iPhone 5c succeeds in wooing former Samsung and LG users

iPhone 5c succeeds in wooing former Samsung and LG usersA bunch of stats pertaining to iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c sales has been served by the folks at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, and while the headline declares that the flagship has outsold the plastic chap by a ratio of 3:1 in Great Britain, there’s an arguably more interesting takeaway further down the page.

Specifically, we’re told that the iPhone 5c is tempting people to try the iPhone for the first time.

A whopping 80% of iPhone 5s owners were supposedly upgrading from an earlier iPhone, which doesn’t come as much surprise, though almost half of iPhone 5c buyers were coming from rival brands, “particularly Samsung and LG”. Interesting.

According to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in Great Britain, Android accounted for 55.6% of smartphone sales in the three months ending October 2013, while iOS managed a respectable 28.7%.

Windows Phone crept up from 4.6% to 11.9% year-on-year, though the majority of sales (almost three-quarters) are attributed to low-end devices like the Nokia Lumia 520 and Lumia 620.

In Japan, iPhone sales in October accounted for a ludicrous 76.1% of all Japanese smartphone sales, thanks to availability on NTT DoCoMo, the country’s largest network.

Indeed, Japan is the most iPhone-friendly nation in the world, with Great Britain in fourth, and the US and Australia in second and third respectively.

To view the report in full, head over to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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JanSt / MOD  Dec. 2, 2013 at 14:58

Here's the thing:

I've been using an iPhone 5c for 5 days now (a loan from CPW) - side by side with the original iPhone 5. The colour aside:

The iPhone 5c is much more of an upgrade to the iPhone 5 than at first noticeable.
But first things first: the unit I use is white. It doesn't look bad. Obviously, as it is a loaner, I had to fit a case. It feels really nice in the hand (where else?). No, it looks about as 'inspired' as an elongated 3GS, but the feel is almost as perfect as it could be. Guys with huge hands would probably disagree, but hey, buy a basketball.

But ergonomics aside, why is it better than the 5? Battery life: massively improved.
I read it's increased in capacity by 10% or so, but together with other subtle 'under the hood'
changes, the 5c I use lasts almost twice as long as the 5 - with exactly the same kinda usage.

That is astonishing to say the least. Faster: maybe it is because it was built with iOS 7 in mind, maybe Apple performed some other fiddling...maybe I don't care - but: the 5c is significantly faster at almost everything. Photos and even long HD videos save in no time. Browser, gallery etc etc everything is just that bit nippier...

Storage: here's the thing: something happens on the 5c in terms of content compression that I cannot be ar*ed to research, but the result is this: the 5c is set up from the 5's backup, with the exact same apps, content, settings etc etc etc... But the 5c has almost 2GB extra free space left compared to the original iPhone 5 at its side. Both are 16GB models.
And it is not a glitch. I tried. It does take more onboard. How it's achieved? Don't know, don't care. Good times.

Would I buy the 5c? Probably not if I had a 5. But coming from an iPhone 4/4s or an Android phone, yes. I would. How does it compare to an iPhone 5S? Cannot judge that - had about 5 minutes with the 5S. Not enough to talk about it. But I prefer the feel of the 5c - though the 5S is more prettier. Something nobody will know once the obligatory case is on.
Remains the better camera on the 5S...

Anyhoo: just saying - the 5c is a combo of nifty little improvements that add up to more than the sum of the bits. Definitely more than just a new case.

krogothnx  Dec. 2, 2013 at 16:01

Guys with huge hands would probably disagree, but hey, buy a basketball.

I bought a basketball.

I don't see how it helps me communicate. am i meant to throw it at people to get their attention?

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 2, 2013 at 17:16

Exactly! :p

Forgot: what good is this if we don't know how many folks changed from iOS to WP and Android?

theguest  Dec. 3, 2013 at 11:19

"Windows Phone crept up from 4.6% to 11.9%"

I think a 2.5 fold increase is more than 'creeping up'.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 3, 2013 at 14:13

"Windows Phone crept up from 4.6% to 11.9%"

I think a 2.5 fold increase is more than 'creeping up'.
Agree. Especially if you consider how miserably most non-Samsung Android OEMs have fared these past 18 months... Not to mention Blackberry who were sitting fairly comfortably when WP appeared on the stage.


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