The number of iOS phones being sold through AT&T and Sprint is greater than the number of Android phones on either carrier, according to Canaccord Genuity analysts. That’s a figure that is pretty noteworthy considering there’s essentially one iOS smartphone – the iPhone – compared to dozens of Android handsets. Or is it? Perhaps this is more a sign that the iPhone isn’t really just a phone anymore – it’s an entire product line.
It is of course no surprise that the iPhone (whatever iteration it is) is the top-selling smartphone. It’s been that way almost since it debuted, and even since Android launched, there hasn’t been a single Android phone that has managed to outsell the Apple behemoth. But if you looked at the broader picture and compared all Android phones to all iOS phones – that is, all iPhones – the picture was a bit fuzzier, and there have been numerous stats that place Android ahead of iOS.
However, keep in mind that although “the iPhone” is usually meant to refer to one phone at any given time, there is certainly a growing market, where the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and the iPhone 4S could be compared to the Droid 2, the Droid Razr, and the Droid Razr Maxx (but no one just refers to each of those as “the Droid”). So we’re actually talking about multiple Apple devices at multiple price points taking down multiple Android phones and multiple price points. The total number of unique devices is obviously still very lopsided, but we’re no longer just talking about one phone taking on an entire platform. The iPhone is a brand now, not a phone.