With the release of the iPhone 4S, Apple is selling iPhones hand over fist, but are many of those buyers merely settling for something because they don’t see a better alternative? That appears to be the theory from one Nokia executive, who said young people are “fed up” with the iPhone.
In an interview with British gadget site Pocket-Lint, Nokia director of product marketing & sales Niels Munksgaard said, “What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone.”
The comments are reminiscent of those from the president of HTC earlier this year. Martin Fichter, acting president of HTC America, concluded that the iPhone was for old people, based on an informal survey of his daughter’s dormroom friends: “None of them has an iPhone,” Fichter said, “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.”
If you ask Apple, the iPhone is still pretty cool — to the tune of 4 million phones sold in just the first weekend after the release of the iPhone 4S. Of course, Apple doesn’t break down sales by age.
Nokia’s Munksgaard didn’t single out just the iPhone; he also dissed Android by saying that customers were put off by its “complexity” and “lack of security.” He described the market as a “sea of sameness,” with customers — especially young ones — hungry for services and phones that are different.
It’s clearly an attempt to drum up attention for Nokia’s coming Windows Phones, which Munksgaard believes will differentiate themselves with services like Nokia Mix Radio and the company’s well-regarded mapping service.
What do you think? Is the iPhone less hip than it used to be? And does that mean you’re in a rush to ditch it for something else? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.