22 percent of Android users willing to dump their handset for iPhone 5

22 percent of Android users willing to dump their handset for iPhone 5

Summary: In all, 10 percent of those surveyed are preparing to wait in line to be one of the first to get their hands on the new iPhone, and a further 35 percent planning to buy one online on the day of released.


A survey carried out by online retailer Techbargains suggests that 22 percent of existing Android users are getting ready to dump their handset in favor of Apple's next iPhone.

The retailer, which surveyed 1,332 people, found that of that 22 percent, 7 percent were going to buy the new iPhone as soon as it was available online, while 3 percent were willing to brave the elements and wait in line on the day of release.

The remaining 13 percent did not have a set timeframe in mind.

Note that the infographic incorrectly refers to the next iPhone as "the fifth generation phone". It will, in fact, be the sixth generation iPhone.

BlackBerry owners are even more disloyal, with 38 percent ready to make the switch to the new iPhone, and of that figure, 8 percent were willing to wait in line to get one on the day it is released.

Existing iPhone owners are just as eager to get their hands on the new iPhone. An incredible 64 percent of iPhone 4S owners plan to get the new handset at some point, a figure that rises to 71 percent for the iPhone 3GS.

Overall, the survey showed that 10 percent were going to wait in line to be one of the first to get their hands on the new iPhone, and a further 35 percent would be buying one online on the day of released.

As to the new features that people want, it's really a list of the usual suspects. 93 percent want better battery life, 90 percent want a faster processor, 83 percent want 4G/LTE and 76 percent want a bigger screen. Aside from the functional aspects, 66 percent want a thinner handset, and 66 percent want one that lighter.

The group that is going to be most disappointed come the expected unveiling on September 12 are the 69 percent of respondents who want to see a micro-SD slot on the new iPhone.

Image source: Techbargains.

Topics: iPhone, Apple, iOS, Mobility, Smartphones

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  • 1332 Responses does not mean much

    You definitely need a lot more than that to know the consumer mindset. At least as of the time when I clicked on it, it said:

    Apple's New iPhone Survey
    1332 Responses

    That is not enough grounds for making a blanket statement.
    • Well...

      1337 is a pretty decent sample size. The problem is that, as far as I can see, the methodology for this survey is unavailable. So the results cannot be meaninfully interpreted.
      • The rest of 78% wanna switch to WP8

        Ok that's a bit exaggeration, maybe only 77%. J/K.
        • Real Windows Phone numbers

          Recent stats show that Microsoft mobile operating systems (which includes Windows Phone 7) lost 10% of its meager market share in the past 3 months.

          Microsoft's share of the US smartphone market dropped 0.4%, from 4.0% in April '12 to 3.6% in July '12. (source: comScore)

          The fact is that Microsoft's share has been consistently dropping for the past few years, and it's illogical to believe that this trend will change any time soon.
          Harvey Lubin
          • Flamers

            Am I the only one who completely skipped reading the article and scrolled right down to see the Flames in the comments? So awesome. "Android users willing to dump their handset for iPhone" Who would have guessed that title would have generated so much negative interest (hint: see author)?
          • only survey for 4 digit number that is completely bull shit?

            i also the one to check the comments bro
            Udaykiran Patnala
          • With the introduction of WP8, Surface RT and Surface Pro...

            I think logic is going to go out the window (pun intended). Don't you think it odd that Windows Mobile sales would completely die just before the release of a completely new package from Microsoft? Just as iPhone sales lag just before the release of a new iPhone, I think people now are waiting with bated breath for the new Windows devices. In fact, the simple fact that the three platforms--phone, tablet, desktop--will be so closely integrated is to me one of its strongest points. Sure, the phone itself may be a little slow to take off, but if Surface RT and Surface Pro garner the attention Microsoft really needs, then I think the phone will enjoy a halo effect in the reverse direction from Apple's successes; going from the desktop down rather than the phone, up.

            In over 30 years working on and around computers I've seen the rise and fall of many products and the real surprises come from the least-expected directions. Apple rose from nothing to the biggest tech company in the world in a mere 15 years. The Android platform from nothing to the most popular phone OS in an even-shorter 3 years. The netbook? Rise to the top and fall to nothing in less than 5, replaced by a tablet everybody said was a farce.

            So. Who's to say Microsoft can't see a remarkable turnaround in its mobility business?
          • Nooo... Boy. You have no market understanding.

            "The fact is that Microsoft's share has been consistently dropping for the past few years, and it's illogical to believe that this trend will change any time soon."

            Ya. Right. Nothing logical to beleive the trend will change anytime soon, unless of course there is in fact a massive change coming up just around the corner.

            Are you WP8 haters that totally screwed up to think your wickedly lame attempts at finding some screwy reason for WP8 failure are actually making any sense at all?

            How could you have possibly missed the fact that a totally new Windows operating system is being released in a new concept of cross platform release?

            How could you have possibly ever have missed that?

            Now of course your free to admit you knew about that but simply dismissed it as still equling "NO REASON" You guys should put down the crack pipe and try a dose of reality now and then.
        • Well, lets see.

          The specs are not even released and yet the lemmings are willing to "wait in line". Well, I don't wait in line. Not for anything let alone a phone.

          Also, the say they want to switch but will they actually do it. If "69 percent of respondents who want to see a micro-SD", what will they do when the find out it still doesn't have one and the only way to get more storage is to pay Apple about 10X the cost of a memory card?
          • And yet iFans continue to insist they're not a CULT! Really?

            The fact that a good percentage are willing to wait in lines without even knowing what the phone will be is CULT behavior. And a strong indication that they're all NEOPHILES!

            Those statistics are the same they were for the iPhone 4S. Almost the exact percentage of then iPhone 4 users were willing to buy the iPhone 4S.

            I believe it's the same users buying every iteration of iPhone over and over again. Personally, I know of 3 people who have gone from 3GS to 4 to 4S and I'm sure they'll get the 5 too. I think I need to have an intervention. LOL
          • waiting in line

            I wouldn't wait in line either, I haven't waited in line for any Windows release, nor will I ever for any brand of phone. After all it is a phone, nothing really important. I don't need the "latest and greatest" (someone's opinion anyway), nor do I want to spend my money like that! If you want to spend yours, go right ahead. I still have 2 computers running XP at home. One on W7 which was bought last year at
        • LBiege's 78% vaporware

          It helps to dream, doesn't it?

          Cylon Centurion
      • Tsk, Tsk Adrian

        Let's look at what we DO know of the methodology and related aspects:

        1. It is an online retailer. Most likely, people who are looking to buy phones AND who know that retailer were the sample group. So this is not true of "Android users", as Adrian so incorrectly said.

        2. 45% of respondents, as I write this, say they "plan to buy the new iPhone when it is released". If we follow Adrian's poor excuse for a conclusion, the title should have been, "45% of phone users", rather than "Android user". Clearly, that would have just been a more obvious exaggeration, but shows the same error in how Adrian misinterpreted the survey.

        3. The actual percentage, according to the survey, of people switching from Android -- or who say that they will -- is 14%. That is, the percentage of "plans to buy" respondents who indicated they "want to switch from Android to iPhone". Again, this doesn't represent the set of Android users in general, but rather, those looking to buy phones (at best - and even that is an assumption).

        4. Somehow, Adrian ignores that of those who said no (31% of all respondents), 38% said they "want an android phone instead". By numerical weighting alone, and using what can be gleaned of how Adrian decided to report the survey, the title should have been "More users want Android phones than iPhones".

        Anyway, between the very biased original set of respondents, and Adrian's cherry-picking of stats among the results, the title, content and insinuations of the article don't hold water.
        • I did my own survey

          I agree wholeheartedly but in my survey at my house, where I asked 100% of the people in it (me) and we wholeheartedly agree that we have no interest in purchasing any iPhone.
          • I slavishly copied your survey.

            And came up with the same results!!!
      • No

        The sample size is fine. The issue is that they are all Techbargain visitors.

        That seems to me to be a group always jumping on the latest new toy.

        ( I don't think this is news. Or if it is, the headline could be 'obscure tech e-commerce site dupes ZDNet into plugging them.' ;)
        Han CNX
      • Survey Fail - Not necessarily what the entire Android user base feels

        Decent ?
        Look, I'm no statistician, but theres no way that number can be a good sample size for a survey of this nature.

        Lets ignore the fact that thats probably users from one geographical location, which is probably the US, where Apples user base id strongest, and where they're actively trying to reduce the sales of Android devices.

        Lets ignore that for a moment, and look at the survey results.

        (Please feel free to correct me if my math is wrong)

        22%, you say ?
        Tell me more.
        How many people did you survey ?
        Oh, 1332.
        Really ? Thats a lot (sarcastic).
        How many Android users are there in the world ?
        Oh, 300 million devices, you say.

        (from an article in February) :

        Lets assume that people have multiple devices, and lets be VERY generous and say every Android user has THREE devices (to make the math easier)
        So we'll go with 100 million Android users.

        Now lets do some math.

        1332 / 100 000 000 * 100 = 0.001332

        Yes, ALL the people they interviewed represent 1 one thousandth of a percentage of total users !!!

        And only 22% of those wanted to "dump their phones".
        Thats a grand total of 0.00029304 % of Android users.

        And just to finish of with numbers :
        That means 293 people want to change from Android.


        But, of course, thanks to these kind of articles, that REAL number wont go around, the number 22% is what will go around, and people will think that 1/5th of ALL Android users want to "dump" their phones.

        Oh, and Techbargins is an online store ! A shop with vested interest in sending out misinformation.
        Not a market expert.

        Good survey, guys.
    • If it were random and controlled, 1332 could be accurate..

      However, one retailer who may well cater to one type of customer, presenting a survey that may or may not control for things such as whether people are being truthful about owning Android handsets to begin with, would be flawed, even if 10,000 or 100,000 people responded.
      • but it doesn't just depend on sample size

        it depends on who is polled. if you go polling people in an apple store, results will be much different than if you poll everyone in a mall, for example
        • Absolutely..

          A sample size of 1332 in a properly controlled environment would be far more accurate than samples of even 10,000 or 100,000 taken from this type of poll. Even on the surface, the idea that this is a random poll and the truthfulness of the respondents probably wasn't controlled well.

          Just off the top of my head, the following situations would already skew the results:

          1) The respondents who identified themselves as "current Android users" may in fact not own an Android phone. They may not know (maybe they own a Blackberry or other cell phone and think that it is an Android), or they may "want" to own an Android phone but don't currently.

          2) A large number of iPhone fanatics have responded to the poll, purposely skewing the results.

          3) The poll was voluntary and advertised to users using targeted ads. Possibly the ad was shown to users more often if those users had been browsing or searching for iPhones.

          4) The respondents were encouraged to respond to the survey by being automatically entered to win a new iPhone. Respondents not likely to want a new iPhone would be less likely to respond to such a survey.