HTC America’s acting president Martin Fichter has managed to make a statement so baffling that the very mind itself boggles. As GeekWire reports, Fichter talked at the Mobile Future Forward conference, and had this to say about “cool” phones:
“I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”
Huh, really? Because last time I looked, iPhones and iPod Touches were still the device of choice among high school and college kids, helped along by Apple’s aggressive and annual back-to-school sales. And are you honestly telling me that any Android device out there has the instant recognizability and cachet that the iPhone does? Sorry Fichter, not buying it.