass majority of BB customers went straight to iPhone I wouldn't be surprised that android to iPhone and vice versa is relative.

30. amjohnson2005

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2012

i think, like many others have mentioned that it is a personal preference to OS...i can speak from experience that i keep going back and forth and for various reasons that only stupify my husband to no end! yes, he goes batty each time i run down to the nearest ATT store and ask for a different SIM card! LOL i love the small form factor and reliabilty of iphones...they are truly a work of art...but i can't live without my widgets and customization of Android in general..some androids had crap signals for me, kept rebooting, became physically hot and let's not mention the ever increasing girth! i'm a small handed person, 5'3'' on a good day and hate how these phones keep getting bigger and bigger! but that's me...my perfect phone would be LTE, excellent battery and expandable battery...oh and no bigger than a GS2. did i mention LTE? don't get me started on the HTC one x...I was truly ired that other than being bigger, it was LTE (want to enjoy my unlimited data and not get throttled and beautiful BUT....what the heck, no expandable storage and the 32 gb not sold in the US...so i'm waiting on my husband to get a 64GB white iphone 4S back from a colleague and there i go again...come on Apple, impress me...LTE phone tad larger screen and widgets and you can have me for the next 18 months! maybe ;) and did i forget to mention that i love my newly found kindle fire that i can toss in my small purse and not drain the battery so fast on my android? We need to be able to custom order a phone to our specs! SMARTPHONE USERS UNITE or STRIKE!

32. amjohnson2005

Posts: 8; Member since: May 16, 2012

*correction above : my perfect phone would be LTE, excellent battery and expandable memory

74. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

If you are on AT&T you can go to the LTE and keep your unlimited data. The only change is that you could use more data in less time

97. tedkord

Posts: 17201; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It would be awesome if we could build our own smartphones, like we can PCs.

36. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

It will be less soon because people bought the idea of the IPhone 4s with Siri was a great thing , only to find out you can ask it stuff and wrong responses. I don't give a rats ass if that's its in beta stage, you don't advertise a selling poing such as Siri for it not to work like the commercials show. Iphone 5 commercials will be about 3d maps and you can only use it on the new iPhone to get people to buy it. Siri is a software feature but remains off the iPhone 4.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wait... am i the only one that noticed that sprint's share of iphones on it's network went DOWN?!? Dude.. it just got the darn thing and its already sliding in share. It hasnt even been a year yet.

104. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Haha slapped down again. 73% of iPhone buyers get the 4s. What do you have to say now Mr. People are getting the free 3GS. Man you just never stop looking dumb.

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

so where's the report showing how many iphone users went to Android/WP7..

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