Survey suggests 20% of Android users want to buy the new iPhone

Survey suggests 20% of Android users want to buy the new iPhone
A survey of 1,300 people determined that in addition to upgrading to the new iPhone, users want better battery life, faster performance and 4G/LTE connectivity. The survey, performed by, also determined that about three out of four existing iPhone owners expect to upgrade to the new iPhone.

About one out of five Android users plan to make the switch to the new iPhone and iOS 6, while a larger one in three segment of BlackBerry and non-smartphone users plan to take a bite. However, in those categories there were just as many people that were still undecided. Anticipated enthusiasm for the new device is about the same as when the new iPad was released earlier this year.

More than half of those surveyed do not have a firm time frame to pick up their new device. The true believers, apparently about 10%, will wait in line on the day of the release. Meanwhile, a solid one in five out of those that would not be buying the new iPhone stated their reason as that they hated Apple. About half believe the subsidized price point will remain the same, starting at $199.

The topic alone always brings about a lively discussion, but if you plan to upgrade or switch, from what and why?

source: TechBargains via Electronista



1. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

Let the fanboy wars begin!!!

6. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Let me get my pop corn, coke and enjoy the comments :P

27. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

well i'm obviously not on the 20% of users who want to change to the new iPhone

46. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

1 in 5 Android users is a lot and that's not even counting all the undecided users. I thought Android was magic happy land, why would anyone want to leave?

51. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Do you understand the numbers? Also 3 out of 4 iphone users expect to upgrade, 1 out of 4 is 25 percent iphone users wont or are uncedided... I tought ios was a magic land, why would anyone want to leave? See? You can read things as you want, if you're smart enough for that...

66. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This is not about reading things as you want. I actually asked a pretty reasonable question. If I asked why iOS users are leaving to Android, you guys would come up with a million reasons. But this here is a large percentage of people switching from Android to iOS, which should be surprising to Android fans. My question: if Android is better than iOS in every single way and if iOS sucks soooo bad, why are Android users switching? And you're asking if I understand the numbers? You seem a little lost so we're going to play a little game. Lets see if you can keep up. To start off, you do realize that 3/4 iPhone users buying the iPhone is a huge number right? Just try to visualize what that actually means and what you'll see everywhere in a few months. The remaining 1/4 who didn't say yes consists of 17% who are undecided and 9% that flat out said No. Now, of those 9% that said No, 53% are keeping their current iPhones (maybe they can't upgrade) and 38% said they want to switch to Android. If you do the math (38% of 9%), that's only 3.42% of iPhone users that wants to switch to Android. About 33% of non-smartphone owners will buy the new iPhone, and 35% aren't sure yet. 40% of Blackberry users will buy it and 32% aren't sure. Now let's switch to Android, best for last (or so we thought). 22% flat out said they want to switch to iPhone. That in itself already spells disaster, but unfortunately (for you), it continues. And additional 27% are undecided and only 51% knows for sure that they won't buy an iPhone. Of course this is only a survey, but its still really bad news.

71. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Not much, I think we see this surveys every year and last time the number was bigger than this one if I'm not mistaken

83. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

alright, lets put this in perspective. We get these surveys all the time. "intention" and "reality" never match up. The surveys always say that large swaths of android users want to get the next iphone... if that actually happened apple would have a much bigger market share than they do now. Also, most every survey says that apple users overwhelmingly intend on staying with apple.. normally like 85%+ say they plan on getting another iphone. This is the LOWEST number I've ever seen on a survey for apple customer planned return business. Then there is this line " Meanwhile, a solid one in five out of those that would not be buying the new iPhone stated their reason as that they hated Apple." 20% of people that dont want the new iphone HATE apple. That has also NEVER happened before. Apple's bad deeds and litigation bullying is coming back to bite them in the booty. Spin it however you want. This was by far the least positive "will you buy the next iphone" report ever for apple.

85. Jobes

Posts: 364; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I don't think he understands the main people who do want to make the switch from Android to iOS are more than likely the people who have cricket low end Android phones. My younger sister being one of them but per usual I let her know there's always high end Androids to look at before she jumps ship and getting a free on contract Android phone is probably not the best thing to have done. I'm not going to push anyone away from getting an iPhone but ill make sure they are fully informed before they impulse buy.

89. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

So you're saying that as high as 50% of Android users are using low-end phones? Fine, you said it not me. I know at the end of the day, this is just some survey and that these numbers aren't 100% exact, but I think this should really wake some of you up. Whether you buy Android or iOS, I couldn't care less. I've actually highly recommended Android devices to some of my friends as well. But at the of the day android is great, but its not all that. That's the answer I was hoping someone would give. But this is phonearena so I didn't get my hopes up, lol.

87. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

All you're doing is talking, I need some evidence. The last survey I remember is a 70% retention rate for Android and an 80% retention for iPhone. I really doubt that last year 85+% of iOS users were considering buying the iPhone 4S, lol so no I don't think this was the lowest number ever. And even if this was the lowest number ever (which I disagree with, but you can prove me wrong with a link), it still doesn't change the fact that only 51% of Android users know they don't want iPhone. That's a sad sad number, especially considering Android's market share. People have always hated the iPhone, what do you mean that has never happened before? Maybe it has NEVER been asked before? 20% of people who said no cause they hate Apple actually sounds reasonable, and I bet it would have been similar a year ago. So little people care/know about these "bad deeds and litigation bullying". You guys need to learn how to separate online hating, screaming, and bashing from what's happening in real life.

90. ftyler223

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

well said

92. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you do realize that some people actually watch the news, talk to friends, read blogs without responding and have formed their own opinions on the matter out side of "online hating, screaming, and bashing"... right? old reasons why people didnt like the iphone notice "i hate apple" didnt even make the list. here's one that shows apple has a massive lead on people that "plan to buy" by more than 50% Yet.. of course, that never happened, otherwise apple would have much more market share. one_4s_tops_planned_smartphone_purchases.html look, the i4s had a 96% satisfaction rate... now apple has a 20% "i hate and would never buy" rate not even a year later. Hmm.. I wonder what has happened since xmas 2011 to make people stop liking apple so much. would that be? litigation madness? Apple being percieved as a bully by many? location scandals, "4g" fraud, warranty scandals, ect ect ect. 6-of-customers-satisfied-with-iphone-4s/

96. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

You're misconstruing these links. What you posted showed that 96% of iPhone 4S users (who already purchased the phone) are happy with it, not that 96% of 2011 iPhone users planned on buying the iPhone. The poll asked "What do you dislike most about your iPhone 4" Again, these people already own the iPhone 4. Why would you buy the iPhone if you hate Apple? Remember, the above survey reported that 20% of those that said "No," not 20% of everyone. They should have asked individuals who didn't purchase the iPhone if If they hated Apple because a ton of people were PISSED about the whole antenna issues and "you're holding it the wrong way". Of course we can't go back in time, but 20% discontent with Apple seems reasonable. But everything we're arguing about now is pretty insignificant because I've already made my point: "android is great, but its not all that" and a lot of android and iOS users agree.

100. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Why do we forget that iOS runs only on few expensive Apple only devices that delivers good overall experience keeping the operating system as a constant ? And that Android has a more varied presence such that it runs on devices as cheap as 100$ off contract which is bound to give a NOT THE BESTEST overall experience. In that case why blame the OS when the hardware is not up to par? Compare top end Android phones and iPhones and THEN publish the survey results !!

95. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

You can't say "I thought Android was magic happy land, why would anyone want to leave?" and hope to be making a reasonable question, irony doesn't make anything reasonable. But thank you for taking your time to copy down the numbers, I hadn't seen the source before, maybe because I really don't care. And still... 3,42% want to change, "I tought ios was a magic land, why would anyone want to leave?" (See? Very reasonable question...) And honestly, people change because they can, fortunately there is still choice, everybody likes to change from time to time, or so I think... And don't say "for you", because I don't have a team, I just don't care about someone saying what's better for me, I know what's better for me.

97. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"I just don't care about someone saying what's better for me, I know what's better for me" I think we're on the exact same page.

84. carlos5593

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

E. N this is a survey on the I phone only. I bet you if they go around asking for the note 2 or razor hd the numbers will look about the same if not better. Now one more thing. The survey was conducted in the U.S ONLY apple's motherland so I don't think apple will go no where with this.

88. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

The survey asked random iOS, Android, and Blackberry users, so it doesn't matter what phone was asked. As high as 50% of Android users may buy the iPhone 5. I don't think 50% of iOS users will buy the Note II or Razor HD.

94. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The survey's question is, do you plan to buy the new iPhone when it is released. It's a question solely on iPhones and most likely taken in the US. If I throw out a survey, Which smartphone do you want to purchase, with the options of HOX, SGS3, NOTE2, iPhone 5, Lumia 920, I'm sure the result of the survey will be completely different. Out of the 27% of undecided Android user, it's safe to say at least 40%-50% will get the not new iPhone due to the response to "If undecided, why?" section of the survey. If you also look at the features that the shoppers are looking for, Android phone has most of the feature qualifications. I could also claim that 50+% the iPhone users who are "undecided" and "no", will most likely buy an Android base on the wanted features. It's a survey based on 1300 people, anyone could see the numbers anyway they want and debate using those numbers anyway they want, it's pointless. Just let the quarterly sales do the talking later on.

98. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

OK we're really dragging this out. "Android phone has most of the feature qualifications" - why are people even considering iPhone 5/6 in the first place? The Android phones that satisfy the qualifications have been out for a while like the SGIII and One X Of course some of the undecided users won't buy the iPhone. Duh! The fact they're waiting and even considering the iPhone is what I wanted to highlight. If the public consensus was anywhere near the environment you guys create on this site and if Android was as perfect as you guys paint it out to be, I expected to see damn near 100% of Android users flat out say No.

102. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

You're not really responding to my post. My post is telling you that you could use what you want from the survey to prove your point, and I could use whatever I want from the survey to prove my point. What I'm trying to tell you is on my previous post is the percentage of Android users switching to iPhone is probably not as high as 49%, but probably roughly around 35%. With the feature qualifications that people are looking for AND if those 50% of iPhone users (under "undecided" and "no" range) are waiting for a device qualifying with those qualifications that could also be a large percentage of people getting Android. Not to mention PA posted another survey result yesterday from PriceGrabber where only 21% of the people will actually get the iPhone. If you just want to give your opinion that Android is not the best there is, then I'll definitely agree with you. No OS is perfect. However, I do think that with Android handsets and features, it has way more than what iPhone has to offer. If Apple could step up the game and bring a lot more than what iPhone has to offer now, then I'm sure there'll be more praises for iPhone from Android users on this web site. The only problem is, Apple really haven't gone anywhere since the iPhone 4, it's Android competitors is just leaving Apple in the dust and eventually behind WP if it keeps this up.

65. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

That's the Spirit!

38. Nookie4u

Posts: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

hahahahaha, 1+ for ya! I'll just wait and see when the real thing is out, not judge on leaks.

61. rainyday

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Android foreva!

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

LOL we have our thoughts about switching to the iphone........BUT, then we think back to why we are with android in the first place! theres just to much to leave behind guys ..plain n simple........ :)

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder why the survey didn't include a category for iPhone sers who were going to switch to an Android handset? It does happen; for example, there are some iPhone users who get fed up with their slow data connection on the 4S. If Sammy gets a sales ban against Apple over the LTE patents, expect more iPhone users to make the switch.

20. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

well actually iPhone users will buy the next iPhone... they already did a survey for that... but they are not interested to the iPad mini... im pretty sure that if they buy the next iPhone they will still buy an android coz of that... but they wont let go to their iPhone love...

42. dreeemer

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Is that really a picture YOU? Wow! I'll buy whatever phone you want me to

43. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*rolls my eyes*

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