The Android bashers over at TheStreet.com are at it again. This time they are claiming that Android stinks and that Apple is going to prove it when the iPhone 6 is released. This of course is quite silly, and I’ll point out why in this column.
What did Android do to TheStreet?
Given the Android-hate coming from TheStreet I have to wonder what exactly Android did to them to make them hate it so much? Sheesh. Talk about some serious fanboy blather, or maybe the writer owns Apple stock or something like that? Either way it’s tough to take TheStreet seriously when they publish stuff like this.
If you took what TheStreet is saying at face value, you’d think that Android was a dying platform with users abandoning it left and right. I can only come to the conclusion that the writer of the article is still living deep within Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field despite the fact that Jobs is no longer running Apple.
As I noted last month, Apple’s iOS is coming for Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system. If you despise Apple or are short the stock, this chart should concern you.
Without even introducing a phone with the feature that apparently keeps a considerable number of smartphone users away from Apple, iOS is gaining on Android. And this isn’t a recent phenomenon. It’s been building since 2012. What do you think will happen when Apple doesn’t just give people what they reportedly want, but does it the right way?
It’s further decline and an eventual, if not immediate drop to number two for Android.
Image credit: TheStreet
Who speaks for Android and iPhone users?
The writer uses “social buzz” as an example of how much more people like their iPhones than their Android phones. But this is completely anecdotal. There are millions and millions of Android users out there in the world, did the author talk to all of them so that they could share their social experiences with him? No, he certainly did not so why pretend to speak for them?
The article is also unfair to iPhone users. Sure, some Apple customers can be quite passionate about Apple’s products. There’s no doubt in my mind about that. But not all of them are, some people just buy iPhones because they need a phone and they liked what the iPhone has to offer. These users don’t worship at the Temple of Apple, they just use the iPhone and otherwise don’t care much about Apple itself.
Plenty of passionate Android users
He goes on to show pictures of people lining up for the iPhone 5s launch and he uses this as an example of the devotion of Apple users. Well so what? The people forming lines outside of stores are no doubt a distinct minority of iPhone users. Does anybody really think that everybody who owns an iPhone bought it after standing in line? Most people probably bought them online or went to the Apple store after the launch drama died down.
I have no doubt that there are plenty of Android users that love their phones as well. But you’ll never hear about that because they don’t necessarily throng together when a new Android phone launches. And it’s important to note that new Android phones come to market more often than iPhones. So it’s not like there’s one big launch the way that there is with an iPhone, there are many different Android manufacturers.
You can easily find examples of passionate Android users online in many discussion forums and article threads. They love their Android phones and tablets, and they are quite vocal about expressing their feelings. Yet because they don’t line up outside of a store they are completely discounted in articles like the one published by TheStreet. It’s as if these passionate Android users don’t even exist.
Understanding why people choose Android
The writer goes on to list three reasons people buy Android phones:
You really don’t care. You just need a phone.
You can’t afford an iPhone (and/or perceive it as cost-prohibitive).
You hate Apple.
To suggest that the reasons listed above are why people buy Android phone is utterly absurd. Talk about oversimplifying something based on your own biased perceptions! I’m somewhat amazed that that’s how someone could perceive Android as a platform.
Apparently he simply never bothered to explore the idea that some people prefer Android because it offers a lot more freedom than the iPhone. Not everyone wants to live within Apple’s walled garden, nor do they want to do without memory cards or the absolute control that Android offers to its users.
Unless they go through the headache of jailbreaking, iPhone users are stuck with whatever Apple gives them. Android users can do whatever they want with their phones and I suspect that that freedom is one of the biggest reasons why people opt for Android phones instead of iPhones.
One thing that the writer did not mention at all was Google’s Android Silver effort. Android Silver is Google’s attempt at bringing more coherent standards to Android devices. It may end up providing a more iPhone-like experience to Android users. But of course TheStreet isn’t going to mention this because it doesn’t fit into the “Android stinks” narrative that they are pushing.
As I noted in an earlier article, I have no doubt the iPhone 6 will be a very popular phone. But it’s not going to destroy Android and Android doesn’t stink. Android and iOS devices will both remain viable choices for anyone who wants to use them.
But something definitely does stink around here, and it’s TheStreet’s mindless Android bashing.
What’s your take on this? Tell me in the comments below.