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Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS 483

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from the gender-bias dept.
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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Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS

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  • I'd suspect... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @07:52PM (#34454732) Journal
    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 ... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by khasim (1285) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Sunday December 05, 2010 @07:59PM (#34454780)

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

      • 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 ... (Score:4, Insightful)

          by codegen (103601) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:54PM (#34455206) Journal
          But 28.6 vs 32.6 probably does, meaning men don't really have much of a preference.
          • Re:More likely ... (Score:4, Insightful)

            by phantomfive (622387) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:58PM (#34455242) Journal
            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.
            • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

              by redJag (662818)
              The answer is because the only time their Android phone nags them is when their is a new update to install.
  • Duh! (Score:5, Funny)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @07:53PM (#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.

    • by ak_hepcat (468765)

      I'd buy that for a dollar.

    • by SteveFoerster (136027) <<steve> <at> <hiresteve.com>> on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:47PM (#34455154) Homepage

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

    • by c0lo (1497653)
      Just to be pedantic: andras in greek is male, with the android a being a droid (robot) in a man shape.
      And yes, indeed, a droid in the shape of a woman would be called gynoid [wikipedia.org] (even I'd prefer gyndroid).

      If Google would think to address the market segments for both sexes, it should have called the OS "androgynoid" (just kiddingly accusing Google of sexism here).

      • by Homburg (213427)

        "Gyndroid" would be wrong, though. "Android" comes from "Andros," which as you say means "man," and "oid," meaning "looking like" - so an "android" is something that looks like a man. The Greek for woman is "gyna," not "gyndra," so there's no "dr" to make "gyndroid." The word "droid" is a shortened form of "android."

        Greek actually does have a gender-neutral word meaning human being, "anthropos"; so you could have "anthropoid" to mean a robot in human form.

        • Re:Duh! (Score:4, Informative)

          by UBfusion (1303959) on Monday December 06, 2010 @01:33AM (#34456850)

          As a native Greek speaker I have to insist and correct your correction: Andros is just an island in Greece, while the correct term for (male) man is "andras" as c0lo above noted. Also, the correct (ancient) Greek term for woman is "gyni' and not "gyna"

          It might be noteworthy in this context that the neutral term "antrhopos" derives from ancient Greek "ano"+"throskon" literally meaning "who is looking up", i.e. an animal that looks up and not down as most do.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 05, 2010 @07:54PM (#34454742)

    android is for porn remember????

  • No no no... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by jhoegl (638955) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @07:54PM (#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.
    • by AusIV (950840)

      What about the myTouch? It's 100% you!

      </cheesiemarketing>

  • Also (Score:3, Insightful)

    by guyminuslife (1349809) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @07:55PM (#34454756)

    Males tend to be more tech-savvy.

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

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      In addition, male iPhone users tend to be homosexual.

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

    • Re:Also (Score:5, Insightful)

      by PsychoSlashDot (207849) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @10:05PM (#34455642)

      Males tend to be more tech-savvy.

      I'll agree with your generalization and offer you another. Women tend to be marketed to for purposes of fashion more than men. iPhones are "cool", "hip", and "trendy". Android phones have a larger feature list which is inherently none of those three things.

  • by Wonko the Sane (25252) * on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:00PM (#34454786) Journal

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

  • 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...
    • by mcvos (645701)

      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.

  • It just works. (Score:2, Insightful)

    by AJNeufeld (835529)
    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. (Score:5, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:26PM (#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. (Score:5, Informative)

        by mlts (1038732) * on Sunday December 05, 2010 @11:33PM (#34456118)

        What is ironic is that Android is more standalone and can fend for itself. The only times I need to connect an Android device to a PC for stuff other than charging is when I am copying nandroid and Titanium Backup backup files from the SD card to the PC for safekeeping, or loading MP3/AAC files onto the device for music. Android phones take care of app updates, OS updates, essentially everything by themselves. To boot, the PC the Android device connects to can be *any* OS that can handle USB drives. I can hook the phone to a USB port on an IBM Power Systems 795, then use AIX to mount and copy the files from it.

        iOS devices not just have to have a desktop box to sync to, it has to be either OS X or Windows, and an OS that is in constant connection to the Internet, especially come OS updates for SHSH validation. iOS devices are also designed to be attached and synced often to iTunes.

        So, in this respect, Android is a lot better.

    • Re:It just works. (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Durandal64 (658649) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:57PM (#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.
      • I'm the same way. I don't even want to tweak the machines I use on a daily basis hence why I buy Apple products. Although I had to laugh the first time I heard one of my engineering friends talk about "Jail breaking" his android phone to do something he wanted.

        I wonder if the iPhone was available for Verizon or Sprint, how many of my friends currently with Android phones would have iPhones instead.

    • by Barny (103770)

      Oh, so she got a Nokia symbian based phone then?

  • fake stats (Score:5, Interesting)

    by fermion (181285) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:18PM (#34454944) Homepage Journal
    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.
  • by Black Parrot (19622) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:22PM (#34454980)

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

    (you insensitive clod)

  • 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.
  • by windcask (1795642) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:25PM (#34455016) Homepage Journal

    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....

    • by iONiUM (530420) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:46PM (#34455142) Homepage Journal

      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.

    • 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....

      The entire OS source is open, so you're free to flip through and find out exactly what sort of mining might be baked into the device. But the platform is pretty irrelevant in this case. All your transmissions are being forwarded via your carrier. What makes you think your current carrier isn't mining your text messages and emails?

    • 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.

      So which smartphone would you buy that doesn't come from an advertising company?

      Apple? No, they're an advertising company. [apple.com]
      Rim? No, they're an advertising company. [rim.com]
      Nokia? No, they're an advertising company. [pcauthority.com.au]

      Looks like no smartphone for you.

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

  • I prefer Symbian (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kurt555gs (309278) <kurt555gs@nOSPAm.ovi.com> on Sunday December 05, 2010 @08:53PM (#34455200) Homepage

    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.
     

    • by Barny (103770)

      +1

      I wanted a phone that could take calls and text, I wanted to be able to use it for music and a little web browsing and required 802.11. Everyone said "get an Iphone". I then said I didn't want to pay more than $300 outright for the thing and they all laughed and told me no phone exists that can do all that for that price.

      My little, slightly older model, Nokia Extreme music 5800 is built for this purpose, throw in a copy of SymSMB and it can now talk windows networking over the wireless lan.

      I have looked a

    • Almost no Symbian phones are available in the US at the carriers' stores. That's why the press ignores them.
    • Re:I prefer Symbian (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Col. Bloodnok (825749) on Monday December 06, 2010 @12:05AM (#34456270)

      I like symbian devices, particularly Nokias. They make some of the nicest handsets around. I love my 5800, and S60 v5. I liked my previous S60s phones and my Psion EPOC devices before those.

      That said, I hate the development environment, it is absolutely and consistently dreadful. It's a wonder anyone develops for this platform. The Wiki is full of out-of-date examples, and contradictory advice. The compilers are terrible - two completely different free compilers used for the emulator and phone (with different bugs), or a third commercial one which can actually generate decent ARM code - all WIN32 only, of course.

      The Symbian C++ API is just awful. OpenC made it bearable, python makes it usable. Nokia's focus is, however (like an ADHD sufferer) shifting once again - this time to Qt. They are currently shipping a 5-600MB Qt SDK for Linux, which can *only* produce code for an emulator!

  • http://idle.slashdot.org/story/10/08/11/1735253/Stats-Show-iPhone-Owners-Get-More-Sex [slashdot.org] "iPhone users have more sexual partners than BlackBerry or Android owners." And females use iOS more...
  • What about those devices and OS?

    • by Barny (103770)

      Shh, don't ruin their fragile little world, I said something about Symbian based phones a few threads up and got three death threats and someone threw a brick through my front window... A bricked Iphone that is.

  • about all the men carrying iphones around...

  • Not what I see... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anne Honime (828246) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @10:01PM (#34455622)

    When I commute every morning, I'm always surprised at how much men have iPhones and ladies have Blackberries. This may very well be a local thing (I live in Paris, France), but from my own casual observations, this is a firm trend here.

    In my humble opinion, it's because iPhones are very expensive even tied to an operator contract, while BBs have been marketed aggressively at quite low prices. It seems men are more likely to shell out money on nice toys, women are more responsible with the family budget.

    Now, I shouldn't make any generality out of it, but I think this study isn't to be taken as absolute truth either.

  • Oh, great. More labels.

  • by fishexe (168879) on Sunday December 05, 2010 @11:02PM (#34455954) Homepage

    Gentlemen prefer Ladies, Androids prefer iOS

    There, that looks much better.

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