These iOS vs Android state-by-state maps tell if Democrats really prefer iPhones more

These iOS vs Android state-by-state maps tell if Democrats really prefer iPhones more
Hot on the heels of the US midterm elections, the researchers from Device Atlas have tried to map another state-by-state divide, of Android- vs iOS-heavy states. Yep, they even tried to take the 2016 presidential election numbers and cross-check the Apple vs Google mobile rivalry with the Democrat vs Republican voters.

It turned out there is indeed a slight tendency of blue states to use more iPhones and iPads than red-leaning states, but the difference is actually not that huge. Instead of Apple's average iOS market share in the US which currently sits at 65%, in the 14 states where the Democratic nominee got more than half of the votes, the iOS users' share is a bit higher at 70%.

On the other hand, the 23 States that voted predominantly for the Republican candidate in the 2016 election, have a slightly smaller, 67% piece of the pie marked with iOS on it than "blue" states. As you can see, the difference is not significant enough to make drastic conclusions about the anecdotal evidence that Democrats prefer iPhones, while Republicans lean more to the Android camp. 


In the end, the share of America's homebrew iPhone and iPad brands is what's the biggest news here, as it seems that more people are doing their patriotic duty to buy the Apple logo compared to Samsung, LG, or other non-locals. 

Google may be trying to change the status quo with its fledgling Pixel brand but the numbers are showing a steep hill to climb still. Check out the Android vs iOS share state-by-state maps below, it's a fascinating take on the state of the mobile nation.

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21 Comments

1. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

What a stupid ass article.

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Of course it's stupid. Articles like this are here to pump up Apple's iPhones, because everyone knows that iPhones are Apple's primary business. Plus with Apple recently increased production of their iPhone 8's, but at the same time reduced production of the new iPhone XR's. This article doesn't say how many have both platforms.

2. libra89

Posts: 2259; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not surprised at all, as iPhones are really popular in the US. The fact that there are articles, videos, and jokes about dealing with the green bubble in your life and the "horror" of being a green bubble for people who want to try out a Pixel or another Android phone but can't, says enough. I don't think I need to go on. Party lines don't matter, as this is something that people can generally agree on.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Honey we ain't in Kansas anymore. People can't agree on nothing these days.

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So much for the theory only rich people buy iPhones. Lol Or even the claim that iPhone users are of the higher IQ variety, which is also just not true. Especially since IQ has zero to do with how smart a person is or isnt. Android will have the biggest totals in most places because of options. Just like a bother company. The bigger companies tend to sell the most options, like McDonalds and Toyota, and so many others. Why smaller companies tend to offer less options that tend to be pricier, like Apple, Ferrari and others. Android meets price ranges people can or want to pay. Especially for users who need lowcist carriers. States that tend to vote blue, also tend to have larger populations of minorities who certainly are not rich, and have to learn to be smart with their money, because they may not have much of it, like wasteful rich people. And if it wasn't for poor people, neither Google or Apple, or a y other com poll a y you could name with similar products, would exist.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Word salad as usual. Maybe turn on spellcheck?

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Android's are just as expensive as iPhones, so it's really a marketing thing now. Apple is really good at making their products seem glorious and better than the rest when they really aren't.

7. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Judging by this article, a great deal of people disagree that there are better phones out there. The iPhone is one of the few complete packages in mobile computing. It has the hardware, security, and app ecosystem that most of the Android OEMs lack. Samsung is the only true competition Apple has, and they don’t have an ecosystem of their own yet. Once they do... we’ll see what happens.

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, ignorance is bliss indeed. The article itself alludes to the tribalism in the USA now. Which means it's mainly just an us vs them battle in the US. Just like people only vote red because that's all they've ever voted or because of friends and family, people largely buy iPhones for the same reasons. All this BS about ecosystem is just marketing garbage iFans like to eat right up and project on to other customers. You can talk about "ecosystem" when you can plug in an iPhone to a MacBook without having to buy a different cable altogether.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Seriously do you have ANYTHING productive to add regarding the topic aside from snark and salty remarks? Are you gonna say the same thing about Chinese and Korean smartphone buyers, whom overwhelmingly by phones made by OEMs in their country? No?

11. ssallen

Posts: 158; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

The article is flamebait for clicks. It says nothing and only shows baseline device numbers. Take a statistics class. Any Android flagship device has all three of the (poorly chosen) categories you pointed out. Competition? Android as a whole is Apple's competition. Not a specific manufacturer.

15. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That’s the most assinine bullcrap I’ve ever read. Congratulations.

10. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

Its funny because I live in Arizona and I can see why there's so many androids. We live close to the border so them dealers need those burner phones lol

12. ssallen

Posts: 158; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

I work in an office of 50+ software and hardware engineers and only one has an Apple device. But I'm sure your coworkers at Applebee's are a better determination of what device is better.

14. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 156; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

This what I have said before. You will find majority of people in tech places using Android phones because they all know that Apple is too limited for them. Anywhere else outside of the tech space and you will mainly find Apple.

17. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

yes, I agree. In all my electrical engineering classes most people use android, even the girl engineers have galaxy or pixel phones. And these students are among the smartest individuals in our society.

19. whatev

Posts: 2135; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I work in an engineering company with 10000+ Employees, most of them use iPhones, even the guys in the IT department use iPhones, and the phones given to employees sent abroad are iPhones, laptops and PCs are windows but for phones and tablets, employees are given iOS devices, android devices are too unsafe to handle sensitive information, and big companies don’t want their private info to be spread over the competitors or other governments

21. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

must be civil engineers. Peasants

13. TechnoTechyes

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 24, 2011

This is like a political statistic. They could add in the stat that more iPhones are given as gifts, so states that vote for democrats don't buy their own phones as much. Implying something that is not 100%, but people will hear that.

16. Poptart2828

Posts: 333; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

The majority of people that buy iphones don't read this site.

18. EvilAPi

Posts: 116; Member since: Sep 25, 2017

Looks like the leader of PhoneArena didn't do any examination before some of the pathetic writers just uploaded their own hilarious articles. What does democrats doing on smart devices? What a bias.

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