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So 20 Android Phones Outsold 1 iPhone? But How?!

So 20 Android Phones Outsold 1 iPhone? But How?!

by Brad MerrillAugust 4, 2010

Shocker:  On Monday, Android sales overtook iPhone sales.  This seems to be a big deal to the media, but why?  How many Android phones (that are still being sold) are there in the US?  I’d say 20, more or less.  Why is it so shocking that those 20 phones, on 4 carriers, overtook 1 phone, on 1 carrier?  Sure, it’s a known fact that Google Android is an iPhone competitor, but on what world is it logical to compare the sales of 20 different phones to 1 single phone?  

It’s not like we haven’t been expecting this.  In fact, I’m surprised this didn’t happen sooner.  If you want an iPhone, you have to sign a contract with AT&T.  If you want an Android phone, you can choose between AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.  When was there any question that Android phones would outsell the iPhone?

If a single Android phone outsold the iPhone, that would be a big deal, but that is not the case.  It is also notable that the data for this report came from the quarter before Apple released the new iPhone, so no iPhone 4 sales are included in this.

Android is a hit, and there are plenty of loyal Android users out there.  As it evolves, it will obviously only get better.  But the point here is that the iPhone is clearly more established than Android, and it is illogical and unfair to compare the two, at least until the iPhone is released to another carrier.  Will that be happening early next year?  On T-Mobile?  Verizon?  Only time will tell.  But even then, there will only be one iPhone, not 20.

This, essentially, is Windows versus Macintosh all over again, except Google is giving Android away for free.  People love free.  People love choice.  20 different phones on 4 different carriers are outselling 1 phone on 1 carrier — what a shocker!

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and editor of VentureBreak.
  • http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat A.Y. Siu

    on what world is it logical to compare the sales of 20 different phones to 1 single phone?

    On this world. It looked as if iPhones would just take over the smartphone market the same way the iPod took over the portable audio player market. There were plenty of other non-iPod portable audio players both before and during the advent of the iPod. I’d wager there were more than 20. But those 20 just couldn’t compete. What this shows is that this time Apple doesn’t just have an easy win in this niche market.

    except Google is giving Android away for free

    Actually, Google isn’t giving away Android for free. Google charges the handset makers and carriers for the Google branding and proprietary Google applications that come with Android. The Android operating system is more or less open source, but in order for it to actually be useful, it uses proprietary applications.

    Not only that, but to the consumer, it’s definitely not free. You can get an iPhone for US$200 or US$300 with a 2-year contract and—guess what. You can also get an Android phone for US$200 or so with a 2-year contract. I’d love to see some Android phones given away for free, but I don’t see those from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, or Sprint. Is the Evo free? Is the Droid X free? Is the Samsung Vibrant free?

    • http://unitedtechguys.com/ Brad Merrill

      On this world. It looked as if iPhones would just take over the smartphone market the same way the iPod took over the portable audio player market. There were plenty of other non-iPod portable audio players both before and during the advent of the iPod. I’d wager there were more than 20. But those 20 just couldn’t compete. What this shows is that this time Apple doesn’t just have an easy win in this niche market.

      I get what you’re saying, but at the same time, I still find it difficult to understand why one would consider it a big deal that 20 different devices on 4 different carriers outsold 1 device on 1 carrier. I think we all saw this coming.

  • tosh

    Fanboy.

    • http://unitedtechguys.com/ Brad Merrill

      sigh…