Investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray has released the results from a recent survey of over 7,700 American teens, revealing that 40 per cent of those surveyed own an iPhone.
Hopefully not ;c I have a iphone and i have a vita
Ofcourse its not. Iphone is a phone, a popular phone. Lots of people are going to have them. Where as Vita and 3DS are dedicated gaming devices, so gamers will buy them. It's like saying Consoles are going to die out because so many people have PC's. How many people use them to play games?
Apple dropping/losing Google support will bite them in the ass soon enough. An iPhone just doesn't have the feature set of a dedicated handheld.
Just wait for Vita Gaikai integration...
People who who use their iphones for gaming purposes are 9 times out of 10 not a gamer... They play casual games on their phone when they have a chance, that doesn't mean they would otherwise spend the money on a portable device. They're different markets. They shouldn't be compared IMO.
Dumb articles still equating iPhone to Smartphone? They're not aware Androids outsell iPhones? And play the same/similar games? How would iPhones be a potential cause when Androids sell over 4x as many units? Recent worldwide figures: — Android (Google Inc.) — 104.8 million units, 68.1 percent share (46.9 percent a year earlier) — iOS (Apple Inc.'s iPhone) — 26.0 million units, 16.9 percent share (18.8 percent a year earlier) — BlackBerry (Research in Motion Ltd.) — 7.4 million units, 4.8 percent share (11.5 percent a year earlier) — Symbian (mostly used by Nokia Corp.) — 6.8 million units, 4.4 percent share (16.9 percent a year earlier) — Windows (Microsoft Corp.) — 5.4 million units, 3.5 percent share (2.3 percent a year earlier) — Linux — 3.5 million units, 2.3 percent share (3.0 percent a year earlier) — Others — 0.1 million units, 0.1 percent share (0.5 percent a year earlier) Are they also not aware that physical buttons > no buttons when it comes to gaming?
@Muffins1223: Me too. :) I'm surprised the percentage for smartphone/tablets is not larger. Considering there are android devices, that number should actually fill up to over 50%. It is not the end for anything so I would not take anything written to the contrary seriously. Realistically speaking, no one is going to take away your handheld from you and there will still be strong demand for handhelds in the US, EU and certainly from Japan for years to come.
well with only 2 million vitas worldwide you are 1 of a very few that has a vita i have a 3DS and a samsung abdroid that will do me might get the Kindle tablet as its powerful and worth the money. When the 3ds isnt selling 20 million a year then we can look at wether its killing 3ds sales but at present the 3ds is selling faster than iphone 5 isnt it the Vita isnt under threat its lost out to iphone and 3ds.
2 million = very few? I don't get it.
Surveys are only as good as the surveyor. For instance, how was this survey conducted? Was it online-only? Was it on Facebook? Online is a big part of smartphones (especially Facebook) but not so much on Vita and 3DS. 7,700 is an incredibly TINY sample size. How were these people picked? And lastly, the survey revealed 40 percent of teens own an iPhone, but it did NOT reveal how many percent own a Vita/3DS. And it didn't reveal - out of those 40 percent - how many ALSO own a Vita and/or 3DS. Basically, it's yet another nonsensical "smartphones are taking over!!!" article with zero pertinent information.
Ah, you have an iPhone and a Vita. I'll call Sony and tell them the Vita is totally safe then. :P No, but I have a Vita and not and iPhone. So 2 - 1 to Vita counting by us two. That must mean that 80% of teens have Vita.
Make that 3 - 1 , I have a Vita no iphone. 18 y.o. :P
4-1 i dont have a vita but i dont like iphone- the enemy of my enemy is my friend but im planing on buying it when soul sacrifice release
when are teens going to learn that there are far better phones out there. Non removable battery, no sd-card slot, proprietary crap, apple maps (don't get lost). I think that dedicated handhelds will die out. I don't want them to but i think that is the way it is going to go. I think Sony finally realized that by buying Gaikai (or what ever it is called)to stream games to the phone. If all you have to do is cary a small controller or maybe a colapsable one that would do it.
They make it seem like each and every one of those teens bought an iPhone to use as a gaming device instead of a Vita or 3DS.
Teens continue to prove they still don't know what's best for them.
99% of those 40% bought the iPhone to probably show off. This article is irrelevant. Gaming on Vita and 3DS is far better than any smartphone out there.
i got an iphone. a phone is just a phone to me.
Lol, except from what I've experienced, the iPhone can do everything except make a decent phone call. XD
but do you use it for games? would you choose an iPhone over a Vita/3DS?
I have played street fighter 4 before. It was ok. Phone is always a phone to me in the end. Just more icons and all, but it will always remind you of a phone. I play my games on any gaming console. Will smartphones replace them? No way.
@snookies12 oh I though there was an app for that!
Only games I play on my iPhone are the RPG's ... currently playing Chrono Trigger :)
Same, but Final Fantasy 3 for me. Try playing something like Street Fighter on a touch screen. Laughable experience. :)
99,99% of console owners also owns a PC. Is this the end of consoles?
Shouldn't that be the other way around? Considering everything that we use today all came from PC based components?
100% of human being have pants, is it the end of shorts ? :)
These articles are getting old. Apples to oranges people
imo i think it'd would be far better for the customer of technology to be able to own smart phones without having to buy a gaming device separately to play good mobile games. its a shame sony and nintendo don't make their games available on the marketplace for android and iphone. i know people are going to disagree, but one reason i do not own a vita or ds is because to me its simply a gaming device, i can't make calls, or any of the other phone related features plus my phone already can surf the web, video chat, and play a decent amount of alright games. really wish sony and nintendo would just make their games available instead of forcing something on gamers like the vita just to play great games. the market is already out there with smartphones why not just make the games available?
those phones likely wouldn't have games on them if not for the roads paved by gaming devices like the gameboy. being able to make calls is for phones, not for gaming devices.
nobody said portable gaming devices didn't have an influence..my point was it seems asinine that people would rather carry around multiple pieces of technology that do different things like a phone and vita/3ds, rather than having the choice of owning a smartphone that could play sony or nintendo games?? i think its pretty hardheaded of both companies to force their own hardware when the market and platforms are already there to the consumer. everyone seems to have a smartphone these days, i can't say the same for a DS or vita. especially when you have such idiotic games like angry birds selling like hot cakes, what would a game like Pokemon Black and White 2 do on the iphone and android, ill bet extremely well.
It's not hard headed of these companies to want to push their own hardware. For one, it's smart business to want a platform you have complete control over and get the most profit from. And secondly, these gaming platforms have been around for a very long time so why should they just up and vanish because SOME people think it's stupid to have a dedicated gaming device? Phones are never going to be as precise for gaming purposes as a device dedicated to gaming. That's just a fact. The controls will never be there nor will the battery life.
ps3 and xbox360 are simply gaming devices. pc can make calls(skype), surf the web, video chat, play decent games with better grapic. then why most ppl are still playing console games?(im a pc gamer) If sony makes a console quality game for smartphone, it will be at least 40 bucks or 30. are u gonna to play a 40 bucks game without real buttons and how many smartphone users are used to 99-cent games?