Originally Posted by Nowyn
While it may be so in US due to how carriers subsidize them, that's not applicable to the rest of the world.
iPhone 5 16GB costs 680 euros, while HTC One goes for 580 and Samsung S4 600, so top Android while being better hardware wise in also a better value.
Location obviously plays a role in price. I do know that on US AT&T, the non-subsidized iPhone 5 is cheaper than the non-subsidized Samsung S4. So I went with the iPhone because I still find the applications on iOS to be better on android, although android has come a long way in the past year or so. Yet, it is still behind. So, I have all of my software (and music) within iTunes/icloud, I enjoy using iOS, and I like iMessages so I have stuck with it. It is good that Android has made such great progress though - as I've mentioned earlier, competition is a great thing regardless of which brand you prefer. If Samsung creates great devices, it just forces Apple to attempt to step their game up that much more. More competition, more choice, we all win.
You can also subsidize the cost to make everything roughly equal in price, which seems to be common in the states - but i'm not a fan of contract phones. I'd rather get an unlocked model personally.....I would much rather pay a higher up-front cost instead of being forced to spend 100$+ per month for unlimited data on a contract....screw that. 50$/month unlimited data on an unlocked phone is where its at.
Still, the bottom line is that Android has a higher %age of market share due to dominating the low end, low cost and low margin sales. That really isn't a big deal since there are no profits there, but Apple still intends to release an iPhone mini to appropriately capture part of that low-end market.Edited by xoleras - 8/11/13 at 5:25am