samsung galaxy 9

As you know, Samsung officially unveiled their new Galaxy Note 9 smartphone. In our previous post, we looked at the Galaxy Note 9 and compared it to its predecessor.  Is it a good phone?  Absolutely?  Is it worth paying $1,000?  Well, yes and no.  As I had indicated, it has a lot of storage, and in my opinion, that’s worth the money alone.  As you are also aware, Android devices are more popular than iOS, globally.  But what you might not know is that people are much more excited about what Apple has in store for the new iPhone than about the Note 9.  That’s likely a bitter pill for Samsung to swallow, don’t you think?

According to a survey of 1,555 people, what smartphone release they are most looking forward to, 42% said the iPhone 9/iPhone 11/iPhone XI/iPhone SE”.  Meanwhile, only 24% indicated that they are looking forward to the Galaxy Note 9.  Can you blame them?  Apple does have a way of keeping people in suspense.  If we think about the fact that more people use Android devices, then there have to be some non-iOS users who are also excited about what Apple is going to unveil to the world.

The rest of the survey shows 7% of people are excited about the Google Pixel 3, followed by 4% for the LG V40, 2% for the OnePlus 6T, 6% for “other,” and 11% for “none.” This survey doesn’t bode well for Google as it demonstrates they’re not really a “contender” when it comes to their smartphone business.  But what this does tell me is that Apple has the ability to get people interested in their product, even if they’re not going to buy an iPhone.

An interesting statistic for Samsung is that while 76% of people who bought the Note 9, already owned a Samsung device.  8% however, were former iPhone users.  This means that Samsung might be able to convert some iPhone users to Android.  You see where I’m going with this, don’t you?  This survey doesn’t make sense.  No, I’m not saying it’s not credible or that it isn’t accurate, but these numbers don’t add up.  In fact, it sounds like there are more people leaving iOS for an Android device, so what does this mean?

Well, like I said earlier, it could be a case of people looking forward to the product release.  After all, the survey wasn’t about buying an iPhone, but rather which device you were looking forward to getting released.  It could also have to do with the fact that when the new iPhone is released, Apple makes a huge event about it and you see the new phone everywhere.  It’s on TV, it’s on social media.  But it’s also on the news as people stand in line for hours, waiting to get the latest phone.  And then there’s the buzz that the phone launch creates.  People testing out the phones and posting videos online.  How high can the phone be dropped before it breaks?

My final theory is that everyone loves to hate Apple, so perhaps people are anticipating the launch so they have something to complain about?  While I hate to think that this might be the reason, my skeptical side says it might be.  For better or worse, more people are waiting to see what Apple has in store for us and it’s only about a month away.