Report: Older Apple iOS devices outsell newer Android gadgets
Older generation Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS devices are outselling the more current Android-based devices, according to a new survey from Canaccord Geniuty.
Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley queried U.S. retail sales channels and found that the iPhone 4 is "by far" the top-selling device at both AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ). In addition, Apple's older devices have experienced success.
"Interestingly, our April checks indicated continued strong demand for the iPhone 3GS at AT&T and iPad 1 at Verizon, as these older generation products with reduced prices often outsold new Android products," Walkley wrote in a note to investors. "We believe this highlights Apple's significant competitive advantage, and these older products help Apple offer a tiered pricing strategy at key channels."
The firm's checks with Verizon stores found that both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the first-generation iPad sold out in less than two weeks after the newer iPad 2 came to market. At AT&T, the $49 iPhone 3GS outsold newer devices such as the HTC Inspire and Motorola Atrix.
Interestingly, the analyst found new Android smartphones were mostly gaining share from Windows Phone 7 smartphones and not the iPhone. Meanwhile, Walkley believes the iPhone will continue to be the top-selling smartphone at Verizon Wireless throughout 2011.
In addition, Walkley found that the iPad continues to--by far--to be the best-selling tablet. He said products such as the Motorola Xoom and Research In Motion's PlayBook have recorded modest sales in comparison.
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