Love it or hate it, we're iPhone stereotypes
Thu, 07 Jun 2007
I think I know why Mark loves the iPhone and I hate it. As much as I loathe admitting it, we’re fitting right into stereotypes.
According to research by Solutions Research Group, the first group of people to adopt the iPhone will be predominantly university educated males with an average age of 31-years.
The research found that a massive 72 per cent of the iPhone’s market when it first goes on sale will be people just like Mark.
I have to accept that all of the reasons why I don’t want an iPhone - the fact that it’s too big and bulky, too expensive, and the reality that all I really want to do with a phone is call and text my friends - just don’t apply to Mark. Like all the other guys I know who fall into the same age bracket, Mark wants an iPhone because it’s a must have gadget, and that’s more than enough to justify the price.
Maybe. But it's because it's the latest gadget as such (although I am a gadget hound).
I want it for this:
Hmm... I'm somewhere inbetween: university educated Female with an age of 31 minus a few. Like Mark I love the iPhone, but for the reasons Karen hates it: it does exactly what my phone should do for me (calls, texts, email, browsing) plus gives me an iPod which I have lusted after but not bought because I don't want to carry 2 devices. Like Karen I find the price a bit steep, nevertheless like Mark I'll buy it, but unlike him I might wait for the 2nd generation with a slightly lower price (and hopefully GPS which is the one thing which would make it absolutely perfect in my eyes).
To people like me, iPhone is just an unnecessary luxury...as is a PS3! Most probably I'll succumb to the latter because I know I'll get far more pleasure out of it.
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