The day that Apple fan boys have been eagerly awaiting is finally here as the iPhone 4S went on general sale today. Queues of customers will have been forming outside Apple Stores all over the country from the early hours, if not the day before, in the hope that they can get their hands on one of the popular devices before their friends.
Whilst in the queue outside London’s Regent Street store, customers who had bought or intended to buy the iPhone 4S found themselves being surveyed and were asked the question ‘if there had never been an iPhone which phone would you have bought?’ The findings of the survey, carried out by an insurance company called ProtectYourBubble.com, were quite astonishing as the Guardian explains.
Out of the people who were asked this question, a third of them answered a BlackBerry, despite the recent problems the RIM device has been having. It seems their smart designs are still attractive to consumers who were seemingly undeterred by the unreliable BBM outage. In this hypothetical world RIM would still not be able to rest easy, as 52% of the people asked said they would get a Sony Ericsson, Samsung or HTC device, each carrying Google’s Android OS.
The truth of the matter is, the iPhone does exist, not only that but it is actually growing in popularity. The survey revealed that 35% of those buying an iPhone 4S were actually new to Apple, while 44% were upgrading from the new device’s predecessor the iPhone 4. While the next generation iPhone doesn’t appear to have changed much from the last, it seems the features which have been changed like the addition of Siri and the 8 megapixel camera, are still enough to get existing Apple fans to want it.
What do you think of the new iPhone 4S? Which phone would you get if the iPhone didn’t exist?
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