When in Orlando I was struck by the number of people using iPhones. When I say people I am talking about American people who I saw in the theme parks, on the Disney coaches and in the hotel. I would estimate that 95 out of 100 used iPhones. iPhones in very large cases that made the actual phone MUCH bigger than Apple intended it to be.
95 out of 100.
That number if of course guesswork, but I would even be prepared to say that it is an understatement. Of course, Orlando is not America and America is not the world even if some people I met on holiday think it is. It could be that the huge cases were merely a result of visiting theme parks, but I got the feeling that these cases were standard accessories anyway. The food portions are bigger, some of the people are way bigger and so it follows that the phones should be as well which begs the question of why Apple bothers making it so small in the first place.
We all know that iPhone market share in the States is greater than anywhere else, but to see it so starkly demonstrated was still a shock. Strangely, in Sea World where the customers were majority Mexican and Hispanic I could only see Samsung phones dominating with iPhones being used by the Americans who were visiting. The annoyance of people using very large tablets to take pictures also stood out for me and especially the lady in front of my wife at the Shamu show who blocked her view a lot of the time. A request to try to put the tablet lower was not greeted with the most polite of responses. Why on earth do people carry tablets with them when visiting a theme park and why do they use them to take crap quality photos? Buy a camera!
It all feels a little clone-like with people buying what they perceive to be the best and falling in line with those they know. I can understand this because the iPhone is better at many things, but it seems to have a stranglehold on the market in the US and one that could take a long time for the competition to break. I can't explain what I saw even though I tend to see more iPhones in the UK than other phones, but the diversity is much greater at home than what I witnessed in Orlando. It's almost as if a law has been passed demanding that people only buy one brand of phone.