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Apple’s Old Stuff Outselling Android’s Shiny New Stuff?


According to at least one analyst’s report, Apple’s ‘last gen’ iOS devices are outselling Android’s newest devices.

Checks with U.S. retail sales channels conducted by Canaccord Genuity technology analyst Michael Walkley found that the iPhone 4 is “by far” the top selling device at both carriers AT&T and Verizon. But Apple’s older devices have also found great 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 on Monday.

At AT&T stores the $49 iPhone 3GS (nearly two years old now) was found to be outselling the HTC Inspire and the Motorola Atrix. Here’s another bit of good news for Apple and not-good news for Microsoft:

Checks with stores found that new Android smartphones were largely gaining share from Windows 7 smartphones, but not the iPhone.

I’m sure there are plenty of sales numbers and analysis that will refute some of the gist of this news, and it’s notable that the iPhone 3GS is now heavily discounted at AT&T. Even so, it’s impressive that a near two year old smartphone is still in the discussion for top-selling devices – and as lots of us know from first-hand experience the iPhone 3GS is still a hell of a good smartphone.

What do you all think? If you were unable to buy a current iPhone, would you choose an iPhone 3GS or a newer Android smartphone?

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