Apple Inc. Has Lost Another Market to Android

It was only a matter of time: Last year, tablets powered by Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) Android outsold Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) iPad, bringing Apple's multi-year run to an end. According to Gartner, Google's operating system powered nearly 62% of the tablets sold last year, while Apple's iPad accounted for just 36%.

In time, it's likely that Apple's share of the tablet market will decline further, as Google's hardware partners, including Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF  ) , continue to offer a wide variety of alternatives at multiple price points.

Growing at the low-end
Google's mobile operating system has conquered the tablet market in exactly the same way as it conquered the smartphone market: by appealing to the low end. According to Gartner, cheaper, smaller Android tablets have become particularly popular, accounting for much of Android's recent growth.

As with smartphones, Google's mobile operating system has been especially well received with tablet buyers in emerging markets. Last year, emerging-market tablet demand grew by 145%, while developed markets saw growth of only 31%, according to Gartner.

While Apple's cheapest tablet, the original iPad Mini, retails for $300, tablets powered by Google's Android are widely available for a fraction of the cost. The least expensive Android tablets go for around $50, though the brands are far from household names. Still, for emerging-market consumers on limited budgets, the best tablet could be the one they can afford.

Samsung's shotgun approach
Despite competition from what amounts to generic brands, Samsung's share of the tablet market has grown alongside Google's operating system. Last year, Gartner reports that Samsung made about one in every five tablets sold, up from less than one in 10 in the year prior.

Unlike Apple, Samsung takes a shotgun approach to the market, offering tablets in virtually every size at every conceivable price point. Some of Samsung's tablets, including its Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, are actually more expensive than Apple's, but Samsung is also no stranger to the low end: Its Galaxy Tab 3 Lite retails for around $160.

While Apple sells four new tablets at one time, Samsung offers far too many models to list. Although this runs the risk of confusing consumers, based on Samsung's recent market share gains, it seems to be working quite well, allowing Samsung to fend off rivals that are able to offer a nearly identical software experience.

The iPad is more like the Mac than the iPhone
I've written before that I expect Apple's share of the tablet market to eventually fall into the single digits: Gartner's data only affirms my expectation. While Apple's share of the smartphone market seems to have stabilized in the teens globally, and around 40% in developed markets like the U.S., there's one key difference between tablets and smartphones.

Tablets, unlike smartphones, are almost always purchased without the help of a carrier. While the high price of Apple's iPhone is somewhat blunted by the widespread practice of carrier subsidies in developed markets, Apple doesn't have that advantage in the tablet market: The vast majority of tablets are purchased for the full retail price. Last year, analyst Craig Moffett (via AllThingsD) estimated that only 10% of new tablets were sold on wireless plans.

For that reason, Google's Android should continue to grow its share of the tablet market, eventually eclipsing Apple's iPad even in developed economies. Apple's iPad business seems destined to look more like the Mac than the iPhone, as Samsung and other Android vendors are able to aggressively undercut Apple's premium pricing.

To be clear, that isn't necessarily terrible for Apple -- as Horace Dediu pointed out that, in spite of its meager market share, Apple's Mac is more profitable than almost all of its PC competitors combined. But it could prove problematic if Google's dominance in the tablet market spills over into the handset business: either by attracting more developer interest, or luring some iPhone owners into Google's ecosystem.

Ultimately, Apple's loss of the tablet market is certainly not a positive for the company, but hardly surprising.

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  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 10:58 AM, JaredPorter wrote:

    Apple reportedly grew to 800,000 iOS users. iTunes and app related sales are topping $1bn per month now. Plus their users accounted for a high percentage of device profits (80%) and online holiday sales/ordering. If iOS grows to one billion users, what commercial firms (like of B of A or Ford Motor Company), or software developers will stop developing and curating their iOS apps, going forward even if Android and "non-Google Android" grows to be 2 or 3 times as large?

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 11:07 AM, HiramWalker wrote:

    So Apple lost the low end tablet market to Android? They also lost the low end burger market to McDonald's. News Flash: Apple doesn't want the low end market! Android is the equivalent of broadcast television. Watch stuff for free with ads wasting your time. For the high end market, their time is worth money so they don't want to waste it watching ads and figuring out how to get their damn tablet to work. Android tablets are only good for surfing Google ads.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 11:23 AM, steyoun wrote:

    I wonder why none of these analyst speculate on how a poor experience on a $50 Android tablet (or phone for that matter) does have a positive impact on driving consumers to the iOS experience. I realize it doesn't drive 100% of these consumers to Apple, but it should drive some. If I were to try a cheap Android device and then decide I would pay more for a better experience I sure is heck would look at Apple's products before taking a plunge.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 11:53 AM, WineHouse wrote:

    The author wrote: "Google's mobile operating system has conquered the tablet market in exactly the same way as it conquered the smartphone market: by appealing to the low end." Indeed, in terms of numbers of devices sold world-wide, this is true. It's also meaningless. I prefer to have a profit machine in my portfolio. Show me the profits, oh prophet. So long as profits keep going up, it's more than just okay.

    There's an old Yiddish joke about a merchant who cut his prices in order to woo customers from his competitors. Finally he cut the prices so low that he admitted to a friend that he lost money on every sale. But, he added, "I make it up on volume!"

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 11:57 AM, Dvoraak wrote:

    For those who see every article as either pro or anti their favorite device (idiots) here's what sums up the whole article....

    "But it could prove problematic if Google's dominance in the tablet market spills over into the handset business: either by attracting more developer interest, or luring some iPhone owners into Google's ecosystem."

    Try to keep in mind this was written with an investor's mindset.... not a fanboy's.

    Profits are great. Growth is better. Anything likely to impact future growth is of interest to any investor, whether fanboys see the point or not.

    steyoun makes a very good point. Dirt cheap Androids don't offer any kind of positive user experience when compared to high end Androids or iPhones. If a low end Android has annoyed you for a year or two, I'd think you are much more likely to check out iPhones when you can afford a high end device.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 11:59 AM, JaredPorter wrote:

    Correction: "Apple reportedly grew to 800,000 iOS users." Of course, I meant to say 800 million users.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 12:05 PM, yogaman101a wrote:

    Once again, SM fails Marketing 101.

    "Lost the market"?

    How have you lost when you make almost all the profits, even in the poorly defined market that includes segments where you don't compete?

    Even this really barely researched, poorly reasoned click-bait with its speculative warning about Google's dominance possibly "spilling over" into the handset business (uh, historically it was the other way around, no?) recognizes that Apple hasn't "lost" the PC market despite its small-ish market share because it takes home almost all the profits. Similarly handsets. Similarly tablets.

    Sam Mattera needs to understand how to define a market, as HiramWalker hyperbolized with his McDonald's reference. Until then, I respectfully suggest that he be banned from writing for Motley Fool. Can I get a second?

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 12:17 PM, yogaman101a wrote:

    @Dvorrak: "Profits are great. Growth is better."

    Personally I like Apple's profits better than Microsoft's growth in phones, for example. You're welcome to have a different opinion.

    "Anything likely to impact future growth is of interest to any investor, whether fanboys see the point or not."

    Good point, although it'd be nicer if you'd leave out the emotionally loaded terms like "fanboy".

    But what in Sam Mattera's article made you think that he has any ability to analyze profit growth? He focuses solely on market share, even though he acknowledges that there is very little correlation between market share (of the markets he has defined) and profit share.

    Again, please feel free to prefer profitless market dominance of a badly defined market. I'll remain long AAPL.

    Good luck in your investments.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 12:30 PM, BigD66 wrote:

    apples eventually rot

    androids get smarter,faster,stronger and adapt very quickly and very well..

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 12:56 PM, ComicInvestor wrote:

    Of course, this was the argument in the '80s and '90s--Microsoft was the "better company" and Apple was doomed because Microsoft was on every cheap, fragmented device. I think the "battle" will go back and forth (not sure why pundits always act like it's "winner take all"), and that there's actually room for more than one profitable operating system in the world.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 12:57 PM, Dvoraak wrote:

    @yogaman101a

    Growth took Apple to the verge of $1000 shares.

    Profit settled them down to half that. The MS reference is fitting.... though growth when you haven't really gained traction yet hardly counts.

    The loaded fanboy term was for the knee jerk reactions so many have to any article that isn't glowing and praising every aspect of their favorite device / company. I think the term fits and is incredibly prevalent when ever mobile gadgets are the topic.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 1:23 PM, auggybendoggy wrote:

    "They also lost the low end burger market to McDonald's."

    HAHAH AHA HAHAHAH AH

    IN-N-OUT VS MCDONALDS!!!!

    TOO FUNNY

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 1:26 PM, auggybendoggy wrote:

    Hiram, I agree with you. In fact, I've stated that if I were in charge of MS I would join with Apple to rid of Google's advertising invasion. MS and Apple should join and create a youtube type of service, web search and if you use either OS, not one AD will show up in your system. If you use anythign else, you'll be hit so hard with AD's you won't know what the hell your computer is doing LOL! Seriously I hate the ad stuff and hats off to Apple for keeping it real. Thumbs down on MS who doesn't know what to do. Google, well it's free and you get what you pay for.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 1:45 PM, 18RC wrote:

    Apple will be trading at $1,000 a share 18 months from now, plus paying shareholders a 2-3% dividend.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 1:51 PM, VegasSmitty wrote:

    Apple is as dead as Steve Jobs.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 2:34 PM, GaryDMN wrote:

    Apple owns the business and K-12 educational markets, while Android owns the toy category. Many Android tablets are selling under $100 and people are buying them for young children as toys.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 2:47 PM, ewro wrote:

    Apple could charge a premium when they innovated, but Android has surpassed IOS. Google just has Apple beat on to many things now to be going around charging a premium.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 2:48 PM, ewro wrote:

    @GaryDMN

    a lot of education are looking at chromebooks that's not even safe for apple any more

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 3:48 PM, skippywonder wrote:

    To think that if Apple's iPad follows the model of the iMac then Apple will have a greater profit than nearly all its tablet competitors combined, and to report this as "not necessarily terrible" is incredible.

    Looking at market share is missing the point entirely. If competitors can't make any money, they aren't really competitors are they?

    As to whether market share will attract others to the Google ecosystem, this is again the wrong question. Because most of the low end Android systems that are selling in places like China are already outside of Googles ecosystem. Running a forked Android and existing outside of Google Play poses no risk to Apple's ecosystem and gives no boost to Google. This is either some shoddy analysis or is intentionally misleading. Apple's future lies in its control of the profitable portion of the market. Any person running a business can spot that this is where you'd want to be and any investor would be wise to consider it as well.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:07 PM, ChrisS3 wrote:

    lol it's the same foolish pride we heard from Apple consumers some 25 years ago. The same foolish pride that says "Apple is high end", "We don't want the 'low-end'", "Apple is only for people who can afford it".

    IT'S THE SAME NONSENSE THEY BELIEVED LONG AGO.

    It's funny that the people who claim to be wealthy and educated enough to buy Apple, have continued to watch Apple's diminishing returns.

    Just like they did 25 years ago. Down to 90's Apple 3% marketshare.

    And so will it be, again.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:10 PM, frellmedead wrote:

    Of course, PC's running Winblows sold more because big business wanted cheap computers. Didn't matter that they had to hire dozens of IT staff to fix those cheap computers every other month, and then also to wipe them and reinstall the OS every year or so because it had gotten too corrupted.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:11 PM, frellmedead wrote:

    Of course, PC's running Winblows sold more because big business wanted cheap computers. Didn't matter that they had to hire dozens of IT staff to fix those cheap computers every other month, and then also to wipe them and reinstall the OS every year or so because it had gotten too corrupted.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:21 PM, Renee wrote:

    Wow, so many Apple apologists on here. It's like being on Appleinsider.

    Apple sold less iPads than Android. Low end and high end, doesn't matter. That's all. Stop making up stupid excuses and segmentations.

    Yes, Apple targets only richer folk with their overpriced tablets, and yes, similarly-priced tablets from Android and Microsoft, even though most of those are much better than the iPads, don't sell nearly as many, but what difference does it make? Android tablets sold more than Apple's tablets, and that's what these articles are about. Period.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:24 PM, Renee wrote:

    @chris S3

    Don't bother. Your logic falls upon deaf ears. The reasoning of most Apple consumers (at least to themselves, but often to others as well) is that if it's more expensive, it's better.

    That stats stare them in the face to the contrary doesn't matter-they'll find a way to explain those number away somehow.

    Oh, and the sense of pride they get when the company that ripped them off shows record profits thanks to those ripoffs is beyond comprehension to anyone with an ounce of logic.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:29 PM, RLLH wrote:

    It may well be that Apple does not care about losing the great unwashed masses. But I do care about the stagnating stock price I note every time I check my stocks.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:35 PM, kkrimmer wrote:

    Apple innovates others copy. Apple products have higher resale value and fewer security issues.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:40 PM, pk22901 wrote:

    As he leads: "It was [is] only a matter of time:"

    till someone at Motley Fool stops the pain.

    Sam isn't a plus for the Fool.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 4:48 PM, Renee wrote:

    @kkrimmer:

    how does Apple innovate? what have they innovated in the past 3 years, please?

    Fewer security issues? Are you kidding? They have had AT LEAST one big security issue per month for the past 2 or 3 years! And took forever to patch some of them to boot.

    Yes, they do have higher resale value, but it's the same mentality that drives people to overpay for the devices when they are new. Don't blame the product for peoples' stupidity.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 5:32 PM, BobbiJG wrote:

    Oh happy days, I love it. The evil empire (apple) is dying. I have said this a million times over, the day I own an apple product is the day the universe begins to collapse in on it's self and time begins to run backwards and that will not happen in my lifetime. I just hope I live long enough to see apple go out of business once and for all.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 6:39 PM, Foolonthepill wrote:

    AAPL’s stock price is down over 6% YTD, while GOOG is up over 8% and FB over 27% YTD respectively. While there's a time and place for nearly everything, Tim Cook needs to put his pro Gay rights agenda on hold and at least attempt to restore AAPL to its former place as the world's #1 tech company. Cook was handed the keys to the kingdom and rolled snake-eyes with the opportunity. He's proven to be more of a Lieutenant or perhaps a Private 3rd Class than CEO. Imagine what the AAPL stock price would look like with Bezos or Zuckerberg in charge. Someone like Marissa Mayer is far more qualified to lead AAPL. Hell, Carol Bartz is a stronger leader than Cook. You can say what you want about is blatant flakiness, but Andrew Mason has forgotten more than Cook will ever know about inspiring/motivating a team. Frankly, the only logical explanation for AAPL's direction and subsequent stock price decline is that Tim Cook is shorting the stock. Icahn needs to quit sucking up to the guy and just give him the boot.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 7:04 PM, yogaman101a wrote:

    @Dvoraak: Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    "Growth took Apple to the verge of $1000 shares. Profit settled them down to half that."

    Great bumpersticker. Seriously.

    But stock price is only occasionally a good indicator of a company's value. In Apple's case buyers' expectations got too exuberant in 2012, and now they seem too conservative (to me, at least).

    Btw, $705 isn't quite what I usually think of as "the verge of $1000", and this may explain your miscalculation: this week AAPL trades at about 75% of its all-time high, not half.

    "growth when you haven't really gained traction yet hardly counts."

    Yes, that was my counterpoint to your assertion that growth beats profits.

    "fanboy"

    Well, racist terms fit sometimes too. That doesn't mean that it's helpful, convenient, or appropriate to use them. Slurs tend to provoke strong emotions, which inhibits the ability to think rationally (says science), and the last thing investors need is less rationality.

    As always, good luck with your investments.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 8:56 PM, mshipe101 wrote:

    This just in, costume jewelry dominates the jewelry market and thus should Tiffany's worry? At least they are second in regard to retail revenue per square foot and can you guess who is número uno? I believe that would be Apple but apparently you deemed that unworthy of being noted.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 9:00 PM, dwinSeattle wrote:

    Gartner's data is flawed. Most of these survey company's are paid advertising agencies and Apple is not their client.

  • Report this Comment On March 08, 2014, at 9:21 PM, vernr75 wrote:

    800 million iOS users? LOL!!! Yeah, right!!! Someone's trying to use the reality distortion field again...too bad it's broken beyond repair.

    In June last year, Tim Cook said that Apple had sold 600 million iOS DEVICES up to that point in time.

    That 600 million number was the total number of iOS devices EVER SOLD... as in from the beginning of the existence of iOS devices. Most of these 600 million devices actually passed through the hands of the same set of buyers who simply replaced their not-so-old iOS devices with not-so-new ones each year as is the established culture of the devout Apple-holic. Also, most iPad users are also iPhone users (creating massive overlaps that lead to exaggerations in the iOS usage measurements). The bottom line is that this all makes it IMPOSSIBLE for there to be 800 million individual iOS users...because Apple would have only hit the 800 million cumulative device sales mark right about now and many of these older devices no longer exist.

    Furthermore, at this time last year there were less than 300 million active iPhone users worldwide. Note that most iOS usage has always come from iPhone users, since the iPhone is mostly sold as a subsidized product. Based on the fact that recent studies have found that 4 in 5 iPhones sold throughout the last year actually went to established iPhone users, the number of new iPhone users gained last year could not exceed 30 million globally. If Tim Cook actually used the words "800 million iOS users" instead of "800 million iOS devices sold to date" he's lying to you.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 12:47 AM, paulbuks1 wrote:

    Remember the past. It does repeat itself. Especially with apple. The only thing that will save Apple is that if they can buy Tesla or invest heavy into it and other industry leaders and assist them in integrating there products into them. Google is kicking there ass with Google car. And so many other projects like robotics that apple is too far behind in.Also no one that has been around does not like to share there ideas with them because they always rips off and them and tosses them aside. Have seen it for 4 decades now. Then they get mad like spoiled step children when it happens to them. Never would own an apple product. I waited 5 years to get my smartphone until they could really do what g hey claimed. I chose the Samsung note 3 and love it. I can see what's on it. Can do everything on it with Oncloud and online storage. Run multiple memory intensive apps and the processor kicks butt. And i can upgrade my memory and battery without having to buy a new phone. Sorry Apple. They have you beat big time. And how much money I saved. ~$ 600x6 ~$3600 versions.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 12:59 PM, OSXX wrote:

    we all know that all the android devices are very inexpensive and the quality very poor, what wood happen if apple just slashed their prices by 50% for one model year, Iphone 6, Ipad and Ipad mini. how many people that can only afford an inexpensive android switch to apple? and how would the scales of popularity change?

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 1:10 PM, JillieBird wrote:

    I wonder how many of the"lost" Apple customers will be coming back to Apple. As a family we own about one of everything. I switched my phone to Samsung because of the bigger size but will be going back to Apple. The non-ipad kids wish they had ipad minis. Yes, the other tablets were cheaper but as they get older and less likely to break them the cost difference isn't enough not to go with Apple.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 1:12 PM, bobbydig wrote:

    Anyone who leads with marketshare, like Android, knows in time, give a way products does NOTHING for a company. Marketshare means squat, its always about profit.

    I remember Gartner said the same about PC's

    Look at Dell, Gateway, Compag, or Packard Bell. Like Android, these companies were kicking Apple's ass. Now look at them.

    History does repeat itself and Google/Android will be on the list.

    Better headline would read, "How many Android tablets does it take to compete Apple."

    LOL

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 2:31 PM, desertracer1 wrote:

    A Fool is a fool is a fool is a fool. Getting tired of reading their articles.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 5:34 PM, Renee wrote:

    Wow, so many people paid by Apple coming here and posting nonsense. You guys used to post more coherent stuff, that at least made some sense and had a chance of being true. Now look at what you post. Pathetic. Apple should fire you, as you just make them look worse when you open your mouths than by staying quiet and taking the deserved criticism constructively maybe.

    Expensive outdated devices will lose out to more advanced devices. Especially when some of those end up even being cheaper than the Apple ones, many with same or better quality. Just nothing going for Apple in the last 3 years to keep it going except for misguided customer loyalty and excellent advertising (neither of which are sustainable with their lineup of products lately, or what Apple looks to be coming out with).

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 5:39 PM, Renee wrote:

    To add to my previous comment, the grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes in all these posts that seem to be pro-Apple seem to indicate that maybe they are by one (or a few) individuals, rather than by the seemingly many people posting them.

    Give it up, guy(s). How long do you think peddling stuff like "all android devices are cheap", "all android devices are low quality", "all android devices are unreliable", "all android devices are worse", "all android devices are slower", blablabla...when each one of those claims is easily discredited with a quick search on the internet and tonnes of empirical evidence to the contrary? You guys are either extremely uninformed or, more likely, just lying (and in a bad way, making yourselves look stupid)

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 5:48 PM, flyingmutual wrote:

    I am never a supporter of Apple products. Their more expensive products do not warrant the extra cost. Other brand like Samsung, Amazon are equally impressive. Non-Apple products also has more features. I have great feedback for Apple execs, but I rather not say it bec. it is futile effort for stubborn Apples execs anyway.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 7:33 PM, uncoveror wrote:

    Apple makes boutique products for people who will pay a premium to be seen using them, and rich people who think anything that isn't expensive is garbage. They have never targeted the mass market except for that silly plastic case iPhone no one wanted.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 8:11 PM, MrBrownstone wrote:

    I think lot of people here are commenting based on their emotions. In my opinion, the significance of the article is not only that Android has surpassed in the tablets market, but also that Apple is falling behind on new products.

    Someone mentioned above that profits is great, but growth is even better. That is probably the most important factor for a tech company. Please remember that all of these companies, irrespective of their platforms are tech companies. Google, Samsung and even Microsoft have been pushing for innovation. Apple has significantly fallen behind and this can be detrimental to the company in the long-term. If Apple cannot consistently come out with new innovative products, they will just become what Microsoft was about a decade ago.

    Selling a cheaper product does not mean bad quality product. Companies like Samsung and LG have shown this with some of their flagship products. We keep hearing from Tim Cook about how excited he is for the products coming out.. well its been a while and Apple needs to prove it can stay on top.

    I use all 3 platforms, because each platforms have something unique to offer. But one thing is for sure, I see more innovation coming out of companies other than Apple. Emerging Market is the key, and so far Samsung has dominated this.

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 10:47 PM, eldernorm wrote:

    OMG. The paid samsung shills are coming out of the woodwork.

    "Hey look over there. Ignore our crap and pretend that what we say is true. Apple is doomed ... cause we say its so. Cheap is better!! just ask the CEO of samsung!!" LOL

  • Report this Comment On March 09, 2014, at 11:15 PM, eldernorm wrote:

    OH WOW.

    " the significance of the article is not only that Android has surpassed in the tablets market, but also that Apple is falling behind on new products."

    ------ Yep, every screen size you can build is better .... because.. well the software will not work but what the hey. But hey, you have hundreds of phones

    "Someone mentioned above that profits is great, but growth is even better. That is probably the most important factor for a tech company. "

    ----- Yep, sell at a loss to get market share numbers and lose money. Cause some one said so.

    For kids, being the most popular sounds great. But just shipping tons of stuff that end up on the discount shelf is the goal. ????

    The Apple haters here are vocal and very focused on blog articles that have no fact. Guys, take a breath. buy what you like and enjoy it.

    PS. "Selling a cheaper product does not mean bad quality product" yea, plastic is so much better than machined aluminum????

    People are NOT BUYING stuff for Android, they are buying CHEAP. So apps do not sell, they cannot keep up with all the varieties of versions of android.

    Hey, hate what you want.

  • Report this Comment On March 10, 2014, at 12:24 AM, Renee wrote:

    @eldernorm

    Since almost everything you said in your posts is copy/paste from Apple fanboy websites, I won't dignify those things with a response.

    You did touch on one fact that was wrong, however: Samsung's (and many flagship Android devices) are NOT plastic, but polycarbonate. It's more durable, and lighter than aluminum. It's also more expensive. So yes, any way you look at it, it IS better. Except that it doesn't look better (which is the sum of almost all Apple products for the past 2-3 years: all show, but not much substance).

    and right back at you: "Hey, hate what you want."...Except use some actual facts next time, and not copy/paste fanboy slogans.

  • Report this Comment On March 20, 2014, at 8:28 PM, S2kT wrote:

    @Renee

    Seems like you have a strong dislike of Apple. All of your recent posts (15+) are anti Apple. Yet you suggest that everyone on here is "paid by Apple." Interesting...

    You raise many questions about Apple. Lets ask those same questions about the other manufacturers.

    How has Samsung or anyone else contributed phone or tablet innovations in the past 3 years?

    Does Andriod have more or less security issues than iOS? Viruses?

    Please share your facts to support your claim.

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