A strange thing kept happening to me at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week: Whenever I was standing in line for food, for coffee, or to speak to someone at a booth, and using my iPhone 6 Plus to help pass the time, people came up to me to ask how I liked it. That's usually my move. I'm the tech writer. I'm the one who's supposed to be asking how they like their phones. Yet this time it kept happening to me. The story was almost always the same — the person asking had switched to the iPhone 6 Plus from a big screen Android phone, they were loving it, and they wanted to know if I was loving it too. And that made me curious...
These people were almost all vendors or locals, not the tech crowd who'd descended on Vegas for the week obsessed only with the latest and greatest. They were the mainstream. They varied in age and gender. What most of them didn't vary in, however, was their distaste for what they had before. It was unfriendly or inconsistent or otherwise inaccessible to them in some way or another. By comparison, one gentleman told me while we were winding our way through the massive Starbucks line, the iPhone 6 Plus was a breath of fresh air.
For a while now I've thought the move to bigger iPhones would resemble the move to multiple carriers in the U.S. Back at the end of 2010, everyone who wanted an iPhone and could live with AT&T had an iPhone on AT&T, and everyone else who wanted an iPhone but couldn't live with AT&T settled for not-an-iPhone on Verizon. Then, in early 2011, the iPhone hit Verizon and suddenly people could have the phone they wanted on the carrier they wanted. That made them happy.
Likewise, prior to the fall of 2014, everyone who wanted an iPhone and could live with a 4-inch display had an iPhone, while everyone else who wanted an iPhone but needed a bigger display had a not-iPhone that was bigger. Then, in fall of 2014, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit the market and suddenly people could have the phone they wanted at the size they wanted. That also made them happy.
I wanted to interview the people I spoke with in Vegas and get all the details, but because of who they worked for, or who they partnered with, or simply because they didn't want to appear on a website, they demurred. But it got me thinking. Anecdote may not be the singular of data, but what if what happened in Vegas was happening everywhere?
So, I figured I'd take advantage of the iMore community and ask that question right here.
Did you recently switch from an Android phone — a Samsung Galaxy or Nexus, an HTC, Moto, or LG — to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus? Do you know anyone who did? If so, I'd love to know some of the details. What Android phone did you switch from? What motivated you to make the switch? How do you like your new iPhone? Let me know in the comments, or forward it on to your family members, friends, or colleagues who made the switch so they can let me know!