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Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the gender-bias dept.

Cellphones 483

Ponca City writes "PC World reports that women are more likely to buy an iPhone for their next smartphone purchase, while men prefer Android devices. According to data collected in October 2010, 31 percent of women wanted to buy an Apple iOS device next, followed by 22.8 percent interested in a Google Android device while among men preferences were reversed with 32.6 percent of men interested in an Android purchase and 28.6 desired an iOS phone. 'So where is the extra appeal of Android to men coming from?' asks Tracey E. Schelmetic. 'More male-targeted commercials that emphasize cool gadgetry versus usability? More techno-macho phone brand names like "Droid"? Extra advertising on the Spike channel by phone makers using the Android platform?'"

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I'd suspect... (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454732)

That Verizon's splashy "Android devices are death-robots from the future who can tear you to shreds with a single shot from their massive feature lists" campaign might have had something to do with that. And then you get into the fact that Apple has been producing devices with off-the-charts WAF for ages now...

More likely ... (4, Insightful)

khasim (1285) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454780)

31 vs 32.6 falls within the unspecified margin of error for that "survey".

Re:More likely ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455006)

"31 vs 32.6 falls within the unspecified margin of error for that "survey"."

Reading comprehension failure or statistics understanding failure, try again.

Re:More likely ... (2)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455090)

Yes, but 22% of women interested in buying Android vs. 31% for iPhone probably doesn't fall into that margin of error.

Re:More likely ... (3, Insightful)

codegen (103601) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455206)

But 28.6 vs 32.6 probably does, meaning men don't really have much of a preference.

Re:More likely ... (3, Insightful)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455242)

The question is, "why do men like Android more than women?" Of course they like women more, but for whatever reason, they have a more favorable opinion of android than women do.

This could be for a lot of reasons, but the idea that Android marketing is aimed at men sounds reasonable.

Nah (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455176)

It is because Android is the better product, which is clear to any reasonable person. iPhone just looks cute.

Men are inherently more reasonable than women, so there you go.

Duh! (5, Funny)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454734)

So where is the extra appeal of Android to men coming from?

Uh, its right there in the name - android as in greek for man.
If they wanted chicks to buy them they should have called then gynoids.

Re:Duh! (1)

ak_hepcat (468765) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454746)

I'd buy that for a dollar.

Re:Duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454866)

Ah, now I see why Lady Gaga was chosen to advertise it in Japan.

The male form-factor.

Re:Duh! (0)

jo42 (227475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455042)

Android -> Hemorrhoid: Both end with the same sound...

If that's their market... (5, Funny)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455154)

Maybe naming it the "iPad" wasn't so dumb after all....

Or... (0, Troll)

ak_hepcat (468765) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454738)

The 'Droid platform doesn't accuse you of being a moron that can't judge useful content for yourself, unlike the JoBS.

Re:Or... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454792)

Apple - The always-on SaaS of the handicapped!?1!oneeleven...

Re:Or... (-1, Troll)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454798)

I agree, and in viewing women from afar and studying their social and mating habits I have come to find that the following is true
Popular = feigning dumb. By the time these women are out of High school they tend to continue this behavior, sure they graduated at the top of their class. But they really only have book smarts and elitist social understanding. They lack the common sense that is required to operate a Droid.
Of course this follows the 80/20 rule, where 20% of women are indeed smart and of course read slashdot.

Re:Or... (5, Insightful)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454882)

I don't see how you need much more common sense to be able to operate a Droid in comparison to an iPhone. They're nearly identical.

I think part of the draw for Android is that you can tweak and customize it more. And I don't just mean installing a custom OS. Also just customizing it with widgets and other stuff. Even just the stock "customizations" of manufacturers, like SenseUI and all those others. Android is pretty powerful and flexible there. And I suspect men are on average slightly more likely to tinker with their phones than women.

Re:Or... (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454904)

Aren't you bitter. Of course people act the way that gets them the most favorable response. For women that is provoking the man's desire to protect them, for men it's meeting the woman's desire to feel protected.
Very much simplified of course, but it seems that's an important underlying principle in mating behavior - it's much more about instinct than logic. 80/20 rule applies, obviously.

Re:Or... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454968)

Nope, I'm not bitter. It was a satirical piece based on what you describe in your post.

Re:Or... (2, Interesting)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454822)

Leaving the gender distinction alone, more people want an iPhone next than want an Android. Yet right now, Android is selling more than iPhone. The reason for that that distinction is obvious. Price. Some people settle for second best.

Re:Or... (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454896)

So why do men prefer Androids while women prefer iPhones? Do women have more money to waste?

Re:Or... (2)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454906)

So many jokes and satire... so little space.

Re:Or... (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455168)

The only gender data is the survey, and that's about what people want. Not what they end up buying. So financial considerations are irrelevant.

It's only when we consider the figures that are not split by gender that we can compare with what's actually bought. And that's when price comes in.

Re:Or... (1)

sribe (304414) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454826)

The 'Droid platform doesn't accuse you of being a moron that can't judge useful content for yourself, unlike the JoBS.

There's a vast gulf between the ability to do something, and the desire to spend a lot of time doing it ;-)

Re:Or... (1)

Afforess (1310263) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454862)

But the summary does:

More male-targeted commercials emphasize cool gadgetry versus usability?".

Clearly, males are total saps for falling for the Droids cool gadgets and widgets that provide little in the way of useful features...oh wait.

Re:Or... (5, Interesting)

samkass (174571) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455078)

If you actually pivot the data, though, you see that while Android preferers are vastly on the male side, iOS preferers are split pretty much 50/50. In other words, it's not that "women prefer iOS" so much as it's that Android only seems to appeal to males while iOS is balanced closer to what would be expected from a random sample.

guys love porn (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454742)

android is for porn remember????

Re:guys love porn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454858)

I think you're confused. It's the internet that's for porn, not the android. The android is for using porn, and the apple is for children who shouldn't be seeing it.

Re:guys love porn (1)

zakeria (1031430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454890)

But that argument is now irrelevant as all .flv formats on any site work now on the iPhone!

No no no... (4, Interesting)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454744)

Because the Android isn't about ME.
Think of the naming conventions used
"i"Phone, about the individual (although one could easily argue it is a controlled environment brought on by monopolistic practices)
Droid, autonomous device that empowers the user through its open architecture.
Of course I could be one sided, as (DISCLAIMER) I have a Droid.

Re:No no no... (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454936)

Want real empowerment? Use the shitty excuse for a phone that's the N900.

Disclaimer: I own one of these beasts, and I hate it.

Re:No no no... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455012)

No thanks, I prefer Motorola's iteration of the droids. Their hardware is very good. The droid I have is heavy, made of solid pieces and is a mans man phone. The Droid X is a little lighter, but superior functionality.
If this trend continues with Motorola, I will be getting another Motorola Droid in about 1.5 years.
Of course your experience is correct, because the Android is so open, multiple companies have tried to implement the Android software. This leads to crappy phones and their implementation, not a crappy OS.

Re:No no no... (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455050)

Oh no, the N900 is no Android phone, its OS no Android clone.

It's a phone with real, open (for the most part), root access by design Linux system with multitasking and everything. And let me tell you, Linux is _not_ ready for the cellphone.

Re:No no no... (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455120)

Ah, well I have seen some bad iterations of the Android architecture. It saddens me, because the hardware is crap but it makes the software look bad.

Also (3, Insightful)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454756)

Males tend to be more tech-savvy.

Oh, before you mod me flamebait, correlation != causation.

Re:Also (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454810)

In addition, male iPhone users tend to be homosexual.

Oh, before you mod me flamebait, correlation != causation.

Study on homosexual tendencies of iPhones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454932)

> In addition, male iPhone users tend to be homosexual.

Oh, before you mod me flamebait, correlation != causation.

I'd like to see a study.

"Excuse me, I see you have an iPhone. Do you tend to be homosexual?"

Re:Study on homosexual tendencies of iPhones? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455216)

Just look around you tonight when your at the gay bar, should be faster

Re:Also (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454960)

Yes, why is it that we invest so much energy in figuring out obviously (due to its need to be figured out) flawed technology?
Sure, we get good at it, but what's the point?

Re:Also (1)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455152)

What I'm wondering is why we spend so much time learning things in school. The curriculum is obviously flawed, because otherwise we'd already know it.

Re:Also (1)

neumayr (819083) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455254)

That's a good point.
But it boils down to the question: Is computer technology inherently hard to use?

The world is hard to get, making general education necessary. I'm not so sure about computer usage though.

Re:Also (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454978)

A few years ago, girls at my office were buying LG Shine because the back plate was metal and reflective like a mirror. Thus it was used like one. For them, that was the grandest feature.

I hate gender biased marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454984)

I have a sister and brother in law that have purchased android and iphones respectively. For the same geeky v usability reasons. Just in the opposite directions.

Also I liked eating Special K as a kid till I figured out all the ads were targeted to women.

Women have a higher "Emotional IQ" (-1, Troll)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455126)

More likely it is because women tend to do things based upon emotion, while men tend to use a more logical approach. This is not an insult, nor does it make men somehow better than women, but it is a reasonable explanation IMNSHO.

4 out of 5 she-males choose iPhone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454760)

Pre-op transgenders prefer Apple products.

So wassup! (0)

mswhippingboy (754599) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454776)

You "girly-man" iPhone toting guys... be a real man and get an Andriod phone ;P

Re:So wassup! (1)

zakeria (1031430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454796)

Real men don't use phones!!

Re:So wassup! (4, Funny)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454908)

Real men just shout loud enough that whoever they want to reach, can hear them.

And they don't get lost, so they don't need no stinking GPS either.

Re:So wassup! (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455084)

Real men just shout loud enough that whoever they want to reach, can hear them.

No, that's the wannabes. Real men whisper, and Things Happen.

Anyhow, I think that there probably is a correlation between aesthetics and gender, and that enough women buy an iPhone because it to them is prettier to skew the numbers.

Is this the best I'm going to see! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454990)

You "girly-man" iPhone toting guys... be a real man and get an Andriod phone ;P

i haven't seen a post saying "So, I guess the gay guys DO go for Apple!"

But no. The best I see is "girly-man". WTF! Are you Ahh-nold the Governor of Calee - fonee-ah?!?

Have the Apple fans boys pussy whipped Slashdot that much?!?! Apparently so!

The classic joke (5, Funny)

Wonko the Sane (25252) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454786)

Q: What's the hardest part about using an iPhone?
A: Coming out to your parents

Re:The classic joke (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455128)

I sent this to a few guys at work that have the iPhone.

More masculine hardware design? (1)

w0mprat (1317953) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454794)

I've never found Apple products terribly visually appealing, a little too "pretty" in a feminine way. I prefer harder edge more badass looking gadgets, and I guess that's just what TFA is on about - alot of the Android handsets are coming from manufacturers who produce more masculine designs generally.

Because well, you know, I like to look badass...

Re:More masculine hardware design? (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454920)

I've never found Apple products terribly visually appealing, a little too "pretty" in a feminine way. I prefer harder edge more badass looking gadgets,

You might be on to something. I prefer my blocky steel Milestone over the slippery sleek iPhone I used to have.

Re:More masculine hardware design? (-1, Troll)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455182)

This saddens me. It is because of this way of thinking people buy the iPhone as well. So really you are lumping yourself with the same non-tech savvy people that could give a rats ass about functionality and form as well as usability and futuristic use.
This is the basic reason I dislike Apple. Because it has built itself a fan base, that for the most part are sad little shills, more people are suckered into its baby sitting hand holding. Then they cover it with a condom wrapper and everyone thinks it is the best thing ever. Now you get a phone that is monopolized by the very company you overpaid to get the stupid thing.

You drop $300-$500 on a phone that you will be tied to for at least two years, you better know what you are getting into. Just sayin..

Seems more like ladies just dislike Android (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454828)

Gents like iOS and Android similarly...it's just ladies don't like Android...

Mac suit women and gays (0, Troll)

La Gris (531858) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454836)

My guess is, that it is for the same reasons Macs suit women, gays, and/or artists.

Sorry if it is a cliché, statistically bound, by the way.

Re:Mac suit women and gays (3, Insightful)

joh (27088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454922)

My guess is, that it is for the same reasons Macs suit women, gays, and/or artists.

Sorry if it is a cliché, statistically bound, by the way.

And those man who are not that insecure that they need to announce their manhood by their choice of "masculine" gadgets...

Re:Mac suit women and gays (0)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455068)

My guess is, that it is for the same reasons Macs suit women, gays, and/or artists.

Sorry if it is a cliché, statistically bound, by the way.

And those man who are not that insecure that they need to announce their manhood by their choice of "masculine" gadgets...

(Warning for Mac using Grammar elites: Run on sentence) If by "not that insecure" you mean self aggrandizing, wannabe social elitists whom have an air of smugness about them, that are too good to learn what a computer can do for them, but instead use it to perform minimal tasks while paying a premium for such simplicity.. .then yes... I agree with your statement.

Re:Mac suit women and gays (1, Insightful)

zakeria (1031430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454934)

Well after 24 years of using PC's I went out and bought the i7 iMac 27'' and regret not doing it sooner.. I run Windows7 Ubuntu and Mac OSX all at the same time on the same machine without any troubles what so ever a full steam using parallels..

Why have I busted my balls duffing around with shit when It just works outa the box over in the gay camp lol

Re:Mac suit women and gays (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455276)

So...what is that reason?

It just works. (2, Insightful)

AJNeufeld (835529) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454846)

My wife isn't interested in playing with configuration settings, tweaking this, adjusting that and so on. A simpler UI, that does what she wants it to do, and no more, is what she's looking for.

Re:It just works. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455026)

And exactly what type of "configuration settings, tweaking this, adjusting that and so on" would have to be done to get an Android or WP7 or a Palm Pre working?

My wife uses the Epic 4g and she bought it on her own, only once entered her Gmail account details and from there on she hasn't needed to do any tweaking at all apart from arranging the App shortcuts the way she likes and that was as easy as it can get. When it gets the 2.2.1 update - it will be a single click for her. If the phone needs replacement - all she needs to do is again reenter her GMail password and all apps, contacts etc. will be right there automagically. It doesn't get any easier than that.

Heck I have seen so many iPhone users - male and females - that did not know that iPhone OS software needs updated because they don't deal with iTunes. The Android ones on the other hand tend to be up2date as the update process is one click on the notification followed by hitting OK.

Re:It just works. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455122)

It just works... in the way that Steve Jobs tells you to, no other choices allowed.

Re:It just works. (5, Insightful)

Durandal64 (658649) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455224)

I'm a software engineer, and even I'm not interested in any of that crap. I have a life outside of tweaking shit on my phone.

Um? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454870)

Tracey E. Schelmetic has a remarkably sexist viewpoint here.

What really happens (-1, Troll)

HW_Hack (1031622) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454912)

I do tech support so I am always either getting questions or hearing about tech stuff from the clients I support. So a married couple (both just average Joe and Jane users) decide to upgrade to smart phones. She goes to BestBuy gets a new iPhone for her and the android model her hubby wants. That night she is busy setting up her phone - downloading some apps - taking pics and emailing them - etc. Meanwhile hubby is getting uber frustrated trying to get anything to work on the droid etc. The next day she returns the droid and buys another iPhone for hubby ...

I'm no fan boy and I have issues with many things Apple does - but they do understand the user / customer experience

Re:What really happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455028)

How you have a score above -1 is beyond me. Quitcher trolling 7digiter

Re:What really happens (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455040)

That makes no sense; for basic stuff android is just as easy as an iPhone to "set up". No PC or stupid iTunes required either. It's funny how we have three android phones in the house (my original Droid, and my wife and daughter both have an HTC Aria - a nice small phone that goes in the pocket much better than an iPhone) and none of us had any trouble "setting it up".

Re:What really happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455058)

Getting anything to work? Having used both an iPhone and Droid (that is, a Motorola Droid, the original) I can't say there is much difference as far as useability. Android is more configurable but I wouldn't say it's harder if you just want to do the same stuff as the iPhone.

Outside of that, iPhone seems a lot smoother (higher performance) than any Android device. Even with my Droid overclocked to 1.2 Ghz it's still not as smooth as a puny 600 Mhz iPhone. That's the difference between the native code on the iPhone and the piece of shit Java-esque crap that Android uses. Android is definitely better for the power users (having a regular shell is awesome) but it leaves a lot to be desired in the performance department. I think Android should just go all native and dump the virtual machine crap.

Re:What really happens (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455108)

The Java crap thing is more or less a remnant of Java 1.x perception. 2.2 onwards Android is JIT enabled - where performance counts it is already executing native code directly on the CPU. The only downside is Android doesn't have GPU accelerated GUI - that should make it much more smoother. With faster dual core CPUs coming out soon - Java would be last of any problems Android has.

Re:What really happens (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455076)

You fail to mention age and perceived tech savvy of the couple.

Girls wear makeup (0, Flamebait)

Coolhand2120 (1001761) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454926)

Girls also wear makeup. Both of these choices seem illogical to me. Meaning they didn't follow strong deductive reasoning to reach their decisions, they went with their feelings. Where strong deductive logic is purely quantitative week emotional induction does not rely on any sort of quantitative analysis, but rather snap judgments. Remorse for ill decisions made then turns into defense of the indefensible ("Why'd you buy that?" - "IT'S JUST BETTER - SHUT UP!"). Of course without exception any quantitative argument about the iPhone vs. Android(any) eventually digresses into which platform is more open because both seem to be equally capable, and of course Android wins every time. The only way you get an iPhone over the Android is if you avoid any sort of logical deduction in the first place: i.e.: you're a girl.

PR0N (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454938)

Android allows porn apps. I'm just sayin'...

fake stats (4, Interesting)

fermion (181285) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454944)

Years ago cigarette companies conducted a survey of doctors and brands they preferred. They advertised the brand they preferred as doctor recommended. I was not so much that doctors necessarily preferred any of the brands, but if one does a survey and sorts the results, one will have top and a bottom, though it may have no statistical or physical meaning.

Nexus one (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34454946)

"Gentlemen Prefer Androids"

Ha, I see someone has been watching Bladerunner lately!

Walled garden argument (1)

Beerdood (1451859) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454954)

Men would rather give up some security for freedom, and women tend to prefer the opposite. I won't get an iPhone because I don't like the idea of not having access to certain apps because Jobs doesn't want politically oriented apps, or because women are in bikinis, or because the app might offend some people. [odesk.com] The 'Baby Shaker' app was a good example of this - I want the freedom to download whatever I want with this device.

But my wife loves her iPhone, and she's just fine with having a device that's locked down to some degree if it means not having malicious application

What about... (2)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 3 years ago | (#34454980)

What about males who aren't gentlemen and females who aren't ladies?

(you insensitive clod)

I said to the salesman... (1, Funny)

stimpleton (732392) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455004)

I bought an android for this reason. They just seem more masculine. iPhones seem a bit...."soft" to me. And it doesnt help that 4 of our giggliest admin girls have them. The Galaxy S is my phone. The Galaxy S is corporateness personified.

Android's privacy questionable (2)

windcask (1795642) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455016)

Would you use a cell phone OS made by an advertising company? I only have a lowly call-and-text phone, but if I were buying a smartphone I'd avoid Android like the plague. I don't care how open their app development is; I want to know they're not mining my text messages and emails....

Re:Android's privacy questionable (5, Insightful)

iONiUM (530420) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455142)

In the "settings" of android, there's an entire section where you can get the privacy information from Google et al. It tells you exactly what it's recording. Maybe you think they're violating that? I find that unlikely, as they would be breaking the law pretty blatantly.

Not exactly directly related but.. People seem to forget that android isn't "just google's", it's the OHA. So you should, if you're going to worry about them stealing your privacy, worry about more than just google.

Go figure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455074)

This proves women are more evil than men.

Is opensource an available gender? (1)

oWj9*7!7dsggh7 (1952478) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455080)

women are more likely to buy an iPhone for their next smartphone purchase, while men prefer Android devices

Gee, where does that leave me?

I've been disappointed with both the Apple and Droid phones. I can't honestly say I am looking forward to either for my next smartphone purchase — I've really been thinking about going back to an old fashioned just-a-phone, and using a NanoNote or whatever of its kind might become available.

What I really want is a programmable opensource palmtop that also has phone functionality. A jailbroken phone is a poor substitute for an opensource palmtop. I've never felt right since the HP 100lx went out of production.

Maybe next year.

Can't it just be... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455098)

That men are smarter than women?

...

*ducks*

it will even out (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455118)

I've read the bible, right near the front it says that Eve ate from the apple.

Carriers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455132)

I wonder how much of the decision making comes from what carrier a potential phone buyer is? It would be interesting to see the statistics of the male/female ratio of ATT subscribers, and if changing carriers was a greater deciding factor for males vs females....

I had thought about getting an iPhone 4, before the antenna problems and ATT killing the unlimited data plan... and part of that was due to not really liking the Droid phones ATT had, and wanting to stick with ATT for the 17% military discount that I would lose if I switch providers (way back when the guy at the Cingular booth enrolled me in the discount program even though I'm a civilian)

Also the huge phones (1)

gig (78408) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455140)

The Android phones are huge, they barely fit in a typical male hand. To most women, they seem that much larger.

British studys aways have the answer (1)

davielp (1953444) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455156)

1- Is there any super porn app for Android that I don't know? 2- An important British study reveals that while men like to shower with face turned to shower, most of the women prefer to turn the back (I'm serious, can't remember where I saw it). 3- Women aim for the more expensive aways. 4- Women don't care about tech, they care about "glamour", Apple = tech glamour. 5- You might be asking: "So what about the gays?" I answer that for you: They care more about hardware, that hardware function you know... the camera I mean. 6- After this study, no matter what, more and more man will buy android for a matter of macho pride. 7- Another important study conduct for years concluded that men do have more sense of humor than women.

I like android (1)

www.1dekorasyon.com (1953450) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455162)

I like android because of its ease of use but ios look also good. What is the main difference between them really I dont know. I just know that android is open source.

fashion accessory (1)

aaamr (203460) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455170)

That's because with an android, you don't feel compelled to wave it about like a fashion accessory.

Or....maybe it's because.... (1)

magnusrex1280 (1075361) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455186)

On the whole, guys like to get down and dirty with innards, more so than a lot of women who just want the technology to work and be easy to use. Now obviously this is a generalization, but still true in a GENERAL way. The main problem with this article is this - the idea of actual differences between Android and iOS, and the differences between men and women, determining which demographic prefers which mobile platform, NEVER ENTERS INTO THE WRITER'S MIND. She seems to think it's all marketing, when many of us as Slashdotters know that actual features and real-world facts, are often what determine what technology choice we make. It's truly telling, in that she must make her choices based only on the marketing she's fed, and not the actual features or technology, because she assumes the same is true for everyone else.

Mandroid (1)

ltabb (198216) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455192)

I'd rather have my iGirlyPhone then a Mandroid.

Women vs men (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455196)

Aesthetics vs functionality. it's cut and dry.

Well, the women may have a point... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455198)

Woman reach their decisions by allowing both halves of their brains to communicate while men have problems trying to get both heads to communicate.

I prefer Symbian (5, Interesting)

kurt555gs (309278) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455200)

I loved Symbian on my N95, I hated it on the N97, I am now back in love with Symbian^3 on the N8. I am willing to say this is the best cell phone I have ever had bar none. I have an N900, but don't consider it a cell phone. The N900 is a linux tablet with a phone app.

Back to cell phones. The US press seems to forget Symbian exists, is rock solid stable, ans is very clean and fast. Symbian was fast on a 60 mhz processor, and literally screams on the N8. For once I would like to see a review written by some one that is used to Symbian instead of an iPhone user complaining how it is different than his beloved Apple product, or some such similar from and Android Fanboi.

Nokia has made some very bad management decisions in the last few years, but their engineer elves have been busy. The N8 really is the best cell phone, both hardware and software that Nokia has ever produced and deserves a close look.

I am glad I didn't listen to "Symbian is dead" and bought an N8.

I love it.
 

so....... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455208)

is this the perfect opportunity to say that iphones are gay?

The actual numbers... (1)

zapwow (939754) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455218)

According to the actual study, the numbers are not entirely so definitive:

women: 30.9% iOS, 22.8% Android

men: 28.6% iOS, 32.6% Android

Clearly a 2% preference for iOS means it represents the entire female gender! /s

The men are smarter: as in HTC vs. iPhone xtranorm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34455226)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg [youtube.com] This is a hilarious video with 10,000,000 hits.

Macho (1)

drwhite (456200) | more than 3 years ago | (#34455266)

Macho Macho Android!
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