John Gruber is ranting about iPhone success today, mostly without resorting to truthiness. But the fact that there are just two iPhone models and dozens of Android models seems to confuse him. A consumer wanting to buy an iPhone can buy an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 3GS. A consumer wanting to buy an Android phone can choose from a half dozen models from each of a dozen manufacturers. It's impressive and surprising and a testament to Apple's brilliance that the two iPhone models still sell so well months and years after their initial release. But it still doesn't add up to the number one smartphone platform.
What I find interesting is the tacit admission from Sprint that it is at a competitive disadvantage without the iPhone. Seems obvious to me, of course, and probably to most regular DF readers. But how do the Android supporters who insist that Android is “winning” square that belief with this?
Some customers want to buy an iPhone and Sprint can't sell them one. Some customers want to buy an Android phone and Sprint can sell them one. There are in fact far more people choosing to buy Android phones than iPhones. But there are still lots of people buying iPhones. If Sprint could sell Coke but not Pepsi, they'd be losing some business even though Coke is the bigger brand. I mean, come on. Don't be such a jerk.
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