HTC says the iPhone just isn’t cool anymore

After some serious market research, HTC has just concluded that the iPhone is officially uncool. The distinct design, quality materials and fluid OS just doesn’t cut it anymore in a world of 4.5-inch, 1-point-plus-gigahertz Android clones. Now that the iPhone has penetrated high and low-end markets, and has crossed most demographic lines, its saturation has apparently also caused the demise of its desirability.

How did HTC come to this staggering conclusion? Martin Fichter, acting president of HTC America, says the following via Geekwire (emphasis mine):

“Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”

Stop the presses. A hip Reed student in hip Portland says the iPhone is for old people..

It used to be that you’d walk onto a college campus and see nothing but iPhones. Now that you can spy some Android devices here and there, it’s official: the iPhone is no longer hip. Who wants to be seen using the same device that mom and dad use? Bless their souls, but there is no way that mom and pops is going to rock the same smartphone I do, so instead, I’m going to use “some Chinese manufacturer’s device,” like one of those ZTE Android handsets.

Grabbing a smartphone that has access to a gazillion apps, has excellent battery life and a great camera is overrated. My Android phone shoots 3-FRICKIN-D videos. Awesome. It also has a 1.2GHz processor. Benchmarks!

So, dad, what can your iPhone do? Enjoying yourself in Steve Jobs’ reality distortion field?

[Via: Geekwire, photo]

  • Anonymous

    I like using a hipster phone. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s really obscure

    • Anonymous

      I think I saw a hipster phone once. It was being used as a coaster for a PBR tallboy at an LCD Soundsystem show.

  • hmmm they could’ve said they couldnt afford an iPhone unlike their parents cuz that comparison with a tacky as hell ZTE… sometimes you just gotta shake your head…

    • Thinknium

      They didn’t say it, because it’s not an affordability issue, it’s the question of why pay more to do the same things other phones can do too. I pay less than 30% of what iphones users pay to do the sames things on android phones like gps navigation, pics, music, videos, wifi hot spot, web browse, lang trans., games, memo, calendar, email, phone calls…..and so much more…

      • not to mention that there are a lot of popular android phones that cost more than iPhones.

  • I liked this article, up until the end anyways. Do you seriously think that you know anything better than the US president of Samsung? Just because you use an iPhone, doesn’t mean it is still the “cool” thing anymore.

    • Anonymous

      fa·ce·tious
      adjective
      1. not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.

      Oh, and it was the acting president of HTC that made the remarks, not Samsung. FTFY.

      • Wow, that was fast. hehe

        Had a long day at work though, and I get sick of people downgrading everything to include coffee makers, simply because they weren’t stamped with the Apple logo. No offense meant, just a little harmless ranting.

        • Anonymous

          No worries, man. I agree that fanboyism can get out of hand sometimes, but I wish the HTC America president would have said something a little more substantial than “my daughter thinks it’s not cool,” you know?

  • GiantGuineaPig

    “The iPhone becomes a little less cool” does not equal “HTC says the iPhone just isn’t cool anymore”

  • Anonymous

    “Apple iPhone tops in customer satisfaction for the sixth time in a row”

    Yep….totally uncool…right

    • not relevant to ‘coolness’ factor.

    • Jon Garrett

      customers are apparently satisfied with Android device too., that’s why Android OS is the by far the most popular OS and has a huge market share.

      • AppleBerry

        Yes, maybe Android is the most popular OS because there are a lot of Android smartphones and middle phones out there and there’s only one (1) iPhone with iOS, even the budding companies has Android as their OS. But the sales of a single Android smartphone can’t match the sales of a single iPhone. The game is like this, 1 iPhone vs. 40 Android Smartphones, but Apple’s iPhone managed to kick in the game. The secret? It’s Steve Jobs’ charisma and intelligence, it’s because the hardware and software are made by Apple, it’s because of thousands of apps, the design, and the eloquence of holding an iPhone. It’s a status symbol.

        • Appalachia

          I totally agree with you. Good logic and interpretation. That’s exactly what I want to say.

        • Last time I checked, the iPhone 4 was the fourth iPhone. So there are four (4).
          Meanwhile, when referencing CUSTOMER SATISFACTION, longterm marketshare is very telling of the ability to keep customers. Remember, a customer can still be satisfied with a product, even if their purchase of it isn’t profitable to the manufacturer.

          • Joe

            Market share numbers only include currently for sale devices. There is a difference between market share as installed base. Learn the basics before you write posts talking down to people.

      • Anonymous

        Oh that’s right…..you’re a fandroid. You’re programmed to think that market share is everything, when in fact it means very little. Allow me to educate you on just how little it means. You, being the fandroid that you are, are probably confused as to why HP is looking to get out of the PC business when they LEAD the industry in “market share”. Bottom line: its the money!! They sell a ton of low-profit, low-margin computers that boost their market share numbers but does nothing for their bottom line. Same thing with Android. Did you know that out of the 39 manufacturers that utilize Android, only TWO (HTC, Samsung) have seen ANY profits??? That for the vast majority of handset manufacturers Android has been a LOSING PROPOSITION??? So while an army of over 300 phones can claim some meaningless “market share” victory, one phone is kicking their asses in the one area that really matters in business: PROFITS….

        Game over….

  • roughneck69

    Yay, you’re gay for Steve Jobs. Good for you. Not everybody wants to slobber on his knob like you, or just bows down and buys anything with a fruit on it. It’s popularity has made it too common and me too for some people, big deal. Get over it, some people don’t like the product you love.

    • Anonymous

      Thumbs up!

    • Anonymous

      Thumbs up!

      • Chilly_6_21

        There is no way the iPhone is uncool. As said by iKing_1, they are the top in customer satisfaction for the sixth time in a row and they outsell HTC. I don’t know what is so uncool about being the best? 

      • Chilly_6_21

        There is no way the iPhone is uncool. As said by iKing_1, they are the top in customer satisfaction for the sixth time in a row and they outsell HTC. I don’t know what is so uncool about being the best? 

      • Chilly_6_21

        There is no way the iPhone is uncool. As said by iKing_1, they are the top in customer satisfaction for the sixth time in a row and they outsell HTC. I don’t know what is so uncool about being the best? 

  • Anonymous

    Wow…..the president of a company who just got his rear end kicked in customer satisfaction by Apple is calling the iPhone uncool….really??

  • Anonymous

    Wow…..the president of a company who just got his rear end kicked in customer satisfaction by Apple is calling the iPhone uncool….really??

  • Anonymous

    Wow…..the president of a company who just got his rear end kicked in customer satisfaction by Apple is calling the iPhone uncool….really??

    • Jhikobatac

       iPhone fanboys got mad.

  • Hunter

    It’s really hard to take this guy serious with the many mistakes in this article… 

  • Jhikobatac

    Apple- Life With Borders
    Microsoft- Life Without Borders

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