Android kicks Apple’s butt in Tesco

Android kicks Apple’s butt in TescoTesco has revealed sales stats showing that Android handsets have finally surpassed the iPhone. In the run up to Jesus’ birthday, Apple was seemingly miles ahead, but that’s not the case in space year 2011AD.

To be fair, it’s a bit of a silly comparison. There are hundreds of Android phones, and only one iPhone. Ok, three iPhones, but they’re essentially the same thing. It’s almost like saying: “All fruit combined now outsells carrots.” Sort of.

A statement from Tesco reads: “Tesco Mobile attributes the rise of Android smartphones to affordability, fuelled by Tesco Mobile’s wide range of competitive deals on Android handsets. This trend is set to continue to contribute to the rise of Google’s popular smartphone operating system.”

Graham Harris, CEO of Tesco Telecoms and Tesco Mobile, added: “As one of the UK’s leading operators, these sales are a useful barometer for smartphone trends. There is a lot of choice in the market and as a result consumers are driving healthy competition between rival operating systems.

“Tesco Mobile prides itself on customer service and offering customers what they want, through a wide range of competitive deals on all platforms. In addition to competitive Android smartphone deals, we also offer iPhone on a variety of fantastic 12 month [contracts].

"However, we commend this healthy competition between operating systems as we see this as helping to drive consumer choice and flexibility."

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 9, 2011 at 16:29

You're right about the carots.
I have so had it with "Android's share this and compared blah blah" - HTC's Tattoo? Gone. The SE X10 the most expensive disappointment ever for many SE loyalists. The Samsung Galaxy Spica? And on and on. The Android label does not guarantee that you are buying a winner, and SE are struggling despite embracing Android (though the embrace resembles a self-administered Heimlich maneauver...). There is (basically) one iPhone but dozens of Android devices! There are appr 400 million active Symbian phones plus a similar number of S40 handsets...But Nokia is "struggling" - LOL Palm was struggling... Grrrrrrr it's all like "Lying with statistics 101". And nothing makes sense anymore.
And now Tesco managed to activate my rant mode? Wtf? :D

georgiajonesx  Mar. 9, 2011 at 17:16

androids are cheap commodity phones no wonder they sell bucket loads, its a true tesco value product, looks a bit like the real thing but is essentially a bucket of steamin' poo. Suits the buyers perfectly.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 9, 2011 at 17:22

Hahaha Tesco - Every Little Helps

Reser  Mar. 9, 2011 at 17:28

Sorry but who buys an iPhone from Tesco? Tescos figures mean nothing. People who buy iPhones buy them from respectable places like the Apple Store or O2.

As stated above, Androids are cheap phones so of course people who buy phones from a SUPERMARKET will buy an android phone.

snowman1880  Mar. 9, 2011 at 17:55

"Sorry but who buys an iPhone from Tesco? Tescos figures mean nothing. People who buy iPhones buy them from respectable places like the Apple Store or O2"

Laughable - would have thought that people buy an iPhone from the cheapest place available not the most respectable?! Or are you insinuating all iPhone buyers are rich idiots who pay more than they need to just because buying from O2 is more upmarket? Goon

johntyo  Mar. 9, 2011 at 18:00

@Reser - a couple of months back, Tesco's rebranding of o2 for iPhone 4 was the hottest ever deal on HUKD. 12 months for £35 a month, yes please mmmmm.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 9, 2011 at 21:25


martinwallis  Mar. 10, 2011 at 14:35

Android is always going to sell more, look at the vast array of devices it's available on compared to the iPhone's 2 devices (3GS & 4). You really cannot compare these figures, if Apple licensed iOS to anyone then it would be a fair comparison. Just saying ;-)

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 10, 2011 at 20:10

Oh, thanks for that Martinwallis!!! Glad someone shares my opinion! It's really so obvious, and yet the entire tech media have 'lost it'...


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