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HTC Exec: iPhones are not that cool anymore

Pretty bold words from Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America.  In a sit down chat at the Mobile Future Forward conference in downtown Seattle, Fichter unveiled the results of an unofficial poll he had completed on the dorm floor that his daughter lives on at Reed College here in Portland.  He checked with a group of kids who all said they did not own an iPhone because they are no longer cool, and that people like their Dads own them.  Most of them had HTC, Samsung and even random Chinese devices instead of Android’s biggest foe.  

Here is the quote:

“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.”

It’s hard not to chuckle at that quote and the fact that it is surely to enrage a certain mobile OS population. Do I think the iPhone is no longer cool?  Wrong person to ask probably, so I will say this.  It may not carry the same cool factor that it once did because of the number of other cool options out there, but that doesn’t mean the device is on the outs.  In fact, depending on who you ask, the device is still very cool. Customers that have been tied to carriers other than AT&T for all these years that are now (VZW) or will be (Sprint) getting the iPhone certainly seem to think it’s pretty damn cool.  Unfortunate as that may be.

With that said though, there is no denying that Android devices have become some of the new it things to have.  The original EVO had a massive chick following (hah, had to), the word “DROID” is still helping to carry the OS even with non-techies, and the buzz that continues to build each time the latest Android superphone leaks has spanned beyond just nerds.  And seriously, people do like having options now and not having to choose between just the iPhone and the LG Voyager. Oh, old people are flocking to iOS too. Watching them figure out how to tip at a restaurant with some $2 app has become quite the running joke in our household.

What do you guys think?  iPhone no longer for the cool kids on the block?

Via:  GeekWire

  • Ne14ne2

    Android stuff costs less. Next question?

    (What a silly, stupid article.)

  • Anonymous

    Ok, so this guy completes an unofficial survey on one floor of one dorm at one college and expects us to take it as indicative of the whole industry? 

    Anyone that believes this “survey” is representative of anything other than a single floor of a college dorm is delusional. 

    I seriously doubt college kids give a flying flip what their parents are using. If this was a survey of High School Freshman…maybe.  

  • If todays youth look down on the iphone then it’s not going to be a bright future for Apple. Maybe more lawsuites will help them. s/

  • iphone not cool anymore? Is that why all phones out there still trying to copy the iphone feel, look, movement, and FAILED.

    Iphone looks, and Os still are way ahead of the game. 

    HTC can’t even built a decent 1 hr battery!! HTC keep on releasing ugly ass phones.

  • Anonymous

    iphones are so boring. its just lists of icons, nothing else on a black screen with 1 button

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  • Tanner Matthew49

    Hell my Dad would never buy and iPhone hes full on Blackberry to the heart.

  • Anonymous

    Great article about HTC. I am going to publish in my website www.sandiegoappdesign.com

  • Anonymous

    Expect lawsuits from Apple in 3…2…

  • Why do people say the i*hone what is the point of that. Do you just hate the iphone so much you cant say the word iphone.

    • Evileclipse

      No, its so that our droid-loving site doesn’t attract the wrong crowd with random Google searches. The more times that I*hone is mentioned on this site, the more likely it will come up on Google searches for I*hone. Make any sense?

  • I am 57 and I like my Thunderbolt this is my third Android phone still holding onto my OG

  • Anonymous

    anyone else notice this line? “We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”…. 
    did he just admit that he,an HTC exec, was the only one on a floor of a building using an iPhone

  • Anonymous

    May not be that cool anymore, but at least they work….properly.

  • Anonymous

    So the HTC rep says that iPhones aren’t that cool yet he goes on to say that they use them? Wtf is that?? Wouldn’t they use their own product that he’s trying to play up in the article?…who cares anyway….get whatever phone suits YOU…not what every android/Apple fanboy tells you is better

  • Anonymous

    Hps not GPS XD and asus not ashes. 🙂 sorry about any other typos, I know there are probably a large amount of them XD

  • buzz271

    Am I the only one hung up on the quote “We here are using iPhones”? Does this not imply that HTC execs use iPhones?

  • TACHOmanboiiii

    First off let me say that I think Apple has done some amazing things.  However, I am by no means a iFan and buy everything they make.  The only thing I own Apple is an ipod or two.  Do I think macs/ipads/iphones look sleek/cool?  Yeah, for the most part.  Do I have the money to buy them all?  Yes.  I am dumb enough to buy them all knowing there are more powerful and/or more bang for the buck devices?  Nope!

    I’m in college and many of the kids who think they are “cool” own macs, ipads, and of course an iphone.  Some have all three.  I’d say it’s definitely still “cool” as subjective as that term may be, to have an iphone.  ONLY the iphone 4, not 3gs by any means!  However you can still be cool and have any other smartphone, you just have to have the right swag…LOL (sort of kidding ;).  Unless you own a Blackberry, then you might been in risk of being lame.  That is, unless you are just really preppy, then you can get away with it.

    As you see, it’s a whole lot more complicated that just cool or uncool.  I could go on all day.  In my opinion, I am by no means ruling out out iphone5 as my next phone.  Who knows, it could be dope.  Until some more phones come out, I won’t be that closed minded.  Close minded gets you nowhere.  The main thing I had about iphones is the stigma that comes along with owning one haha.  Not be be mean but it does seem that most iFans are stuck up douches!  

    Just my .02 … Peace~!