Apple's iPhones 4S is clearly in high demand, but not from Android phone owners. Only 12 percent of Android phone owners surveyed said they were keen on buying the iPhone 4S, which went on sale Oct. 14.
In a finding that underscores just how MUCH the
smartphone market has become polarized, only 12 percent of current Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Android phone owners said they were interested in purchasing Apple's
(NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone 4S smartphone, which launched Oct. 14 in the United States and
several other countries worldwide.
That figure compares to 42 percent of existing iPhone 4
owners, and 44 percent of iPhone 3G/3GS owners who said they planned to acquire
an iPhone 4S, according to consumer electronics shopping Website Retrevo.
24 percent of people owning BlackBerry smartphones from Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
said they were interested in the iPhone 4S.
"It looks like Apple may be appealing more
to its installed base in this version of the iPhone than attracting
"defectors" from the other smartphone camps,"
concluded Andrew Eisner, director of community and content for Retrevo.com
, who along with his team surveyed more than 1,300 people in
October to cull their results.
Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S Oct. 4 to an underwhelming response
, but the
handset offers substantial upgrades over the iPhone 4 that launched 16 months
For example, the handset offers an A5 processor, 8
megapixel camera, both GSM and CDMA support and Siri, the artificial
intelligence-based virtual personal assistant application that lets users
search for information by speaking in the phone.
Eisner questioned whether consumers will camp
out in front of Apple stores for the iPhone 4S and whether there will there be plenty to go
around. Some 53 percent of those Retrevo surveyed said they didn't believe the
iPhone 4S would be in short supply, though 18 percent said they would still
camp out or just wait in a long line to buy one.
While Apple did say iPhone 4S pre-sales topped 1 million in under 24 hours
, it's unlikely Apple will run out
of devices, which will be available in Apple's 245 retail stores as well as U.S.
carriers AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZW) and Sprint (NYSE:S), and
retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Walmart. People are certainly camped out. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak tweeted last night that he was first in line to
get one at an Apple store in Los Gatos, Calif
Retrevo offered some more stats to noodle over regarding
the launch, which cames five days before Google and Samsung unveil the Galaxy Nexus Oct. 19 in Hong Kong
Among all smartphone owners
iPhone 4 Owners: Are You Disappointed in the iPhone 4S?*
- 24% of all smartphone owners said they plan on buying the
new iPhone 4S
- 26% of all smartphone owners said they are not sure about
buying the new iPhone 4S
- 50% of all smartphone owners said they are not
buying the new iPhone 4S
Smartphone Owners: Are You Disappointed in the iPhone
- 53% said they're not disappointed
- 21% said, yes, they wish it had a new design
- 29% said, yes, they wish it had 4G connectivity
- 12% said yes, they wish it had a larger display
*Respondents could choose more than one reason.
- 71% said they're not disappointed
- 11% said, yes, they wish it had a new design
- 17% said, yes, they wish it had 4G connectivity
- 7% said yes, they wish it had a larger display